Thursday, December 27, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Dec. 27, 2012: ChuChu Rocket

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

ChuChu Rocket is priced at $0.99 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.

ChuChu Rocket is described as follows:
The cult-classic Dreamcast puzzle game is back with over 500 puzzles and frantic 1 to 4 player multiplayer action.

10 years ago, a cute group of ChuChu’s invaded the hearts and minds of gamers as they looked for an escape plan away from the evil KapuKapus into their cozy rocket ships. Now, you get to re-live the glory days of frantic puzzle fun on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad!
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WILD PUZZLES
Help the ChuChus escape the evil KapuKapus in 145 puzzles spread between Normal, Hard, Special, and Mania difficulty levels

TONS OF GAME MODES
Beginner and expert ChuChu’s alike can enjoy cheese-erific game modes including Puzzle, Challenge, and Battle
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PRAISE FROM THE PRESS

ChuChu Rocket! was a total blast when I had a chance to play it today, and it makes me sad that I never tried out this title almost a decade ago. – touchArcade.com

Gathering up four friends for a manic game of Chu Chu Rocket is a cherished gaming memory. The version of Chu Chu Rocket I was able to play today at SEGA's offices pretty much matched up with those memories – IGN.com

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ChuChu Rocket has a 4.7 star rating in Google Play and 3.4 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. It is priced at $0.99. It has 4.5-stars for the current version and 4-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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