The Mac App Store Will Not Have Game Trial Versions

Posted Dec 3, 2010

The Mac App Store on the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Lion operating system will not have trial versions for games. In the News and Announcements section for Apple Developers, it said “Your website is the best place to provide demos, trial versions, or betas of your software for customers to explore,” Apple wrote. “The apps you submit to be reviewed for the Mac App Store should be fully functional, retail versions of your apps.”

This is a much different approach from games that are available on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Many people advertise free games as a way to encourage people to buy the full version or spend money on in-app purchases on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

“This avoids being confused when applications store data in unexpected areas of the system (e.g., storing databases in the user’s Documents folder or storing files in the user’s Library folder that are not recognizably associated with your application),” said Apple.