Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 2, 2012: Frog on Ice has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Frog on Ice.

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

Frog on Ice is described as follows:
Frog on Ice is a super cool, frog-slinging, side-scrolling adventure game!

Plop, a misplaced frog that finds himself in a frozen world, needs to get through five levels of ice-cold enemies to defeat the Evil Ice Wizard. Plop, the hero for frogs everywhere, uses his sticky tongue to slide across the ice, grab onto icicles, and attack enemies, all while collecting coins and power-ups. Avoid falling into the freezing water and dodge attacks from the Ice Wizard’s henchmen, or Plop will face a cold, bitter end.

Game Highlights:
--Stunning graphics
--Five complex levels with unique end bosses
--Playful characters with a touch of malevolence
--Collect coins, health, and power ups
--Use coins for in-app purchases

Store: Collect coins throughout the level this arcade style frog game to purchase items in the store, or simply buy coins separately. Hit the store button at any time when playing – even in the middle of a boss battle – to replenish health, add extra lives or even add on continues. Purchase or collect Power-Ups that greatly enhance Plop’s abilities and the game play itself.

Power Ups Include:
--Goggles - Once equipped with a pair of goggles, Plop becomes atomic. Touch or click Plop to release a destructive blast
--Golden Gloves - Put on this pair of gloves and coins will magnetically attract to Plop as he slides near them.
--Sneakers - Sporting a pair of sneakers gives Plop the ability to double jump his way out of slippery situations.
--Cape - Turn Plop in to a caped crusader. Hold down the jump button to fly.

Chill out with Frog on Ice – one of the best games for Android!

Frog on Ice is NOT RECOMMENDED for slower devices
PLEASE NOTE: This app lets you purchase digital content using actual money. You can configure parental controls for in-app purchases, which will require your Amazon account password or a 4-digit PIN, by going to the Settings menu from within the Amazon Appstore.
Frog on Ice has a 5-star rating -- but with only one rating -- in Google Play, and has a 3.1-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

There is a free version in Google Play that has a 4.4-star rating.  We believe the lower rating in the Amazon Appstore is because of a common bone of contention for buyers: in-app purchases in a paid app.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. It is priced at $0.99, but has in-app purchases, as well. It is rated at 5.0 stars overall, but with only five ratings, total.

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.

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