Sunday, January 13, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 13, 2013: Stack N Puzzles

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

Stack 'N Puzzles is priced at $1.99 in Google Play; it 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.

Stack 'N Puzzles is described as follows:
From the maker of the acclaimed Puzzingo Toddler Educational Puzzle comes a brand new puzzling adventure! Join Stack, a beaver who loves to build puzzles, to piece together his city. As your kid plays the game, he or she will also be learning about everything that goes into museum, fire truck, school, buses and a whole lot more!

Stack N Puzzles is a puzzle adventure game designed for young children. Children play with Stack the Beaver through playing series of fun, educational, interactive puzzles. The puzzles have over a hundred pieces that bring your child into Stack’s world – with museums, TRex, Fire Engine, Fire Truck, School, and much more.

As children play the games, they learn what different objects are and what they sound like. The best part is, as your kid finishes putting together the city, he or she can then interact and play with Stack’s city – from driving the fire engine to put out fire, to capturing the T Rex. There is plenty of excitement and learning for young kids.

Delight your children and encourage them to touch and explore everything in the 100% interactive illustrations.

** CONTACT US: If you run into issues with the app on your device, instead of leaving a bad review, please email us at support@77sparx.com. We are don't regularly monitor reviews, but we respond quickly to email.

** PRIVACY POLICY: As parents ourselves, 77SPARX Studio takes children's wellness and privacy very seriously. Our app does: NOT contain ads, NOT integrate with social networks, INCLUDE a privacy policy, INCLUDE link to other quality 77SPARX apps.

** PERMISSIONS: Our app does require the following permissions: access_network_state, internet, and read_phone_state. These permissions are required for in-game parent communications, and aggregated (completely anonymous) analytics to help us improve our product.
Stack 'N Puzzles has a 3.0-star rating in Google Play and a 4.7-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

To be honest, it's strange to see the Google Play rating so much lower than the Amazon Appstore rating; it's usually the other way around. However, the game only has two ratings on Google Play and 57 on the Amazon Appstore.

With that, we'd buy this, free or not.

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 and 4-stars for the current version.

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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