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Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today’s app is Solitaire Deluxe.
Solitaire Deluxe is priced at $4.99 in the Android Market, but is listed as not being installable in the U.S. The company associated with the app differs in the Market as well; it’s possible that was done to fix the “can’t install in the U.S. problem for the Amazon Appstore.” Meanwhile, it is normally priced at $4.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two stores.
Solitaire Deluxe is described as follows:
For those moments when only a game of Solitaire will do, Solitaire Deluxe brings 16 different Solitaire games to your Android phone or tablet. Featuring a clean and elegant design, appealing graphics, and several ways to play, Solitaire Deluxe is your Android Solitaire solution.
Great Range of Games
Solitaire Deluxe comes with not one, not two, not three, but 16 different Solitaire card games. More familiar games like Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, Pyramid, Chinese Solitaire, Yukon, Poker, and Golf are joined by intriguing variations such as Tri-Peaks, Scorpion, Canfield, Kings Corner, Vanishing Cross, Spiderette, Russian Solitaire, and The Harp.
Not familiar with the rules of Scopion or The Harp? No problem–Solitaire Deluxe provides a comprehensive and user-friendly tutorial feature that describes in detail how to play a particular game.
Double the Fun
Solitaire Deluxe features two ways to play. Go to the Solitaire Arcade to play as many hands as you like from all the games. Or test your Solitaire skills by selecting the Daily Winnable Deals, in which you play up to five hands each in three different Solitaire games. The games change each day, so you’ll want to check in regularly. Do well and you win rewards.
Reward Your Efforts
Winning hands let you earn reward points which can be used to acquire different card styles and playing backgrounds from the Solitaire Deluxe rewards store. And Solitaire Deluxe features full Facebook integration, allowing you to share your Solitaire solidarity with your friends and sync your scores and rewards credits.
The Good Word
- “The only game in town. There is value in such packages when they go the extra mile.” – PocketGamer
- “The cream of the crop. Workers of the world, commence shuffling!” – LA Daily News
- “You will most likely get this if you really, really love Solitaire.” – MobileGameFAQS.com
Possibly because it can’t be sold in the U.S, Solitaire Deluxe no rating at all in the Android Market, and 2-stars in the Amazon Appstore.
It’s interesting: the app, listed using the same development company on the Android Market, not in the Amazon Appstore, is highly rated in the App Store for iOS. Notably, those reviews listed above appear to be for the iOS version.
The Amazon Appstore version reportedly uses a coin system that it used to pay for any games within it. In other words, you have to use in-game payments to pay for a game you’ve already paid for. It’s unclear if the iOS version is the same, but it doesn’t seem like the type of game we’d want to play. Caveat emptor.
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.