Monday, February 11, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Feb. 11, 2013: Sleepwalker's Journey

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

Sleepwalker's Journey 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.

Sleepwalker's Journey is described as follows:
Take a beautiful journey into dreams!

Meet drowsy Moonboy. Blown out of bed by a big lunar sneeze, he sleepwalks through dreams. Moonboy needs your help to reach his bed. Guide him safely through various traps, clear obstructions from his path, and shift his surroundings to create a safe passage to the cozy bed. Solve environment puzzles in a fantasy world, find multiple pathways through the game, and collect stars and crescents to experience the beauty of Sleepwalker’s Journey fairytale atmosphere.

You are Moonboy’s only guardian, and your imagination is the key that shapes the dream, as you lead the boy to his beloved bed. You are the dream creator.

Sleepwalker’s Journey HD highlights:
  • Over 45 dreams to explore (and more coming with updates)
  • Environment puzzles where you shape the dream: move obstacles, use elevators, interact with objects and more to clear Moonboy's way
  • Artistic design in a dream-like atmosphere from then award-winning developer, 11 bit studios. That means beautiful music too!
  • Visuals optimized for the most powerful Android Devices
  • Quality design from award-winning developer
Sleepwalker's Journey has a 4.6-star rating in Google Play and is also an Editor's Choice. It has a 4.4-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

We'd definitely buy this while it was free.

There is also two versions in the iOS App Store (Standard, HD). There it is priced at $0.99 ($1.99 for HD), and has 5 stars for both current and overall ratings.

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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