There’s an experience familiar to nearly anyone who’s downloaded a game on their smartphone. Try as you might to conquer the latest level/village/candy, your thumbs lack the speed/agility/candy to get you through. With deep regret, you purchase an item or expansion pack to continue your long march toward distraction. If every time you do this you find yourself thinking that there must be a better way, know two things: you’re right, and you’re not alone. In-app payments aren’t going away any time soon. But increasingly, alternatives are becoming available that might offer some relief.