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Question re: in-app purchases?

12-30-2009, 04:19 PM
#1
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Question re: in-app purchases?

Hi everyone-

If you delete a game from your iPhone but keep it on your computer, you can always sync it again to your iPhone. Additionally, even if you delete it from your computer, you can always download it again from the App Store for free (assuming, of course, it's still available for download).

My question is this: if you make an in-app purchase and then delete the app from your iPhone, will the in-app purchases be restored if you ever put the app back on your iPhone?

The game that raised this inquiry for me is Blockoban. After reading this article:

http://www.slidetoplay.com/story/100...=Google+Reader

... I was able to unlock the full version of the game using one of the available codes.

I don't intend to delete the game, but I was curious what would happen if I ever chose to do so.

Thanks in advance.
12-30-2009, 04:26 PM
#2
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The game is required to have a "restore content" button of some kind.

So if you delete the game, you lose your DLC and saves/data/etc.

When you reinstall the game, it will be missing all of this, but you should be able to download the DLC free of charge.

EDIT: Now that I think of it, doesn't Plus+ save your game data? Or is that only for certain games?

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Last edited by drelbs; 12-30-2009 at 04:28 PM.

12-30-2009, 04:26 PM
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When you reinstall the app again, you`ll get the full version only. It wont be lost.
12-30-2009, 04:29 PM
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I've no idea how Blockoban works since it's a pretty unique method, but most games I've purchased in-app DLC from have had an option to restore the DLC, presumably for people who have reinstalled the game after deleting it. If the game doesn't have that option then I can see problems, but I'm not even sure Apple would allow apps to be released without it, if they do then they need to change a couple of rules.

Edit: okay so drelbs says it's required. Sweet.

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12-30-2009, 04:30 PM
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there should be an option to restore in app purchases if you had deleted them from your device. probably in the same place where you make the purchases within the app. at least thats how it is in ramp champ.

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12-30-2009, 04:50 PM
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Hmm - I'm browsing through the developer guides and I'm not finding a definitive statement that the dev must provide a way to re-download, but I remember it being there in the DLC announcements Apple made some time ago...

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12-30-2009, 05:15 PM
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i have a question. im new to this ipod touch thing. only been using it for 3 months. i never buy my stuff from the computer i much prefer to browse from my bed or the bathroom or whatever then just buy games from the ipod.

when i go to sync up with my computer to get music or whatever, i do not see the games i bought. is there a way to transfer the games over to the itunes on the desktop? or should i always just buy my stuff from the desk top. sorry did not mean to hi jack the thread.. but sorta seem like good place to ask considering the subject.

chris.
12-30-2009, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by sid187 View Post
i have a question. im new to this ipod touch thing. only been using it for 3 months. i never buy my stuff from the computer i much prefer to browse from my bed or the bathroom or whatever then just buy games from the ipod.

when i go to sync up with my computer to get music or whatever, i do not see the games i bought. is there a way to transfer the games over to the itunes on the desktop? or should i always just buy my stuff from the desk top. sorry did not mean to hi jack the thread.. but sorta seem like good place to ask considering the subject.

chris.
iTunes should automatically transfer purchases you made on your iPod to your computer when you synchronize
12-30-2009, 05:36 PM
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Thanks for the responses.

The "regular" in-app purchase procedure seems to make sense.

I guess the only question is whether Blockoban followed the "regular" in-app purchase procedure. Since they offered 1000 codes, it seems that they've found a pretty unique way to offer the full game.
12-30-2009, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by drelbs View Post
Hmm - I'm browsing through the developer guides and I'm not finding a definitive statement that the dev must provide a way to re-download, but I remember it being there in the DLC announcements Apple made some time ago...
LOL drelbs on BLOCKOBAN's twitter, you're filling it up.