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Angry Birds Go in-app purchases include £70 car, energy system

Wednesday, 27th November 2013 11:28 GMT By Dave Cook

Angry Birds Go is out in New Zealand and it has a lot of microtransactions. An early report reveals the inclusion of a £70 car, an energy system, paid currencies and more.

The details come from Pocket Gamer, which as appraised the title in a new preview. Here’s the purchase screen for the Big Bang Special Edition car, in New Zealand dollars.

That’s £69.99 / $99.99.

The report adds that you have to grind the same two tracks multiple times to earn coins, which are then spent on unlocking new courses and car upgrades. Upgrading your ride boosts its CC rating, which also needs to hit a certain level before you can enter events. If you can’t be arsed, you can pay for gems to skip the grind. You’ll find a small trickle of gems in races too, the emphasis being on ‘small’.

Look:

You can also buy additional game modes, or unlock them buy purchasing a Telepod toy and scanning it into the game. To cap it off there’s an energy system, meaning you can play five races before your bird gets sleepy, at which point you can wait for them to wake up again or pay for them to continue.

The alternative is to unlock more birds and swap your sleepy racer for an awake one, but you’ll need to unlock them first.

Angry Birds Go is out on our shores from December 11 on iOS and Android

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8 Comments

  1. RefuseBunny

    And I thought the level of micro transactions in Plants Vs Zombies 2 was bordering on excessive…

    This is just terrible. Even £5 would be an overly expensive price to pay for a single car let alone £70.

    I won’t be downloading this one then.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    Used to play the original Angry Birds games a lot, until they started adding all the MT nonsense, and ads everywhere.

    It’s nowhere near as simple and fun as it used to be.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. silkvg247

    Actually sickening.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Legendaryboss

    Ha Ha, No.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. Pytox

    OMG, this is the worst of the game industry

    #5 9 months ago
  6. manamana

    It’s becoming more and more transparent, where this industry is heading. What a shame!

    #6 9 months ago
  7. manamana

    @Dave isn’t the whole microtransactions-saga worth an opinion piece? Set a mark! ;-)

    #7 9 months ago
  8. silkvg247

    I mean it though, this is actually sickening. It’s nothing more than preying like vultures on the weak minded. Like feeding virtual crack addicts.

    Micro-transactions of this nature should be made illegal since clearly some companies have absolutely no qualms with preying on the impatient and stupid.

    #8 9 months ago

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