Friday, November 09, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Nov. 9, 2012: Kinoto Ninja has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Kinito Ninja.

Kinito Ninja is priced at $1.03 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.

Kinito Ninja is described as follows:
Kinito Ninja is a white knuckle side scrolling action adventure. The player’s goal is simple: run head long past obstacles, slash past enemies with your Katana, and get as much treasure as quickly as you can through sixty unique levels! As addicting as it is engaging, Kinito Ninja also boasts beautifully stylized professionally rendered cartoon graphics, smooth gameplay, and seamless in-game animation.

Gamers aren’t tied down to a single hero in this game. Instead, they’re free to either play as an intense Afro Samurai or as a swift Geisha Warrior. Kinito Ninja itself is very intuitive and straightforward, ensuring that every level of player can jump right into the action. Characters automatically move forward, so all you need to worry about is jumping, ducking and slicing at the right time. Players need to hone their hand eye coordination and sharpen up their reflexes if they hope to come out on top through all six of the game’s uniquely designed worlds!

Kinito Ninja is a well polished and well rounded gaming experience which features dozens of unlockable achievements and special collectible ninja combination moves to keep gamers motivated. Players can either battle against themselves via in-game leaderboards, or challenge the online Kinito Ninja community at large for ultimate dominance via fully integrated OpenFeint online leaderboards as well!

What are you waiting for?! Unleash your inner ninja with Kinito Ninja and slash away minute after minute of your down time starting now!
Kinito Ninja is rated at 4.9 stars in Google Play, and has 3.8 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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

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.

The app also has a version in the App Store. There, it is priced at $0.99, and is rated at 2.5 stars overall but has no rating for the current version.

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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