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Freemium Field Test: Angry Birds Stella Pop is a slick-but-typical bubble-bursting clone

Andrew Hayward | March 31, 2015
Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it's difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we'll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it's really worth your time (and money).

The verdict

If I weren't testing out the in-app purchases for this article, I'm certain that I wouldn't spend a penny on Angry Birds Stella Pop. That's not to say that it's a bad game, but it doesn't have that rousing appeal or addictive clinch that can make me pull out my wallet. 

Enjoyed solely as a free game, it's a worthwhile diversion: Play a few rounds here and there and soak in the light puzzle gameplay and stellar production values. But when a barrier presents itself, it's best to take the time to do something else. Rovio may not have made an original game here by any stretch of the imagination, but at least it made an enjoyable one. It's just not quite gripping enough to warrant paying past the prompts.

 

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