Can You Really Earn Money Playing Games? Let’s Check Out Four Game Apps
Alright, folks, we’ve all heard the ol’ saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” That’s especially true when it comes to side hustles – sometimes what appears to be a cakewalk to cash turns out to be a marathon of effort. But, hold on a sec, I stumbled upon an ad while scrolling through Tumblr that got me thinking. It promised real cash for simply downloading an app and gaming. Yep, there was this lady on the ad, all smiles, celebrating an $800 PayPal drop, and I thought, “Heck, I gotta give this a shot.” Can you really rake in the dough by playing games? Well, let’s dive into the world of gaming apps and see what’s what.
Mistplay: A Gem of an App
Mistplay’s Deal: Mistplay is one of those apps that keeps it real. You earn money by playing games, plain and simple. First, you gotta download and play the apps they recommend. They keep an eye on the time you spend in these games and hand you “gems” for different achievements – like leveling up, putting in some gaming hours, or maybe playing way past bedtime.
What’s cool is you can cash in these gems for gift cards from big shots like Amazon, PayPal, Visa, Starbucks, H&M, and more. Mistplay doesn’t promise the moon and the stars, it just gives you a chance to earn while you’re having fun.
The Real Deal with Mistplay: I went for a Farmville-style game called “Family Island ™️— Farming” and got totally lost for a couple of hours. But, it was worth it because I snagged a whopping 842 gems, enough for not one, but two 50-cent Amazon gift cards. Then, I tried another game through Mistplay, and within just 20 minutes, I’d raked in another 462 gems, thanks to some sweet introductory bonuses.
In the end, I was making about $0.65 per hour. So, yes, you can absolutely make money by playing games! If you’re into these time-sucking mobile games, why not earn a few bucks while you’re at it? You can pocket around $5 a week by playing for an hour each night and checking out different games.
Rewarded Play: A Letdown
What Rewarded Play Offers: So, Rewarded Play says it’s all about giving you rewards for downloading games, playing them for a bit, spending some in-app cash (hah!), and leveling up.
What’s the Scoop with Rewarded Play: I tried downloading three games, played ’em for the required minimum time, and slogged through the tutorials. But man, these games were about as exciting as watching paint dry, all glitchy and clogged with ads. After an hour of fumbling around with different games, I’d only earned 19,450 points. You need 45,000 points to grab a $5 Amazon gift card. Officially, my hourly rate on Rewarded Play was $0, nada, zilch.
Honestly, it ain’t worth the hassle. Those games were more frustrating than fun.
Solitaire Cash: A Gamble
Solitaire Cash’s Pitch: Solitaire Cash makes some big claims, saying you can earn hundreds of dollars via PayPal for playing Solitaire.
Solitaire Cash Reality Check: Now, I’m a sucker for a good game of Solitaire, who isn’t? It’s simple and fun. But here’s the kicker – you actually gotta win at Solitaire to cash in. Oh, and you need to fork out at least 5 bucks to get in on the tournaments that give you a shot at the big money. Can you believe it? I played for 20 minutes before realizing this was more like gambling than gaming.
As for the hourly rate, I can’t put a number on it because it depends on how much you’re willing to spend and whether you can actually win. So yeah, it’s a bit of a gamble.
Blackout Bingo: A Long Haul
What Blackout Bingo Promises: Blackout Bingo paints a rosy picture, talking about how you could earn an extra $900 a month playing bingo. Now, who wouldn’t want that?
Blackout Bingo Reality Check: Just like Solitaire Cash, Blackout Bingo wants you to throw down some cash upfront to get into games where you can win real money. They offer “ticketz” as prizes in free games, but you’d need a mind-boggling 2 million ticketz to snag a $100 Amazon gift card. And, with each game taking about 2 minutes, you’d have to play for seven years straight to hit that $100 mark.
In short, you’re in for the long haul. If you’re a big bingo fan, it might be worth a shot, but don’t expect a quick buck without coughing up some cash.
The Final Word: Watch Your Step
Two of these apps, Mistplay and Rewarded Play, offer a shot at pocket change while you’re gaming. But Solitaire Cash and Blackout Bingo, they’re more like gambling platforms with a gaming twist.
So, here’s the deal – these easy-money claims are too good to be true. The reality is, you won’t be rolling in the dough. Instead, it’s more like a trickle of cash. For creators, freelancers, and side hustlers, don’t let the ads fool you. You’re not going to make a mint by playing games.
As for me, I’ll stick with Mistplay because it throws a few bucks my way for playing games I’d enjoy anyway. But let’s be real, it’s not exactly a goldmine.
In the end, while earning money by playing games is tempting, keep your expectations in check. The money’s more modest than the ads let on.