Mobile Money #3: StormPlay


Who doesn’t want to get paid for playing video games? This series follows mobile applications, some of which are borderline games at best, that claim to reward users with cold hard cash (or gift cards). In my pursuit of extra cash to blow on games, or Steam gift cards to add to my collection, I have tried a number of these applications. I hope my experiences can help others steer clear of the more dubious of these applications.

Today I will be taking a look at StormPlay, a free application released by StormX Global SEZC, Inc in 2017. This application is not really a game itself, but more of what is known as an offer wall app. There are various tasks that you can accept and, in theory, be rewarded for completing - many of which are related to mobile games.

Before anyone gets too upset about this not truly being a game, it does relate to gaming in that there are several games you can be paid to play via applications like this. I wanted to cover these service apps first, so there would be something to reference in future Mobile Money articles about these games. So, onto the details about StormPlay.

Never heard of Pets Collector, Happy Zoo, or Pastry House? There is probably a reason why.

When initially loading up the application, the first thing that you will need to do is create an account. After some preliminary set-up, you'll be able to get into the main menu. From there you can see that the application is broken up into four sections.

The section of the app that contains anything gaming related is the Play section (pictured above). There is a lengthy scrolling list of tasks, or offers, that you can choose from and information noting how many "Bolts" they offer as a reward. Bolts are in-application points that you use to exchange for a payment from this service.

There are typically two main types of game-related tasks: ones that requires spending a certain amount of money in a game and ones that require playing a game up to a certain level. As a general rule, if you are trying to get paid for playing, then having to pay out cash yourself is a bad strategy. I strongly advise skipping anything that requires you to make a purchase, unless it just so happens to be something that you were about to buy anyhow.

25 levels? How long could that take? (You don't want to find out)

The developers of StormPlay are getting paid to drive traffic to these other applications. This means that you are always required to install the application for a given task for the first time. In my experience, this is not tracked well. If you change phones, it tends to forget what you have done and can offer you tasks that you have already done in the past.

Tracking of task completion has also been very hit-or-miss. I expect a lot of factors go into this, and in some cases it may be poor implementation on the app developers' end. In my experience, you are likely to end up having to contact support on at least half of the tasks offered, when they fail to update as completed. After sending them photographic proof, they will usually end up grudgingly giving you only a fraction of what was originally listed as the reward.

The thing that makes StormPlay fairly unique among these types of services is that it pays out only in cryptocurrencies - Bitcoin, Etherium, etc. This may be a big draw for some or a major inconvenience for others. Other similar services will typically pay out in gift cards or via Paypal. To get paid here, you need to sign up with another service called CoinBase. So to get actual cash, you first need to get Bolts for completing tasks, then exchange Bolts for digital currencies, and finally exchange those digital currencies for paper currency.

Storm is the developers' own digital currency, and the one worth the least per coin out of what is available.

The quality of the games offered also ranges widely from highly polished titles, that are paying to get high user numbers, to poorly made applications that are more ads than anything else. The amount of time it takes to complete a task and exactly how much you are making is often unclear and, quite often, the two are unrelated. There are occasionally some offers where all you have to do is install a game. These typically pay very little, but take almost no time to complete.

So, the big question with these apps is do they actually pay out? In this case, if you are willing to jump through some hoops, the answer is yes. I can confirm that this app does deliver the promised digital currencies, which you can then turn into cash if you are willing to link up a bank account to Coinbase.

How much you can make using this service varies. Depending upon what offers are available currently, and how many of those games you have already played, you may not be able to earn much. When I first tried using this application, I made a little less than $20 a month for a couple of months. But that dropped off significantly after I finished the more palatable games.

One problem is that a lot of these games are a chore to play. That's usually why they have to pay people to play them. I have found a few of them to be legitimately entertaining and for these, it may be worthwhile to get paid while you waste time on your phone. If a game has a lot of 1 & 2 star ratings on the app store, then it is probably best to skip it. Some apps were made to get people, using these kinds of reward services, to grind through tedious content packed with advertising as a business model.

If you are a cryptocurrency enthusiast, which I expect most people on Publish0x are, then this may be worth your time to check out. Otherwise, there are likely better reward applications that you can sign up with. For the average user, I would give StormPlay a "C" rating or 5.5/10 stars.

You can download this free application on the Google Play store here or from the Apple Store here. If you decide to sign up for this application they have a referral system. So, if you want to toss me roughly a penny in Bolts, then you can use my referral code: S0IKMZ7R .

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