Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Feb. 27, 2013: Clash of Mages

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

Clash of Mages is priced at $1.45 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.

Clash of Mages is described as follows:
Clash of Mages is tactical game built around mage duels. Nice graphics, atmospheric music, simple rules and endless gameplay!

Stand against AI opponents, try to defeat other players online or play with your friends and family on a single device, anyway you'll have a lot of fun!

Game features:
  • Supports all devices (HD version available)
  • Online Multiplayer with Top 100 Leaderboard
  • Thousands opponents from all mobile platforms
  • Achievements system
  • Multiplayer on a single device
  • Single player campaign
  • Quick battles with 3 difficulty levels
  • Advanced tactical AI
Simple and easy to use magic system (no long manuals needed!)/
Clash of Mages has a 4.0-star rating in Google Play; it has a 2.2-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

That is a huge difference between the marketplaces. However, there are only eight ratings in the Amazon Appstore and 145 in Google Play. We'd buy this, while it is free, to at least give it a try.

There is also a version in the iOS App Store. There it is priced at $0.99. It is rated at 3-stars overall. There is also an iPad HD version, priced at $1.99.

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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