With the growing trend of games that work on a “free-to-play” structure and, in some cases, require a minimum purchase through the application in order to continue, some may be frustrated that there isn’t just an option to pay something up front and game to their heart’s content.
Ah, but there is, and several games are like that. Which is probably what drove Apple to create a new category that simply lets users find something they want to play, pay an up-front fee, and then enjoy without being nickeled and dimed afterwards.
Forbes has indicated that Apple has changed up its Featured section in the App Store a little bit, so that it includes a “Pay Once and Play” category, with titles that offer all of the gameplay experience up front after paying a small fee. After that, users can enjoy them, mostly with no advertising or prompts to pay anything further.
Some games easily fit into this category and have a lot to offer, like Supergiant Games’ brilliant Bastion, pictured above. Priced at $4.99, this game offers a meaty, console-like adventure where players venture through an open world, all while a quirky narrator follows them along. Players simply pay the up-front fee, then enjoy everything the game has to offer.
Granted, not all games can fit into this category. Titles like Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Soda Saga are built upon a structure where players are prompted to pay for additional items, like power-ups and such, and offering everything for an up-front fee with them simply wouldn’t work, based on how they’re made. So expect the “free-to-play” games to continue invading the mobile front, with no sign of slowing down.
Still, the “Pay Once and Play” category looks like a thankful addition to the virtual marketplace, assuring gamers that they simply need to plunk down one lump sum, then move on without having to reach for their credit card or online account. It’s hard to say if other games on other formats, like PC and console, could have the same thing, especially with the downloadable content structure that a lot of them follow. Still, it’d be nice to get a gaming experience that charges you one entry fee, then lets you enjoy to your heart’s content.
Here’s hoping, at the very least, Android follows suit with a similar category.