Moneymaking Mobile Tap Games

Since I dedicated an entire post to reviewing AdVenture Capitalist – still the original and best for me – a few more moneymaking mobile app games have made their way onto my Galaxy S5. In the world of mobile gaming there seems to be quite the market for players to amass imaginary fortunes in a variety of ways.

Here in what’s becoming an ever-decreasing regularity of blog posts as of late (apologies!) I thought I’d take a look at a couple which have recently caught my eye.

Make It Rain – The Love of Money

This one’s actually been around for a couple of years now, and aside from the investment-based gameplay, its most endearing feature is the ability to make money by making that entirely classy motion of swiping dollar bills from your own fat stacks to ‘make it rain’ and watch the pixelated notes fly.

Make It Rain mobile game

Build up the value of your cash pile by investing in businesses, as well as increasing the value of your Bucket to add funds while you aren’t playing.

No doubt the game is fun – at first – and the thrill of ‘making it rain’ also lasts a lot longer than it really ought to. But there are a couple of non-negotiables here that do their very best to wreck the game experience.

First off, unlike AdVenture Capitalist, where you can start to see your imaginary purchases pay off over time and appreciate the finely-tuned systems, the equivalent effect in Make It Rain is rather off. I didn’t feel any sense of accomplishment in watching my empire grow because there was no sense of achievement – it was just all about that swipe.

Secondly, and extremely annoyingly, the ads. The opportunity to double the earnings from your Bucket once you log back in is quite tempting, and the option to watch a video to do so is a small price to pay. But then there’s the regularity with which an advert just starts playing, for no reason at all. I know it’s a free game, but here there’s a definite sense of a cash grab, and it can be very off-putting,

Once I realised just how often this game-ruining experience would pop up, not even the mimed display of wealth could keep the game installed on my phone.

Bitcoin Billionaire

Bitcoin Billionaire struggles to stay quite as flashy as Make It Rain, but that’s as much down to the more 8-bit feel and more honest portrayal of making digital riches from the comfort of your modest surroundings as anything else.

bitcoin billionaire mobile game

But where the game succeeds, far more so than in Make It Rain, is in giving you much more control (as in – any control) as to where the ads pop up. If you want to benefit from a quick cash boost or get some help to mine the elusive Hyperbits, you can choose between running banner ads for 30 seconds, viewing a pop-up ad or watching videos. Given that choice, it’s still unlikely I’ll ever watch a video but I am grateful to have the option rather than have it play regardless.

But there’s the rub with freemium games – given the choice between a finely-balanced playing experience and the opportunity to simply lob ads in willy-nilly, the developers have got to know where an otherwise fine game just descends into an unplayable mess – and while the more modest  Bitcoin Billionaire succeeds, Make It Rain fails spectacularly.

For that reason I’d be far more likely to recommend the latter game, but when it comes down to it neither are really a patch on AdVenture Capitalist.


AdVenture Capitalist – shut up and give me money

An ‘idle’ business sim game for mobile that’s fun and educational.

My brother is evil. There, I said it. (In fact, I might just click Publish and leave it at that.)

About a week and a half ago he happened to show me and my good lady a game he’d installed for his mobile phone – a business sim called AdVenture Capitalist. It looked fair enough to me and, long since tired of Geek Resort and more than a bit fed up of Tiny Tower, decided to give it a go.

adventure capitalist mobile game

Now? I wake up and check my bank account. I buy hundreds of ice hockey teams at a time without blinking on the train home. Don’t even ask me how I get through a full day at the office without digging out my mobile. (Hint: I can’t. Just don’t tell my manager.)

This game has me gripped in its clenched capitalist fist. And it’s so much fun.

AdVenture Capitalist is a simple enough ‘Idle’-type game to begin with – you set up your very own lemonade stand and make money by tapping the lemon, squeezing out some profits from sales. Once you’ve made enough money you get to take on a newspaper round – more money per press. If you’re getting particularly flush with the cash you can buy more lemonade stands, more paper rounds and so on.

From here you work your way up the business chain, via car washes and pizzerias all the way up to banks and oil companies worth billions per press. You can even hire managers, dispensing with the button press as the meters fill up automatically.

Naturally your lemonade stand is going to give you some cash a little faster than waiting to strike oil – but once your profits start climbing, your businesses multiply and the profits come even faster thanks to the ownership bonuses and purchasable additional profit multipliers.

Still with me? Good. Now it gets tricky.

Once your empire has been amassed, you attract the attention of angel investors. These blessed backers will multiply your profits even more – at 2% per angel. The only catch is, for the angel investors to get on board you’ve got to sell up everything – everything – and start again from scratch. It can be painful watching everything go, especially with all that waiting around to increase your fortunes.

But once they’re in, your empire can be built again, even faster. On my most recent restart I pressed Lemonade once and was able to make the jump straight up to purchasing an oil company and make my way back down! The power. The riches. The numbers so high they sound as if they’re made up – quintillions and sixtillions, oh my!

Ahem. Yes. So, in closing, this game is rather moreish, and my brother is evil. Good day.