Saturday, January 19, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 19, 2013: Freeze!

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

Freeze is free 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.

Freeze is described as follows:
It was a wonderful day for our anonymous hero, at least until the moment when he was torn from his loved ones by a viciously sharp grappling hook.

Locked in a cramped cell on a planet far, far away, our hero could give in to despair and abandon himself to his fate. But with your help he can overcome gravity, turn worlds, and even – escape!

Solving the rotating, physics-based puzzles is easy; just use your finger to continuously turn the cell in both directions around our hero. Of course you also have to make clever use of the Freeze! button, which can overcome gravity. Sound simple? It is – at first...

Freeze! offers completely new and yet immediately intuitive game mechanics, delightfully gloomy graphics from the internationally renowned pop-up designer and illustrator Jonas Schenk, and a very sinister soundtrack from noted Swiss electronic/trance musician Karl Lukas.

More information, videos and tips for every level are at www.frozengun.com
Freeze has a 4.5-star rating in Google Play and a 4.5-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

We'd buy this while it's free. It's unclear, though, why it is free in Google Play and paid-for here. There didn't seem to be any ads when we tried the version in Google Play and there didn't seem to be a difference between the apps, at least one we could see in limited testing.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. There it is priced at $0.99 and has a 4.5-star rating both overall and for the current version.

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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