The Forgotten Shores of App Store Pricing(▼)(▲)
November 17, 2014
Last week, Ustwo, the developers behind Monument Valley, came out with an update that included new levels, but the levels were only available after a $2 in-app purchase. In response, lots of angry people bombarded Monument Valley with 1-star reviews on the App Store, complaining that the new levels weren't free.
I agree with the counter-outrage against these people. The idea that such a great game which takes so much work to make levels for can't then charge money for new levels is ridiculous. That said, Jason Snell has a good take on the subject, with a different perspective:
I think one can believe that people writing punitive one-star reviews of Monument Valley are acting like entitled babies while also pondering whether this entire situation could have been handled differently.
The new levels, by the way, are fantastic. If you don't already own Monument Valley, you should purchase it immediately. If you do, the Forgotten Shores expansion is well worth $2 more.