Plants V Zombies was one of my favourite games of all time. I played it on and off for around a full year, after it was released. I bought it for several devices and just loved the whole experience. Great pricing and such an additive little game.
Regular readers will know I don’t own an iPad, but I managed to get hold of one last week for a steal (no, not literally I am a law abiding citizen) and decided to download Plants V Zombies 2. When I saw they weren’t charging for it this time, my spider senses started to tingle. Say what?
Firing it up for the first time I was greeted with the EA logo and immediately I broke out in a cold sweat.
I played the first handful of levels and found that I wasn’t being introduced to the plants in the same way as the first game. Heading into the ‘STORE’ button in game I found that they were charging for every plant, and then for coins, and even bundle deals. Their ‘best’ bundle deal for 450,000 coins was a bargain – only £69.99. I kid you not. A casual game – free, but with in game charges totalling well over £100. Sure, you don’t need to buy them, but to get the most from the game you do.
I know other publications have covered this before and I am late to the game today, but this was my first look at the game this week and I really am absolutely disgusted with how EA have destroyed such a charming title.
Why not charge a one off fee of £5 or £10? I think most people would be happy paying that up front. But £70 for a massive coin bundle alone? I don’t mind a few charges with some titles, but if this is how ‘casual gaming’ is going to be in the future, I might just start buying Playstation 3/ Playstation 4 games again. If they work out less expensive than casual games for a smartphone or tablet, it makes sense.
Technologytell posted the costs of in game purchases a while ago in America, I have them listed below. The latest UK edition of the game has higher costs and a few more options now, yep – to extort more money from the public.
Is the game good? Sure, it looks great, but I was so infuriated with the fees I just deleted it from the iPad. This is exactly why we don’t want independent killer titles like Plants V Zombies getting bought out by big faceless, money grabbing corporations.
Plants $2.99 each
- Snow Pea
- Power Lily
- 5,000 coins – $2.99
- 10,000 coins – $4.99
- 20,000 coins – $9.99
- 40,000 coins – $19.99
- 100,000 coins – $29.99
- 150,000 coins – $39.99
- 200,000 coins – $49.99
Upgrades $1.99 each
- Shovel Bonus – +25% Sun refund when shoveling
- Plant Food Bonus – +1 Plant food slot
- Sun Bonus – +25 Starting sun
- Bonus Seed Slot – +1 Seed slots
- Starter Bundle – Squash plant, 5,000 coins and Shovel Bonus – $4.99
- Torch Bundle – Torchwood plant, 40,000 coins and extra seed slot – $7.99
- Power Bundle – Jalapeno plant, 40,000 coins and start with additional sun – $9.99
Pocketgamer posted a video a while ago and its well worth a look – see above.
Kitguru says: My feelings? Well in the immortal words of Bender from Futurama, they can bite my shiny metal ass. This really is greed, personified.