Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Feb. 6, 2013: Mahjong Deluxe 2 has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Mahjong Deluxe 2.

Mahjong Deluxe 2 is priced at $0.99 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.

Mahjong Deluxe 2 is described as follows:
Mahjong Deluxe 2 takes our super popular mahjong solitaire game and brings it into a whole new world.

The tiles are placed on 3D planes and you rotate around the structures to find the matching tiles.

It comes with 84 puzzle layouts and all puzzles are laid out with random tile orders so you can play them many times.

Relax and enjoy this beautiful game today!

  • 84 different puzzle layouts with a different puzzle each time.
  • All tiles are always open. If you can touch it you can select it.
  • New point and star system designed to help keep you focused.
  • Great background music and sounds.
Mahjong Deluxe 2 has a 3.7-star rating in Google Play and a 3.1-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

We'd buy this while it was free, although there are a relative few number of reviews and ratings.

There is also a version in the iOS App Store. There it is priced at $0.99, but does not have enough ratings to display.

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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