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Coin Army Review

By Dave Flodine, on November 14, 2012


Coin Army
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PROS

  • There's a simple joy to be had flinging coins at planes, tanks, and commanders.

CONS

  • Yet another game designed to take full advantage of the freemium model.

VERDICT

It's a freemium coin toss game where you're battling enemy soldiers. It's certainly fun enough, till your coins run out.


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Have you ever played one of those coin tossing games at an arcade (I know arcades aren't exactly common any more unless you live in Asia, but stick with me here)? Coin Army takes the concept of chucking coins forthwith, and trades out the opportunity to win cash and prizes with the success of a war effort... all wrapped up in a freemium package. Mmm, tasty.

With the flick of a finger, you send coins out into battle. Think of them as thin, round, and shiny soldiers. Hitting tanks, commanders, and air planes with earn you experience points as well as the opportunity for more coins or gems (which are used to buy more coins), and you can shield yourself from their attacks by using the two shield buttons available. The more experience you gain, the faster you level up, and each level brings new power-ups or upgrades to aid you in your coin flinging.

The problem is that coins are a finite resource, and soon after playing you'll find yourself either having to spend money via in-app purchase, or waiting a period of time for enough coins to respawn to keep playing (and the game has an annoying habit of texting you as a reminder that you have coins to use... even when you told the game not to upon first running it. In fact, a lot of games have this problem. What's with that?). Now this sort of thing should be expected in a freemium title, but that doesn't mean we have to like the constant intrusions and forced breaks from playing your game.

And it is a shame because coin flinging to destroy enemy troops is a lot of fun. It has that same addictive quality that the machines in the arcades have, and it just goes to show that sometimes the simplest ideas can yield positive rewards. It just would be nice to have the option to buy the game outright, and to be able to coin fling away to our heart's content, as even though the title being free might get more people to play it, intrusive design choices will most likely chase the majority of them away.

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