Lets Play or Lets Pay?

If video killed the radio star, then IPhones killed the handheld gaming market. Since the release of Apple’s mobile IOS and it’s increase in popularity, playing games on your phone has exploded, good luck finding someone who hasn’t played Angry Birds or Candy Crush. So with the increase of mobile gaming, less and less people now want a handheld gaming system. Every Sony release has preformed sub-par, falling short of expectations. Nintendo’s DS systems are still around, but much less common or popular.  With IOS gaming being the new norm, many companies are trying to make a quick bug, as it’s much easier to release a game for Iphone or Android then it would be for a traditional handheld, like the PSP or DS. Free to play games are everywhere on the app store, adopting the Freemium model, which pushes micro transactions to an extreme

Keeping that in mind, I’ve been hesitant to play free games on the app store, but I was very very bored recently, and decided to take the plunge, downloading a fairly popular and successful game (I think it was an editor’s choice) called Dungeon Boss. In this game you unlock characters that you use to clear dungeons, increasing your overall player level and leveling up your characters in return. There’s a Player verses Player mode as well, in which you set a group of characters to defend your chest of gold, while trying to invade other players and steal theirs. Micro Transactions are advertised and featured prominently, such as the ability to buy gems used for unlocking more heroes with real money instead of earning them by clearing dungeons.

However, I was very pleasantly surprised. The game was well made, with well balanced levels and player verse player. Clearing dungeons was a lot of fun, and you got a sense of accomplishment from defeating the boss that was giving you a hard time. It never felt like you had to put in money to have a good time, being able to unlock power ups and characters just from playing. I would defiantly recommend getting the game to anyone who wanted a quick, fun time waster that’s hard to put down. I actually convinced my non gaming girlfriend to download it, and she’s been enjoying it greatly. Games like this provided real hope for IOS gaming and good implementation of micro-transactions.

Dungeon Boss
Apple/Android
Addicting, Well Paced, Good Graphics
4/5

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