Welcome to my Sea Big Bang app review.
There was a moment in time where match-three puzzle games were all the rage. I am someone who tries to join in the craze while it’s still fresh. It’s mainly because I have a severe case of FOMO, or fear of missing out. And I am not ashamed of it. I like finding out what the fuss is about. That’s just who I am.
But that did not last long. I have tried a lot of match-three puzzle games. Some well known, some not. The experience, for me at least, start out the same. I am usually fine by the first twenty or so levels. Most of the time, those first few levels serve as tutorials for whatever gameplay mechanic they have.
And then I just stop. I couldn’t really handle any more levels after the one I just finished. Match-three puzzle games are not cup of tea. But I still somehow find the time to install and play it. I’m a land full of contrasts.
It’s partly the fault of the developers for making the levels difficult to play. But I am so also very, very dumb when it comes to match-three games. It takes some analytical thinking to finish a higher level in these games without using any power-ups. And that’s how game developers make money. They make levels difficult in order for you to purchase a power-up using real-life money.
So I was kind of surprised when I came across this match-three puzzle game that somehow does the opposite. Instead of you paying them money, they will pay you for playing their game. I feel like I have seen this somewhere before. But I think I have to make sure.
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Sea Big Bang App Review
Here are some quick details about the app:
- Full Name: Sea Big Bang
- Developer: Nikau Nanai
- Availability: Worldwide
- User Reviews: 3.9 Stars
What Is Sea Big Bang?
Sea Big Bang is a puzzle game where you click on two or more similarly colored sea creatures on a grid. The more sea creatures you clear, the higher your score is. You can earn virtual currency from clearing those creatures. Reaching the level’s target score gives you an opportunity to earn more virtual currency.
The app lets you claim your earnings as either PayPal credits or Amazon gift cards. There is even a chance for you to win other prizes such as an iPhone or even Airpods.
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How Does Sea Big Bang Work?
The Sea Big Bang app is currently available on the Google Play Store for Android users.
If you haven’t played a match-three puzzle game before, welcome to this review. I am not sure how you came across this. But I appreciate it nonetheless. It’s just kind of confusing.
Match-three games are fairly easy to get the hang of. The main thing you have to do is to click on two or more similarly colored items. That’s it. There is nothing else to the game than that. The rest of it is filler.
There are times when match-three games differ in how you match it. Aside from clicking on those colored items, some games will need you to swipe one colored item in order to match. It depends on which you download. The Sea Big Bang app, in this case, prefers the click/tap method.
Clicky Clicky, Level Tricky
When you start the game fresh, you are more or less going to get this configuration. If you look at it, you can see that the blue octopus forms the letter “S”. Nice touch, right? I think after this, you’ll get the letters “E” and “A”. Those kinds of small details are always welcome.
Obviously, the game starts you off with a pretty easy configuration to clear. You can finish this immediately. Since the colored chains for this levels are huge, you earn more points for clearing it. As you can see in the screenshot, you can see the score in the box below the level number. And under that box is the target score for the level. Reach that score and you finish the level.
When you reach the target score, you get a chance to win a gift. Once you finish the level, a prompt will pop up showing you four items you could get. The game will shuffle those prizes. And the only way you can open the gift boxes is by watching an ad.
What’s good about the Sea Big Bang app is you don’t have to clear all of the octopus in order to progress. You just need to reach the target score. Any octopus left on the grid will also be counted towards your score. A weird gameplay mechanic, but sure?
Whenever you clear those octopi, you actually earn virtual currency from it. Some octopi will also have small icons on the upper-right corner. When you clear those, you will get a prompt showing how much you of that specific currency you’re gonna get. But in order to get that currency, you have to watch an ad.
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This game, unsurprisingly, has a lot of gameplay mechanics that require you to watch ads. Some of the other apps I have reviewed on this website, including the match-three game Candy Crack, also do this. But why do they do it?
Well, the main reason is ad revenue. Since the Sea Big Bang app doesn’t have any in-app purchases, they have to resort to in-game advertisements in order to earn money. I do have to point that some games employ both in-app purchases and ads in-game as ways to earn money. So it’s not like this app is the only one that does this.
I don’t really mind it when games have ads. Some of the games I play have them. But when an app like this, whose main draw is that you can make money from playing the game, requires you to watch a specific number of ads in order to cash out, we have a problem. There’s a bit more to this that I’ll keep for later.
The Return of the Return of the Puzzle Pieces
I didn’t think I’d have to write about the puzzle piece system again. But here we are. In case you didn’t know, there is this one prize mechanic that apps like these like to use. And every time, I get mad at the developers for including this fucking thing into their games. It doesn’t make any sense.
As you go through the game and finish the levels, one of the things that you can get from the gift boxes are puzzle pieces. In almost all of the games that I have reviewed, the puzzle pieces are used as the way to win real life prizes. Without fail, the prize you can get when you complete the puzzle pieces is an iPhone. Why an iPhone? I mean, why not? It’s a great smartphone. This time around, the Sea Big Bang app also included Airpods and even a MacBook.
It’s a great tactic to lure more people into downloading and playing your game. If you include those kinds of prizes, a lot will be tempted to try out their luck. Who wouldn’t want a new phone or laptop? People like to win stuff. What else is there to explain?
But, if you’ve been here long enough, you’ll know that there is actually no chance for anybody to win any of those prizes. Even if you manage to collect all of the puzzle pieces needed by sheer luck, there’s not actual way to claim your prize.
Some Other Stuff
The Sea Big Bang app also has a Lucky Spin wheel that you could play with to win more virtual currency. As always, you have to watch an ad in order to spin the wheel. If you spin the wheel a number of times, you can receive virtual currency for each milestone you reach.
There are also power-ups that you can use to make the game a bit easier to play. One lets you clear the color with the most octopus on the screen. And another power-up lets you clear a row of octopus. You can get these power-ups from the gift boxes you get by clearing a level or by purchasing it from watching an ad. Like I said, there are a lot of ads.
Is Sea Big Bang Legit? Does It Pay?
The short answer to both of these questions is no. Though the first answer needs a little bit of nuance. If we’re talking about the legitimacy of the money making aspect of Sea Big Bang app, it’s definitely not legitimate. But as a game that you can play, it is a legitimate game. Is it a great game? No. But can you play it? Yes.
Still, let’s talk about what you could’ve gotten if this game were legitimate.
Like I have mentioned earlier in the review, this game gives you the chance to redeem your earnings as either PayPal credits or Amazon gift cards. The other apps I have reviewed also use PayPal and Amazon as withdrawal methods. I guess it’s just easier to send your earnings through them than an actual bank. You can earn either of these virtual currency by just playing the game. The gift boxes also reward you with either of these currency. Even the Lucky Spin rewards you with it.
The Sea Big Bang app has a minimum withdrawal threshold of $1,000. That’s a lot of money. A bunch of the apps I have reviewed usually have smaller amount thresholds than that. Though, it’s no surprise that Candy Crack, another match-three puzzle game, also has a minimum threshold of $1,000.
It’s sort of manageable to reach that threshold in this game. Though that depends on you, if you somehow keep playing this game. The real kicker is when you actually withdraw it. This is the part when you realize, “Oh, this game is definitely not going to give me this amount.”
Let’s say you’ve reached the $1,000 threshold and you’re itching to withdraw. You go to the withdrawal screen and fill up any necessary details. Then a pop-up shows up that says you have to watch 15 ads in order for the withdrawal to push through. There’s also a time limit before your withdrawal order is activated. Seems kind of an unusual thing to request. But you do it anyway.
So you keep playing the game while also watching ads in the process. You’ve earned a bit more PayPal credits from it. Now you check the withdrawal screen again. You try to redeem the amount again. This time around they ask you to watch 20 more ads. Why? Because the app has reached somehow reach 10 daily orders. So the game only accepts a total of 10 withdrawals a day from all of its users? What?!
One other detail to note is that the daily withdrawals reset in a week. Oh, for the love of — That doesn’t even make any sense. Maybe it’s a glitch? Okay. Twenty advertisements have passed. You check again. This time around, they’ll say that they have to review the order. And that review will end within 48 hours. Unless you want to bypass that review and just watch 50 more advertisements.
You see what I mean? The app made you jump through so many hoops just so it prolongs the whole process. Does that seem legit to you?
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Pros and Cons
- Decent graphics
- Decent gameplay
- So many ads
- PUZZLE PIECE SYSTEMS. STOP USING THIS.
What else can I say about this game? I feel like most of my thoughts about it have been made in earlier parts of the review. [prolongs writing this part of the review]
All that’s left to say, I guess, is that the Sea Big Bang app is not worth your time. Don’t be fooled by the prizes. They don’t exist. The gameplay for this app is fine. It works as a match-three puzzle game. But there isn’t much else to it besides that. There are better games out there. They may not have the allure of monetary prizes. At least it doesn’t require you to watch 50 ads just so you can get a chance to withdraw the virtual currency you’ve earned.
They’ve also updated the game that removes any of the money making aspects that got people into this. And if you’re planning to download this game now, don’t. Just… don’t. I’m saving you from the hassle.
And that it’s for my review of the Sea Big Bang app. I hope you enjoyed this review. If you did, please share this review to your friends and loved ones.
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