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Strategic Puzzle Game 'Polymer' Available for Free for a Limited Time

Our sister site TouchArcade has teamed up with Whitaker Trebella to offer popular puzzle game Polymer for free, as part of its TouchArcade Free Play promotion.

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Polymer, which is described as a strategic shape-creating game, asks players to slide columns and rows to create completed shapes. It is available for both the iPhone and the iPad, and offers cloud syncing and multiplayer gameplay.
A polymer, in the parlance of the game, is a complete shape, one with no unfinished edges. You achieve this by sliding rows and columns back and forth to move pieces into place. A skilled player might be able to use every piece on the board, but each piece you move takes six or nine others with it. Larger creations become exponentially more difficult to make without disruption, but they're oh so satisfying to reach for. It's almost a shame to destroy them, but that's where the points come in.

Polymer is normally priced at $1.99, but it can be downloaded from the App Store for free for a limited time. [Direct Link]

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Posted: 19 months ago
WARNING!

This is a freemeium application! Lots of in-app purchases, thus this game is anything but FREE!

I will not support it!
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago

So.. it's a Bejewelled clone.

No.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago

WARNING!

This is a freemeium application! Lots of in-app purchases, thus this game is anything but FREE!

I will not support it!


why mr promotes this freemium under the guise of free is beyond me
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago

Since the end customer has absolutely no way to know if the "In-App" purchases are required, unlock the full version of the game, or have cosmetic changes, then I will boycott ALL games that support in-app purchases..


If only someone on a message board could tell you.

arn
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago

So.. it's a Bejewelled clone.

It's definitely not a Bejeweled clone.

In Polymer, you slide the entire row or column to create various shapes. The larger the shape, the more points you'll receive when you tap to destroy it.

The app description compares the puzzle logic to a Rubik's Cube and the slide mechanic to Chuzzle, one of PopCap's vintage games.

Highly recommended. Challenging game, soothing music. :)
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago


This isn't some random game you stumbled upon in the App Store. This game is featured in a MacRumors article pointing to their sister site TouchArcade offering a highly rated app for FREE for a limited time.

FREE -- You can download it and play without having to spend a penny on it.

This is Polymer if you get it right now.

PAID -- You pay so much for the game, and can complete it normally without having to pay anything more.

This is Polymer if you wait until the limited time is over.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago

WARNING!

This is a freemeium application! Lots of in-app purchases, thus this game is anything but FREE!

I will not support it!


why mr promotes this freemium under the guise of free is beyond me


http://toucharcade.com/2013/03/01/toucharcade-free-play-polymer-available-for-free-for-a-limited-time/#comment-817021215

Thawkk Nada Tosnas • 2 days ago −
All of the IAP are either purely cosmetic color reskins or just skipping to unlock modes/pieces, the latter of which might not even be advised because of the learning curve. Everything that actually affects gameplay can be unlocked through normal play that doesn't take an insane amount of time to unlock.

Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago
Seems like that sliding game app that launched at the beginning of the App Store and the guy got rich. Can't think of the name, though

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It's definitely not a Bejeweled (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bejeweled) clone.

In Polymer (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/polymer/id499490016?mt=8)

Highly recommended. Challenging game, soothing music. :)


The music seems annoying, but it seems fun for free
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago


Never said that. I said be honest about it. Don't call it free and then make people pay once they start playing. Either make a demo version, or call it TRIALWARE or make it clear that it's in-app supported. DON'T call it FREE. Especially don't say, "FREE for a limited time!"


It's not Trialware. It's free. There is no part of the game that is held back from non-paying customers (other than a few color packs, big deal). I played it and got all the unlockables. I didn't pay a dime. Do you know what something is called when you can play it and not pay for it? That's called "free."
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago

Why waste my time on a game that would have to potentially quit because of in-app purchases when there are enough out there I don't have to? Seriously, not worth my effort. The only reason I made any additional thought was because of this thread, otherwise I would never have given it a second look.

You have been an active member of the MacRumors forums since 2009, posting almost daily.

Your overall view on IAP is understandable because there are numerous games that incorporate it into the actual gameplay and encourage the user to pay to keep playing. This can be an unpleasant experience for many players.

Why not ask your fellow community members what the IAP entails? Many have already responded with IAP information. This would require the same amount of effort as your first post in the thread and you'd be engaging with the same users you care enough about to warn of potential monetary threats.

I'm sure many readers appreciate being notified of greedy apps, but in this case, you might be stopping some users from downloading a game they might enjoy that's free for a limited time.

If anybody decides they want to research a game's IAP outside of this forum, I recommend visiting MacRumors' sister site TouchArcade. Members of those forums describe their IAP experiences for most games and discuss whether or not they believe the IAP hinders gameplay.
Rating: 2 Votes

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