Sunday, December 09, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Dec. 9, 2012: Move it

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

Move it is $0.99 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.

Move it is described as follows:
Move It! is an increasingly challenging and engrossing sliding block game. The goal is simple: Move the bright red square to a matching square on the game board by moving the colored columns and blocks out of its way. It sounds easy, and for the first few levels it is. But as you progress through successive levels the challenge increases dramatically.

Clear the way

Move It! provides a different spin on block puzzle games. Colored columns and blocks of different lengths and sizes may be moved either vertically or horizontally. The goal is to clear the way for the red square to be moved to the target square. While some puzzles are easy, others require more than 100 moves to solve, creating a rewarding game experience.

With six levels of difficulty from Novice to Expert and 112 puzzles in each level, Move It! has the depth necessary to keep you involved for hours, if not days and weeks.

Options

Move It! provides a goal of the minimum number of moves needed for each level. The game also lets you undo as many moves as you like if you're at a dead end and want to take a different approach. Menu options include selecting background colors, a toggle switch for sound and animated screen transitions, as well as a tutorial mode. With a pleasing interface and well-executed game play, Move It! will appeal to casual gamers and puzzle fans alike.
Move it is rated at 4.6 stars in Google Play, and has 3.6 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

The Google Play score comes with 70 ratings, so it's valid enough to rate this a "buy" while the app is free. There is also a free version that has a 4.3 star rating and more than 58,000 ratings.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. There is is free, but with a number of in-app purchases. It has a 4.5 star rating 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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