Thursday, November 29, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Nov. 29, 2012: Polara

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Polara.

Polara is priced at $1.00 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.

Polara is described as follows:
Polara is a new take on the free-runner platformer that incorporates traditional challenging gameplay with color-switching strategy. Utilize color coded speed ramps, launching pads, gravity waves, hex bombs, and energy platforms to survive as you escape the clutches of an evil security system hell bent on destroying all those that oppose.

Immerse yourself in the world of Agent Lara, a defense system special agent, that finds herself between a massive world power and the sympathies of a rebel cause. Help her down the path of death defying obstacles to find the truth behind her past, present and future.

// FEATURES \\
- 50 unique and challenging story based levels
- 4 Major Boss Battles
- 5 beautiful environments
- 6 endless unlockable modes
- Beautifully painted story artwork
- Extended play-through content as story levels unlock collectibles that make you play every level differently
Polara is rated at 4.9 stars in Google Play, and has 4.5 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

To be clear, there are over 1,700 ratings in Google Play, which makes the rating truly relevant.

There is also a version in the iOS App Store. It is priced at $0.99, and is ranked at 5 stars for the current version and 4.5 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).

Amazon.com 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. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.



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