Monday, March 18, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for March 18, 2013: Around the World 80 Days (Premium)

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Around the World in 80 Days (Premium).

Around the World in 80 Days (Premium) is priced at $0.99 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, but in this case there is a sale at Google Play.

Around the World in 80 Days (Premium) is described as follows:
You only have 80 days to circumnavigate the globe. Think that sounds easy? Travel back in time to the late 19th century and get ready for spectacular adventures on land, sea and air together with the English daredevil Phileas Fogg and his loyal French servant Passepourtout. Use the unique chance to visit four continents and complete the inconceivable journey to win the fantastic 20,000 pounds wager with this outstanding puzzler inspired by the classic adventure novel of the same name written by Jules Verne.

ENJOY THESE FEATURES:
  • Adventure game with outstanding storyline, beautiful animation and challenging puzzles
  • Extremely addictive gameplay with 81+ levels
  • Careful Android adaptation of game levels
  • High-quality colorful graphics and soundtrack
  • Marvelous adaptation of the Jules Verne Victorian travelogue
  • Book a trip. It will be first class!
Around the World in 80 Days (Premium) has a 4.6-star rating in Google Play; it has a 4.6-star rating in the Amazon Appstore. Amazon.com has upped the ante and released a number of very well-rated FAOTDs.

"Buy" this one while it is free.

There is also a version in the iOS App Store. There, it is free, but has a $2.99 in-game full game unlock. It has 4.5-stars for the current version and 4.5-stars overall.

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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