This app looks incredible. It has reasonable depth and attractive gameplay. The developers clearly fleshed out a very polished game, that has become infuriatingly frustating and nearly unplayable due to the ads that are allowed to hijack and crash the app incessantly.
The in-app purchases (which are subtly imposed on casual users with the “energy refill system” and consistently low value loot drops), the dedicated in-game ad viewer (for menial rewards), featured rare cards popups, and the obnoxious timing system (that makes users literally pay in gems to spend less time in-app with pointless tasks like waiting half an hour or to full days for easily attainable resources), make this look like an eloquently designed addict magnet and cashgrab.
As an avid consumer in the tech space, I am not surprised at all by these trends and understand why some measures are necessary to secure funding and growth opportunities. I am surprised though, that the developers of such a well made and well resourced app would allow it to become unusable due to greed. The game has ads for in-app purchases, the game has a dedicated space where I can choose to view ads for rewards, and the demand for in-game currency is endless. So why… (and this is when I got so incredibly irate that I took the time to write an email that will probably never get read to a party who may be utterly unconcerned with this toxic and pervasive issue) why in God’s name, are there at least 3 ad popups from third parties bombarding my phone the second I open the app, before it will even load the game. It NEVER stops. They never stop coming while inside this app no matter what phase of game I am in. They are entirely obtrusive, unnecessary, almost malicious in persistence. And if that were not enough, they crash the app so frequently, that it makes your high quality app completely unusable. I will share a live video with a few published tech reviewers. It will feature this game’s loading process and subsequent gameplay, riddled with pop up, after pop up of ill-informed, slow-loading, and game crashing ads, to highlight a growing and highly unpopular trend. Objectively great games like this make me hate app store games.