Are you stuck on a really hard level in Candy Crush, but you’ll be damned if you’re going to give King Digital Entertainment any money to skip a level?
I’ve got the solution! Give somebody else some money!
That’s right! You can “buy credits” and then spend those “credits” to get them to solve the puzzle for you!
This is clearly a wonderful solution. Instead of giving money to the artists and engineers that made a game you enjoy so that they can pay the bills and make other games you’ll enjoy, you should give your money to a completely unrelated third party!
(Never mind that they don’t tell you how they’re going to solve the level, since there’s no way to compute the “perfect” move without knowing what pieces are hidden above the top of the screen.)
Even better! IF you act now, you can pre-order “credits” for their service for more than three times their face value.
If you’ve been living in a deep-sea research habitat for the last month or two, you might not be aware that the latest cult phenomena in phone games is a very simple little game called “Flappy Bird”.
The game is simple. Tap the screen to move the bird upwards. Don’t tap and he plummets downwards.
The game languished in the app store unnoticed for months, until a lucky combination of Reddit posts, and YouTube reviews suddenly propelled it to the #1 spot on both iPhone and Android.
The original creator of the very simple game eventually got fed up with all the attention and pulled the game from the App Stores, but not before a zillion would-be opportunists decided they needed to jump on that Bandwagon.