There are a lot of new apps downloadable on android that promise to pay out in real money. Vintage Scratch had some good reviews, so I thought I’d give it a go.
The premise is fairly straightforward- watch an advert and you’ll be given a virtual scratch card, where you might just win some points. If you save up your points you’ll be able to purchase gift vouchers, such as for Amazon. You might also win pieces of puzzles. Collect enough of these and you’ll be able to get bigger payouts of perhaps a few dollars depending on the rarity of the puzzle.
Dear reader, do not bother with this app!
Whilst the games themselves are eye-catching, they are as they are designed to be, exceedingly frustrating. Payouts of points are minuscule- nearly always winning the lowest possible amount (5 points) and considering that it’s 9000 points for a £1 Amazon card that’s 1800 games you have to play!
And when you do watch your advert, scratch your card and win your measly prize, there’s an inexplicable and infuriating delay before you’re allowed to collect your coin (oh yes, and do you want to Brag about your win on Facebook?)
The adverts become excruciating every session as the same ones are repeated and repeated again and again, often trying to get you to sign up for other games, normally casino related.
But the jigsaw pieces, they must make up for the measly payouts- right?
Well, no. When you fail to collect any coins, not even your unimpressive 5, you then get a puzzle piece instead- collect 4 pieces from each puzzle to win. But they have to be different puzzle pieces, of course, you can’t just find the same one again, oh no. I have collected about 80 pieces of the lowest value puzzle, but just don’t seem to be able to find that last, elusive bit, so no payout.
And here’s the worst part about this app- it’s a time-eater of the worst sort. I, for one, am bloody determined, and I wanted my payout. It seemed that the more time I put in, the more I was determined that the game owed me something, and would pay out properly next time, or next time, or the time after that- in much the way real gamblers do, I imagine. I was halfway to the £1 payout when I realised that I was hating every second of playing the game, and I was only doing it to get paid. Plus, with all of the ads (generally about 30 seconds), the actual games, the interminable waits, it was using up a stupid amount of my time.
And that’s way more precious than a £1 Amazon voucher.