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My Muppet Show App Discussion/Updates

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by Drtooth, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    A review of this app on Toughpigs.

    It seems cool and flashy enough, but it really seems to speak up my dislike for these kinds of games. Specifically the whole use of real world currency to buy premium in game currency to make the game better. Really, that is a scam worthy of the Doronbo gang (or some less obscure American equivilant... I dunno... Tweeg maybe?), and all it does is serve as big fat "Nyeah nyeahs" to those with enough disposable income to buy imaginary shiny things to make the game better.

    Still, looks like it could be fun, and really should be released here if you like that sort of thing.
     
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  2. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    As someone who HAS bought DLC content, not a lot mind you, I believe it is only a scam if you are forced to buy something to actually complete the game, or at least, make it nearly unwinnable. If its just a nice little extra that makes the game better, and someone has the money to buy it, that's their choice. I fail to see how its a scam when no one is forcing anyone to buy something. Though it could be possible borderline scam when the intent is to trick kids who don't know better to run up mommy's credit card. But then you should be smart enough to turn in app purchases off.

    I would say though that the price for premium content in these kinds of games is absolutely insane compared to the amount of premium money you need to buy even the cheapest thing.
     
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  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    It seemed interesting, until I read about using actual money to purchase things, and also about how it can take a few days to fully load something (can you pause the loading if needed and restart from there later?).

    I wonder if any minor or obscure characters appear in the game.
     
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  4. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member


    1. In app purchases are completely optional.
    2. Where did you see that? I think you are mistaking the digitizing process for load times. Basically, it means that it takes X amount of time for an object to be built. It's basically a glorified timer from when you bought the object to the time that you can actually use it. The timer ticks down even when you are not playing the game. It has nothing to do with load times
     
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  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member


    I thought it said so in the review.
     
  6. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Can you please point out the quote? Because I really think you are misinterpreting it. Having a LOAD TIME of days is ridiculous. I saw nothing about load times, other than there are a lot of loading screens

    Having a timer from when you bought an item to the time you can use it is very normal for these kinds of games. I play games like these all the time.
     
  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Here's the quote.

     
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  8. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Yes, that is not referring to loading times. That is referring to the time it takes between buying an item and having it be usable.

    Like I said, its a timer that counts down even while you are not playing the game.
     
  9. rowlfy662

    rowlfy662 Active Member

    I hope this becomes worldwide soon looks quite interesting seems to be in vain of other freeium games like the smurfs and the simpsons tapped out which I quite enjoy so I will give it a chance and its a muppet app i'm not passing up the opportunity to make my own muppet show
     
  10. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    *cringe*

    I hate the word "rip-off"

    This is a GENRE of games. This isn't a rip off of anything
     
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  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I see what you're getting at. I'm picking up on the reviewer's angry vibe that they force you to wait longer to "digitize" characters if you don't buy in game premium currency. I still call scam, because these games make their money from the in game premium purchases. And while entirely optional, there's something about special premium unlockable things and unfair paid advantages (like a sped up digitizing time) that gets my goat. This really seems like a game that demands that you pay for things if you want to have any fun. I'm sure the gizmos that make the characters the happiest are all premiums. I'd far rather buy a game and unlock things through playing it through multiple times than get a free game and unlock things through buying them.
     
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  12. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    That's normal for these kinds of games though. I don't see why everyone is getting so huffy over it.

    This micromanagement (if you can even call it that) is a genre. Their main revenue is paying for premium content because they know people are impatient and want shiny things.

    I also fail to see how someone who pays has a bigger advantage. This is not an online game. It's a single player game that you might be able to visit other people's stages, but ultimately, you are playing for yourself. There is no benefit to having something built faster other than you can buy things faster. I told really see how waiting a few hours is hurting the player. These are games that are MEANT to be played for maybe 5 minutes at most. These are NOT games that are supposed to keep you entertained for hours on end.

    I play a number of these kinds of games and get along just fine without having to pay for premium stuff. Also, many of these games award you with premium money by doing certain tasks anyway.

    I bet if this was another game that wasn't a popular franchise no one would be giving the paid for content a second thought, but because its Muppets and *gasp* Satan Disney, its automatically a scam. :rolleyes:
     
  13. galagr

    galagr Well-Known Member

    Here's a screenshot found in the app store.
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  14. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

  15. galagr

    galagr Well-Known Member

    I tried it out, and I kind of already sense a problem.

    What Muppets' picture represents the app in the app store? Animal. What's the Muppet you receive first? Animal. What Muppet do they want you to feed first? Animal. What Muppet do you get the first item for? Animal.

    What Muppet has the most undeserved popularity of all history of the Muppets yet they can't stop cramming down our throats? Animal.
     
  16. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    With you on that one.

    Why is Animal always flashing in the game? I'm always constantly having to buy him stuff. I'm going to go broke with that thing.
     
  17. galagr

    galagr Well-Known Member


    Yeah.... you know there's a problem when you see a *ahem* certain character twice before you even enter the game.

    But I found out that in the tutorials that it doesn't matter what it says, you can reward any character (for example, the game told me to feed Animal, so I fed Rowlf. Huh...maybe know he knows how it feels to be left out. And who better to teach him than Rowlf?)

    But, yeah, just because I don't like the MANY appearances of Animal in the game (and anywhere else for that matter), doesn't mean I don't like the game itself. The characters look surprisingly good digitally, and we even get a sneak peek at some of (I think) the new characters we are seeing in the new movie. Although, I'm not too excited about *MINOR SPOILERS...I THINK* a guy that claps and a duo of Miss Piggy fan-girls. But, I'll take what I can get. I'll take this app and get an great time out of playing it.
     
  18. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    i have Rowlf Animal and Sam and that would be awesome if they were new characters.... lol
     
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  19. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Doesn't look like its for Android devices yet, or at least, not for the kindle.

    Ah well, I think I'd rather play Simpsons Tapped Out. Which I am. Now THAT is a good one. It has character voices, a few short clips during the game, and a PLOT. That's unheard of for these games :p
     
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  20. galagr

    galagr Well-Known Member


    Well, I think that The Simpsons has much more potential for one of these Sims-esque games than The Muppets do. The Simpsons has a large cast of recognizable characters (whereas the Muppets, where you get 10-15 main characters and the rest are obscure and backround characters), and many locations in which the characters can go and explore. The Simpsons has the Simpsons House, Kwik-E-Mart, Androids Dungeon, The Elementary School, etc. The Muppets really only have the theater, and the rest are just sets (Chef's Kitchen, Pigs in Space, etc.).

    Though can't really argue with you on the plot standpoint. What's the plot in this game? To put on a show? To prevent Strangepork from taking over?
     
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