Welcome to my Cutie Garden app review.
I am a sucker for cute illustrations. It is one of my weaknesses. If I see a really cute drawing online, I would go, “Oh my god. That is adorable.” It happens lot. Then I came across this cute little app. Just from the icon, it will melt you with its cuteness. I wanted to learn more.
So I looked at the app’s page on the Play Store. One of the first things they show you is screenshot with rewards. Bags, makeup, shoes, smartphones. Wait… I can win rewards by playing? This feels familiar somehow. But the art style for this game really got to me. I had to test it out.
If you’ve read my review of Bubble Merge 2048, you know how popular merge puzzle games are on the app stores. With its simple mechanics, it’s easy for the most newbie of players to get into a game like this. When you add promise of earning real life rewards, you’ve now got a lot of people interested to try it.
But is the Cutie Garden app different from the rest of the merge puzzle games or is it just another scam? In this review, we will find out.
Cutie Garden App Review
Here are some quick details about the app:
What Is Cutie Garden?
Cutie Garden is game where you can earn coins from merging animals. Whenever you merge two similar animals, it will transform in an animal with a higher level. Each higher level animal will earn you more coins.
Previous versions of the app featured a chance to earn virtual currency from unlocking animals. You can exchange to those currency for PayPal credits. You can also earn puzzle pieces that you can then exchange for actual merchandise like shoes or a smartphone.
How Cutie Garden Works
Cutie Garden is currently available on the Google Play Store for Android users.
The game will immediately walk you through every part of the game when you start. The objective is simple: merge the animals to earn coins. Every animal you merge levels up. The higher the animal’s level is, the higher the coin value is. You can collect coins by clicking on your little cuties. There is also an idle gameplay mechanic where you can receive coins every second.
In previous versions of the game, you can earn virtual currency every time you unlock a new cutie. You can redeem the cash you earn in the game through PayPal. You can also earn puzzle pieces in order to win real life items like a bag or a new iPhone. The latest version only features the basic gameplay mechanics and removes any money earning opportunity. So if went into this game hoping to earn money or win prizes, you are shit out of luck. But if you just wanted to play the game because of the little cuties, go ahead.
The gameplay of Cutie Garden is surprisingly fun. Despite not having any of the supposed “money earning” opportunity—which, to be honest, was the worst part of the app—the bones of this game is still really fun. Instead of the virtual currency, you can earn coins from unlocking new cuties. It’s not a bad compromise. The art style is really cute and you can leave and return any time you want. I actually don’t mind that you have to watch ads in order to use power ups like “double coin” or “auto-merge”. This is one of the few times when watching ads wasn’t annoying.
Is Cutie Garden Legit Legit? Does It Pay?
Since they removed the virtual currency and puzzle piece part of the game, you don’t really have any chance to earn money from playing.
But how much would I have been earning if that was still there, you ask? Well, the game lets you withdraw at least $100 via PayPal when you reach the minimum threshold. Though the game will make it difficult for you to reach that threshold as the game goes on. Even if you do reach it, the chances of it ever making it into your wallet are slim. Even the puzzle piece mechanic, which have show up in games like Word Bakery 2021 Pro, 1010! Block Fun, and Candy Crack, the game never lets you complete the puzzle pieces for the item you want to redeem.
Think about it. This game has about 10,000,000+ installs on the Google Play Store. Now, if each one of the people who play this game withdraws at least $100 of their earnings, the developers would’ve had to give out a BILLION dollars worth of money and prizes. And I highly doubt that the developer, despite the ad revenue it gets from the game, has that much money to fork over. It’s just impossible.
Pros and Cons
- Decent gameplay
- Very cute art style
- Requires minimal effort
- Okay amount of ads
- The developers still advertise the chance to win prizes from playing
- May get tiring to play eventually
I am really surprised that I have a more positive response to a game like this than usual. Removing the money making aspects of the game definitely made this feel more worth it to suggest. This app makes watching ads more of an optional thing rather than “THIS WILL BE THE ONLY WAY FOR YOU TO EARN MONEY”.
My main gripe with the app is more about how the developers haven’t changed how they promote the game. Because if you look at the screenshots they use, it still relies on the promise that you can win rewards from playing this game. Though I guess that’s the only way they could get people to play? Because there are so many merge games on the app stores. And you want your game to stand out. But I’m firm on my belief that the simplicity of the gameplay and the cute graphics are enough for people to stick around.
I hope you enjoyed this interesting ride that I call my Cutie Garden app review.
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