Smart Winner is a new trivia game for the iOS and Android platforms. This game asks you a series of trivia questions, most of which are very easy to answer correctly, and for each one that you answer, you move onto the next level. You can answer a nearly endless amount of questions in this manner.
So many people who have seen the advertisements for this game, have also seen the claims that you can win real life money for playing it. According to the advertisements, the money builds up very quickly, and then you will be able to cash out and collect your winnings.
With that, of course, comes the question as to whether this game is a scam or whether Smart Winner is legitimate and will actually pay you. This is the issue that we will get into right now.
To start, we will go through the gameplay mechanics. You are asked one question at a time, and each question has two possible answers. One of these answers is correct, of course, and the other answer is wrong. Your goal, of course, is to choose the right answer.
After every level that you beat, you earn a little bit of money that is added to your total. The money is added to your total after you find every word on the level, then you move onto the next level where you try to find every word again.
There are also little bubbles floating around with video offers in them. If you tap one of the bubbles, an advertisement video will play that is between 30 seconds and one minute long, and then after the advertisement video is over, the prize money will be added to your total. You have to watch the entire video in order to get the money added to your total, and not close it out early.
After every few levels that you beat, when you fill the bar at the top of the screen all the way, you will be able to take a free spin at the slots. These tend to present the opportunity for larger prizes, and you will also be able to watch an advertisement video for a second consecutive spin at the slots if you don’t like your first spin.
Also after every few levels, you will get the opportunity to play the gacha game in order to try to win prizes. You get three turns at the gumball machine game for every five words that you match.
This game comes with its own set of prizes and a 100% guaranteed win rate. Some of the prizes consist of cash, while other prizes consist of puzzle pieces that go toward various products that the game offers, such as a PS5 or a fancy watch or an Oculus.
The best way to find out if this game is the real deal is to go to the reviews in the App Store or the Google Play Store. Search through the reviews in order to see what other players have already said about the game, and whether or not they have been able to cash out.
If you go to the review section of the App Store download page for this game, you will find that many players have reached the cashing out point, sometimes very quickly, and many five star reviews are written by players who have done so and have hit the cash out button. Scroll a little deeper, though, and things tend to get problematic.
The reason for this is contained within the one star reviews. Many players hit the point of cashing out and then attempt to do so, only for massive delays that never end to prevent them from getting the money. Even worse, many players have attempted to contact the developer via email, only to find out that the email address is no longer in service.
If you try to cash out, you have to have a minimum of $300 earned, plus answer 100 questions correctly. Additionally, according to the reviews, even if you hit both of those thresholds, there will be a multitude of other hoops for you to jump through, such as watching 100 advertisements.
Even for the people in the reviews who have completed that requirement, and have hit the button in order to cash out, they still claim that they have not been able to collect their winnings.
As of right now, we have been able to find no evidence of any player that has actually been able to cash out. As such, it is looking like Smart Winner is not the real deal and is not going to pay. It is simply just another trivia game, only with free plays and false promises.
UPDATE: all references to cashing out have been removed altogether from the game, and due to the surprising enduring popularity, the mechanics have been changed entirely. coins are now the currency, and new characters have been added to the game which can be unlocked, collected, and earn you multipliers. So the nature of the game has changed completely, and there are no suggestions or promises about winning real money.