Dead Trigger now free on iOS too

Dead Trigger now free on iOS too
This is certainly interesting; a couple of weeks ago Czech developer Madfinger Games took their zombie-apocalypse first person shooter Dead Trigger to a freemium model on Android, relying on in-game purchases rather than the initial sale to monetize their hard work. Which in and of itself isn’t that big of a deal, except that when they did it they also released a public statement that attacked Android as a platform and its users, claiming that despite the $0.99 price tag the piracy rate was “unbelievably high”.

Madfinger refused to release any actual numbers on the pirating rate, leading some to be suspicious of what caused the outburst; those suspicions certainly won’t be allayed today, as Madfinger Games quietly moved to make the iOS version free as well. In an article written for GameZebo, Madfinger Games CEO Marek Rabas did indicate that Apple’s mobile platform experiences pirating as well – he indicated that the rate of pirating they are seeing on iOS was almost exactly the same as the portion of iDevices that are jailbroken – a fact Rabas doesn’t feel is coincidental.

But outside of the article (which implored both Google and Apple to do more to protect developers - a stance we certainly endorse), there was none of the accusatory tone that was levied at Android and its users just a couple of weeks ago. Is that because the numbers are different? Alas, we don’t know as Madfinger hasn’t released any.

We may never fully understand the difference in Madfinger’s response, but the good news is that Dead Trigger is now free for both iOS and Android. And if you like first person shooters at all, you really should try it out; in our review we gave it very high marks, and noted that it was one of the best looking mobile games to date.

source: GameZebo via The Verge

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27 Comments

1. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

I will be downloading this tonight... thanks PA

3. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

really? a thumbdown? for what saying he'll download it and thanking PA?

7. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

yep its true... but iFans are the guilty ones trolling PA articles...lol

9. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

and i thought that i would get just an hour without a war between android and apple

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That was so stupid to thumb down a post saying I will b downloading this tonight. Is it jus because the download will b on an iOS device? Some people need to get over it and get a life.

2. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

"We may never fully understand the difference in Madfinger’s response, but the good news is that Dead Trigger is now free for both iOS and Android." Okay, this is just a guess here...but considering Apple is, has, or plans on suing everything and everyone from Android OEMs, apple farmers, kids, little old ladies, and puppies born with Apple-shaped markings...maybe Madfinger is scared to make any disparaging remarks about the piracy that happens on iOS. Let's be real, it happens on both. And now everyone who didn't already know that, knows it now.

4. fraydoe

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

if somebody didnt know that they are retarded, piracy is everywhere and cannot be avoided lol but hey thanks for reinforcing that "valuable " knowledge

17. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

There were a few people who thought this sort of thing that made iOS "better" than Android. And when others pointed the same thing happens on iOS... those same people denied it was even possible because of Apple's closed system. This just confirms what real tech fans already knew and its kinda fun watching those people either change their stories or totally ignore this article altogether.

5. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Umm interesting does it mean piracy is ripe on iOS too? Lil of course mad finger will be careful not to point fingers at Apples os cause we know what Apple do when. Someone does something they don't agree with.

10. JessJess unregistered

That's exactly what it doesn't mean.

12. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

So what then... They made so much that they giving it away as a good will gesture lol app goes free on Android its piracy, app goes free on iOS its not piracy... It's like people don't want to believe that piracy exists on iOS just like idiots does in everything

15. JessJess unregistered

Its now free in iOS because its been made free on Android. That's it.

16. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Okay if you say so... If that was the reason am sure mad finger would have just have said the instead of being coy about it.

19. JessJess unregistered

Coy? How so? Its an app that's gone free. Nothing new. Considering what happened to it on Android (going free) it was inevitable. Just because of the piracy statement and reason for it on Android does not mean the same

20. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Coy as in they have not given a reason for making it free... It may very well be because the Android app went free but then why not just say that in there statement and why not make it free at the same time.. Just find it wierd that mad finger have not gave a reason were as with the Android app they were happy too.. As with mad finger making the app free due to piracy in the 1st place I call bull anyways.. The app should have been free from the beginning anyways as it's pretty much impossible to complete the game without in app purchases.. Also when they made the app free it was in the 100,0000-500,000 sales range within a week. If it was piracy then why not back it up with stats.. Various android sites have asked for stats from them but they don't want to reply back... I think they just realised that they making more money from in app purchase so it's best to make the app free...anyways that's my personal opinion not saying I am right..like I said I don't disagree with you..just think mad finger could have been more open about there reasons and actually have facts then just some words.

22. JessJess unregistered

Fair enough :) Yes I didn't realize about the in-app stuff. I bought it (on iOS) after reading the original article to see what it was like. I soon discovered the extra costs involved when playing. Though the graphics were quite nice. I wouldn't call it a masterpiece, Shadow Gun was much much better.

23. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Never really got into shadow gun... Dead trigger on the other hand I think it's great, can play the game in small burst which I prefer for mobile gaming.. Would happily pay few dollars or in my case few pounds if it was a full game..

24. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

No, it's free on iOS because they are getting pirated in ios.

6. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Finally a reason why Fandroids and iFans can give each other a high five: through their combined efforts we all have free games! Actually, this is a sad thing, people. If you want new impressive mobile games each year, please pay.

18. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I really wish there were more free apps for iOS. With the iPhone and ipad's popularity there is plenty of money to be made with ad supported apps, and if they become too annoying...pay to get the ads removed.

8. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Oh forget to say piracy is everywhere..

11. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Since Madfinger refuses to post any real numbers to reinforce their "piracy" claim, I say their story is complete BS. They just did this to get free publicity for their game to sell in app purchases. Make the game worth buying and people will buy it, plain and simple. I downloaded it and it's your typical same ol' boring zombie game. Glad I didn't waste a buck.

13. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

it doesnt mattr..u still gotta pay...freemium game..remember???

14. Alp1111

Posts: 47; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

i downloaded it 6 hours ago

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I tried dead trigger on my iPad 3. Man this game is great, and free. U can't beat that.

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Games use to cost $30 to $99 dollar. Lots of people pirate them. Ok, make sense. Games now are $0.99 to $10, still people spent time, resource, taking on the risk of malware infection.... to avoid paying. Let hope jellybean could reduce piracy with their apps encryption feature. For now, iOS is really a better platform for developer to make money.

27. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Why? iDiots can pay for it, and they'll be dumb enough to pay for it, why make it free?

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