Thursday, December 13, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Dec. 13, 2012: Bean's Quest

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

Bean's Quest is $1.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $2.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Bean's Quest is described as follows:
Enjoy platforming perfection on the go! Five worlds to explore with three achievements per stage! Bean's Quest is easy to pick up yet hard to master!

- Five unique worlds to conquer!
✔ Over 150 challenges to complete.
✔ Incredible soundtrack with over 10 original pieces of music!

~~ STORY ~~

Emilio has been cursed and his girlfriend kidnapped! Transformed by dark magic into a jumping bean, you must bounce your way to victory through 50 levels spread over 5 worlds. Can you rescue your one true love and find your missing pet axolotls?

Bean's Quest brings back retro platforming to your Android device with super intuitive controls; touch left or touch right - it's so simple!

~~ CRITICAL RESPONSE ~~

“The graphics are perfectly vibrant, and have just enough of that 16-bit era pixely-ness to them without going overboard. The original soundtrack by Flashygoodness is an excellent pairing, and the controls work great…” ~ TouchArcade
"The graphics are fun, colorful, and a treat to look at." ~ AppAdvice

Awarded MMGN’s App of the Week.

~~ GORGEOUS ART ~~

Beautiful 16-bit stylised artwork fills every stage; shimmering diamonds, sparkling special effects and subtle parallax culminate in a mesmerising view!

~~ MUSIC ~~

Each world has a unique soundtrack by acclaimed composer Flashygoodness.

~~ PHYSICS MAYHEM ~~

Push blocks, spin seesaws, roll boulders, crush enemies and dodge spike-balls! Classic platforming blended with physics puzzles and adorable creatures.

~~ DIAMONDS FOREVER! ~~

Every stage is jam packed with jewels to collect. A guy's gotta surprise his girl when he rescues her, right?

~~ RESCUE THOSE AXOLOTLS! ~~

The evil wizard who cursed you also kidnapped your pet axolotls - brutal! There's one hidden in every stage, track them down if you can!

~~ ACHIEVE PERFECT JUMP! ~~

Every stage has a perfect jump count. Make it to the end fast enough and you’ll earn the perfect jump badge!
Bean's Quest has 4.7 stars in Google Play and the Full version has 4.5 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

An easy choice: we'd call this a "buy" while this is free.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. There it is priced at $1.99, and has 4.5 stars for both the current version and 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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