Saturday, December 01, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Dec. 1, 2012: The Lost City

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

The Lost City is $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.

The Lost City is described as follows:
Grandma was right. Nobody really believed her, not even you. For years she regaled you with magical bedtime stories of her adventures as an archeologist. You cuddled closer and listened with wide eyes as she told of her most enchanting discovery--The Lost City.

A mysterious power is calling from the ruins, and Grandma knows why, but is now too old to handle the mission. Inspired by classic choose-your-own-adventure games, you must return to the sleeping ruins and bring with you the artifact that is the heart of the civilization, once wrongfully removed from the sacred land.

Returning the Sacred Heart

Legend has it, those who once lived amongst the now crumbling ruins could somehow control the seasons. You must return the missing piece and discover the magical powers that still exist among the silent and majestic land.

Shrouded by a lush forest and veiled by cascading waterfalls, The Lost City has never surrendered its location to a map. You must navigate your way through the forest, picking up clues as you go. Collect artifacts and solve puzzles to open stone doors, or safely slip beneath a waterfall, to discover another step on your journey through an ancient civilization.

Discovering the Secrets of a Civilization

As you stumble across symbols, clues, and artifacts, you'll store them safely in your knapsack and take notes in your journal. You'll map each new destination, so when you find the answer to a puzzle from a previous encounter, you can easily make your way back to it and reveal its secret.

Rediscovering The Lost City, last touched by your own grandmother, is a beautiful adventure. With stunning graphics and an original soundtrack that transports you through time, it's easy to get lost in challenging yet soothing gameplay.
The Lost City is rated at 4.6 stars in Google Play, and has 4.2 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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

There is also a version in the iOS App Store. It is free, and is ranked at 4.5 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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