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Disney removes energy system from  Where's My Water  following complaints
Disney removes energy system from Where's My Water following complaints
December 20, 2013 | By Mike Rose

December 20, 2013 | By Mike Rose
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As the pressure from players and critics mounts on free-to-play game companies to provide fair in-app purchases, Disney is the latest company that has dialed back on its microtransactions.

When Where's My Water? 2 launched earlier this year, it came with an "energy" system which stopped players from continuing a game unless they either waited an hour, or paid real-money.

As spotted by Pocket Gamer, Disney has now removed the energy system entirely from the game, citing the poor response from players.

"We took your feedback to heart and removed the energy system in this update," reads the latest App Store update. "Yep thatís right. Now play as often and as much as you like!"

There are still microtransactions in place which allow you to buy power-ups and content bundles, but it's now possible to play through the entire game in one sitting for free, rather than waiting after each few levels or so.

This isn't the first time a company has toned down the microtransactions in a high-profile free-to-play game. Earlier this year, Electronic Arts lowered the in-app purchase requirements for Real Racing 3, following a notable backlash from players.


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SD Marlow
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Being so easy to remove means it was never an integral part of the game, thus, not something I'd ever be able to justify using. I suspect the "big dogs" will ruin F2P as an option for the little guys.

T Thompson
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Whether a gameplay system is "integral" or not does not usually dictate how difficult it is to program. Actually I've found that's it mostly the other way around: Systems in-line with the main gameplay are easy. Side-systems, or mini-games inside another game, are the difficult things to program.

I see this as a great expression of the customers controlling game design direction. I loved Where's my Water, and Where's my Perry. But never played Where's my water 2. Now I probably will :D.


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