Amazon is shuttering Underground

Amazon is shuttering Underground

Apr 29, 2017

Amazon Underground, an interesting concept that had Amazon offering apps for free — as in “completely free” (no purchase or IAP costs) — will be sunsetting support 2019.

The underlying idea was indeed innovative, especially with regards to app environments, when it launched in 2015, Amazon essentially provided the apps for free, and developers were compensated based on how much time users spent in the app.

After May 2017, no more apps will be accepted. We look forward to seeing if the Amazon Appstore will return to its pre-Underground form.

[via Amazon Developer Blog]

Get Ready: Amazon Digital Day is Coming!

Get Ready: Amazon Digital Day is Coming!

Dec 20, 2016

Amazon looks to be taking seasonal discounts past Christmas with its upcoming Amazon Digital Day.

On December 30th, the behemoth e-tailer is unveiling a host of digital content — available at discounts of up to 50%.

What will be available? We hear more 1,000 digital pieces, including applications, music, movies, software, video games and electronic books.

Amazon was kind enough to send over a fairly extensive sneak peek:

Pass the Popcorn – Movies, TV and music favorites at up to 50% or more off
§ Up to 50% off hundreds of the year’s top movies and TV shows

§ Top Albums for $5 from various artists including Gunslinger by Garth Brooks

§ Save 50% off annual subscription for UFC FIGHT PASS
§ 50% off Annual Plex Pass (savings of $19.99)
§ Receive $10 towards an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription, the new on-demand full catalog streaming service – Only new subscribers are eligible for this deal

Dollar Deals – Favorites for under $1
§ Popular kids apps including Sesame Workshop, Dr. Panda and Toca Boca titles all discounted to $0.99
§ Popular Digital Comics series such as Runaways Vol. 1: Pride and Joy (List price $8.79)

Best of 2016 – Top rated items at great prices
§ Up to 75% off eBooks from top 2016 Kindle Authors including James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and Nicholas Sparks
§ 95% off OfficeSuite Premium Subscription (regular price $19.99)
§ $10 off your first three rides with Lyft ($30 value)

Family Time – Great deals for the whole family
§ 33% off subscription to Amazon Rapids – a new app that offers a playful approach to children’s reading (introductory monthly price $1.99 per month)

Game On – Get your game on at prices you’ll love
§ New and existing player discounts and exclusive IAP item for Game of War and Mobile Strike
§ Enjoy 33% off popular console games including Titanfall 2 and FIFA 17
§ Up to 80% off on hundreds of video game titles such as Saints Row IV and Fallout 4
§ 200% extra coin bonus in House of Fun Slots and other great casino game deals
§ Up to 83% off life points in The Sims Freeplay & 60% off New Year’s buildings in SimCity BuildIt

50% off or More – Twice the entertainment, half the price
§ First month free and 50% off next 5 months subscription of Daily Burn exercise channel on Fire TV ($37 savings)
§ Marvel Collections Sale: Up to 75% off more than 300 graphic novels – Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Dr. Strange Vol.1 and more.

Sounds like an interesting selection.

Amazon Appstore Director Aaron Rubenson talks about Digital Day’s usefulness. “Amazon Digital Day is designed to help customers find great digital content from videos and music to games and apps,” he says. “Whether you received a new device this holiday, or just want to update content on your current devices, Amazon Digital Day is one of the best times of the year to shop for must-have digital content.”

As noted, December 30th is the day. In true Amazon fashion, there will be some early specials starting on December 24th, but the bulk of the goodies will be available on the 30th.

Additionally, customers can visit the Digital Day link to sign up for updates.


Patchwork Arrives on Amazon Underground

Patchwork Arrives on Amazon Underground

Dec 6, 2016

As previously hinted at, DIGIDICED’s latest digitized board game offering, Patchwork The Game, just dropped on Amazon Underground.

Being on Amazon Underground means the game is completely free — no upfront cost, and no extra/optional in-app purchases.

The game itself is a relatively faithful representation of the board game by Uwe Rosenberg. Think of stitching, multiplayer, differing difficulty levels and more.

Glitch Fixers: Powerpuff Girls Launches on Android

Glitch Fixers: Powerpuff Girls Launches on Android

Dec 5, 2016

So once again, the day is saved! Thanks to the Powerpuff Girls!

You don’t have to have kids — or even daughters — to enjoy Powerpuff Girls, and we get to see another iteration of the hero crew on Android in Cartoon Network’s newest game, Glitch Fixers: Powerpuff Girls.

The game is based on the popular episode “Viral Spiral” (from 2016 Powerpuff Girls series); it is a turn-based game, allowing the player to go in as Blossom or Buttercup. It is a coders dream, allowing our champions to defeat the enemy and escape the internet.

The game boasts four worlds with multiple levels, special weapons and both classic and new enemies.

The game reflects Cartoon Network’s continued mission to highlight coding to a younger generation.

The game is live now on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore, and it is completely free (with no micro-transactions).


Ticket to Ride is Free on Amazon Appstore

Ticket to Ride is Free on Amazon Appstore

Dec 2, 2016

Tis the season of giving, and the Amazon Appstore has Ticket to Ride (from Days of Wonder) for free.

That’s a game regularly priced at $6.99 available for free.

This is a port of the popular railway-based board game Designed by Alan R Moon, and features cross-platform multi-player functionality

Check out the formal feature set:

Main features

• Alan R. Moon’s official Ticket to Ride maps with original artwork in full high resolution
• Cross-platform online Play against other Android, iPhone, iPad, Linux, Mac and PC gamers
• An unparalleled online player community with tens of thousands of live opponents
• Solo play against up to 4 AI players
• Pass-and-Play with up to 4 live opponents
• Additional maps of Europe, Switzerland, USA 1910, Legendary Asia, India and Nordic Countries available as in-app purchases
• Detailed, interactive turn-by-turn, in-game tutorial
• Contextual in-game Conductor’s Notes to help you master all the maps
• True cross-platform: players can challenge on other platforms including Steam PC and Mac, Android, iPhone and iPad
• Online and offline Hall of Fame

Our sister site Pocket Gamer gave the game high praise when it tool a formal look a while back.

Go ahead and get this while it’s available…


The Paranormal Society Arrives on Android

The Paranormal Society Arrives on Android

Aug 24, 2016

The Paranormal Society: Hidden Adventure, a new hidden object caper from mobile development heavy-hitter G5, has just launched on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Per the Play Store:

Victorian London is experiencing an invasion of malevolent phantoms. The government officially denies it but has secretly asked the Paranormal Society for help. As a young wife who witnessed your husband’s spirit leave his body to join other phantoms, you become the newest member of the Paranormal Society in order to get answers. In the process, you will also:
EXPLORE London’s stunning manors,
FIND AND USE hidden objects,
SOLVE enigmatic puzzles,
USE scientific tools and…
BANISH evil spirits!


● Nine absorbing locations to search, each with multiple rooms
● 14 unforgettable characters to meet
● 35 phantoms to chase and defeat
● Over 500 engaging quests to fulfill
● Dozens of collections to assemble along your adventure
● Four types of puzzles to master

The game is free (with in-app purchases) on both stores. Check out the trailer below:

Rogue Jet Fighter Launches on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Rogue Jet Fighter Launches on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Aug 23, 2016

Developer Fierro Studios has a new game out on Android called Rogue Jet Fighter — and it’s available on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Per Google Play:

Rogue Jet Fighter is the most thrilling and exciting space shooting game out there. You are on a Rogue Mission to steal the secret and key information of the alien’s invasion plan. Now that you have accomplish it, you are on the run and the aliens are trying to stop you by all possible means. Run away in your jet fighter ship; you have to escape the alien’s attacks, dodge the asteroids, destroy as many asteroids and alien space ships as you can, and reach the Jump Gate portal to get transported back to the Earth.

This amazing star fighting game has very exciting game play, amazing space environments with great sounds, and a great user interface to let the fighters have wonderful experience. You can select the space scene, and your spaceship from several options. The controls are super handy and easy to use (motion sensors or swiping on the screen) to navigate your jet fighter space ship.

The game is available for free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play, and completely free via Amazon Underground.


Orbit’s Odyssey launches on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Orbit’s Odyssey launches on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Apr 20, 2016

Developer paperkyte has a new game out — called Orbit’s Oddysey — on both Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Excerpts from its Google Play listing:

Orbit’s Odyssey is a stimulating strategy puzzle game with a stunning art style. Play as intergalactic adventurer, Orbit, and traverse the multiverse — collecting gems, exploring planets, and escaping an army of evil robot-monsters.
• Meet 5 compelling characters and face terrifying robot monsters
• Explore 90 challenging levels featuring a huge variety of stimulating puzzles
• Traverse planets using innovative “orbital” navigation for more compelling puzzle-solving action
• Earn up to 100 stars in each level; collect coins and precious gems as fast as you can to unlock new characters!
• Solve puzzles that play with the concept of space and time
• Use one-button gameplay; no swiping required!
• Experience a skillful mix of papier-mâché with more traditional 3D animation

Orbit’s Odyssey’s players can’t stop raving! Here are some of their glowing reviews:
“The graphics and art are just sublime! I haven’t seen such imagery before”
“The gameplay is so darn addictive. Who knew rolling on an orb would kill many a boring afternoon”
“A magnificently beautiful game. Everyone in my family loves it. “
“Orbit’s Odyssey has me enamored. It helps stimulate both my sides of the brains – a great way to hone my gaming skills.”

The game costs $2.99; the trailer is below.

S.E.D.: Special Enquiry Detail Launches on Amazon Appstore

S.E.D.: Special Enquiry Detail Launches on Amazon Appstore

Apr 15, 2016

G5’s S.E.D.: Special Enquiry Detail – Criminal Investigation Hidden Object Game is now on the Amazon Appstore.

Are you a born detective? Then put your skills to the test with this riveting hidden object game!
Join the famous S.E.D. Detectives Turino and Lamonte and help return law and order to the streets of New York. A series of sensational murders has turned the city upside down, from a bleeding portrait on a wall to a dead body found with a deer head. And that’s just the beginning….
Head to the crime scenes and show your sleuthing abilities. Search every nook and cranny, gather evidence, interrogate suspects and analyze forensic material in the advanced crime lab. Be painstakingly diligent as even the tiniest hair could help solve these dreadful crimes. Plunge into the unforgettable stories of S.E.D.: Special Enquiry Detail today and bring the killers to justice!


*Game available in: English, Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

– 10 uniquely horrific cases to crack, with many more to come via free updates
– Over 40 unsettling crime scenes to investigate
– 20 thrilling mini-games to master
– 45 collections to gather for bonuses and awards, plus more on the way
– An Interactive Detective Case Board for organizing clues
– Regular free updates with loads of new content

The game is free (with in-app purchases); the official trailer is below:

Cradle of Empires Comes to Amazon

Cradle of Empires Comes to Amazon

Dec 12, 2015

Cradle of Empires is now on the Amazon Appstore! Developer Phyton has brought the popular game to yet another curated app environment.

Product Description
When boring, uninventive match-3 puzzles prevail and all hope is lost, it all comes down to one single game … Cradle of Empires! Become the Chosen One and help the ancient empire rise from the ruins in this adventurous match-3 game with a rich storyline, thrilling quests and captivating characters!

Cradle of Empires is an exciting — yet cool, calm and collected — family-friendly adventure. It takes you on a breathtaking odyssey that challenges your matching, building and collecting skills. With the help from Nimiru and Egyptian settlers, you can break the Amrun’s curse and restore the ancient civilization to its former glory. Step up and become the secret weapon in the triumph of good over evil!

The game is free to play, with optional in-app purchases.


Epic Adventures: Cursed Onboard Goes on Sale

Epic Adventures: Cursed Onboard Goes on Sale

Dec 9, 2015

G5 is no stranger to hidden object capers or consumer-pleasing sales, so it won’t be a surprise that is has yet another treat for us: Epic Adventures: Cursed Onboard is on sale for $0.99 on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Unravel the mystery of Jangada, a long lost ship stranded in the Amazon Jungle.

A great ship called Jangada set sail in the 1970s but was never seen again. The fate of the crew remains shrouded in mystery and whoever tries to reveal it vanishes forever. Embark on a dangerous trip to the Amazon Jungle, search eerie locations, find hidden objects and solve intriguing puzzles. Undo an old curse and bring peace to a tormented soul in this breath-taking hidden object game, Epic Adventures: Cursed Onboard!


● 25 Eery locations
● 10 Unique mini-games
● 8 Magnificent chapters
● Experience an astonishing and tragic story

The sale is live now, and ends on December 13th.

Amazon Underground Announces Growth, Triples Selection in First Two Months

Amazon Underground Announces Growth, Triples Selection in First Two Months

Nov 11, 2015

Amazon Underground, the mammoth online retailer’s upending app distribution initiative, is showing some impressive growth.

First, in three months, its selection has tripled in size since inception, which is pretty amazing. Also, prominent developers are noting increased downloads and revenue due to the program.

Per the official press release:

Amazon today announced that Amazon Underground has tripled the selection of free apps and games in the first two months since launch. Amazon Underground is a new app for Android phones, available exclusively from Amazon, which offers a large selection of popular apps and games for free (including in-app items). In Underground, customers don’t have to pay for premium apps, or download a “free” app and spend money to complete a level, get more lives, or unlock new features. Everything is completely free. Popular new games now available include premium title Monument Valley (includes Forgotten Shores update for a total value of $5.98), and free-to-play titles Nemo’s Reef (includes $47.88 in free in-app items) and Dumb Ways to Die 2 (includes over $10 in free in-app items).

Amazon Underground launched in August and includes all of the functionality of the regular Amazon mobile shopping app, plus an exclusive selection of 100% free apps, games, and associated in-app items, including popular games like Angry Birds Slingshot Stella, Goat Simulator, Frozen Free Fall, Looney Tunes Dash! and many more. For example, in Frozen Free Fall—an app that is free to install and usually requires in-app purchases to unlock additional levels—customers can play with unlimited lives and will receive many bonus in-app items in the Amazon Underground version of the app completely free ($31.87 value). Premium games (like Goat Simulator which costs $4.99 in other app stores) that require a customer to pay to download are also free in Amazon Underground. Amazon Underground is available on Android phones and on Fire tablets, including the all-new Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10, and Fire, the groundbreaking new tablet for under $50.

The feedback from development houses is positive. Halfbrick Studios chief Shainiel Deo talks about two of his firm’s apps. “We’ve been thrilled with the performance of Jetpack Joyride and Fruit Ninja as part of the Amazon Underground program in the month since launch,” he says. “Thus far we have doubled the downloads and revenue from our apps in the Amazon Appstore and most interestingly, customers are engaging with our in-app purchase content within our games at an extremely high rate. Since all in-app purchases are free in Amazon Underground, they can play the games in new and exciting ways.”

Rovio’s Tero Raji concurs. “We included four of our popular titles in Amazon Underground at launch, aimed at reaching as many fans as possible in the Amazon ecosystem,” he says. “In these games, the Amazon Underground model brings us up to three times more revenue compared to the same games’ user revenue in the Amazon Appstore previously.”

Amazon Underground is available online and via app at


[via Press Release]