The amalgam of problems that Android gaming introduces can often be overwhelming for users. Either you pay for a game and it sucks, or the game is riddled with pay-to-win IAPs that have you ripping either your hair or your wallet out in frustration. Either way, it's a problem that's disillusioned many a gamer, and driven users away from any gaming beyond the Android Easter egg games on their mobile devices; despite the fact that mobile GPUs are more powerful than ever.
This is where GameStash comes in. GameStash is a new service that is allowing users to download any one of a selection of hundreds of Android games a month, for just $4.99 a month, in a similar style to Netflix. A large number of these games will be paid games that are being made available for free; and perhaps more interestingly, many will be free games that previously included IAPs. GameStash has worked with the developers behind many of these games to make IAP-free versions that are exclusive to their platform. This is definitely a feature that will entice parents with young children who are avid mobile gamers, or just those out there who think that IAPs are the spawn of Satan.
Some of the games that will be available at launch include Rayman Jungle Run, Cut the Rope, Talking Tom Gold Run, and Worms — all of which will be available for free with a GameStash subscription. The service is currently available with a 14-day free trial, so you can see if the service suits you before you commit to a subscription.
The selection of games is not enormous at the moment, but it is curated by the team behind GameStash to ensure that a broad selection of titles will be available that will appeal to a wide range of demographics; everything from games aimed at younger children to more mature titles. Furthermore, they are currently accepting game requests and user input as to the games they will add to GameStash over the coming months. While they are not promising a quick turnaround as, in their words, any given game "requires a bit of fine-tuning", they do seem commited to listening to users to imrpove the service as it evolves.
We definitely see a market for a service like this with parents with young children, and avid Android gamers (as few and far between as those may be). However, the $4.99-a-month price seems a little tough to swallow, especially if you don't pay for Android games in the first place. All things considered though, it does seem like an intriguing platform, and we're excited to see how it develops over the coming months.
What do you guys think? Would you sign up to a service like this? Let us know in the comments, or post over in the forums with your thoughts.