Welcome to my Tree For Money app review.
You know the old saying, right? “Money doesn’t go on trees.” If you weren’t aware of this saying, I have to ask: how?! But what it basically means is that you shouldn’t spend all of your money all at once. Mainly because it takes a lot of hard work to earn money. That’s easy to understand.
What if somebody took that saying literally? If you have been here long enough, you’re probably aware of the kinds of things I review. There are a lot of apps out there that promise you rewards from playing their games. And this one isn’t any different.
One of my earlier reviews on this website was for this tree planting game called Starry For Cash. The premise of that app was you grow a tree that gives you virtual currency when you tap on it. And every time that you tap, it fills up a bar that somehow gives you PayPal credits. It’s definitely a weird gameplay mechanic. Trees don’t usually give you fruit when it’s just a sapling. And it definitely doesn’t do that if you keep tapping it. That kinda disturbs the whole growth of the tree.
Somehow, the same developer for the Starry For Cash app also developed this app that I will be reviewing. But does the Tree For Money app present any differences from the former? Or is it just another scam? We will find out.
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Tree For Money App Review
Here are some quick details about the app:
- Full Name: Tree For Money – Tap to Go and Grow
- Developer: charlottemqd
- Availability: Worldwide (Early Access)
- User Reviews: Not available
What Is Tree For Money?
Tree For Money is an app where you can grow and cultivate your own money tree. Every time you tap on the tree, leaves in the form of green cash bills will fall and reward you with virtual currency. You use that currency to upgrade your tree so that you can earn more currency per tap. If you don’t want to keep tapping, you can use different power-ups that you get from watching ads.
The game also allows you to earn PayPal credits from tapping on a bird that flies by on your screen. You can supposedly cash out up to $100 worth of credits.
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How Does Tree For Money Work?
The Tree For Money app is currently available for Early Access on the Google Play Store for Android users.
If you don’t know how Early Access works, here’s a bit of a primer.
Early Access is essentially a way for developers to test out their products with a larger sample of people. Developers do this so they know what aspects of the game they can improve before it gets a full release. Often times, apps that are available for Early Access don’t show any user reviews when you look at their page. All of the reviews being posted are only seen by the developers. And with apps like these, they often use this kind of release so that other people can’t see any negative reviews.
Usually, apps with Early Access builds don’t take long before they get a wider release. It’s kinda concerning that this app hasn’t exited the Early Access program. There isn’t much to the game that feels like it isn’t close to being done. Though I guess they are just gonna stay on Early Access so you don’t see any criticisms about it.
This app pretty much works in a similar fashion as Starry For Cash. It is kinda weird that they just made the same app twice but gave this one a slightly better paint job. A lot of mobile game developers tend to make games that have pretty much the same gameplay mechanics. I don’t have a problem with that aspect as much. Though I guess this one is better than the former, in some regard.
When you first load up the game, you’re presented with your money tree sapling. There isn’t much you can do with the sapling except to tap it. Whenever you tap, you earn virtual currency from those leaves. The more you tap, the more you earn. It’s that simple. You can also earn virtual currency when you fill up the progress bar above your tree.
Now I know you’re wondering, how do I earn more from tapping? Well, you have tap on the button on the bottom-left corner of the screen. By tapping on it, you’re basically cultivating your tree so that the leaves have a higher value. You have to earn a certain amount of virtual currency before you can upgrade your tree. As you upgrade it even further, they will obviously cost more.
This game feels like it should’ve been an idle game but it’s not. Also this is the part where I explain another thing.
The Tree For Money app falls under the genre of clicker apps. The name is pretty explanatory. (Though I’ve already explained it at the start of this section.) Idle games are also clicker games but you don’t have to play the game as much. These types of games do need you to click on them to start earning money. But you can upgrade it so that the game automatically collects money every minute or so. So even if you haven’t played the game in a week, the game will still be collecting that money until you come back.
This app sort of has that but there’s a catch.
Let’s Talk About Ads
A lot of the supposed money earning games I have reviewed have some ads in it. Usually, you will have to watch an ad in order to double your earnings, unlock chests or, in this case, get power-ups. The Tree For Money app has two main power-ups: fertilizer and rain.
Fertilizers basically acts a multiplier. Let’s say you have a tree where you earn about $6 per tap. When you use the fertilizer power-up, it basically doubles the value of each tap for a set amount of time. So instead of $6, you now earn $12 every time you tap within the next minute or so. (Side note: In some versions of the game, the fertilizer will actually add more EXP, or experience points, so that you can level your tree.)
The rain power-up, on the other hand, helps you automatically collect leaves. So if you’re not in the mood to keep tapping, you watch an ad and get the power-up. Pretty easy, right?
You can also earn those power-ups from spinning the Lucky Spin wheel. And how do you get the chance to spin it? By watching ads, of course.
Now, I’m not really mad that there are a lot of games that are ad-supported. Developers have to earn money from somewhere. And it’s usually from ad revenue. Some games let you buy an in-app purchase so you don’t have to watch ads anymore. But this game is ad-supported but also has in-app purchases that aren’t used to turn off ads? Weird.
Aside from the power-ups and the Lucky Spin wheel, there is also one more gameplay aspect whose rewards are locked behind an ad: the bird. Now, this bird will reward you with PayPal credits when you tap on it when it flies by your tree. The initial tap on the bird doesn’t require you to watch an ad to collect it. But the succeeding ones do. And that’s one of the ways you can earn PayPal credits more consistently.
Is Tree For Money Legit? Does It Pay?
The only thing that you can redeem from this game is PayPal credits. And that’s basically it. There aren’t any other real world items that this game advertises you can win. It’s just… PayPal credits.
There are several ways you can earn PayPal credits in the game. One way is by clicking on the Invite icon. There will be a pop-up where you can instantly get $2 worth of PayPal credits through that pop-up. Once you’ve received that initial $2, it will then unlock the Rewards icon. But let’s stay on the Invite pop-up for a bit.
Another way you can earn those credits is by inviting friends to play the game using your code or link. Invite 100 friends, and you will get $5 worth of credits. Holy shit. That such a little amount for the amount of people you need to invite. That’s like $0.05 per person. There are other invite achievements that reward you with slightly more credits. Any previous successful invites count towards each of the tiers. But like… Who has 200 friends they can invite to play this game? I certainly don’t.
As I have mentioned before, you can earn credits by clicking on the bird that occasionally flies by your tree. The amount that the bird rewards you is random. Sometimes you get $11, sometimes you get $8. It doesn’t seem like much but it adds up over time.
You can also earn money from spinning the Lucky Spin wheel. The amount you win from those, if it falls on the PayPal gift card, will be random. Since there are other prizes you can win from the wheel, it’s not really guaranteed that it will always point to the PayPal card. So you’re better off with the bird for the most part.
Redeeming Your Earnings
Depending on the version of the game, you can supposedly withdraw up to $200 worth of credits. As you can see from the screenshot above, you can redeem your earnings once you’ve earned $100. Do note that the game awards you with pretty substantial amounts at the start of the game. But once you’ve been playing long enough, the amounts will lessen over time. It will be harder to reach $100.
If you don’t want to withdraw that kind of amount, you can always redeem one of the smaller amounts that they offer. Redeeming those amounts will be deducted from your total earnings. But… There are requirements you need to fulfill in order to withdraw the smaller amounts. I’ve looked at some of them, and they’re not really worth the hassle.
All of the requirements for the smaller amounts involve these three actions: 1) log on and play the game for a certain amount of days consecutively, 2) use a certain amount of materials (power-ups) and 3) have your tree reach a certain level. The first one doesn’t seem that difficult to fulfill. Usually it takes only a few days to fulfill the requirement. Any actions you do to fulfill any of the requirement count towards the progress of all of them. So if you’ve logged in for three days, you will see them counted for each of them.
The other ones required a lot more grinding that the first requirement. For example, the first $1 redemption requirements require you to use up 400 materials. So if you’re watching a 30-second to 1-minute ad, you’re basically spending about 200–400 minutes of your week watching ads. And that’s a lot.
Even if you somehow spent a huge chunk of your time on this game, you’re not actually gonna get the money you withdrew. It may say that it takes 3–5 days to process your request, but it’s never really gonna push through. So you basically worked hard for nothing.
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Pros and Cons
- Decent graphics
- Not really distracting in terms of ad pop-ups
- Gameplay gets boring over time
- No other way to collect leaves except for the power-up materials
- You don’t actually get to redeem your prizes
I didn’t enjoy this game, mainly because of the gameplay. The game is fucking boring. As much as I want to take care of a virtual tree, this game takes a long time to be worth it. And I guess that’s why I don’t play clicker games as much because of it. Idle games are a lot better than clicker games. At least with idle games, you can let it be and it’ll take care of itself. The Tree For Money app really immerses you in how arduous tree planting can be. If you’re an impatient person, this game is not for you.
As for the money earning aspect of this app, it’s also not worth the trouble of installing this game in your phone. And you shouldn’t be surprised by it. Games like this rarely fulfill their promises of you earning money from playing this game.
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