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Games you can complete by watching ads, the latest freemium madness

One of the Android games that I have put more hours into has been to Alto’s Adventure. A game that was only free at the beginning, with a couple of unlockable items if you got free money in the game. Then the ads came in, just like it happened with Alto’s Odyssey, its sequel.

How has been my dislike and disappointment when I discovered that if you want, you can get all the collectibles of the game Just watching ads. Yes, you are reading well. And it is not the first case I see. Therefore, I will make a reflection on the why and the consequences of the advertising right now is more important than the game itself on Android

Really, Noodlecake?

Complete Android games with ads only: the latest freemium madness

One of the characteristics of Alto’s Odyssey is its workshop. As in the first installment, you can review this kind of store and acquire certain items that improve the gaming experience. Obviously, the ones that make you advance in the game cost more expensive, and if you want to get them with just the currency of the game, you will have to spend a significant number of hours.

For this they offer a coin bender at a reasonable price, in addition to coin packs. We already make it clear that we do not like the decision to return freemium This game on Android, but it was well done and there was no complaint. Until now.

Complete Android games with ads only: the latest freemium madness

Obviously, as in every game freemium, to encourage this progress and that the player does not get bored if he does not want to put a hard, Alto’s offers to see ads in return of 500 coins. A figure that is a minutiae, and is a good boost if you want to access certain improvements. But you can buy it Everytime you want.

Thanks to this, just watching ads, I have unlocked all the game items and improved the ones already available. I repeat: Just watching advertising. When I wanted to realize after a while, I had everything bought and the progressive missions have been super simple. They didn't cost me anything, since let's say I was «Cheated» at the highest level from the beginning.

Goodbye to fun, hello to addiction

Complete Android games with ads only: the latest freemium madness

Call me crazy, but the key to play is to have fun. I understand that many developers need income, they are not playing games for the love of art. But part of the "magic" of developing video games … is that people have fun. And although I support making things easier for a few seconds of my time, the fact that we can complete these titles just by watching ads seems crazy to me.

Because where is the fun then? Couldn't those ads be used on a limited and temporary basis? We would hook more to our audience and not only that, but we would encourage the player to try a little harder in the case of needing enough money for an improvement within the game.

Complete Android games with ads only: the latest freemium madness

And everything is based on money, I know. These annoying ads are like that because they give significant sums of money. The fact that you have to see them obligatorily so as not to lose the reward makes you inevitably know the game and that inevitably scratches some downloads.