I don’t know how I missed this for 3 weeks. Conan O’Brien playing Super Smash Bros. on Wii U. Hilarious.
Earlier today, my brother pointed out that as a Memorial Day promotion, Amazon is giving out 200 coins ($2 in Appstore credit) for purchasing certain apps. At the time of this writing, there are five free apps available on the Amazon Appstore with this promotion.
To get 1,000 coins, equal to $10 in Appstore credit, all you have to do is purchase all five of these apps. It’s not really the greatest selection of apps, but that doesn’t really matter. They’re free, and you get the credit immediately, so you can delete them right after you purchase if you don’t want them. Now that you have 1,000 coins, it’s time to get some more. How are we going to do that? Simple. Until June 11th, Amazon is offering 2,000 free coins (a $20 value) with the purchase of GTA: San Andreas. The game costs $6.99, or 699 Amazon coins, so of course, we’re going to spend some of our newly-acquired coins on this game. I believe it’s only available for Kindle and Fire TV devices, but it’s not like we’re paying for it out of our own pockets anyway. Just click on the link below to go to the product page, and spend 699 Amazon coins (plus tax) on the game.
TA-DAAAAAAAH! You just earned another 2,000 Amazon coins, and you haven’t had to spend a single penny of your own hard-earned cash. Sure, you had to spend 699 coins plus whatever your local sales tax might be, but if you downloaded the five apps above, you didn’t have to spend anything for those either, and you still have about $23 in Appstore credit. Plus, if you have a Kindle Fire tablet, or Amazon’s new Fire TV set-top player/game console, you just got a pretty sweet game for free as well. So, now that you have all this free Appstore credit, what can you do with it? Spend it on other paid apps, or in-app purchases for apps you already own. Even if you don’t have a Kindle/Fire device, you can use those coins to buy stuff for pretty much any Android device. If, like me, you DO have an Amazon Android device, and you want some more GTA games to play, you can snatch up the rest of the trilogy for 499 coins each, giving you two more awesome games to play, and you still didn’t have to spend any money to get them. Can’t beat free games AND free money, right?
If Grand Theft Auto isn’t your cup of tea, I’ve got some other suggestions based on recent obsessions. With the recent wrapping up of Season 4 of The Walking Dead TV series (for the summer, anyway), and the recent release of Season 2 of the fantastic episodic game by Telltale Games, now might be a good time to get your fix for more Walking Dead, if you’re so inclined. The Android versions of both seasons are available in the Appstore, with the first episodes of each season being free to download and play. If you get hooked after playing (and you probably will), you can purchase a season pass for either season for 1,499 coins. A hell of a deal for a hell of a game, especially if you followed the steps above, since you’ll be able to buy an entire season without spending any money from your own pocket.
Video games aren’t really your thing either? Then why the hell are you even reading my blog? Well, I guess I can forgive you for that. Maybe you’re not into gaming, but you still want to get your Walking Dead fix. As you probably know, the TV series is based on a comic book written by Robert Kirkman, and in my opinion, is even better than the TV series. After all, most adaptations aren’t as good as their source material. Unfortunately, Amazon coins can only be spent in the Appstore, on apps and in-app purchases. So, we can’t just go into the Kindle store and buy the books. However, Graphicly has collected the volumes of The Walking Dead into Android-friendly reader apps that (at the time of this writing), are cheaper than their bookstore counterparts. So, whether you have an Android phone, a Kindle Fire tablet, or just a regular Android tablet, this is a pretty good route to go if you want to read the comics that started it all. Volume 1 is $8.99 (or 899 coins), Volumes 2-13 are $9.99 each (999 coins), and after that they get a bit more pricey at $14.99 (1,499 coins), but you should at least be able to get a good taste of what the books have to offer while saving your cash. I’ll place links for the first 5 volumes below. At first glance, it looks like at least 15 volumes are available on the Appstore, but I feel like I’ve done enough link spam for one night.
Anyway, if you don’t like my suggestions, feel free to pick out your own stuff to spend your hard-earned (*cough* heh…) coins on. The important thing is that you managed to game the system well enough to not only get a free copy of GTA: San Andreas, but to weasel almost $23 in credit from Amazon. Let it never be said that it doesn’t pay to be a cheap bastard.