Friday, February 15, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Feb. 15, 2013: Cubistry

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

Cubistry 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.

Cubistry is described as follows:
Cubistry is a 3D cube matching puzzle game. Rotate a cube of cubes in three dimension with a swipe of your finger and tap cubes that look the same to make them pop.

Pop'em all to win the game in Puzzle Mode or hold back the cubes from becoming a cube of cubes in Cube Attack Mode!
Valentines Day Mahjong has a 4.5-star rating in Google Play. It has a 4.6-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

We'd "buy" this while it is free.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. There it is priced at $0.99. It has a five-star rating 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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