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Freemium Done Right vs. Freemium Done Wrong

06-12-2013, 08:58 PM
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Freemium Done Right vs. Freemium Done Wrong




Inspired by a comment made today by Exact-Psience, I decided to create a thread where we could list the freemium games that really nail it, where balance, fun, and awesome gameplay combine without forcing the IAP's down your throat and you actually want to buy the IAP just to thank the developer for the experience.

At the same time feel free to list the games that you feel failed it miserably with pay walls, full screen ads and frustrating gimmicks. There is a love/hate relationship with the model. People bicker any time they have to spend more than $1 on a game and yet we refuse to buy games that carry ads or in app purchases. Here's your opportunity to share which IAP you tolerate and which ones you don't, which games do it right and which ones do it wrong. Bon Appétit!

Last edited by CygnetSeven; 06-12-2013 at 09:06 PM.
06-12-2013, 09:57 PM
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Urban Crime.
Charges you to hijack a car.
Six Guns
Ammo is premium! (Stupid idea in a shooter)

06-12-2013, 11:01 PM
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I dont know what i said to move you into making this thread, but im in on the topic.

Freemiums done right:

Legend of the Holy Archer
Phoenix HD
Zen Pinball
Run N Gun
Temple Run / Temple Run 2
Pitfall!
Puzzle Saga
Robot Unicorn Attacks 2
Voodoo Friends
Zombie Parkour Runner

Exact-Psience My 2014 Top 10 Games of the Year: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Hearthstone, VVVVVV, Battleheart Legacy, Wayward Souls, Bug Heroes 2, Powerpuff Girls Defenders of Townsville, Deep Loot, Monument Valley, Bioshock Honorable Mentions: Traps N Gemstones, Bardbarian, Goblin Sword
06-12-2013, 11:14 PM
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^^ Those are all good examples. A few more recent ones would be Dead Ahead and Maximus. Quadropus Rampage isn't out on iOS, but it's also an excellent freemium done right.

I could probably write a novel on all the games where freemium has been done wrong, but the ones that irritated me the most were Real Racing 3 and Dungeon Hunter 4. And almost EVERY game that attempts to go from paid to freemium.
06-12-2013, 11:21 PM
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Jetpack Joyride vs. Iron Man 3
06-12-2013, 11:37 PM
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And almost EVERY game that attempts to go from paid to freemium.
You and I have a gag order on that topic!
06-12-2013, 11:52 PM
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Imbalanced Grindfest Freemium games (good games with bad grind-balance):

Iron Man 3 (too bad coz the gameplay here is fantastic)
Agent Dash (i completed this one without any IAPs, but it is a total grindfest still)
Subway Surfers (same with Agent Dash)
Sonic Dash (same with the above, with the additional frustration of possibly losing your gathere's rings while running)
Into The Dead
Verticus
Injustice iOS (never spent IAPs on this one except for the starter pack, and it's still a grindfest, i spent too much time on this one to have reached where im at in the game now)
Ninja Slash (one of the most enjoyable rnners i've played, but the coin balance makes it hard to progress in it)
Eternity Warriors
Super Monsters Ate My Condo (really sad about this one. You have to grind to stay competitive)

Exact-Psience My 2014 Top 10 Games of the Year: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Hearthstone, VVVVVV, Battleheart Legacy, Wayward Souls, Bug Heroes 2, Powerpuff Girls Defenders of Townsville, Deep Loot, Monument Valley, Bioshock Honorable Mentions: Traps N Gemstones, Bardbarian, Goblin Sword
06-13-2013, 12:08 AM
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iAP done wrong:

90% of gameloft's f2p titles
06-13-2013, 03:54 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CygnetSeven View Post



Inspired by a comment made today by Exact-Psience, I decided to create a thread where we could list the freemium games that really nail it, where balance, fun, and awesome gameplay combine without forcing the IAP's down your throat and you actually want to buy the IAP just to thank the developer for the experience.

At the same time feel free to list the games that you feel failed it miserably with pay walls, full screen ads and frustrating gimmicks. There is a love/hate relationship with the model. People bicker any time they have to spend more than $1 on a game and yet we refuse to buy games that carry ads or in app purchases. Here's your opportunity to share which IAP you tolerate and which ones you don't, which games do it right and which ones do it wrong. Bon Appétit!
It would be good not only to ask what games, but why

Jesús Bosch
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06-13-2013, 04:57 AM
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Here are some games I have or have downloaded in the past that it think did freemium right.

Jetpack Joyride: It's still a bit of a grind, but you'll never notice it because you'll play the game so freaking much. I decide to buy the coin doubler.

Into the Dead: I actually feel the exact opposite of Exact-Psience on this one. I think the money gain extremely generous, and the ads are unobtrusive. I also think it has a feature that removes those ads if you buy any IAP, which I think is a nice touch.

Punch Quest: Also extremely generous in currency, plus the game is fun to play. Lots of stuff to buy, and it never costs an arm and a leg to get each of them.

iGunPro (HD) (SD) (Lite): This is an app, but the way this freemium is done is that you earn 10 coins everyday, or you can use Tapjoy to download games that give you 100-350ish coins each. It's extremely generous, and the fact that I have every skin and gun out of HUNDREDS thanks to Tapjoy tells you something.

I will return to list the games that I think did freemium wrong.