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Minigore 2 arrived on Android a little over a week ago, but it was gone just days later after its ad practices were called into question. The game was basically requiring players to tap on ads to bypass mandatory wait times. It was a minor inconvenience, but a big fat violation of Google's ad policies. After a quick tweak, the game is back in Google Play under a new listing.

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This game is free on Android and contains no in-app purchases – even now it is completely ad-based. As you kill zombies, the game rewards you with coins that can be used to buy upgrades. You can't buy bundles of coins, so no one should have lost any real money now that the old game is gone. However, your progress from the old version will be lost.

The change made to get in line with the rules was a minor one. When an ad pops up, you can tap immediately to skip it and get back to the game. There is also a small timer in the corner of the screen that tells you how much time is left until another ad pops – it looks like a 10 minute countdown. That's probably still more desirable than in-app purchases.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • darkdude1

    Honestly wishing Google gave more prominence to actual decent games that don't try to screw customers over. If you're looking for some decent, honest games, checkout this blog: http://honestandroidgames.com/

    • thermoplastics

      Hey that's my blog, awesome! Hope everyone likes it.

      • mark boyle

        great site, although a more comprehensive list would be more desirable.

        • thermoplastics

          Started the site last week. I purchase take screenshots and post every single game myself. Is there something else I should be doing with my own time and money for you with my advertisement free site?

          • mark boyle

            Alright Mr. I'm doing charity so praise me. Since you asked, you should make an alphabetical list, and a list by ratings(in a single page spreadsheet/table format would be nice). If you want people to take full advantage of your hard work, you should make your work as easily navigable and useable as possible. This looks like a copy and paste website with no real insight, Are the reviews copy and paste from the app store? Did you rate them?

            Please that this critique as a friend not a foe. I've tried to make websites in the past, and they are difficult. I'm just asking to make your website more user friendly and a little less of an eyesore. There's a reason why journalists don't develop website and game-developers hire artists.

    • ProductFRED

      I would honestly play $1 or $2 to play this game without ads, as an IAP option, or separate listing. I played the original Minigore on iPhone and it's a lot of fun. Now the sequel finally comes, and to Android, and it's fully of mandatory ads. What greedy developers. I know that you're supposed to make money off of apps, but this is farming for money now. You're making money off the same players every 10 minutes.

    • Himmat Singh

      Wow, that's great! To be honest, a site like that has a lot of potential to be a full-fledged mobile gaming site once you start posting news articles and more importantly, game reviews. Although maybe it may need a more catchy name.

      Was thinking of starting a thread on games like this on the DG forums some time back, but then my interest in Android games tailed off. Coincidentally, I was having the same criteria in mind: either fully free (though I probably won't have minded ads), fully paid w/o in-apps and free w/ one-time IAP unlock.

      Good luck with it!

  • Cheeseball

    Even though it is fully ad-based, there's no need to have an always online internet connection. It can be played offline/in airplane mode.

    • Anderson

      How ?

      • Cheeseball

        Just turn on Airplane mode or disconnect your device from 3G/WiFi and play the game. It should just run.

  • valynor

    Ads are bad enough as they are. An add that interrupts my gameplay? No thanks, you can keep your game.

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      Move to Windows phone, you'll soon start to appreciate ads in games we actually have.

      • Himmat Singh

        Why is that so?

        • dandmcd

          Likely because Windows phone has almost no games besides a few Microsoft makes in-house. I think what he is saying it is better to have something, vs. nothing at all.

        • Vu Viet Anh

          because windows phone's apps are very expensive. games in the windows phone market are normally 5~6 bucks each I believe? Not to the level that we are used to in Android

          • Himmat Singh

            Not really. Prices are comparable to Android/iOS. In fact, most Windows Phone games have no IAPs as well. So like AB Star Wars II, for $0.99 you get the full game with no BS in-apps for the in-game currency. You earn more currency via XBOXLive achievements.

  • Jeff718

    This game is a lot of fun, but it makes my phone scream and burn (N5).

  • Régis Knechtel

    This game is awesome! And though i preffer a paid version, in game ads are far better than IAPs.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Well since I lost my progress I'm going to uninstall it.

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      Okay.

  • Ugo Possenti

    I managed to restore all my data from the first release of the app to the newest one!

    • Régis Knechtel

      How?

      • Ugo Possenti

        1) I made a backup of the two versions of Minigore using Titanium Backup (there were 3 files per backup)
        2) I copied the files on my Mac
        3) For every backup there was a "progress" file, a "data" file (*.tar.gz) and an "apk" file (*.apk.gz)
        4) I opened the "data" file of both the backups and copied (folder per folder!) every file to the old one to the new one.
        5) Then I had to "transform" that data folder of the new version of Minigore with the updated files from the old app into a *.tar.gz file.
        6) I compressed the data folder into a *.tar file and then
        7) I compressed the data.tar file into a *.gzip file so
        8) I got my data.tar.gz file (almost ready)
        9) I renamed this file with the name of the "data" file of the part (3)
        10) I copied the updated "data" file, and the two others onto my Nexus and then
        11) I restored the new version of Minigore using this files as backup!

        • Kanarico

          Thanks for the details. I was able to get it working with your instructions. I tried doing it from my phone but that just resulted in a FC. Moving the files from my computer then repackaging the files into a .tar.gzip worked!

          • Ugo Possenti

            I'm happy for you!

    • Himmat Singh

      How?

  • Sir_Brizz

    They should have one IAP... remove ads for $2.99...

  • SirCanealot

    I even emailed the developer since I'd ended up with a couple of 30 minute timers when I was on the underground to work. Obviously with no way of clicking the ads, I couldn't play. I think it seems pretty retarded really that people want an IAP for a no ad version but they will not do it. I really liked this game, but I just get a sour taste in my mouth when I boot it up now and I don't really feel like playing it. So I'm just not bothering but it's a shame since it's a really fantastic, lush-looking game!