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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 that’s 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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