PopCap brings Peggle to android, free for today only!

As I'm sure you're all aware by now, PopCap have slowly been trickling out their titles to Android and the latest is certainly a good one - Peggle.

Earlier this year, PopCap released Chuzzle and the ever popular Plants vs. Zombies. For a company that claims Android development is a "struggle", they don't seem to be having trouble pushing out their best titles to the platform.

Peggle was one of the first titles teased by PopCap when they first announced their big Android push at the beginning of the year and now it's finally available to all...who live in the US. That's right, folks, this is yet another Amazon Android appstore exclusive, so if you live outside the US, you may be entirely out of luck. Luckily, there are ways around it.

Paul O'Brien of Modaco has written up a detailed, easy to follow guide on accessing the Amazon store from outside the U.S. He has even split up his guide into an "easy" route for if you're just interested in the free apps and a slightly more involved route for if you want to buy the premium apps. Now you've got no excuse for missing out on some quality free apps.

So US or not, you have no excuse not to grab this fantastic little title that's free for today only. After that, it'll go up to $2.99.

If you can't be bothered with that, then fear not as PopCap will eventually bring their titles to the Android market, however there doesn't appear to be a time frame for this yet.

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I have to say, are these companies doing the right thing by making it exclusive to the Amazon market? I understand the U.S. market is quite large, but wouldn't it still be better to make these things available to others, like me in Australia?

I HATE developers who refuse to release their apps into the standard Android Market. I wont and never will support them. If they can't be bothered releasing their apps to the world then I can't be bothered giving their app the time of day.. period!

Amazon app store shouldn't be allowed... or at least every apps MUST be posted into the standard Android Market before being allowed into another app store.

betadan said,
I love android, but this is just another form of useless fragmentation.

What does this have ANYTHING to do with the (nonexistent) fragmentation that you speak of?

rakeshishere said,
Someone share APK file ?

I'm pretty sure that's not legal. It might be free for the day, but then they're going to start charging for it, so what you're suggesting is basically piracy, isn't it?

Intrinsica said,

I'm pretty sure that's not legal. It might be free for the day, but then they're going to start charging for it, so what you're suggesting is basically piracy, isn't it?

Not only is it illegal, it doesn't work. The apk expects you to have and be logged into the amazon app store to verify you own it.

(I found this out after flashing a new ROM to my phone and restoring my apps, but when I tried to play PvZ, it asked me to log into the amazon app).

I know for experience that the PvZ APK works. I would buy the game... if they let me (UK Citizen). I guess I will have to obtain Peggle in the same manor

spacer said,
And again, they're doing this promotion through Amazon and not the market. GDI.

And this bothers your because...........?

seasonic said,

And this bothers your because...........?
It bothers me slightly because I don't want to go through the hassle of setting up an American Amazon account. If it were offered on the Marketplace then I'd download it, but since I already have it for Mac I'm not going to go through the trouble of getting this.

seasonic said,

And this bothers your because...........?

Things like this are cause of fragmentation in the Marketplaces for Android. Why does Amazon have to be special and have their own Market?

Capric0rn said,

Things like this are cause of fragmentation in the Marketplaces for Android. Why does Amazon have to be special and have their own Market?

It's not any different than having others stores. What if you could ONLY shop at Wal-Mart, or one grocery store. Oh no, our whole lives are fragmented!

farmeunit said,

It's not any different than having others stores. What if you could ONLY shop at Wal-Mart, or one grocery store. Oh no, our whole lives are fragmented!

Umm, yeah, it's COMPLETELY different. I am in Canada and have NO access to the Amazon store. That's like buying a car from Toyota in Canada and then Toyota releases some accessory for it, but only sells it from some US only auto shop. GG. How am I supposed to get it?

Lexcyn said,

Umm, yeah, it's COMPLETELY different. I am in Canada and have NO access to the Amazon store. That's like buying a car from Toyota in Canada and then Toyota releases some accessory for it, but only sells it from some US only auto shop. GG. How am I supposed to get it?

Actually, the type of situation you just described happens all the time with all kinds of different things.

Capric0rn said,

Things like this are cause of fragmentation in the Marketplaces for Android. Why does Amazon have to be special and have their own Market?

The answer below is a great example:

It's not any different than having others stores. What if you could ONLY shop at Wal-Mart, or one grocery store. Oh no, our whole lives are fragmented!

Certain brands/products are avaliable at on store that isnt in another. Same for app stores.

Are people one Neowin really mad over something that is free, it's not a necessity, its a game. Android is not locked down like ios, there is more than one appstore. Also, Amazon is Seattle based, no one is new to the fact that international stuff is a hassle, the store just opened on March 22st.

/rant

Ruciz said,
Hmm, I can't get this free. Its not even on the app store Im allowed to use.

I noticed that in the amazon market app, it comes up as $2.99 instead of free, but it downloaded fine for me (and the credit card I have didn't get charged, because if it did, it would have failed lol).

Article Says,

So US or not, you have no excuse not to grab this fantastic little title that's free for today only. After that, it'll go up to $2.99.

Nope, Amazon Appstore is USA only.

Majesticmerc said,

Nope, Amazon Appstore is USA only.

Read the article? In fact, read the paragraph before what you just quoted?

Kushan said,

Read the article? In fact, read the paragraph before what you just quoted?

Embarrassing, my mistake, only scanned the article for a link and saw Appstore mentioned, but its still technically US only.