When Twisted Pixel finally brought their critically acclaimed platformer Ms. Splosion Man [$2.99] to the App Store, I was overjoyed. It ended up being sort of a double-edged sword though, as Twisted Pixel opted for a somewhat fractured pay model for the mobile version of the game.
It originally cost three bucks for the initial download, which is cheaper than the game was on any other platform, and a new in-game currency system was used to unlock levels beyond the first few in the game. This meant you could spend a bit more on coin packs to unlock the levels immediately, or you could focus on completing missions or replaying older levels to grind out the coins necessary to get them without paying anything extra.
It definitely wasn't the worst pay model in the world, but it certainly rubbed some people the wrong way. Disappointing too, as the visuals and touch controls worked incredibly well, making Ms. Splosion Man a joy to play on the go.
Well it's been a few months since release, and Ms. Splosion Man has received its first content update as well as its first price drop. The initial download is now on sale for just 99ยข and according to the update description the coin system has been tweaked so you'll earn more per level, making it easier to unlock the later levels in the game.
It's nice that they massaged the whole pay scheme to make it more friendly, and this update also includes iCloud save support so you can transfer progress between devices. Of course there's the requisite optimizations and bug fixes as well. If you were leery about downloading Ms. Splosion Man before due to its pay model, I think now is a good time to finally get on it as it's really one of the better platforming games on the App Store, and a steal at a dollar.
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