Sunday, December 30, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Dec. 30, 2012: Let's Break Stuff Premium

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Let's Break Stuff! Premium.

Let's Break Stuff! Premium is priced at $2.19 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $1.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Let's Break Stuff! Premium is described as follows:
The popular slingshot game where you smash up plates, glasses and crockery. Fully 3D and physics controlled, with lots of fun sound effects. High-score tables and 18 hand-built levels (with more to come later!) and a level editor after completing 4 levels, so you can design your own levels. HD graphics quality.

Everyone likes to break stuff!
It's more fun than getting angry with birds, tossing paper or knocking cans!

keywords: slingshot, slingshot game, 3d slingshot, angry birds, 3d physics, physics sandbox, can knockdown, paper toss, crush the castle

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"Let's face it - there is something about shooting off a slingshot and breaking things that is just plain old fun... overall this is a great time killer and an awesome way to vent out some daily frustration" -- www.crackberry.com

"Visuals are all rendered in 3D with plenty of sound effects and scenes ... a good stress reliever for when you feel like just breaking stuff ... a neat little game" -- droidgamers.com
Let's Break Stuff! Premium has a 4.1-star rating in Google Play and 2.4 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

The difference in rating appears to be mostly attributed to permissions paranoia. We'd still give it a try while it is free.

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 has 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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