I love having games on my phone. It’s a great way to kill the time. Or waste time. Either way, it’s nice to have them, and they’re less expensive (and less bulky) than carrying around a GameBoy or PSP or what have you.
I have absolutely no problem paying for a game, or any app for that matter. If the developers went through the trouble to make something awesome, they are more than welcome to a few bucks from me. When a game maker wants to offer a free versions, either with ads or limited levels just to try it out, even better! If I enjoy it, I’ll typically get the ad free version.
What I have a problem with are the games that want to suck you dry. Specifically I’m referring to Candy Crush. Like so many others, I started playing this game and got completely hooked. I probably would have
wasted spent a lot more time playing it if they didn’t limit lives. Before you ask, no, I did not pay for extra lives, moves, or boosts. Instead, I took the half-hour per life regeneration time to take a break and move on with my life.
But I did pay to advance levels. A dollar doesn’t seem like much one time, but it quickly turns into $2, and then $5. The alternative to paying is harassing friends on Facebook, but I wasn’t about to do that. I just completed level 110, and I’ve come to find the game more frustrating than it is fun, so I decided to stop.
My decision wasn’t solely based on my frustration, however. I stopped because I had reached the end of the level, and I was once again confronted with the decision to give them more money or invite friends to play. And at some point, I have to stop supporting things I disagree with.
Do you play Candy Crush? Are there other games you love or hate or love to hate?