Game with "Upgrades" or "Unlocks"?

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  1. linjesender

    linjesender New Member

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    Hey guys!

    I've noticed that most of my favourite games have one thing in common: upgrades. I'm not a big fan of the whole infinite play thing generally, but I don't mind that gameplay if there are milestone goals to work towards. For example, one of my favourite apps right now is Carnivores. I like this game because not only is the gameplay fun, but by having fun and playing the game, you get points, which let you have even more fun by hunting bigger dinosaurs with better armaments. To tell you the truth, if all the weapons were unlocked from the beginning, I probably would not have had half as much fun with this game.

    I'm also a bit fan of Jet Car Stunts. I don't think I've had much more satisfaction than getting a gold medal on the harder tracks in the game. I'm not really into high scores... actually, I have no ambition at all to be on any leaderboards or even top my own score. But I love the medal system, which gradiates success. Similarly, I enjoy Cut The Rope. The stars in this game work in virtually the same way.

    I also like infinite "arena" type games which reward success with unlockables for future gameplay, such as Tilt to Live. Minigore works similarly, but to a lesser extent, because the pacing of unlocking characters is whack. No way I'll ever play to unlock the million point character: with almost no unlocks inbetween, I'm sure I'll get bored. 100 Rogues touches on this mechanic but falls short, with merely one unlock.

    Doodle God is fun because it is basically ENTIRELY about what I'm looking for in a game! I'm having a lot of fun with this one, a great time waster.

    But these are all games I have! I REALLY want some advice, so please, if you have any ideas, tell me. :) I'd also like to clarify that I'm not interested in jet car DLC, doodle devil, etc. Basically, any game which surely someone who was interested in the above might get. Doodle God is fun, but its enough for me: I don't have the other for a reason! Thanks.

    I'm looking for:

    • A game that has enjoyable gameplay.
    • A game that rewards a player in subsequent playthroughs.
    • A game with polish. GFX not necesary: playability and seamlessness is.

    I would be especially interested in:

    • A roguelike or RPG (sans lengthy narrative, please!) with the above elements.
    • A dual stick shooter with the above elements.
    • Any game with upgradable stats.
    • A game with good value. Price is not so much of an object, but I don't want to be cheated, and would gladly take advantage of a sale :)
     
  2. ultimo

    ultimo Well-Known Member

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    Doodle army!
     
  3. Revolt, Modern Combat 2 (multiplayer mode)
     
  4. olliewollie

    olliewollie Well-Known Member

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    I like Civilizations wars. I like how you can upgrade your stats :)
     
  5. Teh_Ninja

    Teh_Ninja Well-Known Member

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    Solomons Keep.
     
  6. 1bitpaw

    1bitpaw Well-Known Member

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    And Solomon's Boneyard.
     
  7. backtothis

    backtothis im in ur base killin ur d00dz
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    LEGO Harry potter. If you're looking for unlockables, this is really the game for you. It's freaking amazing and only 4.99.
     
  8. McCREE

    McCREE Well-Known Member

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    space miner: space ore bust ---> check this out if you haven't already
    super quick hook ---> this, too
    game dev story
    omg, priates!
    pvz
    either or both solomon games
    mega jump
     
  9. Jetwilson

    Jetwilson Well-Known Member

    I would be interested in knowing whether gamers prefer unlocks or upgrades in their games. I am the developer of Long Eared Apocalypse, a game that is just beginning its development journey and I would love as much input as possible from gamers to help make it perfect.

    leathegame.blogspot.com or thread on toucharcade
     
  10. Jack111

    Jack111 Well-Known Member

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    I agree Lego Harry Potter is the way to go
     
  11. Abi646

    Abi646 Well-Known Member

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    Me personally, I would rather have upgrades... That way I am able to customize to my style of playing, and even though I am not playing an rpg, this adds something rewarding to playing more. Frankly, I really don't care about achievements, as if I finish a game without completing them all, I wont try to get them, but if I finish, and there are more upgrades that are possible to get, I would get them just to try them out
     
  12. ninjackid

    ninjackid Well-Known Member

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    Revolt all the way. It's an excellent dual-stick shooter and has upgradeable weapons and lotsa replay value. It's ony 2 bucks. Get it now.
     
  13. Osujxu

    Osujxu Well-Known Member

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    mega jump, stardunk. most of the free with iap games
     
  14. TiltMyTouch

    TiltMyTouch Well-Known Member

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    Quick question, would Space Miner Blast fit this kind of game category?
     
  15. backtothis

    backtothis im in ur base killin ur d00dz
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    Yes, definitely.
     
  16. TiltMyTouch

    TiltMyTouch Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like LEGO Harry Potter is THE game to go for this stuff, but that isn't available for 1st/2nd gen users.

    For older users, what are some other games than the ones listed before that have upgrades/unlocks? Cause I have the majority of everything that has been said so far :\
     
  17. runformoney1110

    runformoney1110 Well-Known Member

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    In your closet
    Modern combat 2
     

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