Are free mobile games really free?

Just started using a Moto G and downloaded the Injustice game. It's 1GB, but free to download. Is it actually free? Seems too good to be true!

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2014 at 11:04

Well, I never heard of the game, but it "offers in-app purchase" https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wb.goog.injustice&hl=en - I like the phrase "offers in-app purchases". Wow. An OFFER to pay for parts of what's advertised as "free". Awesome.

Maybe you google a bit what that means in this case. I don't ever download games that do not state clearly what's going on.

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 9, 2014 at 13:18

Everything nowadays is offering in-app purchases. A lot of paid apps became free to use and adopted in-app purchases.
Apps will try to sell you premium features as you keep using them. You might never pay for anything if you are content with functionality that is offered for free.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2014 at 15:25

Yes. Although some apps that used to be paid for at, say $2.99 are now free and the in-app purchases add up to way over $10.
And there are a lot of apps that really do next to nothing without the add-ons.
I don't get how "free" photo apps e.g. can advertise 200 or so filters. But the free app actually only has 10.
Still, worse I find are apps that do nuddin' when you're offline. Or force you to sign up to some 'community' nobody's ever heard of.


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