Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today’s app is Tiki Golf 2.
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Tiki Golf 2 is priced at $2.99 in the Android Market. It is normally priced at $2.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we’ve noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two marketplaces.
Tiki Golf 2 is described as follows:
Get ready to hit the minigolf greens with Tiki Bobby, the larger-than-life Tiki figure with a green eye mask, large toothy grin (or is it a grimace?), and a blazing red headdress. It’s obvious that this guy means (golf) business and he’s brought some friends along so there are more playable Tikis.
Beaches, Volcanoes, Pineapples, and More
Tiki Golf 2 brings you exotic courses like Beach Sunrise, Volcano Trouble, Lost Beach, and Kahunas Mountain. Each vibrant course is a world unto itself. They have the iconic minigolf appeal but feel more like water park rides. Beach Sunrise, for example, offers palm trees, the soothing sound of the surf, and fabulous island views. Watch for pineapples as you play – they earn you bonuses.
Not your Grandma’s Minigolf
To play, simply touch the screen and move to aim. Tap Swing and then Hit. Enjoy the cool tiki-themed graphics and music while you watch your shot. As you play, you can monitor the hole number, shots, and par. Earn bonuses for power, speed, and luck as well as steering, collecting pineapples, going through rings, and hitting targets.
You’ll start with the standard-issue ball and club but you can unlock more levels of each as you prove your prowess. Advanced golf balls include Slow Motion, Ghost, Mega Control, Speed, Anti Gravity Jump, and Instant Stopping Power. Advanced club abilities include Accuracy, Mega Power, Amplify, Out of Bounds Immunity, Opposite Day, and Stat Bonuses. Track your Pineapple Score, Ring Score, Target Score, and Best Time.
These greens include ramps, mega power boosts, giant dartboard targets, huge hammers, loop-de-loops, pipes, pineapples, massive Tiki totems, and more. Choose to play Campaign Mode or Practice Mode. Test your abilities in three categories: Power, Control, and Accuracy.
Tiki Golf 2 redefines extreme minigolf. It just may be the coolest minigolf you’ll ever play.
Tiki Golf 2 has a 4.6-star rating in the Android Market and a 3.5-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.
It’s another one of those “how to judge” type apps since the Android Market has much higher ratings than the Amazon Appstore. However, the Market version of Tiki Golf 2 only has 21 ratings, making it still harder to jugge.
Fortunately there is also a Free version of the game in the Android Market. That one has 231 ratings, with a 4.3 average. Translation: it’s free, give it a try, but expect better results on newer handsets and tablets.
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.