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Coin Master review - still just as fun nearly a decade on

As Coin Master nears its tenth year of service, we look at what makes the game good and why we enjoy spinning that slot machine so much.

Coin Master review - a custom picture of the Coin Master pig sitting on top of a pile of gold and opening a gift box in front of a pink background

Coin Master is an incredibly moreish mobile game. That’s really all there is to it – it’s simple, easy to get into, and keeps you hooked for perhaps longer than an almost-idle mobile game should.

Even if you’ve somehow never heard of it, you’ve probably seen the adverts featuring a pink pig and Thor. Yes, the Norse God, Thor. No, I’m not sure why he’s there either, but we all need our hobbies. Coin Master is a free-to-play mobile game from Moon Active, first released in 2015.

The game sets you up with a quick tutorial showing you how to spin the slot machine, which then earns you coins or lets you perform an action like smashing a fellow player’s monument on their current village level. As you gain more coins, you can build up your own villages by placing said monuments and upgrading them a few times. Then you move on to the next village, and the next, and before you know it it’s 10 PM and time for bed.

The beauty of Coin Master is its simplicity. You can let it run of its own accord by setting the slot machine to automatically spin, and it’ll go on its own merry way until you run out of spins. Or, more like if you run out of spins, as it very rarely happens to me. Sit back, relax, grab a cup of your preferred beverage, and enjoy the sound of coins tinkling out of a machine without having to go to Vegas.

Coin Master review - the pig and fox winning a gem from a claw machine

Oh, and don’t forget to stick a multiplier on to see just how many coins you can get at once – soon, you’ll start earning cash beyond your wildest dreams. My current balance sits at 2,938,420,394 at the time of writing. It’s a pity it’s not real cash, huh?

At a certain point, you unlock a cute pet to add bonuses while you attempt to sack other people’s villages. My personal favorite is the fox, as it can dig up an extra spot and fill your wallet with even more coinage.

There’s even an unexpected social side to Coin Master – there’s a fully endorsed and official Facebook group for you to trade stickers, there are Reddit communities, and so many other ways to find your very own Coin Master friends, join their teams, or trade stickers to fill up your collections and earn even more coins in the process.

Unlike a lot of other chart-topping mobile games, Coin Master has no ads or long loading screens, and you don’t have to spend any money to continue playing for years on end. You can, of course, buy some extra coins and spins with real-world cash, but you get so many freebies by playing that there’s really no need to.

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Almost every time you log in you get a bonus load of spins or coins, and there are so many deals and daily bonuses that provide plenty of extras so you can keep on spinning, and spinning, and spinning.

I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve put a fair few hours into Coin Master and watched the money roll in. It’s just so simple and gets its claws into you. Over 300 million people have downloaded the game – which is an eye-watering total – but that tells you that it’s gotta be good.

If you’re thinking about giving it a shot, then we’ve got a couple of guides to help. Here’s everything you need to know about Coin Master chests and Coin Master teams, and, of course, here are today’s Coin Master free spins.