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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Review - Coin Dozer

Here's a casual time-waster, Coin Dozer for the iOS and Android. If you've already read my post about going to Dave and Busters for the first time, then you know that I have played an actual coin dozer game. So how good is this app in simulating the gameplay digitally?

Tapjoy - Well, first off, let me point out that I got this game off of Tapjoy from Dead Trigger to get some additional gold in-game. If any other app games you play uses Tapjoy, you can get Coin Dozer off of Tapjoy for whatever game you'd like. In fact, I got some gold for downloading and playing it, and some more for reaching level 4 as a second offer from Tapjoy.

Gameplay - Coin Dozer is a simple, generic coin dozer game simulator. You drop coins near the top of the screen, and try to push off coins off of the platform at the bottom of the screen to collect your earnings. However, anything that falls off the sides on the left or right of the platform will be lost. Very simple concept, with fairly simple gameplay. It's a game that anyone can just jump in and play and quit whenever you want as the state of the coins and prizes on the platform will be retained until you come back to play it again.

While you play, you regenerate coins every 30 seconds so that you can keep playing after waiting when you run out of coins. However, if you leave the game, the coins regenerate at a much slower pace of 1 coin per every 9 minutes. There is also a maximum limit to how much your coins can regenerate, so forgetting about the app and coming back to it a week later won't get you any more coins than waiting a day.

Other than the basic coins, there are some special coins and prizes that have additional effects when dropped at the bottom. They are...
  • Silver Coin - Worth 2 coins.
  • EXP Coin - Gives the amount of EXP shown on the coin.
  • Coin Shower - Drops a bunch of coins at the top.
  • Giant Coin - Drops a giant coin that shakes the platform. The giant coin is worth 5 coins.
  • Coin Walls - Raises two walls where the side gutters are for a few seconds, making it easier to drop coins down the bottom. 
  • Coin Present - Get 4 special coins at the top.
Aside from these special coins, you will also get prizes on the platform occasionally. These prizes come in a set of 4 different colors, and when you collect all 4 colors of the same type of prize, you unlock special bonuses. The sets and bonuses available are...
  • Bears - Coins regenerate faster. Higher tiers give even faster regeneration.
  • Puppies - New Coins will sometimes change to Silver Coins. Higher tiers increase the chance.
  • Feesh! - A new prize will appear whenever you collect a Giant Coin. Higher tiers make the prize start closer to you.
    • Tier 7+, gives a chance of a special coin spawning.
    • Tier 8, Up to two special coins
    • Tier 9, up to three special coins
  • Sunglasses - Special Coins and Prizes give more XP. Higher tiers will give even more XP.
  • Umbrellas - Increase Coin Shower Coins. Higher tiers will increase the Coins even more.
  • Cars - More new Coins will appear after a Giant Coin drops. Higher tiers give even more Coins.
  • Dice - Coin Walls stay up longer. Higher tiers make Coin Walls stay up even longer.
  • Gems - Get extra Coins whenever a Special Coin drops. Higher tiers give even more Coins.
  • Hearts - Special Coins and Prizes appear more often. Higher tiers make them appear even more often.
  • Whistles - You get the Prizes that fall off the sides. Higher tiers give a chance to save Special Coins too!
  • Yo-Yos - Increase Coin regeneration limit. Higher tiers increase the limit even more.
    • Tier 7+ allows the regen limit to be ignored while playing.
These bonuses normally go up to 6 tiers by collecting 6 of each color of a set, but can be upgraded to go up to 9 tiers with cash. Cash can be obtained by completing "Puzzles" (which aren't puzzles at all, just more prizes to collect) which is unlocked at level 10. However, when these bonuses start stacking up, it can easily break the game to the point where you will be gaining much more coins than you can drop them in the game due to the coin dropping cooldown, indicated by the 4 stars at the top.

Aside from dropping coins, you also get Shake Points which can be used to shake the platform. Shaking the platform will move the coins towards the bottom. There are three different strengths at which you can shake the platform at, depending on how much of the Shake Point Gauge is filled. The Shake Point Gauge fills up as coins fall in the side gutters, I believe. This is a great way to get prizes to show up early on, as dropping multiple coins at once increases the chance of getting special coins and prizes to show up on the platform.

Graphics - Graphically, this game is very cartoon-y and simple looking. Coins are large and thick, the walls and background are fairly colorful, but always stay the same, which can get boring to look at. Frame rate is usually smooth (at least on my device), and has a decent physics engine so you won't see anything TOO funky looking... usually. You might occasionally get some coins that just stands on its rim, with no sign of rolling or falling without something pushing it. Overall, it is rather unimpressive visually. The graphics can be easily out-shined by the other elements of the game, like the overall gameplay... or addiction.

Sounds - There's no background music to this game, which is fine. The sounds are pretty nice, particularly the sound of a coin falling on the platform sounds like an actual coin falling. Too bad there's only one or two variations of the sound, so you'll hear it an awful lot. Aside from that, there are sound effects for other events in the game, like when special coins drop in the game, or a subtle ding when you regenerate a coin.

Overall - It's one of those games that can be so simple that it's addicting. But it is also so casual that there is little going for it aside from it being a simulator for the actual thing. Even then, however, this game lacks some other interesting features that actual coin dozer games have, like a slot machine that activates when a coin falls through a certain slot, which I have experienced. It certainly doesn't help that the only challenge to this game is to getting things to fall down the bottom of the platform instead of the sides.

In the end, it's a simple, casual time-waster that could give you something to do. If not, just get it for the Tapjoy currency, then uninstall it. If you DO like it though, there are other versions of this game it seems.

Now excuse me while I go look for an actual coin dozer game with some coins already spilling off the edge to play on...

63 comments:

  1. I agree with everything on here, its relaxing and a realistic approach to the actual Coin Dropping games at places like Ben and Jerry's and fairs! i love it!

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  2. How do I use the bonus point/coins above the 4 stars? Mine is up to 60884 and I don't have a clue what to do with them.

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    1. I believe that is actually your level in the star, and the coin you see at the other end of the EXP bar is the reward you get at your next level up. Keep playing to fill up your EXP bar to level up.

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  3. Can someone explain to me what is meant by higher tiers.

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  4. Higher tiers are just there for extending prize bonus. Everytime u collect 4 different colors of a prize u get 1 "star tier" in your "star tiers"... With one star comes a bonus. bonuses for each prize setare mentioned above. After a while you begin to collect alot of prizes and eventually fill up all the stars. Then u have the option to upgrade ur tier(max amount of stars for a prize) from 6 to 9 for 10 dozer dollars. And with that, your bonuses for each star u get (tier 7-9) raise after 9 of each though im not sure if u continue to get bonuses

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  5. What do the 2 numbers at the top (inside your red level bar) represent? This game should have an explanation of all these things. Thanks in advance.

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    1. The number on the left is the Experience Points you have right now, and the number on the right is the Experience required to level up.

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  6. Other than the fishies, what do the higher tiers (7 to 9) actually do? Detailed descriptions for each would be greatly appreciated!

    Other than that, this is a very thorough article which represents the game quite accurately.

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  7. i am playing this game and it is very addicting, so far i have over 312284 Coins and 5 Dozer Dollars. My question is how does this game end?

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  8. I'm level 130-something and my coins are maxed at 67. I wonder why. =/

    The game "ends" when you choose to stop playing.

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  9. what can you collect when you achieve the second tier whistle prize?

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  10. what can you collect when you achieve the second tier whistle prize?

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    1. In the "Prizes Puzzle section. If you tap on the far right it will tell you what the bonus is. Seems the higher you go, the more often the bonus will happen. IMO.
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    2. . Can someone tell me what the point of the goblets are and how to trade them in

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    3. . Can someone tell me what the point of the goblets are and how to trade them in

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    4. How do I trade in my goblets????

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    5. When you reach around the 150th level keys start dropping and you can trade them for special keys....also you can trade one of each goblet for 10 dozer dollar's

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  11. I am wondering why most of the time I can drop 4 coins at once (4 start) and then I see I can drop 5 coins (5 stars). How do I keep this at 5 stars??

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  12. I'm at level 220 are there any more puzzles at this point in the game?

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    1. Crikey no! One would have thought not!

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  13. I am to lvl 182 and out of puzzle piecesand got 9 dozer dollars and not getting anymore I can see

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  14. I just need red glasses to complete that set, but it hasn't fallen in days, what can I do to get certain prizes to fall?

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  15. How do you get Dozer Dollars?

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  16. I am at level 194, I have collected 9 tiers of the prizes and have 16 dozer dollars to spend. Is that all? My coins still regenerate and I have 3,900 coins. Is that the end of the game?

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  17. I am at level 290, 231,000 coins. I now have a new set of prizes that are watches and I am working on a new puzzel. It is simple as stated earlier and very addicting.

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    1. Can someone tell me why the 3 different limits also at sometime goed down instead of up? I had a regeneration limit of 82 and now i collected more tiers but the limit is now 52?????? WTF!

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  18. I have completed the puzzle.is there another puzzle or is that it?

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  19. How do you keep coins? I play for a bit. Coins go down to zero. Coins regenerate to 58 (current limit). I play again. rinse and repeat.

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  20. I have all my whistles but I'm losing all my coins and prizes off the edge. Why ? I upgraded to nine whistles to avoid this problem.

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  21. Yes! Please explain how to trade goblets for gems in Coin Dozer Pirates!!!

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  22. Yes! Please explain how to trade goblets for gems in Coin Dozer Pirates!!!

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  23. Hi i might sound stupid asking this but i have 111 blue gem coins who can i spend them/use them

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  24. Tap on the prizes you don't need and you can sell them for coins.

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  25. Your not explaining how to redeem goblets. Is there an answer to that question? And if so could please email me the answer at
    Okeedaamdh@gmail.com

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  26. Somehow my original game was changed to newer version and it lost all my prizes???how do I get back

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  27. I was somehow able to unlock tier 12 on only one line of prizes... is there a way to do that for the others?????

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  28. I was somehow able to unlock tier 12 on only one line of prizes... is there a way to do that for the others?????

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  29. Another one here asking how to trade in goblets!

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  30. How do I get the dolphin and unicorn puzzle piece, I have played for quite a while and I can't seem to get those two

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  31. Having trouble getting certain to your itemsI have six bluefish six yellow fish six redfish and one purple fish don't understand why it only gives you one

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  32. Please please does anyone know how to find out about the goblets

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  34. This is a great chat about Dozer, but I agree, how do we trade in the goblets, especially the bronze. From what I see 1 gold plus the blue one gives you 10 dozer dollars and you trade by tapping the do sign to the right. But I have 152 bronze n no offer or way to trade them in:/ help??!!

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  35. This is a great chat about Dozer, but I agree, how do we trade in the goblets, especially the bronze. From what I see 1 gold plus the blue one gives you 10 dozer dollars and you trade by tapping the do sign to the right. But I have 152 bronze n no offer or way to trade them in:/ help??!!

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  36. Guess no one is gonna tell us about the stupid goblets........ LOL. 😭😭

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  37. Guess no one is gonna tell us about the stupid goblets........ LOL. 😭😭

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  38. What a stupid site. Whoever runs this site is really dumb as they don't wanna answer the question about trading in goblets for dd lol

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    1. Thanks for visiting the site. Coin Dozer was something I played like... 4 years ago, and I haven't had this game installed on my phone since then. I also have a full time job now that keeps me from updating the site as frequently as I used to. Honestly, I'm kind of surprised this post got as many views as it did. For quite some time, other people who have been playing this game have been contributing with some answers, but perhaps the trend has moved on to other apps now. Hopefully someone will come around and answer your question in the near future.

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    2. I have lost high score on game centre �� it says not ranked lol i was top ��������

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  39. What does the moving Green and yellow arrows at the end of each row of tiers mean when hi max out the colors of each toy prize?

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  40. Dumb question. I see it has no response so far.HOW DO I TRADE GOBLETS FOR GEMS

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  41. Dumb question. I see it has no response so far.HOW DO I TRADE GOBLETS FOR GEMS

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  43. Coin dozer has just completely disappeared from my phone.....why???

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  44. Coin dozer has just completely disappeared from my phone.... Why???

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  45. Every time I press to upgrade the tier I get left with nothing. Just six stars show on one of the prizes instead of nine. Otherwise. Ok. I can' t seem to accumulate coins either. Have to play hourly. Any fixes available?

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  46. TIP FOR PEOPLE NEW COIN DOZER....if you run out of coins go to your phone settings set the date to one day ahead of current (if it's 1-5-2017 change date to 1-6-17) then go back in your game and it thinks 24 hours has passed and your coins are maxed out then just go switch the date back quick and continue playing

    Hopes this helps some of you
    Enjoy

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  47. TIP FOR PEOPLE NEW COIN DOZER....if you run out of coins go to your phone settings set the date to one day ahead of current (if it's 1-5-2017 change date to 1-6-17) then go back in your game and it thinks 24 hours has passed and your coins are maxed out then just go switch the date back quick and continue playing

    Hopes this helps some of you
    Enjoy

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  48. What does +1 regiment limit mean/do

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