I’ll be honest, I’m not particularly happy with the state of app gaming right now, especially so-called freemium games. The idea that you either have to suffer through a “free” game because you refuse to engage in micro-transactions, or that it just costs you an arm and a leg to “win” is absurd to me. I wouldn’t say if these companies offered a paid version, give them $30 and you get a game that isn’t hobbled with pay walls, but they’d lose money that way, everyone would just buy the game and they wouldn’t get tons of cash from those with poor impulse control.
But I’m not one of those people. I don’t care what the business model a developer chooses to use, I will play the game as released, whether they choose to charge for it up front or not, not give them a red cent in micro-transaction money ever, and if it’s fun, I’ll keep playing, if not, I won’t.
There are really only a few games I’m currently keeping up on, but I’m really unhappy with all of them. I started playing Dragonvale because they said you can breed all of the dragons with enough patience and time. That means you don’t have to pay, you can just breed. That’s fine, but that’s not really the case anymore. As with games like Dragon Story, they would release so many new dragons that it would be literally impossible to ever get them all without handing over your credit card and I have a serious problem with pay-to-win games. Dragonvale has started to do that and as soon as they did, I stopped caring very much. The other is Simpsons: Tapped Out, which has the same problem, the constant whining for money and introducing so much stuff that you can’t get it all without paying. It used to be that you could, if you were attentive, get everything in an event just by playing a lot. Now that’s impossible in both Dragonvale and Tapped Out. Therefore, I’ve almost completely stopped playing them.
In fact, with my new tablet, while I downloaded Tapped Out again, I don’t think I’ve logged into it once. Dragonvale gets played half-heartedly, if at all, I’ll go days without starting it up. Fallout Shelter really only gets started when I sent dwellers out on quests because that’s the only really fun part of the game.
Don’t think I’m cheap though, I spend a ton of money on games, but most games out there are “freemium” because it makes more money and those aren’t really that much fun. I think I’m playing Pokemon Go more than anything right now, which is kind of sad. I just want to have fun. I want games that are fun. I don’t care if they want to charge for it, but I will never engage in micro-transactions because that’s not fun. What else is left these days?