Frogmind’s Badland ($0.99) made flapping cool before Flappy Bird took the world by storm earlier this year, and since its release in April of 2013 it’s been updated numerous times adding all sort of great new content. Today Badland received yet another new update adding a pack of ten new levels, but this time Frogmind is trying something a bit different: The new level pack is a 99¢ in-app purchase. Previously, all new levels have been part of free updates, but I actually applaud this new paid approach. Badland felt worth far more than its asking price even upon release, so now more than a year later it feels right to be giving them a little something for new content.
The new level pack, in keeping with the “Day" theme of the game, is called Doomsday, and with good reason: These ten new levels are hard as nails. You don’t even have to throw down your buck to get a taste of them, however, as the first three levels are free to try out. The new level pack also comes with thirty new missions and four new achievements. Here’s a quick teaser video showing off the new Doomsday levels.
I’m sure I sound like a broken record after saying this in many previous posts about Badland, but it really is an outstanding title, and if you haven’t tried it out yet you really should. It’s beautiful, works perfectly as a touchscreen game, has tons of content for the asking price (not even counting the new DLC), and is a very satisfyingly challenging game. Frogmind appear to be nervous on how the paid level pack will be received, but many of Badland’s true fans have been asking for some time now for ways to throw more money in their direction, and since new levels take plenty of time and effort to create, this seems like the perfect way to do so. So check out the new update and at least give the three free levels a try, and if you’re into them, I have no hesitation recommending you spring for the full Doomsday experience.