Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today’s app is Dabble HD – The Fast Thinking Word Game, Tablet Edition.
The non-tablet edition is also free today.
Dabble HD is exclusive to the Amazon Appstore, most likely for the next two weeks. It is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore, with the non-tablet version $0.99 (the non-tablet version is $1.00 in the Android Market). As we’ve noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two marketplaces.
Dabble HD is described as follows:
Dabble, the hottest new word game for Android smartphones — has come to the tablet! This HD edition is optimized for display on 7″ tablets. Now, you can play the fast-thinking game that everyone is talking about on an Android smartphone or tablet device. From the crisp and clear high-definition graphics to the addicting game-play, you won’t want to put Dabble HD down.
Dabble HD is the kind of game that is as simple as it is challenging. It rewards players with quick wits, a large vocabulary, and perfect spelling. You have to be on your toes, since the goal of the game is to spell out five separate words with just 20 letters as quickly as possible. The trick is that the five words must be comprised of a two-letter, three-letter, four-letter, five-letter, and six-letter word. You don’t have to complete all five words to score, just try your best. But remember, the more words you complete, and the quicker you do it, the higher your score.
Move Letters and Form Words
Game-play is easy! At the beginning, you will see 20 tiles, each with a letter and a point value. The tiles are already configured in rows, and all you have to do is drag and drop the letters to form words. As you do, the tiles turn blue and you gain points. Form all five words within five minutes or less to win. If you get stuck, you can tap the Solve button to see the solution. If you get really stuck, you can tap the restart button for a new game board.
Earn Badges and Awards
When you first launch Dabble HD, you can enter your name to track your best times and scores. If you share your device with family or friends, you can add up to four additional users, and change users during the first 30 seconds of the game. As you play, you’ll have the chance to earn badges for win streaks, fast times, and high scores. You can also view your top five high scores overall and for longest win streaks and fastest times. Challenge yourself to unlock all of the badges and beat your top scores!
Dabble HD has a 4.5-star rating in the Amazon Appstore. The non-tablet version has only one rating at the time of this writing, so we’ll discount the one-star rating. The non-tablet version, in the Android Market, has a 4.9 star rating.
Even with the Android Market version, there aren’t that many reviews. But as it’s free, and the reviews seem good, go for it.
Strangely enough, the Amazon Appstore ratings were dropped by a 2-star rating when someone tried to install the HD version on a smartphone.
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.