Monday, February 18, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Feb. 18, 2013: Wake up the Box has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Wake up the Box.

Wake up the Box is not available 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.

Wake up the Box is described as follows:
Mr. Box sleeps too much. Wake him up in this physic based puzzle game.

Place new objects on the screen to trigger reactions that will wake up the box.

20 levels of unmatched fun!
  • 20 levels
  • Good artwork
  • Relaxing music
  • Physic based
  • Product Description
Wake up the Box has a 2.6-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

We'd pass on thisa, despite it being free.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store, but it does not appear to be by the same developer. There it is free, but with an in-game purchase of new levels for $0.99. It has a 3-star rating for the current version and 3-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). 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. has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

Apple has already lost a portion of that lawsuit, which said had participated in "false advertising."

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