Any good freemium Tower Defence examples?

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  1. multiplang

    multiplang Member

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    I know some people probably think "good freemium" is an oxymoron, but I'm doing a bit of research into the best way (or if) it could be done within the TD genre.

    The kinds of freemium I really dislike and avoid are where the value is unclear and overall confusing. Say you start playing something and pretty soon you're not going to get any further without a coin pack - but how much progress are you buying? How many times will that be necessary? etc...

    On the flipside, an example where I think it's used really nicely would be for example Hero Acadamy, where you can essentially experience the game and play it in complete form, and then optionally buy the other factions if you want to (which i personally did).

    One thing I haven't seen though is a freemium Tower Defence example done well (not sure I've seen any freemium TD actually), but I'm hoping some one can point me in the right direction.

    I would think maybe I'd do a basic level-set that more or less shows the game, then to get into it properly would be a once off iAP for all the main levels. Any other iAPs after that would be totally non essential.

    If you're wondering why do this it all? I guess for me it's something new to try. The best potential it has in my view is to act as a more advanced and elegant version of the lite/paid staple.
     
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    Human X Well-Known Member

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    TowerMadness is a very good freemium TD game. The iAP's are just extra, better weapons or different maps. If you like bright neon graphics, Radiant Defense is also really good. Bloons Tower Defence is a classic TD and probably one of the best.
     
  3. Primoz

    Primoz Well-Known Member

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    Tap defenense
     
  4. Royce

    Royce Well-Known Member

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    The Creeps is a great (free since last year) TD with a lot for free, and $1 level packs (there is also a buy all option).
     
  5. Cirnol

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    Kingdom Rush is free for a limited time! It's one of the best and not even freemium!
     
  6. Filing Cabinet

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    Spice Bandits is the only freemium TD game I have played and it's borderline tolerable.

    the game itself is a decent TD with great visuals and polish, but of course the freemium part spoils it.
     
  7. multiplang

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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    @Filing Cabinet in what way does Freemium spoil it? that's basically the kind of sentiment I'm trying to avoid if I decide to go this path...

    I don't want freemium to affect (or worse - dictate) game design. I have reservations even about offering better towers for money because to me that throws balance way out of whack.

    The content model seems to make the most sense.
     
  8. foxmulderino

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    Spice Bandits of course and I liked it!
     
  9. Filing Cabinet

    Filing Cabinet Well-Known Member

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    with Spice Bandits, you need to spend Spice [the in game currency] to buy upgrades for towers and unlocks and stuff. Of course earning Spice is tilted more towards IAP. [I would much rather have the game cost a couple of bucks but with an easier/more generous way of earning in game currency]

    if you're going freemium just make sure not to unbalance the game to favour IAP heavily and it should be fine.
     
  10. Montanx

    Montanx Well-Known Member

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    Go play army of darkness defense. Then thank me.
     
  11. Sheiva

    Sheiva Well-Known Member

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    TowerMadness v1.18

    We're close to submitting the next TowerMadness v1.18 update. It will include 7 new FREE maps and a new weapon upgrade. This will apply to all versions of TowerMadness both for iPhone and for iPad. We'll preview a new map each day on our TowerMadness Facebook Page Check it out :) Let me know if you have any questions
     
  12. september

    september Well-Known Member

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    Radiant Defence is worth a look
     
  13. Sheiva

    Sheiva Well-Known Member

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    TowerMadness

    CODE GIVEAWAY: We'll be giving away codes to our ad-free version of TowerMadness sometime today on the TowerMadness Facebook Page. Don't miss out! :cool:
     
  14. Aquarius

    Aquarius Active Member

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    Royal Revolt is good,but it's a reverse TD (like Anomaly Warzone Earth)
     
  15. unc0nnected

    unc0nnected Active Member

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    I'm a big fan of Four Days
     
  16. pavarotti2007

    pavarotti2007 Well-Known Member

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    Tower Madness is definitely a good model to follow. Lots of content in the original price, with decent towers strong enough to finish the levels etc. Then some IAP for some different towers and extra maps.

    I don't mind one off payments for level packs etc (Actually think it's a good thing as long as the value for money is there.) but please steer clear of consumable items, totally ruins the experience for me.
     
  17. Sheiva

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    TowerMadness update!

    TowerMadness will be getting an update soon with seven all new FREE maps and a new ultimate upgrade for the Electroshock Tower. Here is a preview of the free maps and weapon you will be getting:
     

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