PopCap comes to Android, exclusive to Amazon

If you don't know who PopCap are, then rest assured you probably know of at least one of their games. They are the people who have given us such addictive classics as Bejewelled and Peggle, as well as award winning smash hits like Plants vs. Zombies. iOS owners have enjoyed many of these games for some time, while android owners felt left out and neglected - until today.

Today, they've released a game called Chuzzle onto the Amazon Android Market and for today only, it's free. Here's the blurb:

Arrange rows of Chuzzles so at least three colors of Chuzzles match, and watch them pop off the screen, racking up your score. Color-match the Giant Chuzzles, the Rainbow Chuzzels, and the Super Chuzzles for uproarious fur-flying fun and bonus scores. But watch out for Puzzle Locks and other ploys that can block your next move. Puzzle Locks freeze the row they appear in, making it really difficult to match nearby Chuzzles. Break free to boost your score with colorful cascades and combos. Every level offers three new patterns and more complex arrangements.

If that doesn't sound like your thing, then don't worry - Plants Vs Zombies will be making its way to the Amazon app store later this month and PopCap have previously teased us with Peggle, so expect that in the near future as well.

It would appear as though, at least for now, PopCap is remaining exclusive to the Amazon App store, which is unfortunate for many as the Amazon store is currently U.S. only - but fear not, it's possible to access the Amazon app store from outside the US. 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 these quality titles.

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Dear Herpderps,

The entire discussion around Android fragmentation was entirely--ENTIRELY--about the problem with different devices running different versions of Android with different features, functionalities, and capabilities, and vendors unreliably maintaining their unique distributions of the OS, thereby 'fragmenting' the Android experience in the sense that one user who's stuck in a 2 year contract is able/unable to use software that another user with a different vendor's device from the exact same generation is able/unable to use.

A second marketplace that may or may not have exclusive apps has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FRAGMENTATION DEBATE. Nothing. Nada. Not even the tiniest bit. Why?

Seriously? Why? You have to ask?

Because WHERE the app comes from has jack squat to do with WHETHER your device can take advantage of it.

God, this retarded anti-competition movement has completely derailed a genuinely valid concern about the Android OS. It'd be like an argument about American English vs. British English being highjacked by some moron who's offended by Mandarin.

I know there are ways to access this from other countries but WTF?? Companies seriously have to stop with this "US ONLY" crap.

Here I was going to GIVE them money for Peggle and now I can't because it's not available here. Way to go!!

Ugh.. I was trying to limit my use of the Amazon Appstore. It keeps track of EVERYTHING downloaded (not just paid apps like the Google Market). I wanted to keep my list of apps clean. Looks like I will be using it more now.

Amazon sells content better that Google ever will. Amazon has millions of credit card numbers on file, Google does not. Amazon also has content deals, Google does not. Amazon's App Store looks nicer than Google's, and doesn't have the crap that makes the Android Market so horrible to look at.

The problem isn't having multiple App Stores, it's that Android Market was so bad that Amazon actually felt it was worth investing time and money to make their own.

dagamer34 said,
The problem isn't having multiple App Stores, it's that Android Market was so bad that Amazon actually felt it was worth investing time and money to make their own.

And then they thought, "f*** it, let's make it only available to US! BWAHAHA"

I'm surprised that PopCap's game doesn't run well on the Xoom -- if smaller developers can work out the scaling issues (AI Factory does a great job on their board games, for example), why can't a big fish like PopCap figure it out?

Fezmid said,
I'm surprised that PopCap's game doesn't run well on the Xoom -- if smaller developers can work out the scaling issues (AI Factory does a great job on their board games, for example), why can't a big fish like PopCap figure it out?

Maybe all the other Android tablets are higher priority to them because they think they will sell better... idk.

timmmay said,

This is a different spin on what makes a product successful, and what makes a product fail.

It is just like the fights of 'standards' over the years that end up crippling both and relegating them to obscurity. It also reminds me of the late 80s and early 90s and the lack of cohesion in the PC world.

The last example had everyone fighting over silly things and trying to 'own' things they couldn't, instead of just shoving out what people and developers needed. Sadly too many of the younger generation thinks Microsoft Windows was successful because it was either the 'best' or Microsoft was able to shove it down people's throats.

Both of these miss the entire point of what happened. Windows was successful as Microsoft redefined what an OS provides, by moving essential new technologies into the OS for hardware companies, developers and users so that the interfaces were consistent.

So while others were fighting over silly things, and even debating if it was 'right' to move sound and printers and fonts into what an OS provides, Microsoft was doing it anyway, as they thought it was good for consumers and developers, etc.

Google doesn't get this, and yet Amazon kind of does. However, I don't know if Amazon can put the ship back on track and move it forward either.

It will proably leave them both fighting, and push Google to further close Android and lock it from Amazon, as they do hold more rights to close or reclassify Android than people realize.

And then we have a new product, WP7, that comes from the company that gets it, and offers the best of both the choice of Android and the consistency of the iPhone, and yet again, redefines how and what the phone OS should provide that Android and the iPhone still are missing, which isn't apparent to users yet.

I personally am rooting for Amazon, and if it was possible, they could take control of Android and its market, and get it back on track, or it will disappear like many *nixes of the 80s and early 90s did, and we will be left with Microsoft and Apple once again.

To be honest, I have no issue with multiple app stores. think of it this way - look at PSN or Xbox Live. They're the ONLY store to get your DLC and arcade games from and because of that, they can charge what they want. Now, I know developers set their own prices on Android, but Amazon gives free apps away, which the official market doesn't, so it does show how a bit of competition can be good for us.
Basically, what I'm saying is I don't like the idea of just ONE market, but on the same note, I don't like the idea of 100 markets, either.

Teebor said,
When are you going to release your how to guide to get XBOX live content on the PS3 or PSN on the XBOX?

When I figure out a way to fit an Xbox 360 inside a PS3 case.

The only place ALL android developers should be exclusive too is the Android Marketplace, if they want to be exclusive at all. All of this "exclusivity" bull**** for external marketplaces (especially when said marketplaces force you to install their own market apk, which is a joke) will just lead to more fragmentation issues for Android.

Just tried to install this and Amazon wants my CC info... even though it's a free app. They can **** right off.

The Teej said,
Just tried to install this and Amazon wants my CC info... even though it's a free app. They can **** right off.

Use the guide via Modaco, create a "fake" account with a test CC number, it works well

**** you Amazon, as Vice said you are helping to fragment the market and signing up these exlusivity deals is not helping your case especially as you are not "officially" worldwide yet with your app store.
I'm sure Popcap will realise their mistake eventually when they realise by how much they have limited their sales market by doing this, I for one would love to have Plants Vs Zombies on my phone and would happily pay for it, but without bending the rules a bit I now can't buy it. TBH I can't be bothered to jump through all the hoops needed to get it either
Do Amazon still require you to have a rooted phone to use their store anyway?

Teebor said,
**** you Amazon, as Vice said you are helping to fragment the market and signing up these exlusivity deals is not helping your case especially as you are not "officially" worldwide yet with your app store.
I'm sure Popcap will realise their mistake eventually when they realise by how much they have limited their sales market by doing this, I for one would love to have Plants Vs Zombies on my phone and would happily pay for it, but without bending the rules a bit I now can't buy it. TBH I can't be bothered to jump through all the hoops needed to get it either
Do Amazon still require you to have a rooted phone to use their store anyway

?

Nope you never needed to be rooted, but you do need

Hollow.Droid said,

Nope you never needed to be rooted, but you do need

I accidentally posted this and now can't edit Anyhow you don't need to be rooted but you do need the ability to sideload apks. Also chances are these games will be on the Android market within 48 hours, its simply an exclusive for the initial release.

Hollow.Droid said,

Nope you never needed to be rooted, but you do need

I accidentally posted this and now can't edit Anyhow you don't need to be rooted but you do need the ability to sideload apks. Also chances are these games will be on the Android market within 48 hours, its simply an exclusive for the initial release.

Hollow.Droid said,

Nope you never needed to be rooted, but you do need

I accidentally posted this and now can't edit Anyhow you don't need to be rooted but you do need the ability to sideload apks. Also chances are these games will be on the Android market within 48 hours, its simply an exclusive for the initial release.

Teebor said,
**** you Amazon, as Vice said you are helping to fragment the market and signing up these exlusivity deals is not helping your case especially as you are not "officially" worldwide yet with your app store.
I'm sure Popcap will realise their mistake eventually when they realise by how much they have limited their sales market by doing this, I for one would love to have Plants Vs Zombies on my phone and would happily pay for it, but without bending the rules a bit I now can't buy it. TBH I can't be bothered to jump through all the hoops needed to get it either
Do Amazon still require you to have a rooted phone to use their store anyway?

I don't see big deal. In fact, I prefer this model over the "Apple rules the world" model. Think of it this way. Does Target sell the exact same stuff as K-mart or WalMart? No. Different stores sell similar products in the real world, so why not here? There won't ever be a million app stores, but having a few is no big deal - it lets you comparison shop and keeps prices down. When was the last time Apple gave away a free (paid) app, let alone one every day?

Fezmid said,

I don't see big deal. In fact, I prefer this model over the "Apple rules the world" model. Think of it this way. Does Target sell the exact same stuff as K-mart or WalMart? No. Different stores sell similar products in the real world, so why not here? There won't ever be a million app stores, but having a few is no big deal - it lets you comparison shop and keeps prices down. When was the last time Apple gave away a free (paid) app, let alone one every day?

Because people understand that kmart walmart and target sell different stuff. In general people are ****ing idiots and know nothing about technology.

Fezmid said,

I don't see big deal. In fact, I prefer this model over the "Apple rules the world" model. Think of it this way. Does Target sell the exact same stuff as K-mart or WalMart? No. Different stores sell similar products in the real world, so why not here? There won't ever be a million app stores, but having a few is no big deal - it lets you comparison shop and keeps prices down. When was the last time Apple gave away a free (paid) app, let alone one every day?

You only need to do promotions if you are struggling to get customers in a particular area... Apple obviously doesn't have that struggle.

Shadrack said,

You only need to do promotions if you are struggling to get customers in a particular area... Apple obviously doesn't have that struggle.


No, you only need sales if you have competition... Which Apple doesn't have because they lock their device down. No choice.

Android just gets more and more fragmented by the minute. Now it has multiple stores and some apps are exclusive to only specific stores?

How many App Stores are users going to have on their phone in a year from now I wonder.

Vice said,
Android just gets more and more fragmented by the minute. Now it has multiple stores and some apps are exclusive to only specific stores?

How many App Stores are users going to have on their phone in a year from now I wonder.

Honestly who gives a crap? It has its pros too. More choice for the consumer and they do have some nice free apps from time to time.

tsupersonic said,
Honestly who gives a crap? It has its pros too. More choice for the consumer and they do have some nice free apps from time to time.

True, but the OP is making a valid point, as these are the reasons the iPhone was the success it was and continues to be, it isn't about a perfect OS or a perfect phone. It is a combination of things that just are 'easy' for even the most technically challenged people.

Android/Google doesn't get this, apparently won't get it, and the platform's popularity will disappear faster than most people would ever guess could happen.

WP7 has just began doing the best of what Android gives people, choice, and the best of what Apple gives people, consistency and ease of use.

Multiple markets are great, except when it comes to confusion.

It is like when designing wedding invitations for a couple, you don't show them the 4,000 fonts that look good on invitations, instead you give them a choice of the best fonts, if not they will literally be confused, take months to decide on a font, devote too much time to finding a font, and sometimes even fight over them.

It sounds good to hand them a book of 4,000 fonts, but in reality this is NOT how human psychology works, and it also applies to Android. The more confusion, and fragmented options, and junk apps that consume the markets, more people hate their android phones.

Google should be smarter than this, and reign it in, but they themselves do this with all their services and products. And it is confusion on top of a mediocre product.

Vice said,
Android just gets more and more fragmented by the minute. Now it has multiple stores and some apps are exclusive to only specific stores?

How many App Stores are users going to have on their phone in a year from now I wonder.


I don't think you know what that word means.

/fragmented