Quite often here in Singapore we find ourselves paying more for the same thing than others overseas might pay. For example, the MacBook starts at US$1099 from the Apple Store in US, but S$1688 in Singapore (should be only S$1517 based on xe.com’s currency conversion). So I’m quite pleased to notice that N-Gage game titles actually cost less in Singapore than the European market has to pay. The only excecption is the 1-day game pass.
The full version (unlimited time) of the N-Gage titles currently cost between 7 Euros (S$15.21) and 10 Euros (S$21.73). In the UK, they are offered between 6 GBP (S$16.52) and 8 GBP (S$22.03). Guess what’s the price in Singapore? Just S$15 to S$18!
The 1-day pass is 1.5 GBP, 7-day pass is 4 GBP. In Singapore, it is S$5 and S$10 respectively. It is only the 1-day pass that it costs more in Singapore. So overall, we do get a better deal here.
The more important question, however, is whether the S$15 to S$18 price for the full version is worth while in the first place. Considering that most people change their mobile phones more often than, say, their PC or Xbox 360, the N-Gage games are not going to last very long. I presume, of course, that the N-Gage games activated on one phone will not be transferrable to another phone.
An unfortunate “problem” with N-Gage is that it reduces the battery life the phone… because if you’re addicted to the game, you’re going to be keeping the phone active and rather busy for a lot more time than before N-Gage came!