Error message

Deprecated function: The each() function is deprecated. This message will be suppressed on further calls in menu_set_active_trail() (line 2405 of /home/hulijedw/public_html/includes/menu.inc).

Amid Permissions Uproar, Amazon Appstore Switches Free App in Mid-Day

Michael Santo's picture

Update: Amazon.com has pulled Farm Frenzy off the front page of the Amazon Appstore. While still free for the day, it's now promoting the Newsweek App as its free app of the day. It's unclear why this happened, but as noted below in the original story there was an uproar about the permissions that Farm Frenzy required.

That said, Newsweek Mobile, usually $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore, isn't blowing away Farm Frenzy in terms of its reviews: Newsweek has 27 reviews and a 1.5 rating. Here it appears to be functionality, not permissions that is the issue. Read the original story below.

Amazon's new Android Appstore promises a free app a day, and the app made free on March 28, 2011 is "Farm Frenzy," a time management game, which follows a different time management game, "Diner Dash 2," which was free on Sunday.

Farm Frenzy is normally $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As stated previously, pricing between the Amazon Appstore and in the Android Market are note necessary identical. The price of Farm Frenzy in the Amazon Market is $3.20. There is a free "lite" version, however.

Strangely, in the Android Market, there are versions of Farm Frenzy labled "Alawar's" Farm Frenzy. These games are all done by Herocraft, so they are seem to be the same game.

Unlike Apple and its iOS App Store, Amazon.com is able to create a secondary, curated market because Android, in general, allows what is known as "sideloading," or installing apps from a store that is not the official Android Market.

That said, the words "in general" need to be noted: AT&T has seen fit to remove that option from the Android settings on its smartphones. That means that users of AT&T smartphones are out of luck, although there is a way to at least "reserve" apps from the Android market while waiting for AT&T's promised fix.

Farm Frenzy has a nice rating in the Android Market, of 4.44 stars out of 5 at the time of this writing. The reviews at Amazon.com are not so stellar, and this has been the case since the Amazon Appstore opened. There are only 36, and the ratings are in the 1.5 star range. Still, it is free, at least for today.

Here is the blurb from the Android Market:

In Farm Frenzy, a frantically fun game from Herocraft, run your own bustling, fully working farm. Look after chickens, sheep, cows, and other animals in this clever time-management game for casual players of all ages. Produce cakes, wool, butter, and cheese, and work hard to achieve your goals--whether that's owning a certain number of animals, producing a specific number of goods, or simply racking up a huge profit.

Slip into a pair of overalls and try your hand at running a farm. From tending to the fields where your cows graze to gathering eggs for sale at the town market, Farm Frenzy is as stimulating as the real thing, only you won't have to experience the nasty smells. You will, however, be required to invest the money you earn in new equipment. Building a cheese dairy, for example, allows you to process your milk on the spot and make even more cash.

Not Your Ordinary Dairy Farm
Farm Frenzy offers 48 action-packed levels to keep you busy, starting from simple egg collecting tasks to the rigors of producing cheese, woolen cloth, and cakes all at the same time. Upgrade various parts of your farm as you advance, from the vehicle you use to transport goods to market, to your storage warehouse, and even the buildings that produce the goods.

Every Day is Moo-ving Day
As well as the standard upgrades, the really canny player unlocks special VIP bonuses, including super-fast transport vehicles, automatic water-pumps, and discount cards that secure cheaper purchasing of animals for your farm. With bright and vibrant graphics, a great soundtrack, and more fun than an afternoon at the petting zoo, Farm Frenzy will have you hooked.

Why the criticism in the Amazon Appstore? The reason, looking through the reviews, seems to be the number of permissions the app requires. When installing an Android app, you are prompted with the list of permissions that the app requires. While seemingly unaffecting those buying from the Android Market, it has created a furor at the Amazon Appstore.

The first free app at Amazon's Appstore, on Day One, was Angry Birds Rio. The app remains free in the Amazon Appstore for a limited time, and is, at this point, exclusive to the Amazon Appstore. The Amazon Appstore has another unique feature: you can test drive apps in your browser.

Image Source, Amazon.com

Add new comment