Saturday, February 16, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Feb. 16, 2013: Spirit Catcher

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

Spirit Catcher is priced at $1.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $1.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Spirit Catcher is described as follows:
The world of Azlanthia is thrown into darkness as evil creatures spawn from its very core. Help guide their Avatar against the hordes of enemies using her scythe to release traps onto the relentless swarms below.

Smite your enemies in this unique physics puzzle game and then guide the creature’s spirits into the catcher to end their evil reign for good.
  • Realistic physics puzzles.
  • Guide spirits by drawing a path to the catcher to capture them.
  • Collect wisps and totems for extra points and spend them on new skills.
  • Avatar skill system: Increase your ability to capture spirits which also adds to replayability.
  • Unique creatures with special abilities.
  • 90 levels with more free levels to come.
  • Progressively more complex levels with movers, spinners, touch to break objects and more.
  • Cannons that can load and shoot any physics object in the game!
Spirit Catcher has a 4.7-star rating in Google Play. It has a 4.2-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, current and 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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