Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Nov. 7, 2012: The Golden Years: Way Out West has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is The Golden Years: Way Out West.

The Golden Years: Way Out West is free, but requires an in-app purchase for the full version 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.

The Golden Years: Way Out West is described as follows:
Tame the Wild West in The Golden Years, an exciting city building sim! Raise frontier towns out of rock and dirt and turn them into glorious metropolises! Gather resources and gold, build accommodation and production facilities and take your empire to the peak of success!

As you make your way through the hardship of the Wild West, help a local woman overcome the sleazy maneuvers of a greedy old rip and save her family from destitution. With stunning visuals that bring the West to dazzling life and an epic story, The Golden Years: Way Out West will bring hours of fun to the whole family!
The Golden Years: Way Out West is rated at 4.5 stars in Google Play, and has 3.6 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

With these ratings, we'd say "buy" this app while it is free.

There is a version of the app in the iOS App Store.  It is $2.59 but has not received enough ratings to display.

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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