Classic pricing strategy there, Microsoft:
"Hey guys, I have a great idea! Lets charge 79p for a 15 year old game which was given away free with phones back then!"
Most people enjoyed playing Snake on their ancient Nokias, gobbling dots and chasing their tail in zig-zags around the screen, at some time in their lives. Well, gamers can now revisit the past and install the ol' classic on their Lumia handsets, retro stylee. Snake '97 transforms a touchscreen Lumia into a replica of a Nokia …
It's not Microsoft that are charging, the app developer has decided they want paying for the game rather than supporting it with adverts. I think 79p is the minimum cost for an app (other than free) in the Marketplace.
I saw this game yesterday and thought, that would be fun, oh 79p I won't bother.
But 79p put you off?
That's 79p, or 0.79 of a whole £... as in a bite's worth of an M&S Sandwich, a few chips at the chippy... a few spoonfuls of egg fried rice... otherwise known as a piffling amount of money. If developers made something but got 5p for it every time then there would be no point in doing it.
Constantly amazes me that people want things for no money all the time.. I'd pay 79p if I actually liked snake, but it ruined more phones than it brought minutes of enjoyment to me!
Just tried it. It's not bad. You have to press the number keys on the picture of the old phone to make the snake turn.
In response to Rameses Niblick the Third, I don't think MS has anything to do with its pricing, it's published by dsd 164 B.V.. Whoever that is. And there is a free trial anyway.
Not all of you, but the idiots who see nothing but an excuse to attack Nokia and WP7?
You may not like either but at least grow up and stick to the topic.
I presume the reason only Windows Phone was mentioned is simply the fact that the person who wrote the article *played* it on a Windows Phone. Why should they need to go look for it on other platforms when it is just a mention/review of something they found of interest, not a platform comparison?
As has been mentioned by others, the pricing has nothing to do with Microsoft. Especially Barry - what is the point of your comment at all, especially as the Title is totally irrelevant to what you were saying?
And Madra - there are around 50,000+ apps last time I did the research, probably more now. Vastly more than I had available on my Blackberry at least, and whilst the iPhone and Android have more (we use them in our household too) so what? Who in their right mind would ever install more than a fraction of them? Assuming the 'important' ones are there, and they pretty much are, the rest is just playground high scores - especially as they inflate the app count hugely by counting both free trials and paid versions of the same software, plus another count for each different language version. Beyond a base-line the stat is meaningless.
Just played the game on my Nokia Lumia 710 (entry level WP7 but superb) and thought it was technically okay, aesthetically honest but also just as boring as the original ...