Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Amazon Appstore free app of the day for March 20, 2013: Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar is priced at $1.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $2.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar is described as follows:
The most-loved Caterpillar in the world is hungry…Very Hungry! Find and eat all of the Caterpillar's favorite foods while you learn the fundamentals of numbers and counting, in this beautiful, interactive math game for kids aged two years and up. (Even adults will like playing level five!)

This game has five levels of increasing difficulty. There's a variety of things to try and different skills to practice, all building a basic math foundation. The Caterpillar will ask you to eat familiar foods from The Very Hungry Caterpillar book. Tap on them to punch out a hole, and find out if you did it right. The music is by Mozart, the art is by Eric Carle, and the game is by the creators of the renowned Peekaboo Barn. We designed it to entertain your child for hours while gradually developing their number skills.
--LEVEL 1: Counting. This level teaches cause and effect and introduces the concept of counting. Kids will also practice with the names and symbols for numbers one through twelve.

--LEVEL 2: Vocabulary. In this level kids identify fruit and food within a larger set of different foods, deciding which food to eat and what to leave untouched.

--LEVEL 3: Quantity. Identify a specific amount of fruit and food within a larger set. For example, see twelve plums but only eat five. Unlike Level 1, kids can't just tap everything they see!

--LEVEL 4: Addition. Count and eat a specific number of different foods within a set. For example: See five apples, two slices of salami, one ice-cream cone, and four lollipops. Children must eat just one lollipop and two apples. When they do, they will learn they took three bites: this introduces the basic concept of addition.

--LEVEL 5: The Game. Now put all your skills together--with a time limit! Fruits and foods keep sliding into view while kids try to eat what the Caterpillar asks them to find. There is only one minute, so think (and eat) fast! *Points are awarded for each correct food that is found, reinforcing basic addition skills.

We were surprised that even toddlers were loving the first levels, while we've been playing Level 5 ourselves. What's more, the game is localized in UK English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, and Japanese! Practice your numbers and food words in other languages too. Enjoy!
Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar has a 2.8-star rating in Google Play; it has a 3.2-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 free, 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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