Thursday, January 17, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 17, 2013: From Cheese has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is From Cheese.

From Cheese is priced at $0.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $1.00 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

From Cheese is described as follows:
Award-Winning Game!

Twist your mind, challenge your skills, get the Cheese!
Draw a scent-trail FROM CHEESE to Mouse, so he can follow the path all the way down to the Cheese, grab the precious food and bring it to his starving colony! They need your help! Now!

The mouse will follow the scent-trail at all costs… but watch out! The scent only goes from Cheese to Mouse, not the other way around! And keep an eye on your scent-bar: save scent to preserve the aroma and get more stars!

Playing is so simple that there’s no text in the whole game!
Just draw the trail from Cheese to Mouse, then press the PLAY button and the mouse will follow the path. Made a mistake? Swipe your finger on the scent-bar for super-precise infinite undo!

It’s a hard life to be a mouse in the house of a maze-building maniac... step on a button, and a door may open to unblock the way to the Cheese… step on another one, and a vacuum cleaner may appear from beneath to suck up the small trail! Look around to find out all the effects triggered by the buttons!

Sly lies the cat… until a mouse steps on her carpet: then she’ll wake up and jump to catch her prey… or will he manage to shake her off?
What if the cat walks in front of the dog? Frozen!
And what about that creepy, shady rat roaming the maze, trying to catch the trail and get to the Cheese? Will you be able to use his steps at your advantage? Will you lure him into becoming the prey for a hungry cat?

Soon enough, you'll get the power-up to enhance your scent-trail: enhanced scent-trail will consume more scent, but the mouse will run faster and be able to escape a cat, overtake a rat… or beat the current best-time!

Be kind and tell us your opinion, we'll collect all suggestions and keep them in mind for updates and add-ons!
Italian Recipes from Italyum has a 4.0-star rating in Google Play and a 2.6-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

The 4.0-star rating in Google Play comes with only four ratings, overall. The Amazon Appstore reviews indicate the app has performance issues, even on high-powered devices like the Galaxy Note II (with a quad-core processor).

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

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. There it is price at $0.99, and has a 5-star rating for the current version, but with only nine ratings.

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). 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. has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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

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