Friday, January 18, 2013

Amazon Appstore free app of the day for Jan. 18, 2013: Puppet Rush

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

Puppet Rush is free 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.

Puppet Rush is described as follows:
Puppet Rush is a fast paced puzzle game which requires quick reflexes and even quicker fingers. Guide puppets to safety by giving them the right directions. There are four different worlds and over 80 levels.

Guide the puppets around the board into the portal while avoiding bots roaming the board. The puppets and bots all move in predictable paths by always turning right when hitting a wall head on, by following corners or by turning around when in a dead end.

You can help the puppets go towards the portal by placing arrows on the board. You can then change each arrow's direction by clicking it again.

What are you waiting for?

Help rescue the Puppets before it's too late!
Puppet Rush has a 5.0-star rating in Google Play and a 2.4-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

The 5.0-star rating in Google Play comes with only five ratings, overall. There are only seven Amazon Appstore reviews, which mean the three one-star reviews skew it very low. Among the issues: Adobe Air.

Still, we'd buy this -- since you can try it -- while it's free.

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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