Gold’n Rock Free is an example of how in-game advertising shouldn’t be. The ads actually interfere with the gameplay.
Overall Score: 3/5
If you buy the paid version of the game (for only $0.99) then the game is great, but the free version is terrible since the advertisements actually cover up the gameplay screen. Otherwise, the presentation and lasting value is good.
The game is a lot of fun to play… when the ads aren’t in the way. But the gameplay is satisfyingly challenging and it has plenty of elements to keep it interesting, including a store where you can buy power-ups for each new level. The controls work just as they should, and the game has four different difficulties to make sure the game is tough enough for you. Overall, it’s tons of fun, but the ad displayed over part of the screen can ruin the experience. Buying the paid version does fix that.
Putting an advertisement over essential parts of the game should be an instant disqualification from the Marketplace, if Microsoft cares about quality. However, the rest of the game looks good visually and also has good supporting sound effects.
Lasting Value: 4/5
Playing through the game once can last about two hours, and then you can play through again on a tougher difficulty level, or play the Endless mode. An online leaderboard would make the lasting value better, but it is good as it stands right now.
Title: Gold’n Rock Free