Sometimes I come across a game that looks intriguing, so I’ll check around with friends, or dig around online to find a few reviews– before plunking down good money to waste time. Here’s where I put on the brakes.
A Mess By Any Other Name…
Last week I found a new game on the Mac App Store. It’s called Ocean Mess. The official description is ‘Ocean Mess – Play In The Deep Ocean.’
OK, it’s a game for the Mac. It has something to do with ocean and features very colorful underwater images.
Fair enough, but where’s the description. Trust me, for the kind of money asked for Ocean Mess I’ll need a description that goes beyond ‘Play In The Deep Ocean.’
How much should a Mac game cost if there’s no trial version, and no real description of what they game does or how to play it?
Very good games on the iPhone and iPad start at free and journey upwards to a few dollars. Ocean Mess starts at a penny less than $27 on the Mac App Store.
There are a few colorful screenshots, ostensibly to attract those who are addicted to eye candy.
Ocean Mess even gets five Five Star ratings on the Mac App Store. Except the MAS doesn’t display the ratings.
The support link turns up a website not available message so there’s no apparent way to track backwards find any additional information about Ocean Mess.
Mess, indeed. A Google search of the developer’s name turns up a bunch of links, but no details, and nothing updated in recent months (or, in some cases, years).
Someone went to a lot of trouble to develop a game for the Mac, get it approved for sale in the Mac App Store, get five Five Star ratings (which have stars, but no ratings), without a description of the game, what it does, or how to play it.
And tops that off by charging $26.99 for the game. Ocean mess, indeed.