The West is a free to play browser strategy from InnoGames where players step into the spurred boots of an old west cowboy. In the game players build up their cowboy character, improving stats, then join or settle their own town and compete against other players.
The game is said to be free to play but after removing points for answers that edge more to a premium option, we’ll find out just how free to play it really is.
No. The game can be accessed for free.
No (but...) – -10%. Players can purchase various individual boosts for 14 day periods, such as automation or higher income, or purchase the VIP that incorporates all the available boosts and more.
No. There are no DLC/Expansions available.
Yes – -5%. The game allows players to buy Nuggets, the game’s primary premium currency which is used to purchase various quality of life benefits as well as the VIP boosts, purchasing skills and energy refreshes. Numerous chests and shop items can be bought with Nuggets or the in-game Union Pacific Bonds (UPBs) currency, which is earned by playing specific game features.
Yes – -5%. Whilst there’s plenty of exclusivity to normal items available in town stores, many of the best items are still accessed primarily through chests purchased with Nuggets but are completely random. Some chests are locked behind Veteran currency, and so can’t simply be bought with cash.
No. There are no UI customization options.
Yes. There are no races or classes, players can customize the appearance of their character.
No. There are no limitations.
No. Players are not limited on the number of items they can carry or how much money they can bank.
Yes. Players are not limited on the number of items they can carry or how much money they can bank.
No. Players can access end-game content without paying money.
Yes – +10%. There’s a lot to do in the game, but the need to spend cash can be dependent on whether a player wishes to play solo or not. Teaming up with other players or joining another player’s town can offset a players need to spend cash. With certain features, such as the Adventure system, players can still be a benefit to their team even if they are low level and have weak gear, providing the matchmaker pairs them with a similar enemy team composition. Players wanting to go solo and who still want to be the best are unlikely to be able to do that without spending some cash along the way.