Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Feb. 19, 2013: Wubbzy's Train Adventure

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

Wubbzy's Train Adventure 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.

Wubbzy's Train Adventure is described as follows:
Toot Toot! In the new storybook app, Wubbzy’s Train Adventure, Wubbzy and his friends take a ride on the Wuzzleburg Express. Destined for their favorite Kooky Karnival, the characters must overcome fun, silly and unexpected obstacles when the train breaks down. Can the wuzzle friends get the train back on track before the fair closes?

Inspired by Nick Jr.’s Emmy® Award-winning television series, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!®, this deluxe storybook app by Cupcake Digital will take your child on a zany train adventure right along with their favorite Wuzzleburg friends. Hop on the Wuzzleburg Express and see for yourself! All Aboard!

Visit Wubbzy and friends at iWubbzy.com to enjoy lots of free, fun-filled activities and dance, dance, dance to popular music videos from the television series!

Like! Like! Like! Wubbzy and the gang on Facebook:


Follow iWubbzy on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/iwubbzy

Fun features include:

In this mode, as you read the story to your child, they can tap and interact on each page.

A narrator reads the book and your child can tap and interact with the story.

This mode works like a good, old-fashioned picture book. It turns off all interaction and sound. Perfect for bedtime and quiet time with your child.

Two mini-games, Track Build-Up and Kooky Karnival Fun, are built into the story to further engage your child’s imagination.

Your child will want to get up and dance with two original music videos: Are You Ready? and Me and My Friends.

Kids can tap into their creativity by painting some of their favorite characters and scenes straight from the story!

Hi parents! Cupcake Digital is so excited to share this deluxe story experience with you and your child. We know you will be delighted.

We care about your kids and their safety, so there are a few things we think you should know. This app contains gated links, ensuring that only adults have the ability to access social networking sites, send e-mail to contact us for help or feedback, and get into the app stores. The gated links are available within the Help section or in the Main menu page, and are not placed within the story, which is designed to be just for kids.

We also want to make you aware that a pixel is embedded in our app. The pixel collects anonymous data only to help us understand downloads by device. We never collect personal or in-app behavioral data. For more information, or to view our full app privacy policy, please visit www.cupcakedigital.com.
Wubbzy's Train Adventure has a 5-star rating in Google Play. It has a 4.5-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

We'd "buy" this while it is free. Wubbzy was also a free app of the day in late January, with Wubbzy's Space Adventure.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. There it is priced at $1.99. It has a 4.5-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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