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Amazon.com has promised a free app every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today’s app is Roller.
Roller is $0.99 in the Android Market, and normally is priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore (as noted previously, the two marketplaces sometimes have differing prices).
Roller is a Skee-ball game, the likes of which you might recall from arcades. Roller is described as follows:
Roller, a skee-ball app for your Android phone, brings you back to the penny arcade. Test your skill as you roll balls up the ramp into different holes to score points. An authentic representation of the classic arcade game, Roller features high quality graphics, two game modes, and accurate sounds. The balls roll, move, and bounce with surprising realism.
To play, touch your finger to your home screen, then swipe it toward the holes. Roller reacts to the direction and speed of your finger. Aim carefully by controlling the starting and stopping points of your flick. As an extra twist, Roller offers a tilt feature that lets you change the spin on the ball after it’s released.
Roller provides two game modes: Classic, the standard game with eight balls per game, and Adventure, which periodically highlights holes. In Adventure mode, sinking a ball in a designated target generates more points and double, triple, or quadruple game scores.
Roller also lets you adjust the game’s touch sensitivity to suit your preference. You can toggle the Gravity tab to make the ball more sensitive to gravity.
The game saves your scores and also lets you share and compare results with Roller players around the world.
Please note: Roller is not compatible with all tablets.
Not compatible with all tablets is an unclear statement, but in the Android Market, the description says that the Xoom is incompatible. A comment states it fails on the LG G-Slate. Both of those tablets are Honeycomb (Android 3.0), so it seems that the program does not, at this time, work on Honeycomb.
Roller has a 4-star rating in the Android Market. In the Amazon Appstore, it has 3-star rating. There is also a Roller (Lite) version; that version is ad-supported and rates 3.5 stars in the Android Market, while in the the Amazon Appstore it receives 2.5 stars.
The Amazon Appstore requires sideloading, which means that for now AT&T devices can’t use it. As we noted before, however, there is a way to at least “reserve” these free apps for installation later, when AT&T corrects the issue, as it has promised.
Amazon 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.