Thursday, February 14, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Feb. 14, 2013: Valentines Day Mahjong

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

Valentines Day Mahjong is free in Google Play, but there are sprinkled ads for other apps; 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.

Valentines Day Mahjong is described as follows:
Find your match with Valentine's Day Mahjong! You'll find love at first sight with our beautiful tiles, and easy-to-use interface.

Earn up to 3 stars on all 8 of our fun and festive holiday-themed tile boards.
  • 8 tile layouts
  • Original and festive Valentine's Day tiles and artwork
  • High score and best time saved for each layout
  • Undo Button
  • Hint Button
  • Shuffle Button
  • Simple, intuitive interface
  • Product Description
Valentines Day Mahjong has a 4.6-star rating in Google Play. It has a 4.1-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

It's really just Mahjong with a Valentine's Day twist, so if you're a Mahjong fan, this might be for you. Otherwise, it's not a sure buy.

There is also a version of theapp in the iOS App Store. There it is free but has an in-app purchase of $0.99 for "more ideas." It has insufficient ratings to display.

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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