Saturday, December 08, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Dec. 8, 2012: Golden Eggs has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Golden Eggs.

Golden Eggs is $1.00 in Google Play. It is normally priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Golden Eggs is described as follows:

Help the chicken land her golden eggs in the nest.

Use beach balls, crates, sticks, bubbles, magnets and other items to safely guide the eggs to the nest.

Avoid the spikes and other obstacles!

3 Different worlds full of levels for the whole family to enjoy!
Golden Eggs is rated at 5.0 stars in Google Play, and has 2.3 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

These scores are radically different, but the 5.0 star rating in Google Play comes with only one review. There are 29 reviews in the Amazon Appstore.

Taking a look at Amazon Appstore reviews:

I am usually the guy that rolls his eyes when I read reviews of people bashing a game because they feel it's a ripoff of angry birds or cut the rope. Especially when dealing with physics based games, there are only so many ways you can manipulate gravity, momentum, and inertia. Even those amazing titles copied their gameplay in one way or another. However, this game took the entire graphical blueprint of Cut the rope and then took the Plinko idea and plugged it into CTR's level scheme. Almost everything is IDENTICAL! The stars are the same, the bubbles are the same, the background is the same, the font is the same, get the idea. EVERYTHING IS THE SAME!!! Elaborating on a popular games basic physics idea is one thing, but this is ridiculous. My score for originality is a big ZERO. - Mudd

App looks fun but force closes on the title screen on my galaxy nexus. - Pavo Flojo

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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