‘Monument Valley’ Makers Dare To Charge $2 For Expansion Pack, Get Flack

The makers of the critically acclaimed iOS game Monument Valley released the Forgotten Shores expansion pack on Wednesday. The expansion costs all of $1.99, and that seems to be $1.99 too much for a lot of people. According to Touch Arcade, customers took to the App Store en masse to post one-star reviews for the game because its developers, Ustwo, had the nerve to charge a nominal fee to unlock additional levels.

Two whole dollars! How dare the developers try to make a living!

I can’t think of anything that typifies the phrase “first-world problems” more than smartphone owners who pay costly monthly carrier fees bitching and moaning about forking over $1.99 for an expansion pack. It takes time, energy, and money to create quality software, and developers have every right to make money off of their creations.

I get it—money’s tight for a lot of people. I’ve been there. But if you’re throwing a tantrum just because, ugh, how dare they, you need to check your sense of entitlement at the App Store door, and give makers of great software the support they deserve.


Nick spends way too much time in front of a computer, so he figures he may as well write about it. He's previously written for IDG's PCWorld and TechHive.