Ngmoco's first-person shooter Eliminate hit the iPhone and iPod Touch yesterday sporting a unique pricing system and some pretty slick multiplayer gaming.
Eliminate is a pretty straight forward online first-person shooter with average graphics. You play the game with twin virtual thumbsticks, using one to aim and the other to move.
We'll have a full review of the game in the coming week or so, but it's worth pointing out the game's take on pricing.
Eliminate is technically free-to-play, but to earn the money you need to upgrade your character and purchase new skins, armor and weapons, you have to earn credit. To earn credit you need to play matches using energy. While you get a free drip-feed of energy by downloading the game, if you want to excel you'll likely want to purchase energy packs from the in-app store.
I haven't worked out all of the details, for instance I believe that winning a match gives you some energy back, but I spent $1 last night to purchase enough energy to play a half dozen matches or so. Seems a bit pricey. Of course I don't need to buy energy, I could play and not worry about winning credits or I could just wait to get the free energy which is delivered over time to your account.
Like I said, very interesting.
Oh, anyone who gets the game and wants to play a bit, my username is Crecente.