[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]
As one of the first developers on the iOS App Store with the
SlotZ Racer and
Flick Fishing and also, before that, pioneers of
‘tip jar’ payment with
Airburst on the Mac, Strange Flavour have always explored
ways to write great games at reasonable prices that players can
Recently more and more games have moved towards IAP (In-App
Purchase based payment) as it has proven popular with a large
segment of gamers. Unfortunately, it has also shown to be very
unpopular with other gamers - a lot of the IAP systems allow
players to deliberately or accidentally run up huge bills.
For their upcoming game
Any Landing, Strange Flavour will be trying out a new
payment system that they have tentatively named “Play
Nice”. The game will be priced at the lowest tier so as to be
a reasonable cost of entry and an entirely optional IAP can be used
by players who want to accelerate their gameplay.
Unlike other IAP based systems, Play Nice always has an
“All you can eat” option that permanently unlocks all
optional content. What’s more, when a player purchases any of
the lower priced content, the cost of that is taken off the price
of the All You Can Eat item meaning they’ll never pay more
than a fixed amount. Once the player has purchased All You Can Eat,
it’s theirs permanently.
It is hoped the Play Nice system will allow players to enjoy the
games they want, the way they want, without accidentally racking up
huge bills while at the same time, allowing the developers to still
make a living.
CEO and Lead Coder Aaron Fothergill explains, “In-App
Purchase is a very useful feature that has recently been somewhat
abused in games. Strange Flavour wants to play nice and help
rebuild the players’ trust.”
Strange Flavour Ltd.
Strange Flavour Ltd. is a small UK based independent games
developer run by two brothers, Aaron and Adam Fothergill who have
nearly 50 years of combined experience in the games industry.
After taking the Mac world by storm with
Airburst Extreme and the Apple Design Award winning
ToySight, Strange Flavour has been creating hit iPhone
Flick Fishing, published through Freeverse, which was one
of the top selling iPhone games of all time and the #1 slot car
Strange Flavour is now publishing its own iPhone games on the
App Store, starting with
SlotZ Racer 2 and
SlotZ Racer Caterham Special.