GAMERS IN NEW ZEALAND are going crackers over the costs of in-app purchases in Rovio's 'in case you missed Mario Kart' title Angry Birds Go.
Angry Birds Go takes the livid birds that we have come to love and throw at pigs and puts them in cars. You'll recognise the style of gameplay from many other games. Angry Birds Go steps things up by having birds as opposed to plumbers, hedgehogs and any number of other creatures as its stars.
What has annoyed the Kiwis about the game is the cost of some of the additional in-app purchases that people can make. These include a car, presumably some sort of supercar, that costs AUS$129, or about £70 in the UK.
In-app purchases are not new, nor are they particularly cool. All sorts of freemium games have them, and so do some paid-for games.
We've read horrible stories about people being sucked into spending small fortunes on unicorn crap and pixie bows, so this perhaps should not come as much of a surprise.
You can pick up coins as you race, which is a popular lure into games' in-app stores, and in the case of Angry Birds Go spend them on upgrading your car. You can also buy coins.
The more coins you have and use, the more the game unlocks itself for you. Some players with limited coins have been stuck playing the same couple of levels, with some subtle differences.
Add-ons, such as a Jenga-like game, also cost money, and if you play five games with one bird, it will get tired and require a cash injection to start racing again.
We put the complaints to Rovio, the nest from which Angry Birds games take flight, and it said that it will tweak the game's experience.
"Angry Birds Go is currently available early in certain regions as part of a soft launch," said a Rovio spokesperson. "That said, early feedback from the press and community is important to us. We'll definitely be taking action on some of the points raised." µ
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