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StarDrone Extreme Level Skip DLC Made Free

Extremely free.

When StarDrone Extreme launched for the PS Vita its in-app purchases caused some controversy. Basically, if you found a level on the momentum-based puzzler too tricky, you could unlock the option to skip it for a further 79p.

This annoyed many people who saw it as being asked to pay to play the levels they’d already paid for.

Well, now Beatshapers has sent round an email apologising for the decision and promising that an update is about to make it right. The Level Skip DLC is about to become totally free and the price of the PlayStation 3 version of the game will be dropped to £3.19/€3.99 to match the price of the Vita version.

I think it’s great to see a developer realise a pricing blunder and make a move to set it right, what about you?

  1. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    Ah, the Angry Birds model of fleecing gamers.

    Comment posted on 25/04/2012 at 09:21.
  2. bigbaldwolf
    Since: Mar 2012

    It’s good to see this from a developer. They listened to their consumer base and acted on it. If only the big devs listened to their fan base. Not mentioning any names C….A….P….C….O….M

    Comment posted on 25/04/2012 at 09:22.
    • Sympozium
      Since: Aug 2009

      They’re not that bad. :/

      Comment posted on 25/04/2012 at 10:22.
  3. Youles
    Since: Feb 2011

    This is good but you have to question their choice in the first place – could they have made the game too hard deliberately, to make you buy the skip DLC? And what about people who have already paid to skip levels.

    Comment posted on 25/04/2012 at 09:33.
    • MegaGeeza
      Since: Apr 2012

      If someone has already paid extra just to skip a level i think they need there heads tested!!

      Comment posted on 25/04/2012 at 10:24.
      • Youles
        Since: Feb 2011

        True, but if one level is holding you back from reaching several other levels, it might be some peoples’ only option. No idea what the game is like, might be easy! Either way, think its a crap idea in the first place, hence the good decision to go back on what they implemented.

        Comment posted on 25/04/2012 at 10:31.
    • Omac_brother
      Since: Nov 2011

      Ive come across a level which seems basically impossible. Its called “Breakthrough” and part of the level you are taken on a ride through some bumpers with no methods of control and every time, it shoots me off into space to be eaten by a black hole. I really like the game but unable to progress past this level has left me jaded.

      Comment posted on 25/04/2012 at 15:17.
      • Youles
        Since: Feb 2011

        Exactly the sort of thing that might try and force a 79p purchase. Well, at least this has been revoked now!

        Comment posted on 25/04/2012 at 16:26.
  4. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    I don’t agree with these paid unlocks that have accompanied this gen, where those unlock everything/level skip cheats used to be codes you could input yourself for free. I presume if you use one of these paid-for unlocks it still blocks your trophy progress?

    Comment posted on 25/04/2012 at 13:54.
    • Dee John
      Since: Oct 2009

      Yes, you have to play level in order to unlock medals and trophies

      Comment posted on 26/04/2012 at 10:42.

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