Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Dec. 18, 2012: Christmas Crash

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

Christmas Crash is not available 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.

Christmas Crash is described as follows:
A Christmas themed version of the popular Cube Crash game. Match 3 or more similar items to remove them from the playfield. The larger the group you can form the more your score will grow! Don't forget to clear the required items or you won't move onto the next level.

For the highest score don't just press wildy to clear the grid. The more blocks you can include in one large group the more you get for each individual block had you cleared them in groups of three, so plan out your moves for the highest score.
Christmas Crash has 2.3 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

What's interesting is that the developer, Difference Games LLC has a number of apps in Google Play (four pages worth), yet this app is not there. Yesterday's FAOTD was, in fact, another Difference game and was in both stores.

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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