The publisher of the popular “Smurfs’ Village” game for the iPhone and iPad has added a warning that virtual items such as “Smurfberries” cost REAL money — as much as $100 with just two taps on the screen.
An Associated Press story earlier this month revealed how easy it is for kids to buy such virtual items and have them billed to their parents without their knowledge. Like many other free games, “Smurfs’ Village” makes money by selling the virtual goods to advance play.
Capcom Entertainment Inc. updated the game Sunday. When the game starts up for the first time, a pop-up now warns about the option to purchase Smurfberries and the fact that charges come out of owners’ iTunes account, which gets billed to a credit card.