Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 23, 2013: Matchblocks has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Matchblocks.

Matchblocks 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.

Matchblocks is described as follows:
Matchblocks is a fusion of action-puzzle games you know! Falling blocks and matching colors, sounds familiar? So now prepare for something new and for something you will have to touch!

Tap a color sequence to match colors in the blocks, remove them quickly before they overflow your board. Destroy obstacles on the board, collect bonuses and make combos.

In this game not only your speed, but also smart thinking will let you achieve great scores!
Matchblocks has a 5.0-star rating in Google Play -- but with only one vote -- and a 3.5-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

There is also a free version of Matchblocks in the Play Store, though, with a 4.4-star rating and 45 votes.

We'd say buy this while it is free.

There is a version in the iOS App Store, with a 4-star rating overall, also priced at $0.99, but with only eight votes 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.

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

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