I don’t know about you, but I am being inundated with adverts that promise you can make money from free game apps. The ads show amounts rapidly building up (100s of dollars in minutes) for the users to withdraw to PayPal, and frankly as it seems too good to be true, it probably is, but for me to be able to write about these apps fairly, I decided to download a selection of them, and play them each day to see what would happen. I decided to play the games for a few days before looking at the reviews in the app store so as not to sway my opinions.
Lucky Dice is a dice game where you roll the dice and move around a circular board, picking up rewards along the way. The more tokens you earn, the higher level you can get to, and in turn earn bigger rewards. On day one of playing this I was at nearly $80, but I cannot tell you how many adverts I watched. I was so excited – the minimum withdrawal amount is $100, so I was 80% of the way there. My concern is that as you stay on the game longer, the monetary rewards would decrease, and unsurprisingly this is exactly what has happened. Since day three of playing I’ve earned a maximum of $1 a day, usually around 75 cents (a 50 cent bonus and then a 1.5 x multiplier). Ultimately, this is just another way of getting you to watch ads, so I am not entirely hopeful that I will ever reach the minimum payout which on this game is $100 but as I am now up to $95 I am going to keep going. The one good thing about this game is that it is something that doesn’t really involve effort, so I can click through the rolls and the ads whilst working, playing, watching TV or anything else. Otherwise there is no way I would have stuck with it.
I’m expecting to get to the $100 payout amount within the next week or two, and I will update this post when (if) I get there. I’ll either be able to withdraw or there will be an issue where the minimum amount you need to get to withdraw changes or I’ll lose my money – both of which are scenarios I’ve seen mentioned in the App store on games that are similar.
My top tip for this (again, assuming I am ever able to withdraw the money) is not to watch the ads to multiply your “wins” if you get coins, only watch the ads to multiply cash amounts. The coins work out at 2 billion needed for a £2 or $2 voucher! It’s just not worth it!
App Store Reviews – On the whole the reviews are saying this game is a scam. They all seem to say similar to me – that you can earn loads of money on day one and then it tails off. I get the feeling this is another scam and probably not worth your effort.
Spin Day is another “game” that involves no effort as such. It is free slot machine spins on a variety of different games available each day. The minimum withdrawal amount on this one is much lower – at only $10, but after day one, I have won a maximum of 20p a day – usually 10p. You need 5 million tokens to cash out £5 as well, and I’m not even at 200,000 so I have a feeling these won’t be worth it.
You do watch occasional ads, although a lot less than on some of the other apps. You can choose to watch additional ads to unlock bonus spins each day too.
As you can click on the spinners and just let the ads play I have persevered with this one, but bearing in mind the minimum payout is £10, and it’s taken me this long to get to £6.50, I am not convinced it is going to be worth it, and that’s assuming I even get to the pay out!
App Store Reviews – There are a lot of reviews saying it is rigged, and that after you earn about £5 the winning amounts drop drastically (which I would agree with). The minimum cashout amount of £10 is more appealing, but I think it will take a similar amount of time to get there.
Starry Legend is possibly one of the most boring games I have ever played. One of the other things I hate about this game is that before you watch the ad, you have to choose which ad you watch. If you aren’t paying attention it means you are sitting there for extra time between rounds.
This game is basically about tapping on collections of blocks of the same colour. The bigger the group, the higher the reward in points. If you click on a really large block, you get a PayPal bonus (usually around 50 cents). There is a target to reach at the end of each level, and if you don’t watch it you can watch an ad and have another go, or it will prompt you that it thinks you need to shuffle the cubes and you can do this if you watch an ad. It’s just so dull though and as you have to concentrate (even a little), I can’t see me ever reaching the minimum payout which is $200.
App Store Reviews – Reviews of this app confirm that it is yet again another con. Some people are even saying they have reached the minimum payout amount and then the game changes the amount or the rules to be eligible to withdraw! Bearing in mind how rubbish this game is, I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole!
This game you do have to concentrate for, but I actually really like the concept. It’s similar to a lot of other “merge” games, merging cats with number 1 together to make a number 2 cat, and so on, getting as high as you can. As it involves a little bit of thought I’ve not played it as much as the other games, but I do actually enjoy it more.
You can also earn extra coupons if you spot a star or bank note floating across the play screen, and again you can multiply this by watching an extra ad. You can also earn free upgrades (eg changing a level 5 cat to a level 6 cat) by watching an ad. As I actually enjoy the game, I don’t mind these so much and so far the ads that I have seen in this game seem to be for other normal games, rather than the “earn loads of money on these free games” rubbish which I’ve seen in the others.
The minimum withdrawal on this game is $50 and I think for now I am going to stick with it, but that’s mainly as I enjoy the game. I do see it getting harder and harder to earn any coupons though, and I’m not convinced I will ever get to cash out but whilst I am enjoying the game, I am prepared to stick with it and any cash out will be a bonus.
App Store Reviews – a lot of reviews say that people have gotten to $50, gone to withdraw and then all their money has been lost and they’ve never received it. Based on this, I cannot recommend this game, and will be looking at normal versions of this kind of game as I have enjoyed it.
This game involves thought, but it isn’t too tricky. You need a minimum of $50 to withdraw, but the app is actually showing that $1 withdrawals have been made which I don’t believe for a second. The goal of the game is to find words on blocks. You can earn bonuses by watching ads. I think there are better word games which have less adverts. I seem to be prompted to watch an ad more regularly than in any of the other games I’ve tried. I don’t particularly enjoy the game, and I don’t think I’m ever going to get to $50 as I’m still only on $28, so I wouldn’t bother with this one.
App Store Reviews – Unsurprisingly the majority of the reviews are saying this is a scam. I’m not surprised.
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This game is very similar to other games that I play and do actually really enjoy. Like the others you earn a lot of money early on and then those amounts tail off, and become fewer and further between. I’m currently on $44.89 and the minimum cash out amount is $50. It’s also another 9 levels until I can earn any more, and when you are getting less than 50 cents a time, it’s going to take a while to get there. As I enjoy the game I am prepared to keep going, but again, I don’t think I’m actually going to earn any money out of it. I have found there to be slightly less ads in this game as well.
App Store Reviews – This seems to have less reviews calling it an outright scam, but I certainly wouldn’t be convinced of getting any money out of it based on the reviews. It appears that the app has previously changed the minimum payout amount and other people are complaining about the level of ads so I guess it is subjective.
Any game that promises fast and easy rewards for little or no effort such as all these games probably are as scammy as you might think. They prey on people with ads which show fast easy payments for “normal” people struggling with money. You are then bombarded with loads of crappy ads for similar games, none of which are ever going to make you money.
A lot of the reviews say that people have tried lots of similar games and they are shocked that the App Store even allows such games to be downloaded. I doubt the majority of these games have ever paid out any money, let alone the hundreds and thousands being advertised in them. Your time would be far better spent doing something else, whether playing a different game (I have no problem with playing games) but where you have no expectation of earning any money, or making a bit of extra cash using a survey site, mystery shopping or another kind of side hustle.
One of the other thing that really annoys me about these games is that they were all rated between 4 and 5 out of 5 in the app store. Everyone knows to take a review of 5 out of 5 with a pinch of salt, but the numbers seem reasonably legit. If you look through them though you will see that a lot of the more recent reviews are the 1 star reviews bringing down the scores, all with similar feedback across the board. This makes me think that there are a lot of fake reviews on there bringing up those scores.
In the end I only tried 6 games, and didn’t reach the minimum payout on any of them. There’s part of me that wants to keep going with a couple of them (Lucky Dice and My Cat) as I don’t hate the games, and there’s always that hope that you will be the exception to the rule and might actually get money out of them, but realistically I know I’m not, and if I do, it’s going to involve wasting a lot more of my time, and so I am going to delete the lot of them.
Whilst playing the 6 games listed above, I saw adverts for the following other games, which again also promise loads of money with little or no effort. I’ve obviously not tried them all, but judging from what I’ve seen in the games I have tried, and the reviews on the app store, I would recommend steering clear of the games mentioned above and these ones. Please note that this list is NOT exhaustive, it’s just other games that I have seen advertised during game play. This list will be updated as and when I hear of new games.
- Plinko Master
- Word Switch
- Word Sweety
- Golden Match 3
- Bubble Legend
- Lucky Now
- Idle Playground
- Trivia Life
- Happy Scratch
- Solitaire Relax
- Merge Number Plus
- Lucky Dozer
- Happy Golden Hen
In short – avoid any game which promises you can earn money!