Saturday, January 26, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 26, 2013: Bowling Wizards

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

Bowling Wizards is only available for free in Google Play -- but notably has an option to buy the full game ($1.99); it is normally priced at $2.00 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Bowling Wizards is described as follows:
NOT JUST A BOWLING GAME!

Throw a ball, but definitely expect more….

Bowling games are always fun but Bowling Wizard comes with added twists and tales. Beautiful and mysterious the game has concealed surprises, magic and daring challenges. Rich visuals, complex and addictive game play with imaginative story telling makes it an unusually enjoyable game to play.

The Wizard world is in crisis. The Evil lord has cast a spell on the 'Pines' who have taken over the land and enslaved the 'Bowlons'. For them it is a do or die situation, if they want to gain their freedom back. Help the 'Bowlons' in their fight by playing and winning 'Bowling Wizards'.
Bowling Wizards has a 4.5-star rating in Google Play and has 2.9-stars in the Amazon Appstore.

Why the big difference? It's hard to say, as the Google Play version has 27 ratings and the Amazon Appstore version has only 9. We'd say give this a shot while it is free.

There is a version in the iOS App Store, with a 4.0-star rating overall , also priced at $1.99 for the full-game (in-app purchase).

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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