Cracking Sands is an action cum racing game in which you get to customize your karts and characters plus add weapons to your ride.
The game features single player (different modes of it) and multiplayer. So you can take on your friends or play against the AI and show off your driving and shooting skills.
The game’s developer, Polarbit tweeted yesterday that they have released a free version of Cracking Sands Racing for Android:
Cracking Sands Racing goes FREE on Android http://t.co/aK0eT6xv
— polarbit (@polarbit) February 15, 2013
This game could have been fun, but for this:
This is a fully playable, FREE version of Cracking Sands: all game modes, just like the full version. The only limitation is the credits system for character parts and upgrades. This version also contains ads. Unlock the full version, and remove ads with an in-app purchase.
You don’t get any sort of upgrades for your Cars in this version. So basically, its a freemium ad supported game that we are getting here. And even the paid version of the game has In-App-Purchases.
I am not sure what some game developers are upto, it’s not like we have a truckload of money to spill on freemium games. I have bought many games ranging from $1 to $6 and enjoy them because not a single one of them require IAPs to progress or unlock the game. There are loads of great games you can get for 5 or 6 bucks, GTA III, Vice City,Shadowgun THD to name a few. Why waste it on a freemium game?
Look at the paid version of Cracking Sands, in the 17 or so days since its release it has seen just 100-500 downloads and has barely 30 reviews on the Play Store, 18 of those reviews have voted for 4 stars or below. Clearly Android Gamers aren’t taking kindly to IAPs, including myself of course. Even Real Racing 3, which we reported to be coming out on February 28th has drawn a lot of flak from Android gaming websites. I am not sure if I even want to try it, maybe I will just to see how bad it is.
Anyway here is a video trailer of the Cracking Sands Racing:
It looks cool, but has limitations beyond IAPs as well. According to the reviewers at the Play Store, the game doesn’t allow you to destroy opponent cars, despite having weapons and they say the controls and camera angles aren’t working well either. I suppose an update could patch up these issues.
And I hope they will reduce the price and make the In-App-Purchases optional, doing so it will help them definitely help them sell more.
But for now you can download the free version, Cracking Sands Racing from Google Play by clicking on this link. Or scan the QR code below