Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Happy Vikings

Free today from the Amazon Appstore is a game called Happy Vikings. Aboard your dragonship, you’ll need to stack and arrange different loot type objects three in a row to make them vanish, earning  combos and chains to crank up your points. There are even ancient ruins that drop, and by spelling out the God’s name, you’ll earn yourself special favors from them. There is even a marathon type mode called Valhalla to see how long you can last. Coming in at about 30MB there’s some great graphics, special effects and smooth game play. Two buttons on the left will move your character left and right and your pickup and jump buttons are on the other side. When first playing this I found myself constantly trying to throw the items onto the stacks Super Mario II style, but that’s not an option here and slowed the pace for me a bit. Your only able to place the loot underneath where you are standing, meaning you need to jump on top of the stacks to make a combo or place them horizontally. You can however double jump for height and push up to two objects at once so that helps with the gameplay. Add on a cool sound track, Feint and Facebook support, and optimization for  Xperia PLAY and we’ve got a great little puzzle game on our hands here.

This game will normally cost you $1.37, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings—>Applications on your Android device. Hit up the break to see a video for the game and let us know what you think.

Get paid $2 towards any Amazon app just for sending a tweet

Want 2 bones for simply tweeting a message? Well, I have just the opportunity for you. Amazon wants you to spend 2 of their dollars in the Amazon Android app store by tweeting a simple sentence telling your followers to do the same. Follow the link below for instructions and go get your free credit now! As soon as you complete the tweet through the Amazon website you can use your credit immediately. Now what are you waiting for? This deal will only last for a limited time so go get your tweet on!

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Warheads

If you’re a fan of old school video games getting a sort of reboot, then Warheads will be for you. Warheads is basically a Feint enabled Missile Command with updated 3D graphics. What’s cool about this version is that the 3D planet stage your on sort of “sways” like your hovering over a real environment in space. You’ll see an exaggerated version of this movement as you blow up incoming missiles (it’s more like your watching a movie as you play and the camera is shaking from the destruction). There is also some cool sound effects and voice overs that make you feel like you’re really under attack. Since it’s Feint enabled, you’ll be able to battle it out with others posting your scores online or switch on Facebook logging to share your scores with your friends. I found the game to be choppy on my Droid X until I turned the “Reduce Effects” setting on in the Settings screen. One other glitch was, if pausing the game and your screen times out, the game turned to a black screen needing a reboot to recover. This certainly didn’t hurt the fun and I’m down for any great retro game refresh on my Android.

This game will normally cost you $0.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon App Store. If not using the App Store, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings—>Applications on your Android device. Hit up the break to see a video for the game and let us know what you think.

Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Box It! 2

Amazon’s free app today is a challenging puzzle game called Box It 2. It reminds me a bit of the top down Zelda view in A Link to the Past. You’ll be helping Marv unlock the entrance to the mines of Kazarakt where there is said to be large amounts of gold and treasures. To do this, you’ll need to push statues to their correct location avoiding spikes popping up along the way. There is a time limit to each level and you’ll be rewarded by taking the least amount of steps to complete the statue placement. To help you along the way, you’ll have a button to reset the level as well as a pause when you need a break and a redo button to reverse your moves. This is a nice challenging puzzle game and the only complaint I have are the controls. Two buttons on the left are for side to side movement and two on the right move the character up and down. This made the pace of the game for me feel a little slow, but other than that it’s still a great little puzzle game.

This game will normally cost you $1.56, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon App Store. If not using the App Store, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings—>Applications on your Android device. Hit up the break to see a video for the game and let us know what you think.

Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Greedy Spiders

Watch out with Amazon’s free app today because this game is HIGHLY addictive and challenging. Greedy Spiders is a great looking little puzzle game where you’ll have to save bugs trapped on a web from hungry spiders. When you first start the game, the only action you will have is to cut the web and try and interrupt the spiders path or directly free the bugs from the web. While easy at first, as the game starts to add multiple spiders and more intricate webs, you my find yourself with some great challenges on hand. There are also some new tools added later where you can burn the web, trick a spider with a dummy bug, and use some magical powers to free a bug. A cool feature, if you choose to use it from frustration, is a hints section to help you out in some of the harder levels. The game runs great and looks great too. If you notice any performance issues, you can also lower the graphics level if need be within the game. With 128 challenging levels and great graphics, this is sure to keep you addicted for a while.

This game will normally cost you a buck, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon App Store. If not using the App Store, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings—>Applications on your Android device. Hit up the break to see the trailer for the game that includes some gameplay and let us know what you think.

Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: PrinterShare

Hey all you bargain hunters! Today Amazon is giving away the paid app, PrinterShare that usually runs for $12.99 and currently has a 4 1/2 star rating. PrinterShare allows for wireless printing from your mobile device or SD card in various ways and supports many forms of documents. With a fairly simple UI and ease of use, I was able to get this to work on my HP photosmart in no time. I highly recommend this app for your wireless printing needs.

Product Description:

Printing right from your smartphone

Print documents (DOC, DOCX, XLS, XSLX, PPT, PPTX, PDF, TXT) from your smartphone’s SD card and from Google Docs. Also print email from Gmail, photos from the SD card, contacts, agendas, SMS or MMS, call logs, and even web pages directly from your device to a printer right next to you or anywhere in the world.

Premium Features

Please note: This is the premium, unlocked version of PrinterShare Mobile Print. All the premium features are available, and no key is required.

Premium Features: nearby direct printing via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth without PC; nearby printing to PC or Mac shared printers; unlimited remote printing. You do not have to buy pages or have a subscription on the receiving computer (Mac or PC).

Nearby Printing: you can print to WiFi printers shared on your Local Area Network from your Android phone without having to install PrinterShare computer software. You don’t need to log in or sign up with the system for Nearby Printing. A wide variety of printers are supported.

Remote Printing over the Internet: make sure you’ve installed the PrinterShare software on the computer connected to the printer, just like when you print from computer to computer using PrinterShare, then just log in to your free account with your smartphone and find and select the printer you want to print to. In addition, from your mobile device you may look for printers shared by others, select one, and print on it.

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Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: Elecont Weather

As there is no shortage of weather applications in the Android Market today, there are few who offer the service in style, accompanying rich and stylish graphics with its application and widgets.  The app offers you weather in the form of hourly and daily updates ranging all the way up to a 10 day forecast as it pulls its data from trusted sources like Intellicast and Foreca.  With 130,000 locations around the world available at your fingertips, you’ll be in the know how for weather conditions no matter where you are and where you go.  In addition, the app supports a plethora of widget sizes for your home screen’s real estate  convenience as well as alerts and warnings for your local area.    The app touts to offer one of the most accurate forecasts around as it works in conjunction with your device’s GPS to pin point your precise location.  Furthermore, the app offers some extra added features like a world clock, barometer which trends daily air pressure, sunrise and sunset times for most major cities, moon phases as well as set and rise times, multiple location monitoring support and the ability to notify you of temp, moon phase and other conditions directly in your Android device’s notification bar.  And lastly, here’s one thing you don’t see often in a weather application:

As a final touch, the Elocont Weather app even includes earthquake information. No, it can’t predict earthquakes (yet), but it does list all the recent seismic activity in a given area (that you can adjust). Call up a detailed list of recent quakes–including size on the Richter scale, location, and exact time–and, with one touch, see them plotted on a map.

Ready for the download?  If you don’t currently have the Amazon App Store side  loaded onto your device you can grab it by going here and entering either your phone number or email address in the upper right hand corner where you’ll be able to obtain a download link.  Be sure to check off “unknown sources” in your system’s settings.  The application would normally run you $3.00 so take advantage of today’s free offer while it lasts. Hit the break to check out some more screen shots and to hit up the quick whopping almost 9 min video of the app in action.  

Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: Frogger

Upon seeing today’s Amazon Free App of the day, I was instantly taken back to time where taxes, mortgages and working a hard 40 hours per week meant playing til the sun went down.  Frogger, an instant classic since the day it was written has made its way to the Android platform in style.  The Atari classic can be snatched up as today’s featured free Amazon app.  This is not a mock up of the original application, it’s the real deal manufactured by Konami.  The game and play is virtually identical to the original.  And just as the original, you’ll have to dodge speeding cars and trucks, hop on logs and turtle backs, all to reach the riverbank without becoming road splat.  There are slide controls available for fluid movement in addition to being able to just tap, no need for joysticks in this day and age.  Carry the female frogs to safety and earn bonus points as you eat flies on your way there.  And unlike the original, the developers added a “Phantom Phroggie” mode.

An interesting twist in this version is Phantom Mode, which guides you during the game by showing the route you took in your best game. In regular mode, you can post your high scores online and see who the top guns are with OpenFeint. Happy hopping!

So, what are you waiting for?  Did we mention it’s free?  If you’re not currently rocking Amazon’s App Store, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings—>Applications on your Android device.  Hit the break for a few screen shots for reminiscing.  

Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: ZDefense [Hands On Video]

Fans of tower defense games are going to want to grab ZDefense which is featured as today’s Free Amazon App. If you have never played tower defense games, but you enjoy old school type games than you will also find this one interesting because it has the look of Breakout, Tempest, and even Asteroids. The sounds are totally old school as well.

ZDefense is similar to other tower defense games in that you have a certain amount of money to buy varying towers, and as you progress you will earn more money for more towers. The enemies (or creeps) will try to move from the starting point to the exit point, and your job is to make sure none of them make it to the exit.

Some really nice features is the ability to create maps and take screenshots for sharing your high scores. It also supports Open Feint. It is regularly $1.99, but FREE for today only. Checkout the video for a quick look:

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Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: Txt Msg Away Message

Sometimes we just can’t get to the phone. It may be that we just don’t want to be bothered, or maybe we didn’t bring our phone along somewhere that it could get ruined. In any case, Amazon’s free app of the day could prove useful to you. Txt Msg Away Message is able to autonomously send a text reply while you’re unavailable. I’ve been using this app for quite some time and have used it plenty during class, as well as while I’m out on the water. The app is ridiculously simple for its level of utility. The initial screen features a text box for your away message, an on/off toggle, and a dropdown box for previously saved away messages.

Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: FRG Deluxe

We all love a good arcade game, and that’s what Amazon is offering as today’s free app. This game by developer Woo Games, brings you an armored robot that you control to fight off enemies. There are plenty of weapons, enemies to fight through, and a quite challenging 18 levels of game play. As you blow away your enemies you gain achievements and progress, using the touchpad or optical joystick.

In FRG Deluxe you can choose to fight in a death match with up to eight players. Also included is online play, where you browse through game lists and join in on the battles. As you progress, improve those skills and record your scores, you can compare you stats on one of the largest mobile social gaming networks out there, OpenFeint.

Today only, you can get this game free through the Amazon App Store. At a regular price of $3.00 in the Amazon App Store and in the Android Market, this would be a great time to buy if you feel that mobile gaming bug coming on.

Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: Trip Journal

There are a number of travel apps out there where you can record and share your plans, and they are unique in their own way. This is a good thing, as it gives each of us a chance to find that application that is the best fit for us, and don’t we all love a little variety? Well, today we are looking at Trip Journal from developer iQuest Technologies SRL.

Trip Journal allows you to record all your travels as you are on the go. Giving you the ability to share your experiences with everyone you choose in real-time. As with many application these day, Trip Journal can be integrated into your social life, tracking your events by recording photos, videos, notes. Making use of Google Earth, Picasa, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook,  Flickr. There’s also a compass to keep track of where you’re headed, and much more.

This travel app stands out from others in that it has a very eye catching user interface. Making it an application your want to use. So if you are a globe trotter looking for a way to keep your travels logged, and love to share what you experience with family and friends, you may want to check this app out. Trip Journal is only $0.99 normally ($1.41 in the Android Market), but being free all day today is definitely an incentive to purchase. Hit the break for the application link, QR code and a Trip Journal video presentation.

The Amazon App Store needs to stop taking advantage of developers and offer more exclusivity or it will continue to be a failure

Before I begin let me first say I am am big fan of Amazon in general. I shop at the site regularly, and I have an Amazon Chase Visa card which earns rewards towards future Amazon purchases. With that being said, the Amazon app store is complete failure in my opinion, but they have succeeded in two things: ticking off developers and giving away apps for free.

I recently wrote about developer Shifty Jelly who recently agreed to offer Pocket Casts as the Amazon free app of the day without the normal (20% of list price) compensation. I answered the question on why Amazon started doing this, and it was because their free app of the day is not generating any other sales. They are sick of paying out thousands of dollars for people to just randomly download a free app with the majority of them uninstalling it later. This is no different then if Walmart offered a free product each day, and millions of people stopped in to their local store to only pick up the free product and nothing else. Walmart would still have to pay the manufacturer of the product they purchased, and if consumers did not purchase anything else in the store, it would get old pretty fast. That is what has happened to Amazon. The free app is a fantastic promotion, but nothing more. In Walmart’s case, if they did offer something free each day, I have a feeling people would actually buy other products, so the question is why aren’t people shopping at Amazon for apps?

Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: Spectrum Puzzles

If you’re a “puzzle freak”, as the developer puts it, today’s free Amazon App is going to surely to tickle your fancy.  Spectrum Puzzles for Android allows you to unscramble images much like a real life puzzle.  It’s simple, slide the images around to assemble the photo at hand.  The developer has packed the app with a whopping 50 lively and energetic photos for your convenience.  As you increase in level the difficulty increases as well.  And if for some reason you rock’em all, the developer has added support for you to upload your own photos too.  How cool is that?  Among the photos pre-loaded you’ll find various landscapes, nature shots, city skylines and buildings as well as cool machinery.

The puzzles range from four different sizes allowing for 12 to 48 different pieces to be visible.  Level of difficulty ranges are simple as you’re offered Easy, Medium and Hard.  Your kids are sure to have a ball with this one while on long trips or lengthy commutes.  If you’re ready to give this a download, head on over to the Amazon App Store.  If you don’t have the App Store side loaded onto your device, you can grab it from here.  Just enter your mobile number or your email and a download link will be sent to you.  Just ensure that your device has the “unknown sources” box checked off under “Applications” and you’re all set.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Hit the break to check out some more screen shots of the application.  

Is the Amazon app store successful or is it one big giveaway with no results?

Since Amazon opened their app store, they have offered a free app of the day each and every day. The deal has always been if an app is featured for free, the developer would get at least 20% of the list price. It does not appear that Amazon has changed this policy, but they are making offers to certain developers to feature their app for free with nothing in return.

Developer Shifty Jelly recently received the following from Amazon:

“As you may already know, the Free App of the Day offer placement is one of the most visible and valuable spaces on the Amazon Appstore. We would like to include your app “[name removed]” in our Free App of the Day calendar. We have seen tremendous results from this promotion spot and believe it will bring you a great deal of positive reviews and traffic. It is an opportunity to build your brand especially in association with a brand like Amazon’s. The current price of this placement is at 0% rev share for that one day you are placed.”

The question is why is Amazon doing this? We will get into that in a second, but lets first analyze what happened in this real life example.