Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Amazon Appstore free app of the day for March 19, 2013: Tank Ace Reloaded

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Tank Ace Reloaded.

Tank Ace Reloaded is priced at $4.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $4.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Tank Ace Reloaded is described as follows:
Tank Ace Reloaded is the next generation tank warfare game from the makers of Tank Ace 1944.

In the game you command a World War II tank charging to occupy the enemy capitol. Allied and Soviet Tank Aces advance on Berlin; German Aces advance on London and Moscow. At least that's what the orders from HQ say. But since you face overwhelming odds and are forced to scavenge supplies as you go, you might just find yourself retreating instead.

The goal of each round of play is to clear the enemy from a map sector and drive them off the far bank of a river so that your side can cross and advance. Skills you will need to accomplish this are a working trigger finger, the ability to navigate west or east, and driving ability sufficient to crash into other vehicles.

A status panel shows the number of enemies left, rounds remaining, fuel, and armor strength. The last three can be replenished by ramming (not shooting) an enemy truck. If you run out of fuel or armor, or for some reason drive your tank into the water, in addition to an untimely death you will be forced to retreat one sector. If you wipe out the enemies you will advance one sector, retaining any excess supplies you have scavenged.

The game ends when you take the enemy capitol, or they overrun yours. Either way the brass will want to have a talk with you.
Tank Ace Reloaded has a 3.5-star rating in Google Play; it has a 2.1-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

A review by krodgers might give insight into why there is such a huge difference between the stores:
no tutorial no simple guide. when i finially figured out how to fire 3/4 of the time it still wouldnt. wish i listened to other reviews and didnt bother. if i could i would give this one a 0 star rating.
There is also a version in the iOS App Store. There, it is priced at $2.99, but has insufficient 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).

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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