While waiting for the “disruption” that the arrival of Apple Arcade to our devices can bring, the App Store is still populated with games that base their business on the freemium . That is: games that you can download for free, but that require integrated purchases if you want to enjoy them to the fullest.
Some developers have taken that to the extreme, turning their games into authentic slots and damaging the good image of what a mobile game can be. I have seen few exceptions to this, one of them being The Battle for Polytopia. Today we’re going to look at a freemium game that has achieved some popularity and has reason to do so: Archer .
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We could classify Archero as a shooter , although it has certain aspects that make it unique. Its gameplay is curious because all you have to do is move the main character up and down or sideways through a series of dungeons that you see from above: you automatically shoot the enemies that populate those dungeons once you’re standing still . All you need to move is to move a finger on the screen, nothing else.
With this premise you advance through those dungeons, learning to dodge the attacks of all types of enemies who want to finish you off. As you do this, you gain experience and level up, being able to choose from three new skills that will improve your attacks . In addition, the experience you gain also translates into virtual coins that you can spend on improving your weaponry and agility.
The more you win, the more you improve parameters such as your attack, your defense or the speed of your shot. When you’re killed the advance is less, but it still exists. That’s a good point, because you don’t feel like you’re wasting your time or getting frustrated . You can stay at a certain level for a while, but by losing again and again you’ll end up going up to the level you need to go beyond the dungeon and keep moving forward.
Besides, Archero is one of those games that costs very little to learn but a lot to master as the difficulty curve rises. To show a button: here is one of my games in the fifth dungeon so you can see the style of the game when we move away from the first easier ones.
Naturally, being freemium the game feeds on the business of buying coins and gems to advance more quickly in the game. However, I have to say that Archer doesn’t fail to squeeze our payments : you can play without giving up a single euro and advance little by little in your levels. You also have the option to see some ads if you want to speed up the experience, although it’s not necessary if you just want a casual game.
In short, Archero is one of those casual and addictive games that can star this summer on your iPhone. It is free, its part freemium is balanced… it is a demonstration that there are still developers who do not abuse the business models of mobile games. Recommended if you’re looking for some little vice in the form of a new game style.