Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 30, 2013: Traktor Digger

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

Traktor Digger is free, but ad-supported 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.

Traktor Digger is described as follows:
Traktor Digger is a tractor game where you control tractors to dig for gold!

Traktor Digger is the first tractor game for Android where you can control different tractors to dig for things! Your objective is to master the controls of your tractor in order to retrieve the gold nugget and deliver it to the truck in the shortest amount of time!

Voted as top 10 hottest new games - AppBrain.com

"4.5/5 What an awesome game!" - Editor's Pick from AppEggs.com

"One of the 31 Best New Android Games From Last Two Weeks (7/7/12 - 7/18/12)" - AndroidPolice.com
Traktor Digger has a 3.9-star rating in Google Play and has 2.8-stars in the Amazon Appstore.

The more negative ratings in the Amazon Appstore include reviews that say the game is boring, has poor gameplay, but also at least one complaining about it being free in Google Play and charged for in the Appstore. The reviewer did not notice the ad-free part of the app.

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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