Friday, January 04, 2013

Amazon Appstore free app of the day for Jan. 4, 2013: Doodle Hunt

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

Doodle Hunt 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.

Red Weed is described as follows:
Doodle Hunt is an addictive game that challenge your knowledge and finding skill. Find hidden objects on each stage and compete your score with your friends on OpenFeint! Improve your score by making combo, upgrading and using items. Collect stars from each level to unlock new challenging stages

Features:
  • 20 Stages with more than 300 items
  • Earn upto 3 stars from each level to unlock the next stage
  • 26 achievements
  • 12 Room Conditions and much more to come
  • Earn money on each stage to buy upgrades/unlock next stage
  • Achieve more scores by upgrading items
  • Knowledge Challenging!
Doodle Hunt has a 4.4-star rating -- with a decent, for once, 50 ratings -- in Google Play, and has a 3.4-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

That's good enough for us to say buy it while it's free.

There is also a Doodle Hunt in the iOS App Store, but it does not appear to be the same app. It is priced at $0.99 and has a 2.5-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).

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.

Apple has already lost a portion of that lawsuit, which said Amazon.com had participated in "false advertising."



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