Quantcast
EA's new Theme Park game is a rotten scam - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


EA's new Theme Park game is a rotten scam


8:14 AM on 12.06.2011
EA's new Theme Park game is a rotten scam photo



Electronic Arts is resurrecting Theme Park on iOS, but if you think that's Bullfrog's charming little simulation game has returned, you're in for a sour awakening. EA has made it a "freemium" game, which wouldn't be so bad if the concept of "freemium" hasn't been mutated to Zynga degrees. 

For starters, leveling up in the game (a requirement to get new rides) is painfully slow, presumably to encourage people to cheat with their wallets. Even worse is the fact that some rides cannot be obtained at all without in-game tickets bought using real-life money. Games Blog did the math to find the cost of one Skull-Train roller coaster and it's ... well, brace yourself. 

Sixty dollars. It costs $60 for a single in-game roller coaster. And that's one of the cheaper rides.

The tickets obscure the actual cost, very much like those horrible restaurant/arcade hybrids that encourage children to gamble with their parents' money. However, under scrutiny, it would appear that Theme Park iOS is nothing more than a common garden scam. 

Freemium games can have some ludicrous costs for in-game gold, but usually the items bought are purely optional and/or aesthetic in nature. Charging as much as a retail game for a single in-game ride is just scummy, and the fact they used the lovely Theme Park to do it is what really stings. Then again, I don't know why I'd expect better from the company that's put subscription fees in Tetris.






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.






Electronic Arts

3:30 PM on 09.06.2014
We had entirely too much fun with the Madden GIFerator

EA Sports had this crazy idea that sounded as though, in a perfect world, it just might work. They empowered football fans to create their own GIFs complete with player animations, backgrounds, and smack talk with an impossib...more



5:30 PM on 09.05.2014
If you loved the '90s more, you'd have made Seinfeld's apartment in The Sims 4

Anyone that can play bass guitar inevitably always gets asked the question "Can you play the Seinfeld theme?" (Duh, obviously.) That's probably why they bought a bass in the first place -- to lay down the groove to the i...more



4:01 PM on 09.05.2014
Madden 15 is an extra scummy ripoff on PS3 and 360

EA usually saves its most blatant hack jobs for consoles where it's less likely to draw ire.  FIFA 14 on Vita was a reskin of FIFA 13 on Vita which was a reskin of FIFA Soccer. Before you snark about "aren't al...more



View all Electronic Arts






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more