Saturday, February 09, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Feb. 9, 2013: Pumped: BMX

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Pumped: BMX.

Pumped: BMX 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.

Pumped: BMX is described as follows:
Made by a BMXer for everyone who loves a challenge, Pumped: BMX is a true-to-life, insanely addictive and challenging BMX game created by someone who actually rides! If you're not a BMXer the tutorials will guide you, but prepare yourself for a brutal lesson in trails style! From huge jumps to technical lines, from insane stunts to stylish flow, Pumped lets you ride the way you want to ride.
  • Brand new gameplay - totally unique!
  • Incredible controls - as close as you can get to real BMX!
  • 44 levels in 6 locations - from the relaxing to the downright insane!
  • Over 100 challenges
  • real tricks, 1000s of combos
  • Outstanding physics simulation - true to life trails riding!
  • Stunning HD artwork
  • GameCircle achievements support
Pumped: BMX has a 4.8-star rating in Google Play and a 4.0-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

Those ratings don't come with just a few reviews. In Google Play there are over 200 ratings, yet the app still achieved a 4.8-star rating.

We'd buy this while it was free.

There is also a version in the iOS App Store. There it is priced at $1.99, and has 5 stars for both current and overall ratings.

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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