Pocket Gamer: Virtual City Playgrounds Review

Pocket Gamer: The history, economics, and psychology of game pricing are fascinating. With the rise of smartphone apps, people are rightly dismissive of £40 games, but as competition forces prices beyond rock bottom, anything more than 10p per hour of engrossing entertainment is often seen as a rip-off.

As more apps are given away, developers have realised they need other ways of making up the costs. Cue the rise of the freemium game, funded by micro-transactions.

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