I hate Bitcoin Billionaire [Free] for existing. It's an idle clicker game, where tapping the screen gets stuff that can be spent on other stuff, but I've spent way too much time playing this. I've mined way too many fake bitcoins to be proud of myself in any way. I've had fun, and this game provides some real excitement and does so in a way that can be played for free with innovative incentivized advertising, but again, I feel kind of ashamed about it. Genuinely, it deserves five stars for excellence at what it is, but perhaps one star out of spite for existing.

Bitcoin Billionaire 1How Bitcoin Billionaire works is that it's about mining fake bitcoins by tapping the screen rapidly to mine them. Then, those bitcoins are spent on investments which get increasingly ridiculous, going from comic books to hyperloops. As well, the miner tool can be upgraded to later levels, which mines more bitcoins per tap. And this all happens while the house the miner sits in gets more ornate and ridiculous, while they sit there tapping away at the keyboard, watching the bitcoins come in. There's fake news that runs across the top of the screen parodying games and tech, and the silliness of you, mining bitcoins.

The clicker genre is fascinating to me, in part because it manages to distill what a game is down to a very simple set of circumstances: the challenge is literally how much you can click in order to get more of the game's currency, which you then spend to make it faster. Most games are less blatant about this being their loops, but clickers wear it on their sleeve. They're about satisfaction and yearning for more of it, and they don't mask it in any way. Heck, Bitcoin Billionaire wears it on its sleeve, making its fake currency about mining (fake) bitcoins. Sadly, we probably won't see a clicker game about mining a real cryptocurrency any time soon, at least on iOS. There was Super Doge on Google Play for a short while.

I think that the clicker genre requires a certain mindset to enjoy, the acceptance of the idea that a video game can be about the minimum requirements at all to be a 'game' in any way! But even then, I think I enjoy the absolute lack of barrier to entry. I can pick up Bitcoin Billionaire and play it right away. I can play it casually while watching TV, or read something on the internet while idly tapping, though the game rewards focused play through the random events and the boxes that drop in. As well, multitouch tapping is supported, so you can put some effort into getting those fake bitcoins. Perhaps it's the utter lack of commitment that I enjoy so much that allows me to dive in completely. I feel just a bit confused by that, honestly. I know how stupid and shallow it is, but I can't stop caring about it.

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Bitcoin Billionaire is free-to-play, but is definitely a game that can be played without spending a dime or even watching a single ad, it'll just require slower progression. There's a two-tier currency system, but the hard currency, hyperbits, are given out for free, 25 per day. There's incentivized video ads for a number of purposes, but there's also incentivized banner ads, where displaying banners for a certain amount of time will grant a reward similarly to the video ads, like a coin burst based on investment earnings, or bonus tapping rates. The random events that pop up can be enhanced if positive or bypassed if negative by watching a video ad or paying 2 hyperbits.

As far as what actual money can be spent on, these include hyperbits which can be exchanged for bitcoins or supercharged boosts. There's an Auto Miner available so you can tap and hold in order to mine bitcoins. There's a coin doubler and a daily hyperbit doubler. You can also buy a cat for $0.99 or 50 hyperbits.

But really, the game doesn't require spending anything on it, it's literally only to speed up progression, which is what this game is all about. The fun is in watching the numbers get higher and buying things to make the game progress faster. The hyperbits are pretty much the only paywall of any sort, as once you run out of the daily allotment, and if you run out of ads to watch, then you'll either have to pony up for more hyperbits or suffer the negative consequences of the random events when they happen. So if you want faster progression without setbacks, well, Noodlecake is happy to take your money. This is truly a free-to-play game, though I admit I have spent a couple of dollars on this.

Again, I'm ashamed because I know this game's tricks, I know it's meant to be as shallow as possible and yet I can't stop playing. It's amusing and well-made and I either highly recommend playing it or staying far, far away. But no matter what, I've got a virtual top hat, private beach, and more fake bitcoins than I know what to do with. Send help.

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  • Louis Ace

    I'm so addicted to this game. It's way better than the aimless "Cookie Clicker"

    • sweet taylor

      "Everybody's downloading. I mean. Come on." -Carter Dotson aka jimmy I

  • IAP-king

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) nice

    • Bliquid

      Do i have a problem if the first thing i saw in your comment was boobs?

      • LarryWP

        Was there anything else? 😉

      • IAP-king

        No problem here bby ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • haewyre99

    I have to admit my fake dog and are also happily in the same fake boat.

  • rich_952000

    I like(ed) this game way too much so I made my girlfriend delete it off my phone, I couldn't find the strength to do it myself after an entire day of Bitcoin mining.

  • nburcombe

    Hate to admit it but it's brilliant. This endless cycle of micro rewards is completely addictive. I'm gonna stop playing today - I hope. Almost level five Time Travel too....yikes

  • tpianca

    The question is, can this really be considered a game? Or is it just a Skinner box that makes you think this is a game?

  • AvengedInstinct

    Where is Maglor?

  • http://jesse-dylan.livejournal.com Jesse_Dylan

    I already feel a bit ill about spending so much time on Faraway Kingdom, which is I think more of a "Skinner box" than Tiny Tower ever was. So I am a little worried about playing this game... I get so addicted to these things. I could be spending the time on a "real" game instead, but it's addictive and easy to pick up and play, and I don't know what to do! 🙁 🙁

    I think I am about to download this unless someone stops me...

  • Speedster117

    I agree this game is so addicting and fun, but overall it's really stupid that it exists. But I'm gonna go play more bye!

  • rabid

    This really hits home how bad TA reviews are. Crippled by ads = 5 star...

    • RampageDeluxe

      Crippled by ads?You never have to see an ad if you don't want to. I've almost beaten the game and I don't have a negative thing to say about it. It is very enjoyable, and the way that the ads are incorporated makes them very non-intrusive. I have to invite them in for tea. They are very friendly.

      • Andrew Fretz

        nah dude you gotta get on the rabid wavelength. TA HORRIBLE is how he says hi. He actually agrees with every single other comment here, its just his way.

      • RampageDeluxe

        So he's just kinda living up to his name, huh?

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I laughed out loud in real life.

  • Crypto Collider

    Another great Bitcoin game that uses real Bitcoin is cryptocollider. It's even for android.

  • ramireo

    Crashes every time I want to avoid "something happened" events or whenever I want to watch a video ad. So far I've already lost hundreds of millions by losing investments by this problem...
    Besodes that, the game is AWESOME

    • Marvin

      I've not had a single crash out of this game. My biggest complaint is when tapping with 3 fingers on both hands I sometimes squeeze the app back into the background on my iPad.

      • ramireo

        Yeah, happened to me too, but overall is a great game

  • Marvin

    I, unfortunately, am really liking this game. I mean, I click, I collect, I grab a box, I open it, I collect more bitcoins, I invest my money, I watch ads, I spend hyberbits, I open envelopes, arghhhh!!!!!

    Why is this game even fun? There's some games I couldn't ever get into, such as flappy bird... But this .... Why .... Am .... I ..... Addicted????

    When I get home I'll be checking how much I earned while away..... Last time it was over 200tb.... This time.... Should be even more.....

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  • JP Falcon

    I can do without the side effects of carpal tunnel syndrome by playing this game....

    • Marvin

      I have tendonitis in my right wrist, and I can honestly feel it agitating it

  • Goggles789

    Tried it but I didn't find it to be that engaging. That, and when I opened my first package it said "lose half your bit coins" so I said screw this I'm not gonna suffer with this game any longer.

  • Yohansen

    My fingers hurt! 🙁 must... Tap... More!!!

  • Wizard_Mike

    Wow... Such a stupid game. Damn, I can't stop playing it! What the heck am I supposed to think about myself now? I've been trying to think of how I would rate this game on the app store. I honestly don't know if I want to rate it 5 stars or 1 star...

  • MasonHurst

    Of course it's addicting. Today's dev's all study "Pavlovian theory" which is where you get small rewards for doing repetitive tasks. It's like a slot machine and gambling. They gave up on skill based games a while ago as even Grandma can gamble so why not expand the definition of "gamers" and increase their income.
    Makes me a little sad really...

  • silly zipper

    It's gone from the App Store? What happened?

    • http://fizzpow.com Michael Stockwell

      Hmm, I see it, still down for you?

  • SuperSoupy

    This may be the single worst review that I've ever seen on TA.

    By design, this isn't even a game. And by being openly aware of the freemium grind yet endorsing it, it's pure hypocritical garbage and nothing more.

    • http://www.silentrocco.com/ Silent Rocco

      Yes. A disgusting concept put in a nice package, therefore 5 stars? Ridiculous.

  • Angarcia1995

    My game crashes every time I try to watch a video 🙁

  • RunningWild

    The Clickening is upon us!!!

  • Raging Tiger

    Overrated game. Seriously. Better games out there get less starts/hype. Such retarded game.

  • Raging Tiger

    Stars*

  • Papa Deuce

    Dumb, dumb, dumb.

  • Chris Gaines

    I tried a re-install to see if the video crash issue would resolve. No luck. Unfortunately, I had prestiged and had only 3 acheivements left to capture. All progress lost.

  • Tappy Tower Defense

    I don't think this reach the author, but Tappy Tower and Defense is truly free to play and has no IAP either. It's a challenging Tower defense game for IOS. I abhor any game with IAP that speeds progression because people can always outspend you to beat you.
    Don't get me wrong, I like Bitcoin Billionaire and it is fun. In app purchase to progress makes me wonder why I play a game when people with more money will always be better.

  • slaata

    Completed 100% now need something similar .any suggestions please

  • PixlProphet

    Hi my name is PixlProphet and I'm a Bitcoinaholic. Another upside is that I've discovered some great games with the ads.

Bitcoin Billionaire Reviewed by Carter Dotson on . Rating: 5