When applications promise to award cash prizes, one always has to be a bit wary of their legitimacy. For instance, with Flip4Cash by Michael J. Staton, users are promised the chance to win one of five daily prizes simply by guessing whether their coin will land on head or tails. While there is no blatant proof that these “daily winners” exist, people are drawn in by the fun, simple concept and the potential for monetary gain. Sure, there is a 50/50 chance these apps proclaim the truth, but one must always be careful what kind of information they hand over to they don’t quite know or wholeheartedly trust, no matter how entertaining the game may be.
The idea of the game is to correctly call whether the coin will land on heads or tails. Simply choose which way you think the coin will land, adjust your coin’s power boost and see how things turn out. Each day, the top five scorers will receive prizes that aren’t technically cash, though they’re just as good as the real thing. Prizes are awarded in the form of Visa Gift Cards: first prize wins $50, second prize wins $25, and third, fourth and fifth prize win $15 apiece. (The player at the end of the first month with the highest score will win a $500 Visa Gift Card.)
All one must do to (supposedly) guarantee they’ll receive their prize if they win is to fill out their contact information under their profile. Enter your name, address, and email address, which they claim will not be transferred to their servers unless you do indeed win. However, they emphasize that all the information must be completed, including an elusive page two that I cannot seem to access no matter what gestures I make on the screen.
Once you have finished entering all the information you possibly can, giving the game a try won’t hurt – in fact, it’s actually quite entertaining. The main screen, of course, provides multiple buttons, the ‘Flip Some Coins!’ button being the one you will want to tap to start playing. ‘View Statistics’ allows you to see how you are doing, while ‘Submit Daily Top Score’ does just that. ‘Edit Profile Information’ lets you revise your contact information, while ‘Legal Information’ provides you with all the fine print.
Of course, when playing, you truly have no control on how your coin is going to land. Like chance decides your coins landing in real life, so does the computer in this virtual world. One must be cautious about the legitimacy of games such as this one, for you never can quite tell if these prizes actually exist or are just a gimmick. At least Flip4Cash brings some fun to the table, though.
But the funniest thing about the application could also be the most groan-inducing aspect as well. When you fail to predict correctly, the screen will display a giant, sad emoticon or inspirational quotations, such as Journey’s “Don’t stop believing” (because that hasn’t been overly quoted in the last two decades). And when you’ve guessed correctly? “Muy Beino mi amigo!” (I’d like to say that typo was on my part, but I do indeed know a good deal of Spanish.)
Flip4Cash [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.