questionsdo you ever buy "extras" for your phone/tablet…

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Once I bought extra levels for a game that was free ("the Creeps") but I used an itunes gift card that I had for a while. That was the only time I paid for anything after I had the game. I'm much more likely to play a game so much that I earn the extra stuff but immediately after getting the extra stuff, I'm bored with the game. I acutaly have PvZ on android and ios and didn't pay for either (I did pay for it on xbox though - not sure why I thought I needed it on three platforms)

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It depends. I've spent real money on the Simpsons game, but that was my choice. The game is perfectly playable without doughnuts, your town just isn't as pretty. But to me, I was okay with tossing some money towards the Simpsons, and was happy with what I got.

That's really the only game I've ever spent money on though. If you get something substantial out of the expenditure, I think it's okay. But for in game currency (generally), it's just annoying. I get that's how the game is profitable for the developers, but putting limited time things for exorbitant amounts just isn't cool. Especially when there's no in-game way to get premium currency. I especially like Monopoly Hotels for that very reason. Gold is the premium currency and there are rooms that produce it. It's extremely expensive (with in game normal money) to get those rooms, but that's perfectly fine. Premium currency is premium for a reason.

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It depends for me also. Value for spend is the order of the day. For the most part, I prefer to pay for a game and expect to get playability without annoyances. I purchased the world unlocks in scribblenaughts for both the iPad and Android because the game was so cheap and so was the expansion. Anything multiplayer is going to require infrastructure to support, so a subscription or paid access is acceptable to me if I want to participate. Bait and switch is not tolerated.

On your PvZ, did you not feel you got $2.99 worth of enjoyment out of it?

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Quick answer: sometimes. If I find I am still playing a game after the first couple days, I might ponder buying some of the extras. That said, I've been playing Tapped Out since the day it was released for Android, and have never seen an ad nor purchased a donut. Oh yeah, they try really hard to get you to, but you don't have to. But considering that's been a good couple months of daily play, I do indeed plan to purchase some donuts and grab a couple premium items, assuming they repeat the donut sale they had back when it was exclusively for Apple. Even though it is EA.

I'm also waiting eagerly to buy Fluxx when the Android version is released. Support what you love, uninstall what you don't, that's my motto.

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@stile99: I thought it was a fun game. Worth $3? Probably. I just feel like, if I pay for a copy of a movie, I should be able to see the entire movie. It seems a bit odd to charge me for the ending.

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@kylemittskus: Will you pay another $11-$25 to own the next Hobbit movie?
:D

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I bought all three versions (Basic, Seafarers and Cities and Knights) of the Settlers app for a total of $12, even thought it is horribly crashy and the reviews are full of complaints. Despite having to fight tooth and nail to get it to run, it is a fantastic game. I have paid out something like $250 for those three versions of the actual board game, and I have to have friends over in order to enjoy them. So $12 to be able to play any time I wanted would be a good deal--if I could actually play the fricken game. The last time I played it, instead of crashing the tablet as it usually does, it completely freaked out and started skipping the turns of me and one of the computer players. The other two computer players would just pass the dice back and forth between themselves. But the computer didn't forget us, it kept robbing us and playing attack cards against us. It just wouldn't let us have a turn. I have accused games of cheating in the past, but it's never been that blatant.

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I've made an in-app purchase to upgrade to the Pro version on an app I use a lot or appreciate, but never a game. Game are for whiling away a few minutes here and there, not for serious use. But I'm not a gamer, so perhaps i don't "get it" or something.

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I use AmpliTube on my iPad for guitar effects, and will probably purchase a few add-ons as I become more familiar with the app. Add-ons in this case can be additional effects/stomp boxes, amps and cabinets. They are all professionally modeled after actual top-of-the-line real-world equipment, so upgrading in-app is still a lot cheaper than purchasing actual hardware. The added benefit is that I can travel w/just my guitar & iPad and have access to all of it wherever I am.