Sunday, November 25, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Nov. 25, 2012: Velocispider has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Velocispider.

Velocispider is priced at $0.99 in Google Play. It is normally priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Velocispider is described as follows:
Part Spider, Part Velociraptor, it's Velocispider!!! Take control of a heavily armed araknasaur in this retro arcade shoot-em-up.

Your delicious endangered eggs have attracted the taste buds of the evil CEO of the Robot Seafood Corporation. He will stop at nothing to feast on your eggs, defend them from his relentless army of aquatic robot beasts.

Protect your eggs through 20 levels of awesome retro arcade style action. Many different types of enemies will attack from many different patterns, keeping you on your toes the whole time. It is simple to pick it up and play for a few minutes, but so engaging that you'll want to play the whole thing straight through!

"The best aspects of Velocispider are its fantastic 16-bit visuals and its sense of humor, infrequently delivered in brief cut scenes that underscore the ludicrous nature of this simple arcade game. For 99 cents, you’ll get a charming little lark for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad in Velocispider, an easily enjoyable arcade addition" - Kotaku

" Like so many mobile games, Velocispider succeeds not because it’s a great adaptation of a traditional console experience, or because it has a new gameplay hook, but because it takes an already established idea and presents a ridiculous new take on it. This is the sort of arcade experience you pick up and play for a few moments, not only because its classic gameplay is still fun today, but because its setting and aesthetic can’t help but make you smile." - IGN

"Velocispider is a fixed-view shooter with ultra-simple tilt controls. You fire continuously upwards at the Aquabots as they come to kill you and steal your eggs” … “If you’re anything like me, the thrill of fighting off waves of aquatic-robot monsters with a well armed half-spider, half-velociraptor Araknasaur makes Velocispider an easy buy" - Touch Arcade

"The blend of Space Invaders, Galaga, and Defender plays out exactly how you’d expect an old skool arcade title to play. That is to say: reassuringly solid." - Pocket Gamer
PLEASE NOTE: This app lets you purchase digital content using actual money. You can configure parental controls for in-app purchases, which will require your Amazon account password or a 4-digit PIN, by going to the Settings menu from within the Amazon Appstore.
Velocispider is rated at 4.6 stars in Google Play, and has 3.8 stars in the Amazon Appstore. This game is a "buy" while it is free.

There is also a version in the iOS App Store. It is priced at $2.99 and has a 4.5-star rating overall, and for the current version. However, it also has a $0.99 in-app purchase to unlock all the content.

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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