Last December, EA pulled its iPhone version of Tetris from the App Store and replaced it with a new version, without compensating people who already owned the original version of the game. Tetris fans were forced to repurchase the game in order to access the new features.
Now EA has done the same thing to the iPad version of Tetris. The first version of the game has been yanked from the App Store and replaced with a “new and improved” version that will have to be repurchased.
As you may know, Tetris for the iPad is not a cheap game. At $6.99, it’s quite a chunk of change. What’s new? Well, it’s got upgraded Retina graphics, for one, and it’s also been updated to incorporate the iPhone one-touch controls, both of which are great updates.
Of course, as Touch Arcade points out, these are features that easily could have been added to the already existing Tetris app, so EA is just trying to milk extra money out of its loyal customers.
Shady. And disappointing. If you download the new version of Tetris from the App Store, you can count on a slew of in-app purchases, plus the option for a monthly membership to EA’s T-Club, which provides bonuses to gameplay.
If you purchased the original Tetris game, make sure to keep your Tetris .ipa file handy, because if it gets deleted for some reason, you won’t to get the original game, which you paid for, re-downloaded from the App Store.