Have you had enough of Angry Birds yet? I am one of the countless who fell for it hook, line, and sinker – and more, if possible – but by the time Angry Birds Space came around, I was rather sick of it. It seems, however, that Rovio is not about to let go of its hit franchise and is instead entering the Department of Milking It. Come December 11, remaining fans of the franchise can spend the holiday break playing Angry Birds Go!, a kart racing version of the game.
In spite of my rather skeptical intro, I have to be honest and say that the idea of a kart racing game bolstered by the Angry Birds concept is not all that undesirable. If it’s anywhere close to the experience that Mario Kart offers, then I am willing to give anything a try! There’s also the fact that Rovio has been quite good at spinning the free-to-play model and still making money out of it.
So far, so good, yes?
Here’s the not-so-good part: gamers find Angry Birds Go! “finding it positively stuffed with in-app purchases.”
New Zealanders are already “enjoying” the game, earlier than the official release in other parts of the world. And those gamers have been reporting that the in-app purchases are just way too much. For some, there is an inherent resistance to in-app purchases, but I think it’s safe to say that more and more people are welcoming them. That is, if the price is right.
With Angry Birds Go!, however, you can expect to pay as much as $99.99 for a fully upgraded kart – which you may very well need at some point! Still, there are many other in-app purchases such as gems and upgrades which won’t take such a huge chunk out of your credits. You will also have to exercise patience when your birds need to re-energize (if you don’t want to spend money).
Here’s a little teaser to get you excited in spite of the negative vibe coming from those who have played the game.
[Image via 100extensionsforgames]