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Freemium: A Costly Mistake for Gameloft

Now I’m sure Gameloft has made some money off using the freemium model.  They’re most recent game, Starfront: Collision, is ranked #46 in the top grossing chart.

Wait… #46?  Even after Apple featured Starfront: Collision as the iPhone Game of the Week?  Gameloft releases have been known to storm the top grossing charts at #2, #10, so on and so forth; never so low in the charts.  Look at the Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden, which is nearly off the top 200 grossing chart altogether after only a week of sales.  And even after a good couple of months of being released, Modern Combat 2 is ahead of both of Gameloft’s recent freemium games.

The best part is is that Modern Combat 2 isn’t even on sale; it’s at its full price of $6.99.

Along with the fact that Gameloft hasn’t made as much as they have with other games, their fans seem to have felt like they have been deceived.  For Starfront: Collision, the first four reviews have all claimed that in-app purchases are stupid, Gameloft should get rid of it, there are uncertainties regarding in-app purchases, etc.

For Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden, people are clamoring on how it’s just a demo after they thought it was going to be the full version for free (I know, ridiculous).  And of course, along with that, people are complaining about the in-app purchase in general.

And for me personally, I don’t want to download Starfront: Collision and Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden.  I haven’t yet and I don’t think I ever will.  What good is it to download all 403 MB only to find out the game is horrible or to find out that I just flat out don’t want to purchase the game?

I rarely download lite versions, and I look at both of those games as lite versions and not full.  It’s just a waste of time to download, buy an in-app purchase, etc.  Waste of space, waste of time.

Now again, like stated in the beginning, I’m sure they’ve made some money.  But have they made enough?  And is it worth making the consumer displeased?

‘Broken Sword: Director’s Cut’ and ‘DrawRace’ Free Games for Today

What a way to start off the new year, with two (technically three) free apps.

Among the list is critically acclaimed point-and-click adventure game Broken Sword Director’s Cut, both HD and iPhone versions.  While I myself am not into these types of adventure games, Broken Sword is interesting, a classic, and contains some great artwork.  For free, it’s something you cannot miss out on.

As for DrawRace, it’s a unique game in which you draw a path for your race car.  Testing out the shortest path to win is the name of the game, and for free, it’s a great game.

They won’t be free for long, so be sure to download them A.S.A.P.

‘Gun Bros’ Update Adds Universal Support, Christmas Outfits

Gun Bros is probably one of the best free games on the App Store right now; while mindless, it sure provides more than a few hours of fun.  While it does include DLC, most of it is really just money and such to get you ahead of most people, although much of it is very unnecessary.

The update adds support for Apple’s iPad along with adding new Christmas outfits and weapons for your characters.  As an added bonus, if you download the version 1.2 update, you’ll receive three war bucks for working so hard to update the game.  They’ve also allowed the ability to earn war bucks, so those aren’t just available through in-app purchase anymore.

If you haven’t picked up Gun Bros yet, it’s available for free on the App Store.

Great Free Games To Download: Ocarina, Assault Squadron, and Stick Golf

We sort of missed out on these the day they became free, but the good news is that they’re still available for no cost (at the time of writing).

Ocarina–while technically not a game—should be free for 72 more hours, while we’re not sure how much longer Assault Squadron’s and Stick Golf’s promotion will last.  All three of the games listed are must downloads at free—Assault Squadron received a Buy and Stick Golf a Must Have—and we really don’t want you to miss out on such great titles.

With that said, you can find the iTunes links below.

iTunes links

‘Ash’ Available for Free Today

Ash—previously $4.99— is an iPhone-exclusive, indie RPG that we enjoyed a lot in our review.  It’s available for free today through FreeAppADay, and it’s definitely worthy of a download.  The storyline is as follows:

Ash tells the story of two mercenaries on the fringes of the Empire of Aghaus, a once-great kingdom now fallen into ruin after the death of its king five years prior. When a routine contract takes an unexpected turn, the two men are gradually embroiled in a conflict that consumes the entire continent—and brings to light the mercenaries’ mysterious pasts.”

You can check out our review for more information regarding Ash, but honestly, I suggest just downloading it. And from the looks of it, Ash will be free today and today only, so hurry up now before you miss out.