The lights are on
Ridiculous Fishing developers, Vlambeer, took part in a Reddit AMA where they sat down to answer some burning questions from their followers.
Vlambeer noted that it feels that the free-to-play mobile gaming model is mostly evil and that developers shouldn’t be afraid to charge $3 for a game.
"The problem is that at $0.99, you’ll need to sell endless amounts of copies to be able to survive as an indie developer. Most games don’t even get close to that,” says the studio during a Reddit AMA. “A direct result of the whole race-to-the-bottom in prices is the prevalence of free-to-play on iOS -- it seems to be a safer bet. But since its almost impossible to do free-to-play in a non-evil way and without sacrificing the elegance of your game design, we’ll prefer to charge $3."
When asked about a possible future Android app, Vlambeer expressed interest but with no official plans.
“We're still arguing about an Android release. There are a lot of things to consider and a lot of things that we just don't know too much about since we've yet to make a game for Android. As soon as we figure all that stuff out, we'll see what we can do.”
Ridiculous Fishing: A Tale Of Redemption is $2.99 in the Apple App Store and has been listed in last week’s mobile gaming feature. Ridiculous Fishing merchandise will be available at PAX and afterwards online in the Vlambeer store.
I'm hoping they make a version for PSM as well. Super Crate Box is great with physical controls.
Free-to-play is a really good idea in theory. The problem is people make it pay-2-win most of the time. In other words it looks good on paper but human nature ruins it most of the time.
I'll buy some RF merchandise for sure!!!
LOVE this game. Can't get enough of it
It's worth the cost. Lots of fun!
I didn't even know that 3$ was considered an objectionable price on the iOS market. That seems perfectly reasonable to me, and considering the cost of development and distribution, I tend to harbor a sort of skepticism when dealing with that sea of 1$ titles.
What gets me are 15-30$ iOS titles. With microtransactions. Not pointing fingers at any specific companies but it rhymes with Bear Phoenix.
Game Of The Year perhaps? But seriously, this game is as awesome as it is crazy.