What’s a dollar get you these days? Plain old coffee? A small soft drink? An hour of street side parking? A candy bar?
99-cents at the Mac App Store gets you a pretty handy dandy nifty thrifty interactive screen saver. The same amount of money gets you a real, live, usable game on your iPhone. But your Mac is special. For the same money it does less. But there’s a catch.
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Apps that don’t cost much, Mac or iPhone, tend to sell better than apps that cost more, right? Adam Smith would love what Steve Jobs and Apple have done with apps.
Now we have Mac apps that entertain while they’re trying to sell you more apps.
Appfall is a 99-cent Mac screen saver that looks like a Tetris-like game.
Looks like? Sure. It’s simple. Appfall tracks down iPhone App Store icons and sucks them into a screen saver which drops the little icon critters into a Tetris-like pile of icon at the bottom of your screen.
The whole mess looks like this.
See? If that’s not a Tetris knockoff, I don’t know what is. Don’t worry. It almost doesn’t do anything except look pretty on your Mac’s screen.
Then, when all the little App Store icon blocks pile up at the bottom, something magical happens.
Yep. It’s the American way, despite the fact that most of Apple’s products are made in China.
You get a few preferences, but Appfall’s real significance lies in its ability to sell you more apps.
Point to an app on your Mac’s screen, then click to see more information about the app, then click to the App Store.
Here’s how that Reality Distortion Field works. You can choose your Country, App Store Category, and the App Store Chart type, so you’ll be sure to see the right icons so you can click and buy more apps.
Did you ever wonder why Apple has $50-billion (yes, that’s billion) in the bank? Now you know. We’ll buy anything.