"More high-end purchases, a coin doubler, a non-coins IAP option, a clearer buy button -- didn't work. That leaves one simple thing: The game is way too generous to be a single currency free game."
- Kepa Auwae of Rocketcat Games discusses making iOS hit Punch Quest a paid download
after previously launching as a free-to-play game.
While the free-to-play model has worked wonders for numerous games and studios, other developers are finding that in-app purchases don't work so well in all scenarios.
In Punch Quest
, for example, players could buy in-game coins via real money in-app purchases. Yet after 600,000 downloads, the game only managed to make north of $10,000.
Even after introducing an update that aimed to tweak the in-app purchases and made the items for purchase more obvious, the game only saw a small boost in sales. "The update improved things for like a few days, and then it sank, hard," says Auwae.
Hence, the studio has now slapped a price tag on the game. "It's 99 cents or increase the price of everything by 8x or more, really," he added.
Seeing a free-to-play game switch to the paid model is unusual. Earlier this year, Madfinger's Dead Trigger went free-to-play
due to the terrible piracy rates on the title.