Friday, March 01, 2013

Amazon Appstore free app of the day for March 1, 2013: Sudoku 10'000 Plus

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Sudoku 10'000 Plus.

Sudoku 10'000 Plus is priced at $2.49 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $2.49 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Sudoku 10'000 Plus is described as follows:
Expert Sudoku with 15'000 puzzles in eight different variants and in eight difficulty levels.

(1) Game Play

* Eight different Sudoku variants: Classic & Jigsaw puzzles (aka Squiggly), Asterisk-, Centerdot-, Color-, Hyper-, Percent- & X-Sudokus
* Eight difficulty levels: very easy, easy, moderate, advanced, hard, very hard, fiendish, nightmare
* Five input methods (digit first, cell first, mixed, Andoku, popup)
* Pencil marks with auto set or auto erase
* Persistent undo/redo
* Auto save
* Bookmarks
* Highlighting of selected digits and pencil marks
* Highlighting of completed digits
* Highlighting of incorrect digits
* Coloring mode (cells and pencil marks) to support coloring solving techniques
* Very advanced hint functionality
* Analysis functionality to rate the difficulty of a Sudoku puzzle and to get a detailed list of required solving techniques
* Game statistics: fastest, average, slowest times for each difficulty level
* Extremely configurable

(2) Additional Features

* Sudoku Editor: create your own Sudoku puzzle from scratch
* Sudoku Importer: import Sudoku puzzles in five different formats: *.sdk, *.sdm, *.adk, *.opensudoku, *.1gsudoku. All *.adk formats are supported including jigsaw/squiggly puzzles with extra regions.
* Sudoku Generator: generate new Sudoku puzzles in eight difficulty levels
* Sudoku Solver: solve any Sudoku in milliseconds
* Sudoku Manager: create, delete, rename folders, create, copy, move, delete Sudokus, filter Sudokus according to their game status, difficulty and type
* Sudoku Widget: gives access to the start screen functions from your home screen

(3) Supports

* Left-handed players (landscape mode)
* Portrait and landspace mode
* All screen types and sizes
* Touch screen, keyboard and trackball
* Installation on external storage (e.g. sdcard)
* Android 1.6-4.x
Sudoku 10'000 Plus has a 5.0-star rating in Google Play; it has a 4.9-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

Buy this, now. The 5.0-star rating in Google Play comes with over 100 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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