For $5/Month Google Play Pass Gives You Full Access to Apps & Games
Google just launched a new gaming service called Google Play Pass which gives Android users access to over 350 games and apps for $4.99 per month. The cherry on top is that they will be served ad-free without any in-app purchases. How cool is that?
This came after Apple was set to launch a game subscription service called Apple Arcade sometime this fall. While Apple’s service is only for games, Google will also include 350 apps inclusive of free games. Just like Google, Apple’s game selection will also be exclusive to Apple Arcade.
Google Play has always been about connecting users to the best apps, games and digital content out there. As everyone has their own way of playing, Google is introducing Google Play Pass as the new way to enjoy these digital experiences.
Android subscription service faces two main challenges. One of them is that Android users are not willing to spend as much as iOS users on purchasing apps and games. Even though there are way many Google Play users compared to iOS users, iOS users still manage to outspend Google Play users. The other issue is that Android apps are not as well-maintained or well-supported as iOS apps.
For this reasons, Google Play will be looking to improve the experience for its users by giving access to more than 350 apps and games that are all unlocked, free of ads and in-app purchases; at an affordable upfront payment. Play Pass will offer a high-quality tailored collection of titles from Stardew Valley to AccuWeather, with new apps and games updated every month.
Play Pass Introductory Offer Terms
The Play Pass Introductory Offer (“Offer”) will be available to Google Play users in the United States. The offer will end on October 10, 2019, at 11.59 pm PT, while supplies last. The valid form of payment required will be when you sign up, however, one will not be charged until the 10-day trial period expires.
At the end of the trial period, charges will automatically apply to the discounted subscription price of $1.99 per month, including applicable tax, for the first 12 months.
After the first 12 months, you will automatically be charged the regular price of $4.99 per month including applicable tax. You can choose to cancel your trial at no charge at any time before the trial is over. You can cancel your subscription at any time, however, if you cancel your subscription you will no longer be eligible for the Offer and the discounted subscription price.
Information about how to cancel a subscription can be found on this link. The Offer is not valid with any other offer, cannot be transferred to anyone, and is not redeemable for cash. The Offer may be cancelled or temporarily suspended on the Promoter’s terms if there is an event outside of its reasonable control which prevents it from providing the Offer.
Google Play Pass Accessibility
To access Google Play Pass, one has to wait for their Android device’s Play Store app to be updated with a new “Play Pass” toggle in the hamburger menu. Once one has access, then you can claim the 10-day trial and then pay $1.99 per month for the first 12 months as long as you start paying by October 10, 2019.
Google has not yet released a formal list of all the compatible Play Pass software. However, the revealed list includes some popular and critically acclaimed games such as:
- Stardew Valley
- Thimbleweed Park
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- 80 Days
- Monument Valley 2
- Death Squared
- Hidden Folks.
The productivity apps will include:
- Pic Stitch.
Others that may not be so popular – such as LIMBBO, Mini Metro, Old Man’s Journey – and many others will be available. There will always be something new to discover as there will be new monthly additions such as “This War of Mine” and “Cytus” (coming soon).
To make all the apps and games easier to find, there will be a new Play Pass tab for subscribers. The participating games and apps will include a multi-coloured “ticket” icon in the Play store listings. Paying for Play Pass will make these apps free to download and use with your subscription. Therefore, any extra tidbits in a game or app can simply be downloaded and accessed without the annoying auto-playing videos or $1-a-pop charges.
Share with Your Family Members
Similar to Google Play Family Library, family managers can share their Play Pass subscription with up to five other family members. Each family member can access Play Pass on their own so that it doesn’t interfere with what others downloaded. There will be a collection of family-friendly content – such as Toca Boca classics or My Town series — for the whole family to enjoy.
Play Pass should now be available on all Android devices and the free trial is already running. To get started, simply open the Play Store app and tap the hamburger menu at the top left, and look for “Play Pass”. To learn more about Play Pass, click this link. Have fun!