Thursday, February 28, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Feb. 28, 2013: Project Downforce has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Project Downforce.

Project Downforce 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.

Project Downforce is described as follows:
Get behind the wheel of a powerful Grand Prix racing car and burn some rubber on exotic circuits from around the globe!

Take on seven opponents for the championship title, blast through a single race, or simply hit the track to rack up some best times in the Time Trial mode.

Project Downforce is a simple, pick-up-and-play retro arcade racer with ultra smooth mode 7-styled visuals and massive scaling sprites, throwing back to the arcade machines of the late 80s. If Super Mario Kart and Super Monaco GP had a lovechild, Project Downforce would be its name!

  • 3 game modes - GP, Single Race and Time Trial
  • 7 racetracks from around the globe, including Hawaii, New Zealand and Japan
  • Adjustable difficulty level
  • Stomping retro soundtrack by NecroPolo
  • Ultra-fluid Super Nintendo Mode 7 styled tracks with massive, smooth-scaling roadside objects
  • 7 relentless AI opponents out for the gold trophy
  • Retro, digital control pad touch controls (tablet and phone options)
Project Downforce is the first racing game from POLYGAMe d i g i t a l and we welcome any feedback, be it bug reports or ideas for future updates and/or games. You control the destiny of or products!

Thanks for supporting indie gaming! Now, get your helmet on and hit the track!!!
Project Downforce has a 4.6-star rating in Google Play; it has a 1.6-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

That is a huge difference between the marketplaces. Honestly, it's hard to understand how it did that, as in the Amazon Appstore, it's hammered for being -- a bad game. We'd skip this, and that doesn't happen often.

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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