Friday, November 02, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Nov. 2, 2012: Virtual City has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Virtual City.

Virtual City is free in Google Play (but with a full game unlock purchase in-app). It is normally priced at $4.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Doodle Sprint Fly and Jump is described as follows:
Build the city of your dreams, whether it's a residential paradise or an industrial powerhouse. This premium version of the Virtual City game includes 18 distinct mission scenarios, 50 challenging levels, and five unique settings: Colorado, California, Michigan, Montana, and New York. With seven production chains to master, more than 50 types of buildings to construct, 16 special achievements to earn, and 25 types of goods to transport and trade, Virtual City will captivate your inner tycoon for hours on end.

What Kind of City Would You Create?

Construct homes and factories, produce goods, and transport commodities. Start small and then watch your fledgling metropolis grow!

Once citizens start flocking to your fair city, you'll have to create a way for them to get around town. Design and create a mass transit system to take people to places like parks, movies, and stadiums.

Grow Your Metropolis

Make your city a better place to live--start a recycling program, add hospitals and fire stations, plant trees, and upgrade buildings to make them more eco-friendly. Make your citizens happy by launching spectacular events for the public.

Be a Good Neighbor

Lending a hand so that nearby cities prosper will benefit everyone. Be a good neighbor and help other cities deal with economic downturns, population crises, and natural disasters. Achieve balance between key parameters of your success: time, income, environment, population, and happiness. Put your virtual city on the map--the sky's the limit.
Virtual City has a 4.4-star rating in Google Play, and has 4.2 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

To be clear, today only, in Google Play there is a version called Virtual City (Full) which is the full game - free, no in-app purchase required.

There is a version of the app (dubbed Full) in the iOS App Store.  It is free, but has a number of in-app purchases. The app is rated at 4 stars for the current version and 4 stars overall.

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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