I saw this on VentureBeat and thought I would put a summery together, check out the full post if you have the time. But before we get started, I chose Scumbag Steve for a reason, I think cheating at social games is pretty weak. I mean really, its suppose to be a fun relating thing, and your going to cheat? Nice. Good way to lose people who will want to play with your in the future. But full disclosure, I use cheat codes on SimCity, but that is a NON social game and I play SimCity because I like the design part of the game, not the running of the city part. Ok. So, lets dive in here.
Lets start with Broken Bulb’s Pokémon clone Miscrits. If you want to build up a lot of experience points (XP) quickly, one user on game help and strategy site Super Cheats suggests the following: “Open more than one tab (you will need Google Chrome for this cheat). Go into Miscrits on all the tabs you opened and [run] multiple fights at once. After [that,] you should have more XP.”
Few people actually want to be a burden to their friends and family, but they also don’t want to stop playing social games (for some reason). And so, a few Internet heroes, have figured out how to have it both ways: extra profiles. Here’s a bit of advice on how to get ahead in developer Playdom’s Facebook shooter Wild Ones:
Create another Facebook account and send a friend request to your main account. Go to your main account and accept, and start up Wild Ones. Then click “Add Neighbor,” and click your new account. Switch back, accept the neighbor request, and start up Wild Ones. After you go through these steps, you will see a present at the bottom right. Click that and click “Send Gifts to Friends.” After that, click your main user to receive it. This process can be repeated as many times as you desire.
A sneaky way of increasing your chances of winning is to tell everyone that you have lots of Goo Globguns when you start a match, and if they want to get free Goo Globguns, they should press Ctrl + Z + W. Those who enter the code will close their windows and log themselves out, making them leave the match.
This strategy could not be more simple: You turn your opponent’s desire for a powerful in-game weapon against them, tricking them into quitting and awarding you the win by default. It requires a certain amount of gullibility on the other person’s part, sure, but it’s probably pretty funny when it works.
This is really weak Using online tools to do the work for you. Games like developer Zynga’s Words with Friends (also known as Scrabble) give players a bunch of letters and ask them to form words from them. Feed the contents of your tray into a free site like Words with Friends cheat and let it tell you how many points you’re sitting on?
Your friend will never know how you pulled a 33-point word like “MUZJIKS” out of thin air — unless they know you and remember that you failed English in seventh grade.
If you are weak that you are willing to pay cash to check, then apps like Draw Solver Pro are for you. These programs promise to help you get those coins in OMGPop/Zynga’s Draw Something, even if the person you’re playing with has the artistic ability of a snail.
When you come up against an inscrutable image, you just take a screenshot and feed it into the program. The app will analyze your partner’s scribble and tell you exactly what it’s supposed to be “automagically.”
That’s what that screen-capping business makes it look like, anyway; what Draw Solver Pro actually does is pull the letters from your captured image and tell you which words you can make out of them. So basically, the makers of this program are charging 99 cents for the convenience of not having to enter the letters into an anagram finder yourself.
It gets worse, you can subscribe to a service to basically play for you, i.e. Play Buddy.
Play Buddy offers a vast suite of programs for casual titles on Yahoo, Facebook, MSN, and Pogo. Here, for example, is the description of an app that will help you win at online Backgammon:
Looking for Backgammon strategy help to improve your play? Trying to get a higher Backgammon rating? Need a Pogo badge? Or do you just want to win a few games? [. . .] This specialized Yahoo and Pogo cheat surpasses all other Backgammon autos. This Buddy puts you in a league with the pros and is a tool no serious Pogo or Yahoo Backgammon player should be without. Capable of winning matches against 2500+ rated players thanks to its advanced strategy, this phenomenal helper is guaranteed to improve your game.
Presumably, “improving your game” in this case means “improving your win-lose ratio so you can win virtual awards.” Backgammon Buddy even goes so far as to take you out of the equation entirely, playing matches automatically so you can receive badges that would otherwise require you to be good at Backgammon.
Because journalist and satirist H. L. Mencken was right, and “No one in this world [. . .] has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people,” Play Buddy charges for its products. For just $4.99 a month, you can access everything the company has to offer: almost 200 programs that will do all the work (so you don’t have to).
And then there are the ultimate cheats, just change your high score.
Cheat Engine is an open-source toolset that allows users to modify single-player PC games. Its powers are not limited to casual titles, but for the purposes of this article, I’ll focus on what you can do with something like 3D Pinball for Windows. Specifically, you can just go in and change your high score.
If you do any of these things, your lame.