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Facebook's "House of Fun", Other Games and Their Many Problems
Should I Spend Money on House of Fun or Other Facebeook Games?
Paying to Play Slots Games With No Payout? Welcome to the Ship of Fools
H O F - AKA "House of Fun", known to many as “House of Fools” is an online slot machine games room in the Facebook apps section, owned and operated by the same ultra-rich owners of other pay-to-play games cropping up seemingly weekly on Facebook.
Now, one of the many problems associated with these “new” online casinos is that they cost a LOT of money to play, but you can’t cash out. You can wait for your daily free chips to show up, and maybe get between 5 and 100 or so spins, or you can buy “chips” for an absurdly large amount of money for an online slot machine game that, as was stated earlier, does not pay out. Even if you made it up to 100 Billion dollars, you couldn’t cash that in for $10. However, you can buy 30,000 chips for $9.99 USD, or 300,000 chips for $79.99 – with the lowest bet being $500 per spin on most games, you can easily go through a few hundred dollars trying to play for a few hours - real life casinos may be known as money vacuums, but at least when you win, you can cash out, go home and order a giant Chinese dinner.
Okay, that 300,000 chips can be gone in seconds if you bet big (as the site overtly encourages you to do so, with huge roaming jackpots of tens of millions of chips going to supposedly randomly chosen players. You do see the same names popping up on those winner boards all the time...). At 20,000 per spin, you could go through over $5,000 per hour! And that's in converted US dollars - so, $100 becomes $138 Canadian Loonies - which, ironically, is what people who pay to play at House of Fun really are (in case you missed that... they're "loonie").
Now, an online casino that charges extremely high prices for small numbers of spins should be suspect at least, but when that same “casino”, which, again, does not pay out winnings in any way, does not only not help customers out who’ve encountered problems with the games, but they go as far as to call you a liar for claiming that their games were acting up when huge payouts were about to be received.
But, wait - there's more!
There are many games, hundreds in fact, that are on Facebook. They get you top start playing, get addicted, then tell you that you need to buy coins, credits, warplanes and tanks, ghost killer apparatus, etc. - no matter the game you play, they will eventually ask you (or, tell you) to buy coins or credits to either continue playing, or to enhance your game (bigger tanks!).
No matter how you look at it, they're worse than your government in trying to squeeze as much money out of your bank account for so little in return. Surprisingly, hundreds of thousands do, many daily!
HOF really should be selling their "chips" for 5% of what they now charge! As is, you can very easily go through over $40 per hour playing at the minimum bet - and that's when you get a jackpot, and receive about 2% of the jackpot's worth.
A Quick Listing of Problems Found
After playing House of Fun's online casino games, using their free chips - I have had my cash total grow to over $34 Million coins, but there's nothing to do but to play it out, game flaws and all, because you can't take it with you. No - I mean you really can't take it with you - you can't cash out (or even buy cool gear, like sweatshirts, hats, etc.) - the only thing you can do with your winnings is to keep playing until you're out of chips, then either wait for 3 to 8 hours for your "every 4-hour bonus free chips" - usually between 600 and 800 chips - and you get to spin the "Wheel of Fun", where you're most likely to get one of the smaller prizes... Out of probably 40 pins on that wheel - over 3 facebook accounts - I've gotten the top prize twice, and under $50,000 in chips the majority of the time.
So - We were talking about a list of the problems that I found, that I told House of Fun's "Help Technicians" - who can only tell you to "clear your cache and cookies then reset the game" - and emailed their technical support - who said "there were no problems showing in my spin history"... They called me a liar, assumed I was just looking for free coins - when in my opening statement I told them I didn't want any money back, nor an absurd amount of chips - I just wanted back what was taken from me when their games freeze up and the reels spin all willy-nilly.
I JUST WANTED WHAT WAS OWED ME, WHAT I'D WON!
So, as promised, here's just a few of the recent problems - occurring in February of 2016;
1) While playing "Mystic Bear", with 4 Scatter symbols showing in the first 4 reels, on a $2.5K per spin bet - the reels go haywire. I contact Help and tell them that it is happening now - could they at least mark the time when contacting their higher ups - but no, they just told me to clear my cache and cookies, and to email the tech support gurus (gurus my ass! They knew what game and the exact time, how hard could finding the record of that failed spin be?) I lost over $1.4 Million in chips and at least 60 additional free spins - all at double the payout.
2) On the Lucky Koi game, I had Scatter symbols on the first 5 reels, with the sixth, and final, Scatter symbol stopping on the 6th reel - but, no, the game goes haywire. That would have been 100 more free spins at double the wins, as a retrigger, since I was already in 50 free games I was just rewarded - and I lost all of the chips I had accumulated to that point, plus the chips for 6 full Koi on the 6 reels inside of a free games spin - plus the huge win for 6 Koi showing while in a free spin, which doubles that payout, plus the next 145 spins would have been doubled up... so I guess I kind of got double-double screwed on whatever the highest payout I would have ever gotten from playing House of Fun reels would have been?
3) It seems that the House of Fun games doesn't like giving out large wins inside doubled up free spins (when you get free spins while on free spins - called a "retrigger"). This same problem has happened to me on at leat 6 different games, and not once on a nothing spin - always a huge payout. Does that make "the list of things that make you go huh?"
4) On the new "Mardi Gras" game, when you get the bonus spin and have red and green arrows, if you get free spins and a multiplier, those free spins are vsupposed to be multiplied by the multiplication factor - if you got 10 free spins and a multiplication factor of 5, you SHOULD HAVE WON 50 free spins, but you only get the 10 - they just don't bother making the games perform the way that they write them up as!
Real Reels Pay Real Cash - Imgine That!
Customer Service? Not here!
Here's Hearing from House of Fun;
Case in point:
I was playing the “Mystic Bear” game, with my winnings down to about 50,000 – from a high of over 1.6 million (from a 6,000 start) – I got the Scatter symbol on the first 4 reels, and the 5th Scatter symbol was abou to stop on the 5th reel, when the game went into black and white and the reels started spinning out of control. Instead of just resetting the page, I got on a different browser and contacted House of Fun’s “Help Section”. How helpful!
I was told “to clear your cache and cookies and refresh the page, and it will go back to where you were when you do it”. I did all that, but when I refreshed the page, the game opens up at the usual opening, with my upcoming free spins gone, the winnings I should have had and would have had from the 100 or so free spins, at $2,500 per spin. It should have been in the millions, as some spins generated winnings of over 650,000 playing that game at that price per spin.
Now, you’d figure that an online casino that doesn’t pay off winners would be apologetic, ay something like “We looked at your playing for the exact time you contacted our Help Section, and noticed you were frozen out with Scatter symbols shown on all four of the first 4 reels…” – but, no – what they responded with astounded me.
Here – from the email they sent me…
Thank you for contacting House of Fun Support Team.
Marc, I'm truly sorry that you encounter this situation while playing House of Fun, however due to the fact that your account in our database showed no irregularities in your gaming behavior we are unable to credit the account. Also, please be as kind as to note that our Technical Department investigated this situations and they didn't found any error regarding your game behavior, therefore the system doesn't allow us to credit your account with the amount of coins that you have mentioned in your previous e-mail.
Thank you once again and looking forward to hearing from you soon.
House of Fun
Thanks, Aaron… did you ever think to talk to your help technician that I talked to, who I gave the exact time of the spin (well, within 5 minutes, but more than good enough for any minimum-wage coder) in question?
And, is it weird that this has only happened on huge winning spins, where a major number of free spins were about to e received at a high bet per spin? It’s happened to me at least 10 times now, on at least 5 different games, and each time it was going to be, or was in the middle of, a huge win.
This happened to me on 5 different occasions, and I contacted them each time. Each time, I got the same responses, some worded with better grammar than our friend Aaron here…
WAS IT JUST ME?
No. No, it wasn’t just me. There are anti-HOF “un-fan” groups of like-ilked people who’re royally pissed off about how the games perform, how they can’t possibly be using a true randomizer for the reel spins (if they were, the games wouldn’t be able to “freeze up” when a full-page block of symbols is coming up, or to pay off the winnings even before the multiplier amount has been selected on certain games).
Should “House of Fun” refund money to people? No. No, they shouldn’t, because if someone’s stupid enough to spend their money on an online slot machine app through Facebook (with their multi-BILLION DOLLAR EARNING Candy Crush game, and many others – one advertised on TV with Arnold Shwartzenegger no less… just how much money does Mark Zuckerburg need to be happy?
Or, is this some sort of social experiment, to see just how dumb people can be before they come to their senses?
Fun? If you don't like money, yes...
What to Do?
So, what can be done?
Well, for starters – if you’re buying chips at House of Fun, or any other online Facebook page/group/game, then you should stop it. NOW! Right now!
Then, take 50% of what you were going to spend there and spend it at a real, verified online casino that pays out to winners within 2 banking days of your cash out request. They are all over the place, just Google “online casino” and start enjoying yourself. Heck, you might even win – and there, if you do win, you can actually cash out your winnings and buy yourself that new Corvette Stingray Convertible Roadster…
If you’re paying to play any of the other Facebook games, STOP IT! Stop it right now!
Save your money up and buy an X-Box or Playstation gaming system, with all the best options and accessories. Not only will you enjoy yourself much better, you can even play with friends online – or, gasp! – in person! And it will be a heck of a lot cheaper than playing at House of Fun, or any of the other Facebook sponsored gaming sites, whether casino, Candy Crush (which brings in BILLIONS of dollars per month!!!) or a war simulation game.
Okay, I can understand being depressed, lonely, up against the wall financially, and no real hopes of getting out of that situation without winning your way out. Been there, tried that. But at least I tried it at a real online casino, one that pays winners with the same kind of money the player bought chips with. Oh – I did win about $6,500 – it started at $28,500 but I had to make over $135,000 worth of spins in order to cash out, because I took their “Account Opening Special Bonus”… something I would strongly advise against.
But then again, I would strongly suggest that you take 60% of whatever you're spending on any of the Facebook related games and spend that on an online casino, take your pick: if they're registered, they're checked to ensure that they work as advertised - something House of Fun flatly refuses to do.
Uh – Weren’t We Talking About HOF Here?
Yes. Yes we were. Sorry ‘bout that, chief…
But, the analogy stands true for both the online casino versus House of Fun – in an online casino, they have to keep records of every spin spun – if HOF did that, they wouldn’t have thousands of people rallying against them. Nor would they have this post – with all of my freelance writer friends’ help soon to be viral – exist…
Who pays to play at HOF?
Surely House of Fun Cares?
Does HOF care? Does Facebook care?
Why would they care? They’re raking in MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH AND EVERY WEEK – or possibly even each day – they do have just about 4 million "Likes", and not everyone "Likes" places they play, so that others don't know that they're throwing money out the window, with no hopes of any blowing back in.
selling chips to an online casino that doesn’t pay off winners… If you do win big, you can tell all of your online friend (no typo… no “s” required there…) about your big win, then continue playing until you run out of money. Then, you can buy more chips, or you can come to your senses and save that money for travel, for online casino play, for a new gaming system and super HD curved gigantic screen AMO-LED TV.
Why wouldn’t House of Fun just pay players who tell them of their problems encountered playing their games off, instead of calling them liars – in writing (but not those exact words) – especially when their Help Section was contacted WHILE THE GAME WAS CORRUPT – if for no other reason than to beat their chests with their fists, yelling “Tarzan smarter than Jane!” and laughing while spending your money on another 600-foot yacht (the first one’s used now, anyways).