Hello there again my fellow sea changers. Today we continue our journey into the world of ‘get paid to' apps with a look at an extremely popular one called Bananatic (called BananApp in some countries). This app provides access to those who not only wish to play games, do surveys or watch videos on their smartphones, but make a little cash from it as well. Can you make money with Bananatic? I am sure you can. Let's however see if it is worth it… .
As with most of these apps, you will make some money with time and patience. They are generally above board and do pay out once you have completed enough tasks or played long enough to warrant it. My concern as always however (apart from the fact that I do sometimes wonder what they are doing with my phone data behind the scenes but let's just leave that for now) is the time it takes to make the cash and whether you would be better off spending this time elsewhere. So, for this review, I will:
- Download the app
- Play a few games and complete any relevant tasks
- Time it all
- See how much $$ I can earn for the time spent…
What is Bananatic
Bananatic is a “get paid to” app that pays you to download and play online games, take surveys and trial other apps via a smartphone or tablet. The app lists a myriad of offers that pay anything from 88 to 55000 ‘bananas’ dependent upon your activity with the app that you download. Lower paying games for example may require you to download and reach a certain level whilst the higher paying ones will not only require a certain (much higher) level to be reached but some ‘in app' purchases to be made as well. There are also some other non gaming options such as trivia and surveys and higher paying opportunities including the download of a bitcoin trader where a deposit of at least 200 Euros to invest can earn 135000 bananas.
All apps are free to download but have in app paid upgrades – which based on the reviews, are probably required to make the games fully playable.
Bananas are then earned based on:
- The apps chosen and how long they are played/used via the completion of tasks.
- Playing games to reach certain levels or other achievements.
- Making in game app purchases.
- Watching in game advertising.
- Trialing online and subscription services (video streaming, software, make money apps etc.)
There does not appear to be any limit on earnings dependent upon how long you wish to be involved.
How do you earn?: By downloading and game, survey or investment apps.
How much can you earn?: There is no limit dependent upon how many apps you download and play (keeping in mind that payments are only made once certain levels are reached).
How do you get paid?: PayPal and via in game prizes.
How much you need to make before cashing out: 2500 bananas.
Platform: iOS, Android.
Cost to Download: Free.
Login with: FaceBook, Google.
I downloaded Bananatic and then accessed two apps via their links within the Googel App Store (I use an android device). These games were:
Billionaire Casino – Free Slots 777
The initial offer was for 5265 bananas to install the app, play and reach level 100. Game details are as follows:
- Game entails playing casino style slot machines.
- Points are earned based on the amount of time played and ‘bets' placed on each spin (i.e. the higher the bet, the faster you rise through the game levels).
- I did not run out of coins although if I had, more could be purchased in game.
- There are no in game awards or prizes.
Outcome: 15 minutes played – level 10 reached – 0 bananas earned.
Quick Thoughts: Online surveys
The initial offer was for 468 bananas to install, register (see more below) and complete a survey. Details are as follows:
- Registration requires personal information and location to be entered into the app – this can include personal details, DOB, income and education levels. This is designed to ensure that surveys are most relevant to you (note: none of this is mandatory).
- Surveys take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.
- Further cash can be earned within this app for completing surveys.
- There are no other in app purchases
Outcome: 15 minute survey completed – 468 bananas earned – $1 in app cash earned as well.
Slot games are always quite fun and I could easily have got lost in playing in it (they do design them to entertain as well) if not for my time frames on getting this post written. The survey app is fine, and you could make some money from it on its own if they are something you enjoy.
What were my outcomes?
Let's be short and sweet here:
Total time spent ‘working' on my games and surveys: 30 minutes
Total bananas earned: 468
How can I get paid?
There are a number of ways you can claim prizes here including cash, gift cards, game downloads and subscriptions. $5 cash via PayPal for example will cost you 2500 bananas whereas ‘skins’ and ‘cases’ for various games may cost as little as 2000.
Can you make money with Bananatic?
I earned 468 bananas (and $1 in the survey app) for 30 minute's work which was 4532 short of making my first $5. So let's assume that if I kept playing Billionaire Casino in the same fashion as above that it would take me roughly 2.5 hours of play to make my first $5. Once I reach my 100 level stipulations here then I am assuming I will have to download other games to open new banana opportunities. I could then earn extra $$ from the surveys as well although that also doesn't appear to lead to any further banana type earnings.
So, in terms of making ‘good' money then at roughly $1.60 an hour, I would have to say that the question for you is whether you think that is a worthwhile return for your time. As with many of these types of apps I think if you were willing to put a lot of time into the game playing side of things then you may be able to make some from it…
Do I recommend it?
Look, I have to say that it looks to me that things in this area of online money making capers are as I have always found them to be – that you will need to put in some decent hours to get a not-so-decent return on your time. Although you are playing games so it could be a good extra earner whilst you sit on the bus on the way to work for example. That said, if you can find games that earn $10 -$15 an hour from home without transport and uniform costs, then it could be worth it for some.
It is definitely not a scam and I think if you wanted to do it full time then you could make some money from it. I would personally however suggest that you look into some other ways to earn an income online that can make you far more money for the same amount of work.
And there it is – my honest opinion on whether you can make money with Bananatic. I hope it has been helpful and as usual, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, need some advice or have any experiences to share.
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