Monday, February 04, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Feb. 4, 2013: Helidroid 3D has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Helidroid 3D.

Helidroid 3D is free in Google Play, but requires an in-app purchase of 1.43 euros (about $1.93) to unlock all the levels; 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.

Face Swap is described as follows:
Take the Control of a little RC helicopter in your house !
Helidroid 3D is a realistic 3D game, which let you control a little RC helicopter in a house.

The first part takes place in a bedroom, where you have to accomplish 30 missions : At the beginning, there are only easy missions, like taking off from the bed and landing on the desk.
But step by step, the missions will become more and more complicated, and a lot of new toys will appear, like a car-circuit or an electronic-train...
When you finish the game, you become a real chopper pilot !

Bonus :
  • You can control the copter with a joystick or with the gyro.
  • Real physics like a flight simulator or a air plane.
  • In some stages, you have rocket and gun to launch missiles and destroy cancoke or cannons.
  • Add shadows and dynamic camera
Helidroid 3D has a 4.3-star rating in Google Play and has 3.7-stars in the Amazon Appstore.

We'd buy this while it was free.

The app is also available in the iOS App Store. There, it is priced at $0.99 and is rated at 4 stars for the current version and 4 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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