Square Enix Will Let You Play Games for Free If You Watch Ads

Square Enix has something of a reputation for making playing the older titles under its publishing umbrella sort of difficult. Well, not difficult, really — expensive, more like. If you were to buy some of its old Final Fantasy games on iOS, for example, it’d run you north of $15 for games that are decades old.

But a new initiative by the company could be quite a bit more cost-effective for gamers. Square will let you play games in your browser — namely, Hitman: Blood Money and Mini Ninjas — in exchange for watching advertisements. The ads you watch equate to time in the game; when you run out of game time, you get funneled to a new ad to rack up more. You can also just pay for the game outright and skip the whole advertising hullaballoo.

The cool thing about the entire enterprise, which is called Core Online, is the idea of getting games for free. Square intends to throw in more games as well, including Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (which I really enjoyed) and Tomb Raider: Underworld, over time.

Pop over here and you can try the service out for free right now. There’s also a bunch more information about the service available there as well.

Via Kotaku.

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2 Comments on Square Enix Will Let You Play Games for Free If You Watch Ads


On August 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Its getting a bit late here atm, but I am so checking this out tomorrow. As long as the ads are relatively short with a decent amount of game time (say 5 or even 10 minutes of game time with a 30 second ad), I think this could be interesting.


On August 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Oh, just found it in their FAQ section. 20 minutes of gameplay with a 60 second ad seems to be the average. The longer the ad, the longer the gaming block you earn, so that seems fair.