Looked interesting, can’t stomach the sleazy monetization
I can accept moderate in app purchases. When it’s clear the game or app is money grubbing, drastically delaying gameplay loops in order to force you to buy currency to progress, or bombarding you with ads every few seconds, I lose patience. As far as ads, I’ll gladly drop a few bucks on an app I think will give me a few hours of entertainment.
But this recent trend of developers opting for a subscription model is just so disgusting. It’s yet another thinly veiled attempt to exploit time saving aspects of the AppStore. Charging what comes out to about $200/year (auto renewing) to get rid of ads and egregious gameplay timers is such a clear hope that people will misunderstand or misread what is being sold and lock themselves into a recurring subscription without knowing. What’s even more hilarious is I’d be willing to bet a years subscription that there’s probably at most a few hours of mediocre content once you remove the ad breaks and timers.
What’s ironic is I’d happily give a one time payment of $5, maybe even $10 to remove ads and timers. But the greed of these devs looking to trade minimal development effort for maximum profits backfired. That’s an immediate uninstall from me and I won’t look back. In fact, I’m blacklisting this dev. You guys blew it. I’m no ‘whale’ when it comes to milking me for micro transactions, but if you offer a good product, I’ll pay within reason.
By Diego J Rios
You’re probably like me. You saw an advertisement, though that the game looked interesting, and hoped that it would live up to your expectations. Sadly, that’s just not the reality. The reality is that the game is truly unplayable unless you spend money on the game. Basically how it works, the entire game is based around money. If you overspend (the game money), you either have to restart from the beginning or you have to buy a subscription for the game. If you don’t spend enough money, you are forced to wait hours for you ‘team’ to complete tasks. Or you, can just spend money on the game and not have to wait. The reality is that the game is paywall after paywall, pressuring you to purchase a subscription. And it’s not cheap, $5 a week (roughly $260 a year), or get this, $40 annually. The developers know that you’re not going to spend long that a few weeks/months on this game, so they pressure you to make a smaller annual purchase rather than pay the full amount weekly. In my opinion, the developers are money-hungry animals that do not care about the game or the consumer, but rather on their paycheck.
Dull clicking simulator that begs for your money
I don’t have an issue spending money on games, but this game is monetized in the worst way possible. From the moment you start, all you do is pick between 3 options at a time, with the best option for you costing the most ingame currency, . Run out of the in game currency? Spend real money, or restart, while this time, being forced to pick the worst options in order to spend the least ingame currency. This is basically the entire game. And every 3 or 4 dialogues, you’ll be shown a screen asking you to either wait an hour, or pay $5 a week to continue playing. Although, it can easily be bypassed by changing your phone’s date. And what’s funny is that the game is not even complete yet. Once you’ve done nothing but tapping options that affect you the worst in each situation, you’re greeted by a message saying that you’ve completed chapter one, and the rest are “coming soon”. What a joke. Spend your time playing something else
Unplayable unless you pay $
Saw this game in the App Store and thought I’d give it a try. It looked like a lot of fun until I started playing it. It is impossible to enjoy this game whatsoever without in app purchases. Unless you make all of the cheapest options, you’ll run out of money too early. When this happens the game will prompt you to purchase more in game currency. The next issue is every time you restart the game, you have to sit through all the in game “waits” which are an hour long! This is of course to get you to purchase the premium version which includes no wait time. And trust me, you’ll run out of money in game and have to restart more than once. Lastly, the game is super short! Without the waiting periods in game, it’s maybe 5 minutes of actual game play which is ridiculous. So unless you plan on paying for this game, it’s not even worth the download and even then it’s not long enough to be enjoyable.
My Hopes were high, reality disappointing
By Witty Will
This game looked to be amazing. After playing a similar game coffee inc I hoped this would be something similar. What I immediately found out is that they made this game almost impossible to even start playing without spending money. You start out by choosing staff, office space, servers, etc and picking all mid to low options runs you out of money quick. I even noticed I wasn’t allowed to buy something for 10k when I had 16k still, it just kept telling me to buy more in game money. Also the in app purchases are insane, like an in game credit card where they want up to $30 per week. Who would ever pay that for a mobile game. It’s a shame because this game appears to be very well done graphically and content wise but you can’t accomplish much of anything and the cash grabbing behavior is just obscene.
This game is just really trying to take money for you, at first I didn’t think it was that bad you pay for a better credit card to be able to earn more at the beginning but I didn’t even get to start making money before I realized that if you make a choice and don’t leave yourself with enough money which is probably hard to do. That you have to pay to get more. If you decide you didn’t want that choice guess what? You have to pay to go back a step and that’s where I decided not to play anymore. I’m not downloading a free game that has adds them to do anything I have to pay? Yea I don’t think so. Don’t download it’s just a waste of space and the whole 2 hours for you to get through some waiting time let alone I didn’t even finish making my startup so who knows what else you have to wait in real time for.
It’s all business
By Chev tha king
I lost interest when the mentor said I had a stupid startup name,I’m like ?? Way to offend. I mean I guess these things happen but I don’t feel a personal connection with my startup- yes I’m putting together a team but there’s no other connection. I don’t feel as money hungry as these people in the purchase startup world. In real life I work hard and have a startup so it’s ironic for them to even think business people won’t play the game or to see the game as a quick money move. I click the ad because I don’t play games but I can relate to being an entrepreneur. As a real entrepreneur it’s about creating demand I’m not sure that these developers understand the Essenes behind things. This is an irrelevant offensive game that won’t get my money.
Pay to play
The game is very pay to play. I had this for a day to delete. The reason I gave it an astounding two stars instead of one is because of the game itself. If you can get past the obtuse paywall you can actually have a good time. But unfortunately the game is bloated with a paywall that severely ruins the experience. YOU LITERALLY HAVE TOO WAIT IN BETWEEN CHUNKS OF THE GAME FROM ANYWHERE FROM 30 MINUTES TO AN HOUR. It’s psychotic. And the only way to skip it is if you have a subscription or watch 3 ads (either way they get money) it’s a terrible business model. And when you get to the grand release of the app you don’t even get to continue managing your company. It just completely ends. Wait a few months after this review to try it. Because right now it’s not worth it.
Really!!! (DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME!!!)
I try to give most games a chance I will watch ads and all just to play a game. But this one is ridiculous, to gain any real progress in this game they want you to start paying real money in the beginning. Are you kidding me, don’t get me wrong as a developer myself I understand the struggles of building up capital when you first start out. But you guys seriously only care about money. Did you put in actual work in terms of building this app? I’m sure you did, but not enough for us to pay real money just to get a start in this game. Get back to the drawing board and come up with a concept that will make people actually want to play the game. Allow progress with our money. IAP should be an option not a requirement. That’s all I have to say.
This game is a money hole
I haven’t spent more than 5 minutes playing and I’m already stopped by a wait time that can’t be reduced by watching ads, but rather by paying money. There is definitely not enough money at the beginning of the game, so you are basically required to buy money if you want to progress. I understand having in game purchases to build capital and all that but this is far past in game purchases. I shouldn’t have to pay to have fun in a game. The game isn’t really even that much anyway so all in all, don’t get this game because it’s a waste of time. The developers need to figure out how to balance revenue and people having fun in game before this game gets any sort of player base.