But now let us talk how to spend as little real money as possible! The other form of IAP is for buying coins that are used to purchase in-game power-ups or keys which will give you access to the different worlds in the game. Again, though, you earn more than enough coins and keys to just naturally buy what you need and unlock the rest of the game during normal play, almost as if the IAP didn't even exist at all.
And that's the thing. The tip for getting the most game for the least amount of money is to simply not buy any of the IAP at all. Hot tip, right? Well, it's not that simple. Plants vs. Zombies appeals to an incredibly wide audience, from hardcore gamers to casual, so there's bound to be times during the game where you're up against a tough challenge and feel tempted to buy your way past it. One of our forum members, Appletini, has been extremely active in helping other players in our forums with questions or just outright explaining the ins and outs of the game to those skeptical of the IAP.
Is IAP Necessary to Beat the Game? Developers like Nimblebit, who make free-to-play games with unobtrusive IAP, have learned that designing the game and beta testing it with players without IAP involved whatsoever has been the most effective way to make a game that is fully playable without ever having to purchase anything extra. Once the game has been tuned through a beta test period, then you can add some options for IAP in order for people to fast-track their way through if they want but the rest of the game remains open to anyone who wants to experience it in its entirety. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is very similar in that it's clearly been designed without taking into account the premium IAP plants or with having to purchase coins or keys just to progress through the game.
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