Once upon a time I was bored, so I went to my mobile app store to look for a game to make me not-bored anymore. There it was all brightly colored promising me hours of delicious fun.... Candy Crush. Better yet it was free-to-play!
I don't know if it was the fast-pace, the colors, or the catchy sounds of crushing candy I loved... all I knew was that I was addicted.
No really. I was totally addicted. When I maxed levels on the first edition, I bought the next 60 levels ...and when I was out of lives or I was so closed to beating a level, I paid for special items to get me through to the next level.
By the end of my Candy Crush Saga binge I ended up spending $86.50. Talk about a toothache.
We advise you to stay away from these five "free-to-play" mobile games that somehow manage to rob you blind:
1. Angry Birds Go
While this Angry Birds-themed kart racer is inherently fun on its own, the requirements that force players to play for upgrades that do very little, mandatory wait times, and a veritable cavalcade of IAPs that are designed only to drain you of every cent from your wallet make little sense when it comes to Rovio -- Angry Birds is their prized cash cow. Aren't they making enough money off of merchandising as it is? Angry Birds doesn't have nearly all of this mess, and it did just fine. There's no excuse for this type of behavior from a company we thought better of.
2. Dungeon Keeper
Dungeon Keeper was a classic of the mid-'90s -- you'd be hard-pressed to find a hardcore gamer during the time who didn't play. But once it came to iOS that all changed. It was changed into a free-to-play title with timers, delays, and the worst kinds of tactics meant to force players to have to shell out cash if they want to succeed. And if this is the kind of dungeon that EA is keeping, we want no part of it.
3. Candy Crush Saga
While Candy Crush Saga is one of the most addictive games on the App Store, it's still one we hate to love sometimes due to its ridiculous amount of IAPs. If you want to pass one of the higher levels, sometimes you're all but required to purchase a power-up. Those small purchases add up, and when it's all said and done you could find yourself having spent thousands of dollars just to try to see the end of the game. Is it even worth it?
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