As you might have noticed, the iOS App Store is filled with seemingly free games that you can play on your iPhones or iPads, but they bring a very clever and sometimes very annoying financial background that is materialized in coins that you need to purchase in order to get the most out of a game. This is one of the ways for developers to earn more money from their digital creations, and it seems completely valid on many different levels. For example, you can try out an amazingly designed game for free, but if you really like it you can spend some money on it. On the other hand, there are a lot of developers who took advantage of this system and transformed it into something that goes against traditional gaming values. Differently said, economics took over the art of game creation which left very negative consequences.
In today’s article we’ll review an iOS game that also implements in-app purchases which allow you to easily beat some levels and progress faster and further in the game. What’s interesting about this one is the way this system is implemented, which could be a great example to future iOS games. We’ll be talking about Wind-Up Knight 2, which is free to download and play.
Wind-up Knight 2 comes from Robot Invaders as the sequel to the game which was very popular in the App Store and which received many positive critiques from the players and professional reviewers. The sequel now brings better graphics, very engaging gameplay, and lots of levels which need to be unlocked. This is still the same old auto-running platformer, which means that the main character is always running further so it needs to jump, roll, attack, and defend against many enemies.
First, let’s take a look at the graphics. As you can see from the pictures, Robot Invaders took their time to make some improvements over the previous game and brought very engaging 3D environments. Maybe this is not the shiniest example of an iOS game design, but I think we can all agree that it’s enjoyable enough. What’s important to mention is the performance, which is very fluid, bug-free, and very responsive.
Wind-Up Knight 2 will bring you over 40 levels of gameplay, which seems more than enough for a casual gamer. However, some of these levels can be very hard, so you’ll probably spend some time re-playing them in order to earn better score which unlocks some new levels. There are also interesting challenges and side-quests, so there’s really a lot to pay attention to and there’s great replay value in here. However, if you simply want to unlock these levels without trying to earn them, you can pay for some coins. What this means is that these in-app purchases can be helpful if you can’t beat a certain level or if you want to make this game easier, but you can finish it without having to spend any money if you’re persistent enough. This is what I was talking about earlier when I said that Wind-Up Knight 2 brings an interesting twist to this whole iOS game economics.
There’s no reason not to recommend Wind-Up Knight 2 if you’re looking for a new game for your iOS device. It’s very fun and content-rich, and doesn’t bring aggressive in-app purchases.