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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 Supermarket Scramble.
Supermarket Scramble is normally priced at $1.99 in the Android Market. Meanwhile, it is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two stores.
Supermarket Scramble is described as follows:
If you’ve always dreamed of owning your own business, here’s your (virtual) chance. There’s a catch, however. Your business is a grocery store, and the customers are quite demanding! In Supermarket Scramble, you’ll have to be quick on your feet–I mean, on your fingers–to succeed.
Miles of Aisles
Feeding the masses is a tough job, but you take great pride in your store and its customer service. In this game, you’ll be quite busy fulfilling shoppers’ grocery lists by lining up at least three in a row of that item on the “product grid.” It’s the classic match-three puzzle game, only with tasty food.
Say Shopper One has apples, lettuce, carrots, and sandwiches on her list. As quickly as you can, find places on the grid where you can slide these objects around (swapping adjacent items) to make three in a row horizontally or vertically. Once you’ve found enough of the desired food, that item is checked off the list. When a customer’s list is completed, you tap on the cash register to make the sale.
The Customer Is Always Right
Sometimes you get the Little Old Lady, who waits semi-patiently while you track down her oranges and bananas. Other times, you get the Diva. She’s late for a cocktail party and needs you to round up her items pronto, do you understand? It’s not easy to make her happy, but if you do there’s a big tip in it for you. And there are plenty of other customers–some of whom you need to unlock–with their own unique quirks.
Be sure to watch the patience meters that appear at the bottom of your customers’ lists, which reflect how fast you are filling their order. The faster you complete their order, the more bonus money you can earn. If the meter runs out, however, they leave in a huff and you just lost a sale.
The more sales you make, the more money piles up in your cash register. For each level, your goal is to make a certain amount of cash before the timer runs out, which will earn you tokens. There are also bonus goals and targets for the number of customers served that you can reach to collect more tokens. These can then be used to upgrade the quality of the food (so you can charge more), make store improvements, increase patience times and cash bonuses, and purchase many other items and power-ups.
The app automatically saves your progress–even if you close it–so you’ll be able to make your way through all 50 levels at your leisure, rather than one all-night binge. Players who just want a casual game can select Endless mode, which doesn’t have all the goals and levels, just food-matching fun. However, the Endless game actually will end if you lose four customers, so don’t lie down on the job.
Supermarket Scramble automatically tracks your stats to show how many items you’ve sold, customers you’ve satisfied, and money you’ve made. See if you have what it takes to run your own business, without all the late nights and hassle of raising start-up capital, in this fun game for Android.
Supermarket Scramble has a 4.3-star rating in the Android Market, and 2.5-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.
Why the big difference in ratingss? In the Amazon Appstore, many of the reviews cite an inability to run the program or that the program force closes. It’s unclear why there aren’t more reviews like that in the Android Market. In fact, the Android Market has 40 reviews, with only a single 1-star rating, while the Amazon Appstore has 16 reviews with 5 1-star ratings.
What’s interesting is that the Android Market has version 1.0.26. The Appstore has 1.0.40. Could the developer have introduced bugs in the new version?
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.