If you’re told that you’re being scammed while you’re being scammed, is it still a scam?
That’s the question Hadean Lands’ downloadable add-on raises. The Windows-based game is a text adventure with no graphics. To play, you have to read about scenarios, and type in commands to explore rooms and solve puzzles. It costs about $13.50.
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Its only piece of downloadable content (DLC) will set you back by $35. And unlike DLC for other games, which usually bring mission expansions, new costumes, weapons or vehicles, this one is a single PDF.
The file contains a printable certificate that states that you pledge to finish the game without referring to any hints or walkthroughs.
That’s it. You don’t get any extra puzzles or gameplay modes, just a PDF. Okay, the FAQ on the DLC listing page says there’s also a JPEG version. But really, that’s it.
There’s really no way to justify this – the only thing I can think of is that it’s a way of showing your support for the developer. But in that case, why not just buy additional copies of the game and gift it to friends?