Thursday, March 07, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for March 7, 2013: Heroes of Kalevala

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Heroes of Kalevala.

Heroes of Kalevala is priced at $1.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $1.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Heroes of Kalevala is described as follows:
Build your very own village in the magical world of Kalevala!

REVIEWS

"If you are looking for one of the best Match-3 games, give Heroes of Kalevala a look. You won’t be able to stop playing!"
5/5 mobiltechreview

"Beautiful soundtrack; highly addictive gameplay; interesting mix of puzzle and simulation."
Slidetoplay.com - Must Have

"Stunning graphics. Plenty of match-3 fun to had. Lovingly crafted blend of match-3 and building sim."
4/5 GameZebo.com

"It’s all dressed up in gorgeous graphics [...] worth every penny. A really good game."
5/5 thesixthaxis.com

DESCRIPTION

Choose a hero you like the best and lead your tribe to a bright future in the lands of Kalevala!

Exciting match-3 gameplay, amazing hero powerups and fascinating village building feature provide hours of imaginative entertainment. Experience more than 140 hand crafted levels featuring unique match-3 gameplay such as lock bomb combos and tar fights.

Build your village from scratch and watch it thrive and produce wealth. Can your tribe acquire the fabled Sampo?
Heroes of Kalevala has a 4.4-star rating in Google Play; it has a 3.1-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

It seems good enough to at least try, despite the difference between the two marketplaces.

There is an HD iPad version of the app in the iOS App Store. There it is priced at $4.99 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).

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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