Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 9, 2013: Herd Herd Herd

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

Herd Herd Herd Deluxe isn't available 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.

Herd Herd Herd Deluxe is described as follows:
"...the next Angry Birds" - TouchGen ......................

It’s Ei-Ei-Uh-OH! at Farmer Jed’s Haywire Homestead – the animals are makin’ a break for it, so you better wrangle ‘em in quicker than a hiccup! Use all kinds a herdin’ skills to scoot cluckin’ chick’ns, springy sheep and balky bovines back to their pens while avoidin’ coyotes, foxes and chick’n poxes!

Things aren’t exactly OK at this corral when the terrain gets tricky; bridges collapse and the fences give you a shock, so be careful herdin’ or yer livestock won’t be live very long!

PLEASE NOTE: This app lets you purchase digital content using actual money. You can configure parental controls for in-app purchases, which will require your Amazon account password or a 4-digit PIN, by going to the Settings menu from within the Amazon Appstore.
Herd Herd Herd Deluxe has a 4.6-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

That is unusual agreement between the two markets, and certainly is 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.

The app has a version in the App Store, as well. It is priced at $0.99. It has a 4.5-star rating overall.

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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