Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today’s app is Seven Stars 3D.
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Seven Stars 3D is priced at $1.99 in the Android Market. It is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two stores.
Seven Stars 3D is described as follows:
Once upon an ancient time, an evil monster stole the Big Dipper and human beings could no longer rely on these stars to guide them through the darkness of night.
Your task is to find and restore the Big Dipper to its rightful place in the sky by liberating seven stars from the monster’s seven mazes. Tap through the gate to begin your journey toward the galaxies, twinkling and shooting stars, deep space, and mazes that wait beyond.
Maneuver the ball through the monster’s complex stone mazes using tilt control. You’ll need fine motor control and laser-like focus to master this real-time physics game. Watch for bamboo passages, precarious platforms, wooden blocks, rounded bridges, and other amazing features that could either help or hinder your progress. If you gain too much speed or miss a turn, you’ll find yourself spinning off into space.
Gather Your Forces
You start with three lives. Pass through the galaxy icons that lie in your path to earn additional lives and time. Tap the yin-yang symbol to get a better view angle of your path. Although the way is long and difficult, original Chinese music, sound effects, and gorgeous 3D graphics provide soothing antidotes to the stress of your mission.
You can also aim for OpenFeint global leaderboards and achievements while pursuing the glory of defeating evil monsters and restoring stars to the sky. Accept the mission, venture into deep space, and retrieve the seven stars.
- OpenGL ES 3D graphics
- Chinese art style
- APP to SD
- Support for various resolutions, from QVGA to WXGA
- G-Sensor tilt control
- Support for HD devices and tablets, such as Xoom and Galaxy Tab
- Support for English and Simple Chinese
Seven Stars 3D has a 4.3-star rating in the Android Market, and a 2.0-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.
And we’re back to another one of those mysteries of why there is such a discrepancy between the two markets in terms of ratings. The Android Market has 19 ratings, so it’s hard to judge consistency there. There are two other versions, a Lite and a Free version, in the Android Market with 201 (4.1) and 31 (4.1) ratings, so those give a clearer picture, point to the app being worth a 4.x rating.
So why 40 one-star ratings in the Amazon Appstore? It appears the problems appear two-fold: much of the UI is in Chinese, for some strange reason, and “permissions paranoia.”
You can watch a video demo in the sidebar, and decide for yourself. Or just install it, and try. It’s free, after all.
Those who are considering “buying” a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers.
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.