Monday, March 11, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for March 11, 2013: Hatchi - The retro virtual pet has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Hatchi - The retro virtual pet.

Hatchi - The retro virtual pet 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.

Hatchi - The retro virtual pet is described as follows:
Hatchi is a retro-looking app sure to get the nostalgia burning for all those who cared for a virtual pet back in the 1990s when they were at the height of their popularity. Just as with the keychain-sized pets of the 90s, iPhone users now will feed, clean, play with and generally look after their pets to ensure they grow up to be healthy, happy little Hatchis.

The Hatchi monster will go through several stages of growth, and will develop differently depending on the quality of care the player provides. Successfully raised Hatchi monster will be smarter, happier, and require less attention.

"It's hilarious, but I really, really, really don't want Big Poppa Pump (his Hatchi monster) to bite the dust. I've somehow bonded with the thing, as silly as that sounds, and the competitive part of my brain wants to see an evolution based on my meticulous play."

- Brad Nicholson, Touch Arcade reviewer

PLEASE NOTE: This app lets you purchase digital content using actual money. You can configure parental controls for in-app purchases, which will require your Amazon account password or a 4-digit PIN, by going to the Settings menu from within the Amazon Appstore.
Hatchi - The retro virtual pet has a 4.1-star rating in Google Play; it has a 3.8-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

"Buy" this one while it is free. The game must be superb if reviewers aren't complaining about in-app purchases on a paid game, something that usually draws fire at

There is also a version in the iOS App Store. There, it is priced at $0.99 and has 4.5 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). 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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