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Top iPhone apps: ‘Harry Potter’ still leads despite microtransaction troubles

/ 04:44 PM May 06, 2018

Image: Jam City/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment via AFP Relaxnews

“Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” maintains its position at the top of the free iPhone app download charts for the United Kingdom, France and Germany, adding Australia to the list as of May 3, 2018.

Upon release, the app was hit by a firestorm of frustration from early adopters, objecting to its aggressive use of microstransactions, as per Kotaku.

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It relies upon an energy system that asks players to pay or wait in order to progress the story.

The system’s unusually obstructive gatekeeping is emphasized when, early on in proceedings, the player’s custom character is strangled by a magical plant called the Devil’s Snare.

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The encounter recreates a moment from “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” but stretches it out until players return to the game until their character’s energy is suitably replenished, or pay.

According to Eurogamer’s reporting, the app has begun offering discounts on its virtual currency packs, though not in a uniform manner across all players, leaving the impression that a statistical testing method is being used in order to maximize revenue.

Top Free iPhone Apps, May 3, 2018:

United States
Rise Up (Games)

U.K.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Games)

China
Tik Tok (Photo and Video)

Germany
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Games)

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France
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Games)

Netherlands
Love Balls (Games)

Canada
Helix Jump (Games)

Australia
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Games)

South Korea
Kwai – Video Social Network (Photo and Video)

Japan
Music FM (Entertainment)

Singapore
Ryde – Ride Hailing (Lifestyle)

Malaysia
McDonald’s (Food and Drink)

India
WhatsApp (Social Networking)

South Africa
WhatsApp (Social Networking)

Store rankings courtesy of App Annie. JB

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