1 year, 1 month agoKnuckleHead@knuklehead
For the last week or so (since the last Feather Frenzy) I haven’t seen a single spell to be won outside the TOF. Not in the treasures, tournament, king pig panic or daily challenge. Anyone know what’s going on? Or is it just me?
It’s not just you. I believe it’s part of rovio’s never ending quest to increase revenue, this time by making us pay for spells, which are quite expensive. I hate the change.madhatter2019@madhatter2019
It is intentional. While I understand Rovio wanting to increase revenue, it would basically end up killing the game. Arena would die down sooner than later.
If anyone from Rovio is listening, I have an alternate idea. Rovio can start an additional spell chest. Classify types of spells and number of spells in a card into common, uncommon and rare categories. These chests can be timed (opens like once in 4 or 6 hours) for general use. Also, they can be used as rewards for events. They can monetise it through gems like for other chests, for multiple card draws from same chests. Players would get spells to continue playing and anyone wishing to move ahead can buy the chests.
In the current gameplay scenario, ending spell draws from chests would just end the gameNik@nik-handson
I’ve never spent any money on this game, not putting spells in chests and have me eventually run out is not going to change that. I think some people might be more inclined to spend real world money if Rovio were a bit more generous with rewards.
Discussed in the 10th anniversary thread.
Rovio have pulled some strokes in the past but this beggars belief – it’ll kill the Arena, especially with the current “too hard to win without using all spells” mode which pops up very frequently even at level 1, since a couple of updates ago.
I’m not watching any ads until the change is rolled back either.
My arena play has dropped by 50% and I expect it’ll decrease further.
They seem to be intent on making the game more difficult, not more enjoyable. If I can’t get enough spells to play arena competitively, I’ll stop playing it. That will result in my supply of gems declining and eventually running out, which will prevent multiple replays of MEBC and other parts of the game requiring gems.
The “rewards” for DC and KPP were pretty paltry to begin with, and since the removal of the video bird they also have become more difficult, so I’ve mostly stopped playing those too (except to claim a couple of apples and daily quest gems).
That will leave me with playing the map, which is what I started with in the first place but rarely play any more. Maybe that’s where all this is headed. So be it. I still won’t pay real $$$ to buy spells. There are other things I can do with my time.madhatter2019@madhatter2019
Am playing the arena without using any spells. Haven’t yet made it past the 5th game, where the matchup is with an opponent who has more FP than me as well as uses spells. Will soon get bored.Flinx@flinx
@garethw I’m using the same strategy of not watching any ads. I don’t spend real money on the game and I’m sure not giving them ad revenue for 50 lousy feathers. I used to watch every ad available for treasure chests when they had treasure in them, but no more! I have exactly 250 spells left and when they’re gone, unless they change it back I’m done.
I thought this was just bad RNG on my part, but nope, it does appear that there are no spells showing up in either the free common chest or rare chests, or rewards for beating the DC and KPP.
It sucks for the free common chest because I only want/care for the gem cards, x1 spell cards or the occasional x3 spell cards. Frankly the 100 feathers or 10 black pearls are terrible. I’d much rather have spells or gems to keep my supply topped up.
My guess is either 1) they’ve temporarily taken them away for “testing purposes”
B) Given that the duck spell is bugged they decided to just get rid of all spells temporarily so players don’t get useless spells that they can’t use (or the recent update just bugged spells altogether so they’re not showing up)
B would make way more sense, and I’m going to assume that’s the case because a conscious decision to just outright remove spells from every source other than the ToF would be completely idiotic and senseless. Whatever has happened, let’s hope it’s addressed soon.filth pig@sanderhuizenga
Its simple.. they want money for spells. After trying money for feathers (since nobody plays the green snot nose they forced us to use it). But the money just didn’t come.. now this.
it might work I’m afraid. New players won’t know the times spells were up for grabs. The boring money players will pay for anything that moves with some holes in it. And even bittered old timers like me might be tempted in the future?
in my case: I won’t buy daily mail or a clan chest anymore. But put 12 euro the month on spells.
though I think quitting may be best.. since they messed halfway season with the training, nothing feels right(eous) anymore.
Why do these buggers don’t understand that a.b. Players are prob. Easygoing peaceloving peops who like a relaxing game to ease the mind and body?I bet they make more money if they treat us right instead of a constant kick in the ass.. This don’t fit their lovely game . It sure as hell don’t fit this player.
please rovio ! Back to the drawing bord
I’ve also noticed that the ads seem longer. They are nearly all now 30 sec. Before, only about half were more than 10-15 sec.
I usually play this game while doing something else, read the paper, whatever. So I don’t actually WATCH the ads if they run longer than a few seconds. Now they’re not only not getting my money but they’re not getting my eyeballs either.
totally agree with you all – the amount of arena play has dropped – I’m back in LL this week was motoring along nicely, now have virtually stopped, a couple are a few hundered ahead, and there’s someone in third virtually the same as me, who is just doing the odd game or two, no one below is making a move.
you can’t get past round 5 as up pops someone with 5 spells not worth it for a chest now.
stopped watching any ads – I’d look at something 20 secs or less for the first time anything longer or repetitive ads got the screen face down – now I’m not giving them the click at all,
bizarely (and I’ll mention it in the correct thread the ToF last couple of days has been very good
to finish totally agree I play the game as a sort of mental relaxation – it’s a “ finger spinner” for me
ps glad to hear I’m not alone in my thoughts here – but of course sad that the change has been madeOmelet@omelet
Absolutely! The revenue lost from not watching ads to get more rewards in the chests is going to cost Rovio more revenue than they’d gain from forcing us to purchase spells. I only pressed continue to watch ads for a chance to get more spells to use in the arena. Now I only play the arena when it’s free & have no need to watch ads as the “rewards” in the chest aren’t rewards IMHO.Nik@nik-handson
I let Rovio know that I wasn’t getting spells in the chests anymore and asked if it was a bug, and if so were the developers working on a fix and I got this response:guava564@guava564
<p style=”text-align: left;”>I do hope that is correct that it is a bug however I doubt that it is. If it comes back it will only be because revenue has dropped.</p>
By all accounts AB2 is the last major money spinner for Rovio. All their other games don’t have high participation from users and apparently they are struggling to come up with ideas for new games. If that is true I’d expect to see AB2 being pounded for revenue until everyone abandons that as well.
I’m not playing the arena as much now and I never use spells anymore and going by my arena league, participation has dropped right off so it’s possible revenue will go down if people aren’t watching ads for that extra arena bird etc.
By the way all these people saying they will click on ads but not actually look at them makes no difference to rovio. Do you think they can tell if you are actually viewing them lol. They get paid for you clicking to watch so they don’t care if you don’t actually look at them.
That’s a relief, will try and get the update so I can start refilling my supply. Hopefully we get some compensation, it would be nice if we got 3 or so of each spell to make up it.filth pig@sanderhuizenga
Funny how short they do these try outs? Panic football we the Dutch would call this.
man o man.. make a plan and stick to it!
I must say: I loved the way -for the first time- at least the first 4 levels at the arena appeared to be FairPlay?
But using spells the right way does juice up the game play.
(I dare bet: the lose in video clicking changed their minds rapidly)anGRRRRRRy@angrrrrrry
I’d be willing to bet my whole account progress that it was in order to get the Ducks fixed, like Twisted Lemon said. But I also wouldn’t bet a single Grolken Duck (mash-up of “broken” and “golden” 😂) that they didn’t tamper with it on purpose. Also of note: Chilies haven’t been showing up in bundles of 3 as a rare reward for me so rejoicing might be a little early. It’ll have a light blue background but still say “1” 😑.
Yup – just noticed that 1 chilli is now a rare treasure – rather than 3 as before.
Also spells in general are appearing much less often in the uncommon chests.KnuckleHead@knuklehead
It’s an AB2 Christmas Miracle! Had not been playing much since my original post here. Then the holidays and an unplanned hospital stay caused me to stop altogether. Just picked it up again this past weekend and was happy to see that the spells are back. Sure puts some of the fun back into the game.
I’d like to think that this is in response to players like you, Nik, who contacted Rovio and expressed your displeasure. But who knows? I’ll just enjoy the change and hope they don’t change something else and ruin it for me again. :<)
The chest spells were thankfully fixed and the problem only lasted a very short time. Unfortunately for me at least, now the blue x3 Chilli spell card hasn’t been working correctly for the past week or so:
I can’t be the only one who’s getting this. I messaged Rovio the other day (I sent them a message through the Contact page which is under the About tab on the top yellow menu thing).
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