Angry Birds Go! asks $100 for in-game car

Microtransactions are, by definition, small. That is, unless you’re talking about Angry Birds Go!, the new kart-racing game from Rovio. Then, your “microtransactions” can cost more than $100.

Angry Birds Go!

Rovio’s first racer

Angry Birds Go! is set for launch on December 11th, but it’s just been soft-launched in a handful of territories (including Australia and New Zealand), and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store for free.

Like so many free-to-play games these days, there are two different sorts of in-game currency. You can pick up coins as you hurtle around the track, and use them to upgrade your kart. There are also sparkling gems, which you can pick up with real-world money or earn in-game.

Upgrading your kart, rather than just making you look cool, actually improves you make to your gaming experience – the more improvements to your ride, the more tracks you can play.

Obviously, it’s in your best interest to upgrade your kart, and upgrade it fast. There is another option, if you’d like to make changes without having to earn a whole stack of coins, which can get time consuming. Simply buy the coins and gems with real-world cash, and you’re good to go.

Typical in-game purchases of this sort range from maybe $2 to less than $20 – but not Angry Birds Go! If you want to pick up the biggest, most bad-ass car straight out of the gate, you want the Big Bang Special Edition car. And that, my friends, will cost you more than $100 in real-world money.

Plus, did we mention that you can unlock bonus cars and game modes for Angry Birds Go! if you head out and buy the related, Hasbro-brand toys?

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