Would you pay $32 for a mobile game?

How much is too much for mobile?

There’s an ongoing discussion right now about Nintendo, Super Mario Run, and its decision to price the game at $10. For some, that’s too much considering the final product. For others, it’s worth it to have a game that works well with no ads and no microtransactions. The same conversation is had every time Square-Enix re-releases something from its vault for as high as $20. It’s not a conversation that’s going to end anytime soon, but it is bound to change over time as the prices keep climbing higher and higher.

Case in point: Corpse Party: Blood Drive. Right now, you can get it on your iPhone or Android for $12.99, again a price that may be too high for some people. However, according to this Facebook post, that’s the sale price. The regular price?


I can see the logic behind it. Blood Drive originally launched on the PlayStation Vita as a premium priced game, and just because it’s on a new platform doesn’t mean it’s not worth that premium. And the times are a changing, with more and more people gaming exclusively on their phones. Not every developer can survive on free-to-play mechanics and if people want more robust gaming experiences, they should be prepared to pay for them.

But I wonder about the game’s compatibility in the long run. When I buy something on my Vita, pending something catastrophic, it’s always going to run on that Vita. When I buy something on my phone, that’s not always the case. I had a handful of games I paid for on my old iPhone 4 that wouldn’t work on my iPhone 6 because the developers failed to keep updating them for newer operating systems. I would never keep a phone to keep playing games the way I keep consoles and handhelds, so there is voice in the back of my head that tells me no anytime I see a price higher than $10.

But that’s just me. What do you think? Is $32 too much for a mobile game, or is there a game you would absolutely pay more than $30 for to play on your phone?

About The Author
CJ Andriessen
Editor-at-Large – CJ has been a contributor to Destructoid since 2015, originally writing satirical news pieces before transitioning into general news, features, and other coverage that was less likely to get this website sued.
More Stories by CJ Andriessen