In-app purchases: Most expensive ever
1st Mar 2013 | 10:30
Diamond chisel, £47,000
The first release from renowned but controversial game designer Peter Molyneux has every player focused on the same objective – chipping away at a black cube to get to its unknown contents. as the box breaks up it releases a number of in-app purchases including the chisel, the owner of which is almost guaranteed to deliver the final blow and claim the mysterious prize.
The Kraken, £306
“If annihilation had a portrait, it would be of you, holding this gun” is how the Gun Bros armoury describes this in-app purchase. however, to get your hands on the most powerful weapon in the game costs 3499 of in-game currency (“War Bucks”), which converts to just over £300 in real money.
Chest of Rage Medals, £69.99
The first game to top the highest grossing charts simultaneously for both android and iOS platforms was estimated to be making around £5 million per month through its IAPs. Not surprising when it was reported that one player in the Us spent over £1,900 in one month on medal chests.
A Wagon of Smurfberries, £69.99
Capcom's smurftastic iOS game tasks you with rebuilding Smurf Village after Gargamel scatters the Smurfs far and wide. Presumably Gargamel also controls the banks, as a wagon of smurfberries - which helps grow your village and crops - costs a whopping seventy Queen's heads.
50K Gigawatt pack, £30.99
An update to the popular word-building game meant players could buy “Gigawatts” in-app, which could be used to “supercharge” words. Longtime players were furious as they began to be consistently beaten by those prepared to pay rather than just play.