Friday, November 16, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Nov. 16, 2012: Slice Ice has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Slice Ice.

Slice Ice is free, but ad-supported, in Google Play. It is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Slice Ice is described as follows:
Slice pieces from ice floes to get more ice to the penguin king!
The penguin king needs ice for his drink! You must get it for him! Slice pieces from ice floes to get more ice, but don't slice the playful penguin babies! Keep all the penguins on the same ice floe and try to use as few slices as possible. Also beware of angry leopard seals!

- 165 Levels in eleven different worlds of slicing fun!
- Slice ice in any shape and size!
- Funny and challenging features like exploding penguins, rocks, and angry seals.
- Various achievements and powerups.
Slice Ice is rated at 4.5 stars in Google Play, and has 3.5 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

To be clear, that 4.5-star rating in Google Play comes with over 18,000 overall. With these ratings, we'd say "buy" this app while it is free.

We continue to be disappointed with the FAOTD program. It began promisingly enough, with Angry Birds Rio, but we've gotten tired of the endless games or niche apps, and especially apps which have no uptake in Google Play, and seem to be FAOTD as a desperation move by the developer.

We'd like to see free versions of say, Office-compatible software or useful utilities such as CalenGoo instead of niche apps or endless games (we just assume every day that it's going to be a game; it's gotten that bad). opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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