Peter Molyneux's Curiosity now has in-app purchases for adding cubelets

"Curiosity may very well rapidly degrade to reveal its innermost secret," says developer 22 Cans.

An update for 22 Cans' block-tapping Curiosity - What's Inside The Cube has added a string of in-app purchases to allow users to add and remove chunks of cubelets.

Curious Curiosity owners can now pay to add or remove blocks of 10,000, 100,000, and 500,000 cubelets. The effect is not instantaneous, however, and will instead take place when the game heads to its next layer.

10,000 cubes will cost $0.99/£0.69, 100,000 goes for $6.99/£4.99, and 500,000 cubelets will go for £7.49/$10.99.

"We don't know quite what will happen in this war of attrition," said 22Cans in the description for the update.

At time of writing, 13.7 million cubelets will be removed automatically from the next layer of Curiosity, while almost 4.7 million will be added.

"Curiosity may very well rapidly degrade to reveal its innermost secret or maybe the effects of automatically removing cubelets will be neutralised by players keen to keep Curiosity going," said 22 Cans.

Curiosity has been running since November 2012, and since its launch 260 layers of cubelets have been chipped off.

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fleatoad
fleatoad

Who cares about the stupid cube. Peter need to get back to working on a new black and white game.

peteuplink
peteuplink

An over rated borefest, designed just to make money for no return, made by an over rated developer who made a couple of good games (Populous, Dungeon Keeper) and has struggled to reach that level again ever since.

edinko
edinko

The fool and his money are easily parted. I cant even understand how anyone can buy SimCity,COD or the same sports game every year but THIS? THis is not a game. Its nothing. Its paying for nothing in a game that is not a game but a boring mobile time waster crap. Its not worth spending 1 cent on it. Peter is probably trying to figure out how stupid people are today and with what monetization schemes they can get away with

MetalDragon199
MetalDragon199

Mooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

91210user
91210user

The only cube I enjoy being in, is clearly my bedroom! Here's a better game, I'll come find you in your own house, which is like a cube and I'll pay YOU to open the bedroom door, because I'm curious and everyone wins!

Clearly Molyneux has no life!


MurderMode
MurderMode

If someone spends $80k this could be over tomorrow

GameYakuza
GameYakuza

trolls will add blocks, compulsive players will remove them, and all will pay! genius!

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

I played for like 2 hours and was no longer curious or cared enough to keep playing it. It was fun just bugged me when you tried making long connections and others steal blocks from you very annoying problem.

ali_manslayer
ali_manslayer

what in the world that could be inside that cube to be worth all this, and how much fun is it to tap at your screen without much purpose

bmart970
bmart970

Does anyone actually still play that game?

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

Molyneux's social experiment:

How many idiots can he find to pay for this shit just because it's a game by him?

The results shall be most fruituous.

skoypidia
skoypidia

Any stat of how many people bother with this? My guess is, like 5 per day. I dont believe making money is that easy

zequex
zequex

You find out at the end that every tap has been launching missiles at a foreign power and you are now complicit in killing thousands of innocent people. 

All the names of those people who used the app are released to the world and now have are guilty of crimes against humanity with death sentences in 19 countries.

Their lives are changed alright. They have to spend the rest of their lives as fugitives as they are slowly hunted down one by one by assassins, all the while asking themselves why oh why did they have to tap the box.

Simply

out of curiosity.

stemac117
stemac117

"maybe the the effects of automatically removing cubelets will be neutralised by players keen to keep Curiosity going" said 22 cans.

Replace 'players' with 'Peter Molyneux' and you've got it about right.  What's to stop old Pete adding cubes galore and dragging this embarassment out indefinitely?  

What's inside the cube? a lab rat saying 'welcome to my world suckers!'.

djwood84
djwood84

First words on wikipedia:

Curiosity is a multiplayer social experiment.

Not a game.  Do not panic people.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

I'm confused... is this a virtual money sink "puzzle game" or a unique take on a kickstarter?

pcty
pcty

Molyneux gave up on games now he is just trying to get richer by ripping off stupid people.

hoplayletsplay
hoplayletsplay

Can Curiosity even be classified as a video game? It's a disgrace and insult to gamers.

codeman101360
codeman101360

This is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen in my life. Anyone stupid enough to fall for this crap deserves to have their money taken away.

Mariner32
Mariner32

I think the innermost secret is that some people will spend actual money to tap a touchscreen...

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

The inside of Curiosity is more Cubes so people can then pay to add or remove blocks for all those Cube's cubelets. They will be all the colors of the rainbow. When each of those Cubes is finally destroyed each of them will form part of the innermost secret.

joce667
joce667

@Dumper1 You can add pre-ordering  a game just to have a unique skin that only 2 millions people pre-order just like you to be unique.

catsimboy
catsimboy

The worst part of this is that it further cements the message to the mobile gaming industry that people are stupid and will buy anything so get ready to see a bunch of copycat apps.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

I know I'm crap with money but... seriously...

I'm kinda concerned by Peter M's comment that there's an "extra" layer to the experiment, the quote on the Wiki is "There is something we haven't told everybody about when you play the cube. When you play the cube you're also doing something else. You don't realise you're doing it. You're not just doing things in the cube. You don't realise it but you're doing something in something else as well at the same time."

That just makes it sound creepy.

svaubel
svaubel

And the last good Peter game was?....


Dumper1
Dumper1

This is were gaming is going thanks to all the idiots who bought rip-off DLC and microtransactions.

Dasim64
Dasim64

People are still clicking on this stupid thing? You know it's only going to be full of disappointment. I mean only one person in the whole world gets to see what's inside and they don't even have to tell anyone what it is. The rest of you are just wasting hours of your time tapping on cube to see pictures you could look up anywhere on the internet in an instant. Very stupid. Don't support Peter M. and make a fool of yourself in the process.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Damn, Molyneux JUST missed my purchasing this stuff! If only I hadn't piled all of my money into a mattress, doused it in gasoline, and then lit it on fire!

Seriously....this is still a thing?

redness19
redness19

A fool and his money will soon be parted.


I feel like Peter M. made Curiosity as a social experiment to see how many people would spend money on something so ridiculous.


And out of curiosity, what was inside the cube that made people willingly play this game?

padako
padako

so they're paying to reveal some secret without any idea of what it actually is? I haven't used this app so maybe I'm missing something but that seems ridiculously stupid. I bet the secret is lame.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

Really ? you know what ? im going to make my own app that is just a white screen, and you have to pay $100 bucks to change the color. If people are stupid enough for this curiosity app, then my plan will make a billionaire !!!


Seriously, these people are morons. 

deathstream
deathstream

@TohouAsura 

Curiosity is free.  There are in-app purchases available, but you can chip away without paying a dime.  IAPs were actually added in a patch, not being present at launch.

giort08
giort08

@pcty  Good. Stupid people don't deserve to keep their money.

d3nR
d3nR

Your doing something all right... making him rich over a mindless game lol

Tixylixx
Tixylixx

@svaubel Basically anything before Microsoft bought them.

MurderMode
MurderMode

@Dasim64 ...but aren't you curious to see if you are wrong? Start tapping little soldier

Radnen
Radnen

@redness19 There you go, you say 'out of curiosity', but isn't it obvious? He's curious about how many people fall for it. Nobody yet knows whats inside. And will that ever be revealed? He never promised the inside would ever get seen. He could say it gets 'closer' but that's only relative. And if pressured, well, let's just say he doesn't have to come up with that secret now. If he feels like stopping he could, at any time, it's just a matter of creating a secret worth revealing. And since that might not be possible, then I guess he'll just continue to keep going on saying we're getting 'closer'. There are 7 billion people, and if he keeps recycling his audience, nobody gets to know what the inside of the cube is and he keeps making money. It's almost too brilliant.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Not entirely sure, but my best guess is a picture of Molyneux rolling around in a big pile of cash while giving the winner the finger...

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@Radnen @redness19 

hopefully deep in the center is a video for black and white 3 hes been secretly working on while distacting us with cubes