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The pay-to-pay problem: An IAP too far

By , on April 16, 2014
Last modified 4 years, 1 month ago

After dealing with the cooldown timer-packed abomination that was Rollercoaster Tycoon 4, I decided that it was time to address an issue that has been bothering me for a while.

We're starting to see more and more premium mobile games appearing with free-to-play-style timers and energy systems secreted in their menus. Despite charging a flat fee up front, hese games will still throw up artificial barriers - and even lock you out altogether - unless you buy in-app purchases.

The way I see it, this transparently unscrupulous practise - which I'm labelling "pay-to-pay" - is bang out of order. Here's why:

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SumoSplash 4 years, 1 month ago

And it's videos like this that make AppSpy infinitely better than TA.

TheAspieFox 4 years, 1 month ago


MtZ 4 years, 1 month ago

TA = TouchArcade

TheAspieFox 4 years, 1 month ago

OOOHHHHHHH, okay, okay. I'm not sure how I missed that... Thanks.

TheAspieFox 4 years, 1 month ago

Pretty much, yeah.


Kastfan 4 years, 1 month ago

Preach brother... The bigger issue though is website like yours warning people of these types of games/developers and people still purchase those games. I was on a forum where people were being told about adventure time card wars and the cool-down timers. You had people defending the use of the timers and praising them for how fun the game was. One by one, I witnessed people defending the developers and others willing to support these type of tactics by purchasing the game, despite the developers deceit. All that proved was as long as the game is fun, people are willing to be taken advantage of. As long as people continue to buy these types of games despite being warned, this is not going away. I have nothing against f2p. I don't download those apps personally, but to each it's own. Once we learn how to say "no" to the developers and take a firm stance, things will change. But, that probably won't happen. As long as it's dressed up to look good, people will buy it.