So, how about that Dungeon Keeper app? It definitely is a steaming pile of microtransactions, disappointment and greed. We’re not entirely sure what Electronic Arts was expecting releasing a blatant cash grab bastardisation of a much-loved IP; did they think the game’s legion of fans – the same fans that have been crying out for years for a new Dungeon Keeper game – wouldn’t notice? I know I defend EA quite readily because I believe a lot of the vitriol levelled at them is rubbish, but even I can’t defend this. I’m not angry, EA, I’m just disappointed.
Anyway, the sordid tale that is the Dungeon Keeper app is about to get even more suspect. The Google Play Store version of the game (and I use that word very begrudgingly) features a really odd rating system. Once you’ve spent enough time on the game, it eventually asks you how you’d rate Dungeon Keeper and gives you an option of choosing “1-4 Stars” or “5 Stars”. Selecting the latter takes you right onto the Google Play Store where you can leave your 5 Star rating for future unsuspecting people; selecting the former redirects you and prompts you to email EA directly with suggestions. Obviously, that means your “1-4 Star” rating doesn’t sully the pristine ratings that the game currently enjoys on the Google Play Store. Dodgy.
Of course, if one selects the “5 Star” options, then you’re still able to alter you star rating once you hit the Google Play store, but that’s clearly not being done considering the game is (at time of writing) sitting with a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating thanks to over 86, 000 “positive” reviews. We all know that the game is terrible; it nearly made Graham cry.
Since allegations of cheating the review system were levelled at EA, the company has been forced to issue a response. This is their official comment on the matter, as provided to Eurogamer:
“We’re always looking at new ways to gather player feedback so that we can continue to improve our games. The ‘rate this app’ feature in the Google Play version of Dungeon Keeper was designed to help us collect valuable feedback from players who don’t feel the game is worth a top rating. We wanted to make it easier for more players to send us feedback directly from the game if they weren’t having the best experience. Players can always continue to leave any rating they want on the Google Play Store.”
Do you buy their response? Yeah, me neither.