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    Posted: 08 Jan 2020 at 12:05am
I keep seeing these ads when I play my favorite mobile games.
Maybe you've seen them - in the ad you see some kind of disaster scenario, and you are to make choices to avoid catastrophe. Sometimes it's a leaky faucet you can fix with either a wrench or a jackhammer. Sometimes you have to move levers to "help her escape" like in this screenshot:



Many of these ads include a playable demo, and the gameplay can be pretty silly and fun.

If you click through the ad to download the game, however, you're in for a surprise.

Because you'll get an entirely different game. A Candy-Crush-like match-three-in-a-row puzzle game.

That's right - the ad shows gameplay, and has a playable demo, of a game that doesn't exist.

Homescapes (and its sequel game, Gardenscapes) can boast that it has huge download numbers, and can call itself "popular", but the downloads are based on 100% false advertising.

I'm not even sure how this is legal at all!

Have any of you had this experience?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote aka ron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jan 2020 at 3:59pm
Originally posted by ForumAdmin ForumAdmin wrote:

Sometimes you have to move levers to "help her escape" like in this screenshot:





I'm not even sure how this is legal at all!

Have any of you had this experience?

I've seen something very much like this on my PC. Not sure what site I was on and I have not seen it since.
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I play Homescapes - and these dumb adds pop up all the time - I can tell you that its a Rick Roll - the downloadable game has none of the above - its a home design game - one which sometimes to get past a level I occasionly end up spending money (yikes!) not much tho - I prefer the free tokens.
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