Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today’s app is Cartoon Defense.
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Cartoon Defense is priced at $0.99 in the Android Market, and is normally priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two stores.
Cartoon Defense is described as follows:
Your kingdom is under enemy attack and your princess is in danger in this tower defense game for your Android device. Protect your kingdom and hold your castle by using a variety of upgradable weapons, skills, troops, and towers.
Build Your Defense
It takes a mighty finger, tactical strategy, and accuracy to protect your fortress. You’ve got four main objectives during battle: Kill the enemy, collect money, take prisoners, and protect the health of your castle.
The War Store
The start of each game provides your weapon and tower choices. Check the cost, figure out what you need, and prepare for your battle.
The battle begins in the open field in front of your castle. As the enemy charges, defend with all your might. Be precise with your shot because accuracy matters. A shotgun is powerful but only if you can hit the target. Along the bottom of the screen find the weapons, skills, and items available to you already purchased prior to the battle. When you’re ready to use one, drag it from the menu.
Enemy troops who reach the castle will hack away at it until it begins to crumble. It’s imperative that you do all you can to prevent this. The health of your castle is displayed by the bar in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Additionally, across the top of your screen you’ll find your prisoner count and currency collected.
Capture the enemy by first spotting a fallen soldier on the field with bound hands. Quickly abandon your killing duty to drag the enemy to the prison. Turn captured enemies into an archer or soldier for your next battle. The game will offer strategy advice if you’re having a tough time beating a level.
Levels and Game Modes
Cartoon Defense offers 8 kinds of weapons, 17 characters, unlimited levels, and 3 difficulty modes. Music is fun and motivating and blood is moderate; both can be turned off. Your game is always auto-saved, so you have the option to return where you left off, or start a new game.
Cartoon Defense has a 4.4-star rating in the Android Market, and a 3.5-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.
In this case, the 3.5 rating in the Amazon Appstore is not because of a set of 1-star ratings over permissions paranoia, or because the app crashes. Instead, it’s because most of the ratings in the Appstore are in the middle range.
Meanwhile, in the Android Market, there is also a Cartoon Defense Free app that has a 4.0 rating, so it seems the 4.0+ rating is pretty consistent there. The app has 187 ratings (free) but only 16 (paid) in the Android Market.
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.