Even Peter Molyneux Finds Dungeon Keeper Ridiculous [Update]
Dungeon Keeper is thus far perhaps the most offensive incarnation of microtransactions to exist thus far. It actually goes so far as to tell players to pay up or suffer. That’s really classy work from EA.
Peter Molyneux is oft regarded as the worst hype machine for his own games but one of them just happens to be the original Dungeon Keeper from 1997. After playing the new mobile game, Molyneux is not only unhappy with what has been done to his original game but is in full agreement with the rest of us regarding the criticisms leveled against the game’s microtransactions.
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Agreeing with the overwhelmingly negative response to its aggressive monetization methods from critics and player alike, Molyneux found that they simply ruin the experience. “I felt myself turning around saying, ‘What? This is ridiculous. I just want to make a dungeon. I don’t want to schedule it on my alarm clock for six days to come back for a block to be chipped,'” he told theBBC.
Molyneux is referring to the game’s “progress gates,” which make you either wait for long periods of time or pay to complete an action.
“I don’t think they got it quite right,” he said, “the balance between keeping it familiar to the fans that were out there but fresh enough and understandable enough for this much bigger mobile audience.”
It gets worse though, on Android it is impossible to rate the game lower than five stars. Trying to give it any less instead asks you to send EA a message detailing your feedback.
Reader Jarrod Lane has pointed out a way to beat the system on Android:
Correction. You can rate lower than 5 stars on android. Select 5 stars from in game then when pushed to play store, change rating before submitting to 1 star for the tripe it is.