Hot Trend at the App Store

Make Users Pay After Download 

If an app is available for free, it doesn’t mean that its developer has to rely on ads to earn money. Plenty of apps make users to pay after a free download. Newsstands like Zinio have been doing this for months now. But some of the games apps also are successfully implementing this tactics to make developers rich. It is the old Farmville formula.


Smurf’s Village: It is a clone of Farmville and one of the top apps at the App Store. This game is about building a new village for the Smurfs to call home. There are houses, elaborate gardens with colorful crops, bridges to span running rivers and trodden paths for users to make. They can also play it offline. This universal app requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Tap Pet Hotel: This is another top app for iOS. Instead of farming or building a village, here users need to build a new hotel with special themed rooms which then unlock new pets to stay at their luxury pet resort. Pets can enjoy many fun activities created by users. This universal app requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.

tap_pet_hotel_logoThese free games demands real money during purchases, so users need to lock the ability to in-app purchase if they don’t want to buy. However, if they make purchases, iOS will keep them logged on for 15 minutes after an initial one. Additional purchases won’t require a re-entry of the password during this period.

This trend seems to be a really rewarding one for developers. If you are an user, beware of these free apps!

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