Back in May of this year, developer Yakuto released their first iOS game called Table Tennis Touch [$2.99]. It was a table tennis game, obviously, that featured incredible graphics along with gameplay that straddled the line between simulation and arcade. Yakuto totally nailed it with Table Tennis Touch, as it was a blast to play, had a lot of content and was very challenging. The game initially sold for four dollars and offered completely optional "Boosts" as in-app purchase items which would allow you to hit harder and add more spin to your shots.

Or at least, Yakuto claimed they were optional. And therein lied the problem. Since Table Tennis Touch was such a challenging game, especially at the later tiers of opponents, and since using the Boost power-ups could turn the tide against a tough opponent so easily, it was really hard for players to know for sure that the developer wasn't simply "turning the screws" in terms of challenge in order to get people to buy more IAP Boosts. Personally, I absolutely believe there was no malice behind Yakuto's inclusion of IAP Boosts, I think they just enjoyed having a very challenging game. And there were players who managed to beat all opponents without buying extra boosts, so it was definitely possible. But still, the only way to be sure there was no funny business going on is to not offer IAP Boosts at all.

So that's just what Yakuto has done with the latest update to Table Tennis Touch: they've removed all in-app purchases. The Boost power-ups still exist, but these are only earned through completing achievements and playing the Career mode in the game, you can't buy them outright. If you've been playing the game previously and have already unlocked achievements that would qualify you to earn some Boost, you'll automatically get those upon updating.

Like I've said, I really enjoy Table Tennis Touch and I've always felt the developers were on the up and up with the whole Boost IAP thing, but it's nice that they were so concerned with what their players might think that they just completely removed them so there would be no doubt that the game wasn't tuned in a way that pushed people towards spending more money. Now, it's simply an awesome four dollar table tennis game that you can pay for once and enjoy forever. Yakuto has more planned for Table Tennis Touch in future updates too, so be sure to keep tabs on the forum thread for discussion and more information from them, and if you like table tennis games you should make sure you check this one out.

  • The Nothing

    Please add multiplayer!!!

  • oscar123967

    Wonder if he was making any cash through the iAPs. If so its kind of a shame that he was pressured into removing them. If you wanted the game to have no iAPs, then disable it in the settings. You would have gotten the same exact results.

    • Morphzeus

      Even if you turn off the IAP in the settings, it still has the same game! The only difference is that you can not buy anything in the IAP shop!

      • oscar123967

        Yeah... Just ignore it. It wont change the gameplay or anything. It'll still be the same game. Same rewards, same power ups, same game. Whether the game has iAPs or not, its the same game. Except now the people who complained took away the ability for the dev to make some money from donations or people who are just struggling and dont mind dropping a few bucks for a game they love.

      • Stormourner

        I don't blame the developers for removing the IAPs since those paranoid parents complaining about their kids buying IAPs and they start moaning and whining at the developers to remove them

    • Drelen

      In app purchases are ruining gaming. I for one am happy that this dev has decided to listen to the players. I missed when this game came out but I will now look it up to see if this is my type of game and buy it if it is and I may buy it even if it isn't just to condone this action.

      • oscar123967

        But the iAPs—.. It didnt change—... It—... The mechanics are excactly—... Its the same—... Nothing at all changed, aside from letting the dev make some extra cash... Nvm I'll just ignore it

      • Stormourner

        with or without IAPs the game is still the same

      • Stormourner

        is the Infinity Blade series ruined by IAPs? of course not!! your hatred that ruins the gaming

    • Stormourner

      I'm totally with you =D
      it's true there's a setting for disabling the IAPs, I simply ignore the IAPs rather disabling them and I enjoy the games

  • GaZ-OiD

    Game is simply arcade, it needs a proper simulation mode. Nowhere near as good as Virtual table tennis for gameplay but better graphically....... GaZ

  • rich_952000

    I've been playing this again and it's honestly a very high quality production. It was a bit frustrating at first but now that I'm unlocking better paddles and using the boost at the right times I'm having a way better time. Btw, the mini-games you unlock by advancing in career mode are really fun =^]

  • Morphzeus

    A really great dev!!!
    I hope to follow the example of the other developers! Or only has no IAP to be installed in the Games !!! The IAP's have been prevented me from buying the game. Even as it was on offer (1.79 €). But now I also like to pay the nearly 4 €.

    • Morphzeus

      And I hope of a update with a Multiplayer Mode!

    • Stormourner

      IAPs prevented you from buying the game? LOL!!! what a nonsense XD

  • thiagovscoelho

    could at least put a vungle so he'd earn some cashs

  • jeffyg3

    I hope this trend continues. Buying now.

  • Abel

    Why wasn't this game reviewed by Toucharcade?