Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today’s app is Hot Donut (Paid Version).
Hot Donut (Paid Version) doesn’t exist in the Android Market, but the free version does. It is normally priced at $2.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we’ve noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two marketplaces.
Hot Donut (Paid Version) is described as follows:
How hot are you, little donut? Are you sizzling hot, just warmish, or downright soggy? Find out when you roll, jump, and dash your way through four awe-inspiring worlds in the fun Android game, Hot Donut.
Meet Hot Donut
This pastry-turned-action-hero obviously means business. He’s dressed for success in his purple cape, red gloves, and Superman stance. He also has large eyes meant for spying … fireflies, which, if you’re lucky enough to catch, give you extra points.
Colorful Worlds and One-Touch Controls
The fun begins in an idyllic mountain scene with plenty of hills and valleys to traverse, chasms to jump, clear skies to fly through, and shimmering fireflies to catch. Simple one-touch controls are easy to learn. Just touch anywhere on the screen to increase gravity and roll down hills; let go at the top of a hill to fly. Touch two thumbs to dash and float over those big gaps.
Hints, Power-Ups, and Gifts
Great for kids, the app also provides written hints as you play, which will save you from getting fried or otherwise spinning to your death.
You can also earn free power-ups that allow you to dash upward, float in mid-air, or get a spontaneous boost of speed. Gather gifts too and enjoy upbeat music as you play. See how many dozens of levels you can polish off and watch as your score heats up.
Hot Donut (Free Version) has a rating of 4.1 stars in the Android Market, and the Paid Version has 2.6 stars in the Amazon Appstore.
It’s hard to consolidate the two ratings between the different stores. In the Amazon Appstore, many say it’s boring or buggy. But the ratings in the Android Market don’t state that information.
The two versions do differ in version number … 1.8 is in the Android Market and 1.8.9 in the Amazon Appstore. Generally, we’d attribute that to any necessary changes for the Amazon Appstore, but it’s also possible bugs were introduced during the modification process.
We’d at least give it a shot based on the Android Market ratings.
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.