Hot New App ‘Candy Crush’ Making $600,000 A Day
Call it the App du'jour if you wish, but Candy Crush is decidedly the 'Angry Birds' of 2013. Now, you may be wondering just how a 'free' app makes over half a million a day. As my friend Jim Doyle likes to say, "Here's the key to that lock."
If you have a smartphone or tablet, chances are you have Candy Crush Saga. The game, where you match color-coordinated candies in a grid for points, is super-popular- in fact, it supposedly rakes in more than $600,000 a day. The game is free…so where’s all that dough coming from? In-app purchases, of course- players can buy additional lives from the iTunes store, preventing them from having to wait half an hour for more free lives. These purchases are just a few taps away, and when you’re in the throes of a full-force Candy Crush addiction, they’re tempting. No wonder Business Insider reporter Megan Rose Dickey racked up a $127 bill in just one week! Fortunately, her obsession paid off for the rest of us- Dickey discovered a cheat that unlocks unlimited lives. Here’s how it works: on your iPhone or iPad, go to “Settings,” hit “General,” then scroll down to “Date & Time.” Turn off the “Set Automatically” feature and change the time to several hours in the future. This way, you confuse the game by thinking it’s a different time, restoring all your lives and allowing you to play on for free.