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Angry Birds Seasons gets help from Amazon’s Android store too

by Kristen Nicole

The Amazon Appstore continues to prove a useful marketing tool for Android games, quickly luring developers and publishers with their daily freebies and specialized promotions. Gameloft (GLOFF.PK) has taken quite nicely to the freshly launched marketplace, signing an exclusive deal with Amazon (AMZN) regarding Android games. Giving a big nod to a still-new platform, GameLoft attributes the decision to recent malware problems affecting the Android Marketplace.

Angry Birds finds new grounds

Angry Birds is still riding the Amazon Appstore wave, with another title being offered for free today. This time it’s Angry Birds Seasons, the popular edition that’s updated nearly monthly, with new challenges and bonuses themed for Christmas, Valentines Day, and even most recently St. Patrick’s Day.

Such promos bring extreme visibility for developer Rovio, and its marketing power encourages a major shift away from the official Android Market. Many suggested a similar road to market independence should have occurred for iTunes, but Apple’s (AAPL) everlasting distinction is its tight control over access points for software downloads. Nevertheless, Google (GOOG) still stands to profit from Amazon’s Appstore, and the two marketplaces have worked nicely together since Android first launched.

Pyxidis makes game magic

A new game from publisher Hypeerbees is available in the Market today, with a magical theme and mystical graphics. Pyxidis is another connect-three game requiring you to connect balls of the same color, but these spellbound orbs dance across the screen, linking more like chemical bonds than falling columns. With a wave of your finger-wand you can conjure up plenty of fun, with nearly 100 levels to this arcade game.