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Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Oct. 5, 2012: Alphabet Car
Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Alphabet Car.
Alphabet Car is priced at $2.99 in Google Play. It is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.
Alphabet Car is described as follows:
Jump behind the wheel and buckle up for a learning journey you won't soon forget! Alphabet Car, an innovative educational app that makes remembering letters and words fun, puts you in the driver's seat. You'll be fully engaged, using your eyes, ears, and hands. If you're new to Alphabet Car, you'll start out driving Baby Bus; as you continue playing, you can unlock other cars. Oh, the places you'll go in this big-eyed, bouncing yellow school bus ...
Come Along for a Fun Learning Journey
To start, choose which mode you'd like to try: Preschool, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert. As you progress through each mode, you'll play with longer words, starting with one and two-letter words in Preschool to six-letter words in Expert. Within each mode there are nine stages, many of which you'll have to unlock. So let's get going!
Watch for the letters as you drive
If this is your first time behind the wheel, there is no need to worry -- it's intuitive and easy even for the littlest learners. Just rotate your mobile device like a steering wheel to navigate your way down the scenic road. You can choose to listen to music or just the sound of your wheels. Most importantly, watch out for the letters!
Learning Letters, Words, and Spelling
As you roll along, big block letters appear before you on the road. Aim your bus toward these letters and when you make contact with them, you'll hear the letter pronounced. When you gather all the letters to spell a word, you'll hear the word pronounced and you are presented with a card showing the word along with an illustration. Track how many words you have gathered as the cards pile up.
More Fun Awaits You Down the Road
Once you unlock a level, you can practice a series of words by replaying a particular stage. For a more challenging experience you can increase the speed of your car. And as you unlock more levels, you can even decorate your car.
Alphabet Car is a fun way to learn letters, words, and spelling. It's great for little ones and involves visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles and strengthens hand-eye coordination. While you journey and learn, enjoy upbeat music, colorful 3D graphics, and more than 40 different levels.
The suggested environment for this app is Android 2.2/2.3.
Alphabet Car has a 4.1-star rating in Google Play and 4.3 stars in the Amazon Appstore. With that agreement, we'd "buy" it now, while it is free.
There is also a version of Alphabet Car in the iOS App Store. There, it is priced at $2.99, it has a 3.5-star rating overall, but none for the current version.
In general, we continue to be disappointed with the FAOTD program. It began promisingly enough, with Angry Birds Rio, but we've gotten tired of the endless games or niche apps, and especially apps which have no uptake in Google Play, and seem to be FAOTD as a desperation move by the developer.
We'd like to see free versions of say, Office-compatible software or useful utilities such as CalenGoo instead of niche apps or endless games (we just assume every day that it's going to be a game; it's gotten that bad).
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.