Thursday, January 10, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 10, 2013: Zig Zag Zombie HD

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Zig Zag Zombie HD.

Zig Zag Zombie HD isn't available in Google Play, but the non-HD version is priced at $0.99; the HD version is normally priced at $2.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Zig Zag Zombie HD is described as follows:
Zig Zag Zombie is more than Zombies! Use the unique powers of monsters to win! Zomb the Zombie, Frank the Frankenstein monster, Haunt the ghost, Rocko the rocket, Vamp the vampire, and Bomber the bomb!!!

“a physics-based puzzle game that will have you dancing around the lunch table for brains” -App Advice

"The cross between the fun art style and all of the creative puzzles, the game really just draws you in." -Chris Kokkinos

“a fun game that fits well into the 'three star puzzler' genre of mobile gaming” -Inside Mobile Apps

***Why Zig Zag Zombie is UNIQUE***
-Drag your characters in the ring to aim in 360 degrees!
-Press the play button to launch them at the same time!
-Every monster has a unique power, so the level designs will amaze you!

Zomb is a normal high school kid with a problem...he’s a Zombie! But at least he has good friends! And they all have unique powers to help Zomb fight back against the Anti-Monster Squad, a group of grownups who don’t want monsters to have fun!
*Zora, the only human who likes the monsters
*Frank, a Frankenstein monster who likes to break things!
*Haunt, a ghost
*Rocko, a rocket monster
*Vamp, a vampire with fire hair!
*Bomber, a bomb with an explosive personality!
*Hint Ghost, a helpful haunt

Features:
--60 Monstrous Levels!
--Three cool worlds: Monster School, Ghost Graveyard, and Evil Lab!
--Regular Updates
--Cute monster characters, all with their own unique powers!
--Creative Levels with crazy obstacles
--SECRET Levels, unlockable by collecting brains!
--Beautiful Backgrounds and Cinema Scenes

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Zig Zag Zombie (non-HD) has a 5.0-star rating in Google Play and has a 3.2-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

There's a lot of difference there, but the Google Play version only has four ratings overall. Interestingly enough, Zig Zag Zombie was a Kickstarter project, so we'd recommend buying it while it was free on that basis alone.

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.

The app has a version in the App Store, as well. It is priced at $1.99 and has a 4.5-star rating overall.

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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