I think it's just a symptom of the problem, you know, a legitimately impressive looking game that seems to be spoiled by turning it into "just another freemium game". Don't get too discouraged, but this is truly disappointing.
Fair enough, thanks. We definitely want to avoid making "just another freemium game", and everyone's feedback has been helping a lot.
One thing I've noticed so far is that we (meaning our dev team) have been so close to the details, it's been easy for us to lose track of the big picture.