Saturday, February 23, 2013

Amazon Appstore free app of the day for Feb. 23, 2013: Burn the Rope+

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Burn The Rope+.

Burn The Rope+ is priced at $3.01 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $2.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Burn The Rope+ is described as follows:
Burn the Rope is a unique game for the pyro in all of us! Just feed the fire!

Another FREE level pack with 60 new levels added !!!

Burn the Rope is a challenging game where you try to burn as much rope as you can in each level. There’s a catch! The fire only burns upwards, leaving you to tilt and turn the puzzle to keep your flame alive!

As you progress through the levels, you'll encounter bugs crawling along the rope. Different bugs have different reactions to the flame. For example, the ant changes the color of the flame so you can burn different colored ropes, and the spider shoots out a web bridge so you can access parts of the level that you could not before.

Burn the Rope is incredibly fun and addictive. You will actually feel like you're burning a rope, yet there's no need for a fire extinguisher!
Burn The Rope+ has a 4.6-star rating in Google Play; it has a 3.8-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

Buy this game. It's finally a worthy entry in the FAOTD program, though it is still a video game.

There is also a version in the iOS App Store. There it is priced at $0.99, but with a number of in-app purchases.  It is rated at 4.5-stars for the current version and 4-stars overall.

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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