“Unbelievably high” illlegal downloads are what brought the price of Dead Trigger to free

“Unbelievably high” illlegal downloads are what brought the price of Dead Trigger to free

Just a couple of days ago, Dead Trigger, one of the most popular apps on iOS that got on Android, was selling for $0.99. Then, it suddenly went down to absolutely free for no apparent reason and the game isn’t freemium. So what happened to make developers from Mad Finger games cut the price?

The initial plan for Dead Trigger on Android was to make the game so affordable (at just one buck) that everyone who likes games where you shoot zombies would buy it. However, so many people found the illegal way to download the app off sources different than Google Play, that Mad Finger finally thought it could just give it away for free as some kind of a statement.



So it seems that Dead Trigger is facing an uncertain future - it might end up being ad supported or with more in-app purchases in the game. What’s worse is that this gives Android a bad name for developers who have recently started more aggressively launching apps and games on Google’s platform.

In either case, you can still go on Google Play and get Dead Trigger for free.

source: Steve Troughton-Smith via SlashGear

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68 Comments

1. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

They are absolutely right!

18. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I hope I could donate. They did a very good job with the graphics and all that and people wouldn't even spend a buck. :/ I'm a big zombie fan and... honestly hope they don't lose money. Please add ads, I know I'll hate it but for the sake of Android devs staying on Android.

59. thisISPOS

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

THIS GAME IS CRAP!!! THE MISSIONS ARE REPETITIVE AS HELL AND YOU CAN'T GET ANY OF THE COOL ITEMS WITHOUT PAYING EXTRA FOR THEM. i HATE GAMES LIKE THESE WHERE YOU CAN'T GET THE FULL PACKAGE WITHOUT PAYING EXTRA. POS GARBAGE!!!

62. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

but I still like the graphics and zombies. much like Diablo 3 and etc. depends on your weapons and stuff.

68. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

if i could only pay for it in 7-eleven stores, i am really willing to pay all my pirated apps! but damn it i dont have credit card!

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey is this game even worth it? Has anyone played it? Is the game good, should I check it out?

3. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

It's one of the best shooter for android

41. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

It's only a dollar...

4. Ray.S

Posts: 459; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

This is sad.

6. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

but people become happy .................

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I know what you mean. This will really hurt Android & the developers. I am sure they are adding ad's to the game so it's not a total loss. I do agree though.

54. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Google Play needs gift cards to boost sales not everyone has a credit card at there disposal

65. davidvvassallo

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

I wish there was a way I could buy this or donate at least.

5. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

This is going to drive developers away from Android. :(

7. fraydoe

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

devs were already driven away, this is an app that was brought over from ios "one of the most popular apps on iOS that got on Android" thats why if u want good apps get ios

9. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

App Piracy.... I'm guilty with that,

20. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Thumbs up for your honesty. Thumbs down for that fact. :( Me too, although I usually get the free ones.

21. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Some apps are said to be incompatible but once I install their APKs, they actually ran fine. That's why I do it.

10. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Google is partly to be blamed for this. Many people doesn't have credit/debit cards to purchase apps on google play so they resort to piracy. If google could have given users other ways to purchase apps like iTunes gift cards, people who doesn't have credit/debit cards wouldn't have to resort to piracy.

12. evolutionqy7

Posts: 38; Member since: May 27, 2011

Oh please if some one wants to buy an app they can use 3V cards or any other top up credit cards. Its no excuse. Google is to blame because they make it so easy for people to do it.

19. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

The problem is that 3v prepaid vouchers are not available to other countries like mine.

17. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Exactly, I pirate because I have no other way of purchasing apps. The only way I buy stuff online is via paypal, but Play doesn't support that. So I end up only begging my friends to help me buy apps that are really worth it...Like Apex.

49. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

just out of question, how do you have a smartphone and the requisite data plan if you don't have a credit card/debit card? and if you are a child/teenager, you can't just pay your parents for what you purchase?

60. lyndon420

Posts: 6823; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I went through a credit check when starting up my original contract...don't remember needing to produce a credit card - something I haven't had for many years. The introduction of PayPal in the play store would be nice, and/or all carriers adopting carrier billing would be appreciated.

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

actually I've made an iTunes account in here and I was forced to add a credit card to complete. think there should be ways for average users to pay for apps, maybe carrier billing everywhere could work, and pre paid users could add balance to their phones to buy in the android market

26. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

That's a good suggestion as well, but unfortunately, the two major carriers in our country also doesn't allow google play transactions to be topped up on our bills.

46. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I agree, it would really bring up sales it they had Gift Cards.

11. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Please, if they really tried they could easily prevent their apps from being pirated. There are many apps out there now that just don't work or annoy the crap out of you if they're pirated. WidgetLocker, Popup Notification, Tasker among others. Even the latest The Dark Knight Rises game needs root in order for it to run sideloaded.

47. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

You would know.

66. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yes, like I said before, I have no way of buying apps, so I usually pirate apps to try it, or if they aren't frequently updated (updating pirated apps that are constatly updated is a pain). The latest version of Tasker doesn't do anything if it isn't genuine. WidgetLocker and Popup Notifications disable itself after detecting it isn't genuine. Even Apex and Nova launcher don't have cracked versions as the unlocker can detect if it's genuine too or not. And some games like those from Gameloft or Square require root and a crapload of steps before being able to run it.

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