Sunday, December 16, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Dec. 16, 2012: Munch Time

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

Munch Time is $1.05 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $0.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Munch Time is described as follows:
Time to get munch'n!

SWING AND GO

Meet Munch, a chameleon and his quest for lunch that the player must guide him through. Swing around using your super strong tongue to reach the most difficult places! Latch onto different flowers for different acrobatic effects!

CHANGE COLOR

Flowers have various colors and Munch will need to change color according to the flower he wants to latch onto. But there's a problem: Munch can't change color on his own and requires the help of special color flies that are flying around.

SKILLFUL PUZZLES

Throughout more than 80 levels, spread across four themes, you will encounter various flower types that react differently when Munch latches onto them, creating an exciting mash of puzzles and challenges, combined with quick reflex acrobatics and simple touch-based controls, for an intuitive experience.
Munch Time has 4.5 stars in Google Play and 4.2 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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

There is also an HD version of the app in the iOS App Store. There it is priced at $1.99 for the HD version. It has 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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