The latest version of Monster Words has now hit the App Store. The big changes? First, Monster Words is no longer free to play. Second? All content has been unlocked. This means that if you’ve downloaded Monster Words, you now have access to the complete game for FREE.
Why no longer FREE?
Well, there are a couple reasons, and if you’re really interested I can bore you with some details. First off, OpenFeint, a company that I was using for Monster Bucks, was bought by a bigger fish Gree. They currently are in a progress of migration, and there is no roadmap for the features I was using. So I have removed OpenFeint from my game, and Monster Bucks goes with it.
Second is that there was a perception among some users that I was trying to give out a completely free game. This stems from the larger ‘free to play’ concept, where users can just ‘grind’ through a game without having to pay and continue to play forever (Farmville, for example). You used to get roughly two level packs for free, before you needed get more Monster Bucks. Some people felt this wall was an issue.
I’m changing the business model in the hopes that this sticks better with users. I’m sure there will be other issues players will have with the new $0.99 price point. I feel the game gives a lot of value, and there are a large number of levels for players to play.
Bonus For Existing Players
For those that have already downloaded the game, I hope that you’ll enjoy having all the level packs unlocked and unlimited clues.