★ TouchArcade needs your help. Click here to support us on Patreon.

Game with "Upgrades" or "Unlocks"?

11-18-2010, 08:08 PM
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 2
Game with "Upgrades" or "Unlocks"?

Hey guys!

I've noticed that most of my favourite games have one thing in common: upgrades. I'm not a big fan of the whole infinite play thing generally, but I don't mind that gameplay if there are milestone goals to work towards. For example, one of my favourite apps right now is Carnivores. I like this game because not only is the gameplay fun, but by having fun and playing the game, you get points, which let you have even more fun by hunting bigger dinosaurs with better armaments. To tell you the truth, if all the weapons were unlocked from the beginning, I probably would not have had half as much fun with this game.

I'm also a bit fan of Jet Car Stunts. I don't think I've had much more satisfaction than getting a gold medal on the harder tracks in the game. I'm not really into high scores... actually, I have no ambition at all to be on any leaderboards or even top my own score. But I love the medal system, which gradiates success. Similarly, I enjoy Cut The Rope. The stars in this game work in virtually the same way.

I also like infinite "arena" type games which reward success with unlockables for future gameplay, such as Tilt to Live. Minigore works similarly, but to a lesser extent, because the pacing of unlocking characters is whack. No way I'll ever play to unlock the million point character: with almost no unlocks inbetween, I'm sure I'll get bored. 100 Rogues touches on this mechanic but falls short, with merely one unlock.

Doodle God is fun because it is basically ENTIRELY about what I'm looking for in a game! I'm having a lot of fun with this one, a great time waster.

But these are all games I have! I REALLY want some advice, so please, if you have any ideas, tell me. I'd also like to clarify that I'm not interested in jet car DLC, doodle devil, etc. Basically, any game which surely someone who was interested in the above might get. Doodle God is fun, but its enough for me: I don't have the other for a reason! Thanks.

I'm looking for:
  • A game that has enjoyable gameplay.
  • A game that rewards a player in subsequent playthroughs.
  • A game with polish. GFX not necesary: playability and seamlessness is.

I would be especially interested in:
  • A roguelike or RPG (sans lengthy narrative, please!) with the above elements.
  • A dual stick shooter with the above elements.
  • Any game with upgradable stats.
  • A game with good value. Price is not so much of an object, but I don't want to be cheated, and would gladly take advantage of a sale
11-18-2010, 09:15 PM
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,838
Doodle army!

Originally Posted by GodSon View Post
The bottom two is where you can buy your bottom turrets.
Originally Posted by Rubicon View Post
at this point I should say we're not looking for anymore guys

11-18-2010, 09:25 PM
Joined: May 2010
Location: New York City
Posts: 2,741
Revolt, Modern Combat 2 (multiplayer mode)

Follow me (@zeroxharuhi) on Twitter!
11-19-2010, 12:26 AM
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 754
I like Civilizations wars. I like how you can upgrade your stats

Oliver Cooksey
11-19-2010, 12:33 AM
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Dallas
Posts: 1,891
Solomons Keep.
11-19-2010, 12:53 AM
Joined: May 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 54
Originally Posted by Teh_Ninja View Post
Solomons Keep.
And Solomon's Boneyard.
11-19-2010, 12:57 AM
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Houston/Austin, TX
Posts: 13,250
LEGO Harry potter. If you're looking for unlockables, this is really the game for you. It's freaking amazing and only 4.99.
11-19-2010, 01:30 AM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 837
space miner: space ore bust ---> check this out if you haven't already
super quick hook ---> this, too
game dev story
omg, priates!
either or both solomon games
mega jump

GameCenter = McCREE

*please, no more RR3 friend requests*
11-19-2010, 01:57 PM
I would be interested in knowing whether gamers prefer unlocks or upgrades in their games. I am the developer of Long Eared Apocalypse, a game that is just beginning its development journey and I would love as much input as possible from gamers to help make it perfect.

leathegame.blogspot.com or thread on toucharcade

Every day millions of bird watchers take out their iPhones in search of the rarest of ducks, The Sound Duck.

Tap To Flap for iPhone By JetWilson
11-19-2010, 02:08 PM
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Holland
Posts: 607
Originally Posted by backtothis View Post
LEGO Harry potter. If you're looking for unlockables, this is really the game for you. It's freaking amazing and only 4.99.
I agree Lego Harry Potter is the way to go