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Amazon Enters Digital Game Downloads Market

Fans of time-wasting budget games have a new port of call: Amazon Game Downloads. Sure, Valve might have carved out the lion's share of the digital game download market itself, with Steam, but the pie is pretty big and Amazon wants its slice too.

Tempting customers its way Amazon boasts that customers can: "Try over 600 games for free and b"buy for $9.99 or less." As you may guess, at ~£7 a price, the games aren't quite up to LittleBigPlanet or Fable 2 standards, but for the price that's not really a problem.

There are three free games to download if you fancy, namely:

Build-a-lot - Basically a SimCity rip-off so far as I can tell.

Jewel Quest II - Basically a Bejewelled rip-off so far as I can tell.

The Scruffs - Basically a generic point and click adventure and click so far as I can tell.

I guess as Amazon isn't charging for these it would be unfair of me to lambast the choice of titles, but something a little more, shall we say, substantial might have been nice. If you are going to download one or all of these free titles, you have until the 10th to do so, so don't dally.

While on the subject of things we'd life from the service, opening a base of operations in the UK would be good, Amazon. Our money is just as good as anyone else's - just.

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Adam7ef

February 4, 2009, 4:37 pm

It doesn't appear to be available in the UK though?

Retset

February 4, 2009, 4:55 pm

I have an Amazon account and thought I'd download the free games for my kids. It went straight into credit card details. Now, it may or may not charge anything but that's where I aborted proceedings ...

Adam7ef

February 4, 2009, 5:14 pm

I did that an it brings up an invoice for nothing, but after that it says something about geographic restrictions and won't let you continue.

Lon Bailey

February 4, 2009, 5:23 pm

you do get a $0.0 after you get through the credit card page, but it needs a US delivery address.

SpiderJacek

February 4, 2009, 5:45 pm

It went straight into credit card details. Now, it may or may not charge anything but that's where I aborted proceedings ... <- same here

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