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what are some of the freemium titles/models you think were done well?

07-27-2015, 03:43 AM
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what are some of the freemium titles/models you think were done well?

And also, do let us know how you feel about them in general. I've met some folks who loathe freemium models, but did end up playing some they ended up liking.

Me when Plants Vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time first came out, it was a horrid experience. You needed to get Keys to open doors on the world map to get to powerups. The Keys were randomly dropped and became a grindfest. I'm shocked they never gave us the option to just pay real money for these keys!

I also stopped playing b/c a "glitch" caused me to lose progress. I went from halfway of world 2 (Pirate Seas) to going back to 3/4 of the way through the first one (Ancient Egypt). I didn't want to replay all of that again, and the way it was aggravating.

IIRC, years later, they changed it so 1 Key was guaranteed given at the midway of each world, which could be used to unlock the next world/zone. You're still free to spend real $$ to unlock the next world earlier if you wanted to. Some of the premium plants cost money, but I just play without spending anything is if the game were designed around that. They're not necessary to play the game. You could also spend real $$ to get the last iterations of powerups (e.g. 8th Seed slot, 5th Plant Food slot, +25% Sun when digging up a plant, and starting each level with +25 sun), which is a good way to pay the devs for something "tangible". You can watch ads for in-game coins. I don't do this anymore now that I have enough.


I tried Castlestorm the past 2 weeks. Managed to get through halfway of the 2nd campaign. The grindfest of getting gems was getting to me here. I suppose I used to have the patience to do this sort of thing... go online for daily rewards, view ads, and I even purchased the VIP Gamer IAP for weekly deals and to remove ads, but when I realized the Steam/PC version does away with Gems, Pearls, and has the benefit of 1920x1000-something resolution on a 26" screen. Yes, it costs $15 for the game + 2 extra campaign modes, but given how well the keyboard + mouse controls also work, better video and sound, and how the devs get more of my $$ this way (without having Apple get a higher cut), I haven't looked back. The Steam/PC version will most definitely be my definitive version.

Robot Unicorn Attack 2. Very repetitive. Literally, as in there was only 1 level to start off with, and the layout wasn't even randomized. I've read reviews and comments how some folks are at level.. whatever the max is, maxed out another profile, and are thinking about starting a 4th one or something! I'm glad the game's got takers, but I deleted it within a few days. Also, the in-game currency you spend for boosts/powerups were only one time. It took me a while to realize they weren't permanent!
07-27-2015, 04:03 AM
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: England
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Dungeon Quest

Freemium but boy oh boy its 'so light'. So light i made an IAP to make sure the devs got some money as i felt guilty. Doesnt seem to be a paywall, played a lot of levels without thinking 'i should buy an IAP.....' etc. Its a great game anyway but top marks to the devs for not pushing IAP after IAP at you.

07-27-2015, 10:41 AM
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Philippines
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Temple Run 2
Adventure Beaks
Dead Effect
The End Run
Tap Titans
Hammer's Quest
Cardinal Quest 2
Phoenix HD
07-27-2015, 03:25 PM
Joined: May 2014
Location: Uk
Posts: 542
World of tanks blitz
07-27-2015, 04:39 PM
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 6,639
Marvel FF.
07-27-2015, 06:41 PM
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Injustice Gods Among Us, I've played over a year now, never spent a dime. Always new content every month and no ads. Love it.

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07-27-2015, 06:43 PM
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07-27-2015, 06:45 PM
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Also the Hitman Go model in which you can purchase iAPs to unlock early the chapters.
07-27-2015, 07:03 PM
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Lego Star Wars, easily my favorite type; Free to start, pay to play the rest! Just a single fee too!
08-02-2015, 07:16 PM
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Forgot to add... Where's My Water 2. They actually did away with it! To access extra level packs, you pay $1 each for them, which I gladly did. I'm sure there wasn't much $$ to be made, but the energy/time meter was just really a turn off!