Friday, November 30, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Nov. 30, 2012: Duke Nukem 3D

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Duke Nukem 3D Android.

Duke Nukem 3D Android free in Google Play, but only includes episode 1, episodes 2 and 3 must in purchased in-app. It is normally priced at $0.95 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Duke Nukem 3D Android is described as follows:
The original King of Action Heroes is back! 18 hours of alien-blasting action await you. Play the original PC version on your smartphone or Kindle Fire.

This game turns your cell phone into pure adrenaline with its unbelievable 3D graphics. More aliens, weapons, and awesome levels than most human life forms can handle.
Duke Nukem 3D Android is rated at 3.7 stars in Google Play, and has 3.1 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

With the Duke Nukem franchise, it's hard to say. The franchise has been both good and bad, and delays have made gamers ridicule it. That being said, we'd say "buy" it while it is free.

There is also a version in the iOS App Store. It is free, and is ranked at 4 stars for the current version and 3 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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