Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 29, 2013: Hidden Garden

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

Hidden Garden 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.

Hidden Garden is described as follows:
Take a journey through the Hidden Gardens in this beautiful hidden object adventure game.

Relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery as you find hundreds of butterflies, birds, lady bugs, and hearts throughout many breathtaking locations.

The stunning visuals are accompanied by four equally stunning musical compositions of your choosing.
Wubbzy's Space Adventure has a 3.8-star rating in Google Play, but with only 25 ratings, and has 3.6-stars in the Amazon Appstore.

Based on these ratings, we'd buy this while it was free.

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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