Thursday, January 03, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 3, 2013: Red Weed has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Red Weed.

Red Weed is priced at $1.99 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.

Red Weed is described as follows:
Play a game based on one of the scenes in Jeff Wayne's award-winning Musical Version of The War of the Worlds! Red weed features music, sounds and video cut scenes from the original musical.

"The chances of anything coming from Mars are a Million to One, he said..."

Try to stop the slimy Red Weed from spreading over the land as it changes every patch of green grass it touches into red tendrils.

In this board game, use strategy similar to Othello, Reversi, Go, or Ataxx to defend your territory of green grass.The goal of the game is to make your tiles of grass constitute a majority of the tiles on the field, by converting as many of Red Weed tiles as possible. The quicker you conquer the Red Weed, the more points you score.

Can you stop the Red Weed before it covers every field and ditch and hedgerow? Or will your land succumb to the Red Weed?

- Video cut scenes, music and sounds from the original musical
- Single player or Multiplayer
- Easy, Normal, and Hard difficulty settings
- Multiplayer Hot Seat
- 12 unique board designs
- Obstacles and strategic challenges
- Beautiful graphics
- Addictive and Fun!
Red Weed has a 4-star rating -- but with only two ratings -- in Google Play, and has a 3.9-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

That's good enough for us to say buy it while it's 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). 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 just lost a portion of that lawsuit, which said had participated in "false advertising."

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