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Our next game - inapp purchase or one time purchase?

View Poll Results: What do you prefer?
Full price app with all functions and free updates even if more expensive 22 91.67%
Free game with inapp purchase for additional content 2 8.33%
I never buy anything, just use free apps 0 0%
Voters: 24. You may not vote on this poll
11-17-2010, 04:56 AM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 547
Our next game - inapp purchase or one time purchase?

We are working on a 3D multiplayer deathmatch game for the iPad (iPhone version eventually also planned).

What would you prefer and why?

Free game with inapp purchase for maps, power ups, weapons and bonus features or a one time purchase with all items enabled and free updates?

Lets say, the paid version would cost $2.99 - $4.99 for the iPad and inapp items would cost $0.99 - $2.99

(prices not yet determined)
11-17-2010, 05:17 AM
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 1,030
I personally hate IAP. I deinately prefer just to pay a fixed price at the initial purchase.

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11-17-2010, 08:18 AM
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 704
I prefer to ply pay once to unlock everything, but I don't really mind if it is one big in-app payment or buying the game. Having it paid though will probably help your iTunes ratings as lots of people download free games without thinking then get annoyed that they have to pay for more stuff then leave stupid misleading reviews. I think a one time payment as you download the app is the way to go.

On a side note, please make any games universal as I'd rather pay once for a more expensive version than twice for two cheaper versions if the total price is more than the universal.
11-17-2010, 08:58 AM
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 2,482
I hate in app purchase!

The only way I would get a game with IAP would be if it was like skies of glory - you can actually play it without extra purchases, but you have the choice of buying better planes etc. Or even being able to buy campaign missions on it.

Basically though, no IAP! just a one off payment. I think that looks more professional and not like you're trying to rip off people.

If something online is free, you are not the customer - you are the product.
11-17-2010, 09:10 AM
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 3,803
People seem to hate IAPs but I like being able to try something for free before I pay for it. So, if you aren't going to release a lite I'd vote for the IAPs. It may also help you with preventing piracy.

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11-17-2010, 10:34 AM
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Houston/Austin, TX
Posts: 13,250
Full price please, especially for an online game. It's the way to go.
11-18-2010, 07:09 AM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 547
Thank you guys.

You still can keep the comments and votes coming :-)

There will be a free version for sure. We just don't know, if it should be a lite version or an IAP version
11-18-2010, 07:26 AM
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: Germany & Tokyo
Posts: 1,101
No IAP, No DLC!!!!

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