Saturday, January 12, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 12, 2013: Chess Puzzles

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

Chess Puzzles is priced at $1.26 in Google Play but it doesn't appear to be the same app; today's FAOTD is normally priced at $1.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Chess Puzzles is described as follows:
Enjoy a challenging chess puzzle game with the Chess Puzzles app. Chess Puzzles is a mind-blogging puzzle for your Android device. Choose from two game modes: Mate in One and Mate in Two. Challenge yourself with 100 different puzzles. Hit the Play Solution button if you can't solve the puzzle.

Give Chess Puzzles a try and collect achievements along the way to show how smart you are.
Chess Puzzles has a 2.6-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

A lot of the negativity involves the developer's use of Adobe Air, which is nearly as reviled as in-app purchases for a paid game at the Amazon Appstore. In addition, at least one solution was incorrect.

We'd skip this, despite it being 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.

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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