Thursday, December 20, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Dec. 20, 2012: The Impossible Test Christmas has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is The Impossible Test Christmas.

The Impossible Test Christmas is free but ad-supported 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.

The Impossible Test Christmas is described as follows:
From the developers of the #1 app around the world - The Impossible Test - with over 17,000,000 downloads, comes the 5th game in The Impossible Test series!

  • 30 New Christmas Questions!
  • 4 Game Modes to Play!
  • 28 Collectible Prizes!
  • Fun sounds and graphics!
  • 7 Different Ranks to get!
It sounds, from that statement, as though the developer did this last year.

The Impossible Test Christmas has a 4.4 star rating in Google Play and 1.9 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

Why the big difference in ratings? It's hard to say, since the Google Play version does have enough ratings to be valid. Here's what some say in the Amazon Appstore.

“ The "moron test" apps are fun to watch other people fail at over and over, this is stupid and frustrating! ” J2000Bigelow

“ It gets to the first splash screen then completely closes by itself. ” Renee Schlamp

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. It is free, but has a number of in-app purchases. It ha a 4-star rating for the current version, and a 4-star rating 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). 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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