MSE joins the costly apps debate

Published on: 15th April 2013 has found a list of iPhone games which charge up to £70 for virtual items.inapppurchase300

As the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) announces it will investigate whether mobile and tablet games encourage children to spend large amounts of money, has produced a list of iPhone games which charge up to £70 for virtual items.

Some games which have appeared in Apple’s top 150 free apps which charge £69.99 for extras include The Simpsons Tapped Out, Marvel War of Heroes and Zombies vs Ninjas. has looked at iPhone, Android and BlackBerry games.

Earlier this year, called for action after revealing a My Little Pony app encouraged children to spend £69.99 on a virtual ‘mountain of gems’. creator Martin Lewis said: “It’s pretty clear-cut that the My Little Pony app is not aimed at adults. This is a specific children’s game and the fact it encourages children to spend £69.99 at a time on a ‘mountain of gems’ is disgusting and immoral.”

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