This weekend I did something I don’t normally do and made an in-app purchase in Dead Trigger. I used $0.99 of my Google Play credit left over from my Nexus 7 purchase and bought 200 units of gold. I wanted to to see how much of a difference spending that dollar made on the game. The short answer is yes, it did make a difference.
I agree with Madfinger Games when it said progression in Dead Trigger is possible without in-app purchases. However, no one said it would be easy. Before I purchased gold, my best weapons were an AK-47 and a Scorpion submachine gun. Both of these weapons were purchased using the non-premium in-game currency. The AK-47 did a great job taking zombies down for a little while, but Dead Trigger eventually suggested I purchase a rifle called the Enfield 303 to maximize my chances of success in certain missions. Since the AK-47 wasn’t packing the same punch as it did before, I laid out some gold and tried my luck.
The Enfield 303 was a one hitter quitter for many quests. Zombies would go down permanently regardless of where I shot them. It is still my primary weapon for dispatching scattered zombies. I don’t think it would have been impossible for me to get to the point I am now without buying gold, but it certainly made things easier and more enjoyable.
I can say that I don’t regret spending $0.99 on gold. If anything, that purchase made me play and enjoy Dead Trigger more than I had been. I’ve spent $2 total on this game which I think was money well spent. I still have over 120 gold left in my account. I’m more than happy to give Madfinger a little bit of cash for developing a game that kept me engaged for nearly five hours.