Game: Hungry Shark Evolution
Latest Version Played: 5.4.0
Developer: Future Games of London
Game Web Site: http://www.futuregamesoflondon.com/game/hungry-shark-evolution/
My goal with this site is generally NOT to talk about a bunch of “mobile” games. I mean, I’ve been sucked into a number of these games where the play session and advancement is determined by clocks and calendars and/or willingness to spend cash rather than effort and skill. After a while you end up feeling like you either have to log in every 4 hours or you have to stop playing, because the model otherwise demands huge amounts of cash for play sessions.
There is a second model that is slightly different. In this model is you play to unlock upgrades and you can bypass the play by paying. Often the curve for the upgrades is too steep and it makes the upgrades impossible if you’re not spending money on in-game currency.
Often the games will additionally add advertising as a trade against in game currency or time.
It’s sometimes hard to draw a clear line, I don’t like the free-to-play, micro-transaction model in general, but I understand why it exists. In mobile gaming I’ve rarely been happy when I’ve spent $10 on a game unless it’s something I KNOW I’m going to love before I buy it, so I am pretty hesitant to put down cash.
That brings us to games like this one. It falls into the “upgrade” category with some advertising. That said, it seems to be pretty well balanced. My son (9) and his friends have gotten hours and hours of enjoyment from this game without spending a dime.
In this game you swim around and eat things, gradually upgrading your sharks so that you can swim around and eat more things. It’s a relatively simple concept, well executed.
Suggestions? Corrections? Updates?