@Jordan_WJLC completely understand. It is hard to find things on here sometimes because there is so much complaining. Or you walk into a topic and it gets really depressing. Plenty of good and great stuff here too! As well people! I actually find more disappointment in the chat rooms in the game itself - some just messed up people and groups of people on there (and it has nothing to do with complaining about the game lol). I’ll confess to doing some complaining myself in the beginning because I had entered an arena I had no idea I was getting into! Then I just made the choice I’m going to play this game i like it.
@DannyLinguini some good points. I can understand complaining going through the roof when it comes to money and virtually losing it to chance is the reason there will be no lessening of that kind of complaining on here, its just human nature. Some people can NOT help themselves in this regard.
I went through a period of PC game playing - very specifically games that provided SDK’s to create your own levels of the game and share them with other players. This basically allowed the game(s) to have INFINITE play. Not the one & Done that most system games have (PS/XB, etc). The cost however was the game itself and potential add-on’s, ya know like $100 for unlimited playing to my desire alone or with others. One of the greatest things about it was the creativity it allowed and more importantly the SKILL you had to develop to be good. You may have a bad day here and there but if you were skilled, chance rarely brought you down. I stopped playing games for a really long time after spending too much time doing that.
I installed phone games now and again and a lot of times they would crash, screw up my phone etc so took a long break again. Then here it comes… I was satisfied with a free version of Mahjong on my phone for those moments I needed a fix and Song Pop because everyone wanted to play it with me (it was this later one that I really noticed you could pay to play stuff either quicker or to your own taste). Anyway I found Empires & Puzzles via an ad playing Mahjong of all things.
I love Empires & Puzzles - I’ve gotten others into it. However I had no idea how much $ could be spent, truly that is limited only to what you have access to! I don’t need to go into anything more on that. Point is that in the past it was limited - you shell out some money up front, maybe pay for some extensions and add-ons and you were set. Not so in the phone gaming industry. Anyway the mobility of the game is great (well they all have that) - that’s what is great about this market. The display size sucks - that’s the big trade off!
Anyway not sure where the heck i was taking this, just wanted to say something about it. Oh yeah!!! I had no intention nor any idea that i was getting into something that cost what many would consider an enormous amount of money for a game - through a free games ad! Sure you can say don’t spend any then - yeah that's not being competitive nor curious for one and secondly if you like a game and don't pay anything - that is a shame really. I chose to spend to support something I enjoy and by doing so I have chosen not to spend money in other areas I used to.
My point is what happened to having a fixed fee for a game and then paying for add-on’s if you really wanted them (and that was the only way you could get them) - that model worked to make developers and companies rich (when they go lucky) or they made a living of it - it’s obviously LONG gone? Too bad, to me that was a WIN-WIN for the workers/dreamers and the players.
In that scenario anyone could try before you buy - so you ensured it was your flavor. It was the people that paid for the game who enabled the developers/software company to create the next version that would please the players into the future and by making those improvements new players would join in. Lastly there wasn’t even the concept of high degrees of randomness for a “chance” that you might get this or that?!
This smart-phone platform definitely provides many pathways to abuse from kids to adults - in the end that’s just where it and we are.
I may regret responding in this post lol. If i offended anyone - totally didn’t mean to. I had no intention of complaining at all when I started reading this post. And l believe that’s what ended up happening. If you hang around the barber shop long enough, your hair is going to get cut! We all have opinions and rarely are 2 the same. I’ve played free games too - It’s what brought me to this one - yet that game just offered me the opportunity to add on more levels if I wanted to pay for them (and if I had - it certainly wasn’t going to randomly give me 1 of the 50 levels and send the other 49 to the others that were still choosing to play for free).