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Which do you pick - free aps with ads or paid apps?

05-06-2013, 11:19 AM
#1
Joined: Oct 2012
Location: Los Angeles, California
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Which do you pick - free aps with ads or paid apps?

Hey all - just wondering your thoughts on something about game trends at the moment...

Which do you generally download - games that are free, but have ads in them, or do you pay a little bit for a game without ads, or free but set up so that you have to buy in-app purchase items?

I'm not a huge fan of in-app purchases, but it seems that the biggest games out there all have in-app purchases, which means a TON of people are ok buying that stuff. That's the only reason they are doing so well...

What do you all think?

Very curious to know...

Thanks, Chris
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05-06-2013, 11:28 AM
#2
Joined: Jun 2009
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There are exceptions, but all too often seeing "free" in the App Store suggests I might be deleting the app again within five minutes. I think most people on this forum are more invested in gaming as a hobby and prefer to pay upfront for what looks like a quality product. The average App Store customer is different though, as the top charts consistently prove.

I'm happy with an ad-supported free game that offers IAP to remove the ads, but I tend to ignore games with consumable IAP, such as buying points, energy, cash or chips.

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05-06-2013, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by MidianGTX View Post
There are exceptions, but all too often seeing "free" in the App Store suggests I might be deleting the app again within five minutes. I think most people on this forum are more invested in gaming as a hobby and prefer to pay upfront for what looks like a quality product. The average App Store customer is different though, as the top charts consistently.
2nded.
05-06-2013, 02:35 PM
#4
Joined: Mar 2012
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Originally Posted by LostIsland View Post
What do you all think?

Very curious to know...
Honestly, I'm not so sure selling a paid game will still be an option on mobile devices in a few years. I can easily see the various apps stores simply stopping to offer them.
05-06-2013, 02:40 PM
#5
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As long as the ads don't impede gameplay too much, then I'm fine with free games with ads
05-06-2013, 02:43 PM
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Hate in game ads, those are instadelete.

Other ads if really small and hidden, then maybe somewhat tolerable, but no, don't like the current trend towards freemiums with ads. Even if they have a buck remove ad feature. Would prefer a buck premium app with a lite version far more, but those days seem to be numbered.
05-06-2013, 02:55 PM
#7
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Originally Posted by Hoggy110 View Post
As long as the ads don't impede gameplay too much, then I'm fine with free games with ads
This.

There was a game I played recently (Cartoon Quiz I think it was?) where the in-game ads made the game unplayable. The ads would pop in randomly as I played, which would cause me to tap it and bam - I'm annoyed.

However, if the ad happens during the "in between" parts then I'm completely okay with it.

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05-06-2013, 09:12 PM
#8
Joined: Oct 2012
Location: Los Angeles, California
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MidianGTX View Post
There are exceptions, but all too often seeing "free" in the App Store suggests I might be deleting the app again within five minutes. I think most people on this forum are more invested in gaming as a hobby and prefer to pay upfront for what looks like a quality product. The average App Store customer is different though, as the top charts consistently prove.

I'm happy with an ad-supported free game that offers IAP to remove the ads, but I tend to ignore games with consumable IAP, such as buying points, energy, cash or chips.
That's actually good to hear - I think many of those here on TouchArcade value quality games and are willing to shell out a few bucks for something with substance. Also, it seems like iPhone/iPad owners are more clearly willing to purchase quality, whereas most of the Android owners I know almost brag about the fact that they never pay for apps. That just encourages more adware in games.

Thanks, Chris
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05-06-2013, 09:14 PM
#9
Joined: Oct 2012
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Quote:
Originally Posted by slammajamma28 View Post
This.

There was a game I played recently (Cartoon Quiz I think it was?) where the in-game ads made the game unplayable. The ads would pop in randomly as I played, which would cause me to tap it and bam - I'm annoyed.

However, if the ad happens during the "in between" parts then I'm completely okay with it.
I think this is a sad effect of the fact that free apps get over 100x the download rates...

Clearly the app was "tricking" you into tapping the ads. I always say if a product has to trick you into paying for it, it's not a quality product to begin with...

Thanks, Chris
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05-06-2013, 09:25 PM
#10
Almost all paid apps have DLCs nowadays as well.
The only exceptions are those console/PC ports or those games that cost like $10 or above.

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