Beginner (and veteran) tips and tricks
Most important tip of all is to build up your city with the highest quality buildings, the Willie Nelson big buildings are best. These will dramatically improve the payout of your treasure boxes and pay you coins and prizes regularly. You can buy buildings with building bucks or you can convert gems into building bucks.
Have fun with the design of your city, if it's too full or you don't like some buildings put them in the storage tab at the bottom. Don't worry, buildings still pay coins and prizes if they are in your storage.
Don't forget to collect the income and prizes from your city regularly, at least every 3 days.
The main thing is to have fun so play the game however makes you happy. If you want to spend gems at parties then do that. If you want to progress through the game as fast as possible then try to conserve gems to spend on Willie buildings.
Treasure boxes are a big part of the game, open them regularly. There is a full breakdown of treasure box odds in a different post but in general smoking boxes = best for coins, steaming = best for charms, bubbling = best for passes and flaming = best for gems.
If you have the game open but sitting idle then leave the screen either on your city or have a slot game open. Every now and then someone will buy bonus charms to double their winnings and everyone in the room will also get those charms.
Speaking of those "double your winnings" offers, I never take them, they aren't a good deal. Again, play however makes you happy but you are better off investing in your city for long term gains.
Save your Sea of Riches spins. There are usually days every month where all payouts are doubled or when mega prizes are tripled. The double payout days are the better bargain because everything is paid double, not just the hard to hit mega prizes.
I try to save 3 bronze sea of riches spins at all times. Every now and then you'll get a challenge to play 3 spins in a row, bronze spins don't pay a lot anyway so it's a small sacrifice to save having to pay gems or switch the challenge.
You can switch challenges if you don't like them, look at the little copper circular arrow in the top left corner of the challenge box. Note: Sometimes the harder challenges (host a party) pay a lot more season points as a reward, you might switch a 30 point challenge and the replacement is a 10 point challenge.
If you can possibly avoid it never play games without charms equipped. My rule of thumb is as follows. 1 clover charms = max $40,000 spins, 2 clover charms = max $100,000 spins, 3 clover charms = max $250,000 spins, 4 clover and higher can be used for the big $500,000 spins.
You can manage your charms rather than having they always equipped. Click on the charm window (far right pane) and select "charm settings", from there deselect "auto equip charms". Now you can equip the charms you want to match the games you are playing, or just save charms that you don't want to play.
All charms behave differently than others, they have different amounts of coins in them and they pay out at different speeds. For instance helicopters pay out very slowly, often they won't pay back the amount of what you lose on a spin, but they last a long time. Mushrooms pay out very quickly, often at 6-8x the cost of your spin, but they don't last long. Play around and find the type of charm that fits your style and look for those parties. Watt Ever did a breakdown of charm/coin values in the help forum, search for "breakdown".
Ever tried to get into a party and it fills in seconds? That's because people were already in the room before it started. You can enter a charm party early by clicking on the party (make note of the party location ie: "rustic farmhouse"), then click on the hosts name in the large white font writing, then click on "city", click "visit rooms" and finally find the room you want to enter and go in. About a minute before the party starts it will ask you to pay your passes (or gems) and you are in!
Make note of what the party is called. If it's a "GNG" that means grab and go and you don't need to buy any charms at the party if you don't want to. If it says "2 yacht toss" that means you will be expected to buy 2 yachts which will cost 2000 gems! Technically you don't need to buy anything at any party but if you go to a non GNG party and don't buy anything then don't be surprised if people get mad at you and blacklist you. If you are at a GNG and people buy extra charms then be polite and say thanks. Even at a GNG, if everyone starts buying a bunch of charms then it is considered polite to buy something that you can afford, if you don't want that pressure then you can simply say thanks and exit the room.
If you are waiting for a party to start it shows at the top how many more players are required. Once you have "5 people more needed" stay put, after about a minute a 30 second timer will appear and the party will start even though there aren't enough people. Sometimes it can take 5-10 minutes for enough people to join the bigger parties so have some patience.
If the party needs more people to start consider hitting your invite button at the top, this will send an invite to all of your friends who are online at the time. Don't be shy, that's the primary reason for friending people in the first place.
If you are tired of getting constant party invite pop ups you can turn them off. Go to the main lobby, click account the settings. Under the "privacy & sharing" tab there is an option to turn the invites off (among other things).
There are hundreds of achievements in the game. To see them click on your profile then go to the achievements tab. Some of them pay a lot of coins.
For some reason messages in your inbox get deleted after a certain time has passed. If there is a message that you want to keep then you'll want to take a screenshot of it and save the picture.
Visit Dragon Mahjong and Lilypad Solitaire everyday for free power ups. Dragon Mahjong resets every 24 hours in 5 day cycles, when you visit more than 1 day in a row it starts giving you the free power ups, every day it increases until day 5 then it resets. If you miss a day it will start over or give you the option to pay gems to restore the chain, if you play a lot then it might be worth it to pay the gems, if you don't play a lot I'd just let it start over. For Lilypad Solitaire click on "play" then select a bet and click "random game" at this point a window will pop up giving you a free power up, click okay to accept and then exit the game. It's useful to have a bunch of these free power ups for when you get a challenge to play those games, or of course if you just like playing those games.
You can add a game to your favorites so they are quick and easy to find. Just click on the game icon and then before clicking "play" you'll see "add to favorites" at the top. Click this and then that game will be added to your "favorites" menu.
If you are trying to grind your way through the early levels to mid levels and build up your coins then consider learning how to play Jewels of Osiris well. It's the only game you can play without charms and regularly win once you learn the proper skills. zagnut84 did a good guide on the help forum, search for "How to win at CW".
Hopefully you found out something new here, feel free to add your own tips to this list.
Thanks for the write-up. Wish I'd had this when I started out. I've noticed a charm don't always pay out exactly the same, so is the payout a range rather than a specific value?0
Watt Ever did an article with all of the coin values of charms. It appears that each charm has a set amount of total coins but pay out at different speeds. Even then it appears that the amount of each spin payout is somewhat random. The full extent of how they work is still a mystery to me.
I know with mushrooms they pay out a little if you win a lot on your spin and a lot if you only win a small amount on a spin (as long as you win something). If you play a game that has a lot of small hits such as Mystic Billions, Vegas Baby or Lucky 7's then you will make money on about 75% of your spins. Grandpatrick charms seem to work similar to mushrooms but you almost never see those charm parties, maybe it's only a St. Patricks Day thing?0
Yes, that sounds about right. I saw Ever's article. The comments touch on the variability of the payouts.
But the other day I saw a Succulent charm payout 1.8M coins and then a second Succulent payout 7.8M coins.
I measure charm payouts with Mahjong. It is easy to get an accurate measure of the payout with this game since your coin total does not change during the game -- except for the coins disbursed by charms.0
Thank you ELA3689 for the very clear and easy to read overall CW game insights and tips. You have done a wonderful job and I hope new and seasoned players take the time to review your notes. I wish that I had known about the Willie Nelson bldgs. when I started! With only pop-up reminders about the challenges, I had know idea what the red numbers meant for months....lol. I started CW just to play a bingo game that I didn't have to download and give up all of my personal info to. I am now working on MS54 and have hundreds of friends. When finances improve for us I hope to become a V.I.P. and get all those great monthly gifts and pets. Thank you again for taking the time for the write up! MJ0
Good tips. It surprises me that certain people take your tips & tell everyone about them & that their CW employee gave them the tip. Not mentioning any names here. Thank you so much. :-) If people would just read the community, they could learn so much.0
Thanks T n TX, some of these tips I learned from reading other posts but most I figured out for myself over time. I try to give credit where I can if it was someone else's idea. For the most part I don't care who shares these but it is a bit comical when suddenly a few days after posting this people are sharing a "new tip" at parties. :eyeroll:1
LOL I agree Tickle.... yep eyeroll lol0
Blackjack challenges: If the challenge is to win 2x your bet 2 games in a row then look at the bottom hand options. You can choose to play 2 hands at the same time, this makes it much easier to complete the challenge since you only need the dealer to bust or have a poor hand one time rather than twice in a row. You can also win the 2nd of your two hands and then win the 1st of your next hands, that still counts as 2 in a row.
Same if you get a challenge where you need to hit a certain number of blackjack hands, just crank it up to 5 hands at a time and the challenge will go a lot quicker.
Roulette: If you get the challenge to win 3x your bet then you want to pick a 3-1 payout bet. This can be one of the 2-1 "columns" on the right hand side or one of the lower "dozen" 1st12 2nd12 3rd12 bets. Either way you choose gives you a 2-1 payout plus you get your original bet back for a net total of 3-1.
I haven't tested it but you should also be able to bet any 12 random numbers (must be equal bets). The payout for hitting any of those 12 numbers is 35-1 + your bet back = 36-1. Since you made 12 bets a 36-1 payout should qualify for the 3-1 payout.0
Have a ton of charms that you want to burn off (or passes for parties where you can get tons of charms) but don't have the patience to spin them down at slot games? If you have a ton of charms, hundreds or thousands, this can take hours to do. Consider playing Sparkplug Poker to convert those charms to coins in a hurry.
The best setup that I've found so far it to play Jacks or Better at the $500,000 x 10 hands setting, any higher bet amount is overkill from what I've seen. Load up a full slate of 20 charms (4 sets of 5 charms) that are 4 clover or higher. Jacks or Better is a fairly low risk game with small wins occurring often and any win triggers a charm payout. If you get a small win it may only burn off 1 or 2 of each charm set for a total of 4-8 charms in one play but that is still really fast. If you hit something good it will often burn off all 20 charms at once!
Note: If you are playing lower tier charms adjust your bet size down accordingly. I haven't tested it much but it seems that $50,000 x 10 hands is okay for the 2 clover charms. I don't get a lot of 3 clover charms, and the 1 clover charms are a waste, So I just burn those off easily in a slot game.
If you have 20 bats loaded up that is potentially 100 million coins (+ the poker win) generated in a matter of seconds. Of course this means that you burn through your charms like wildfire but that is the point.
Note: It's a bit of a pain but after each spin reload your charms so that you have the maximum 20 x 4 clover or a single high tier charm loaded at all times to maximize your return. You can simply unload any charms that have less than a quantity of 5 and then reload back the same type of charm to get the full quantity of 5. Once you get used to it this is quick and easy.
Edit: I've found that it's even more effective to bet $5000 x 100 hands. The 4 clover charms still burn down just as fast but you risk a lot less each play. Since the regular play is a net negative this is the better way to cash in the charms in my opinion. Obviously you would lower the bet for lower tier charms but keep the 100 hands, that seems to be the secret sauce.
Edit 2: This doesn't work very well with the 5 or 6 clover charms, they just pay out way too slowly. Others have had success burning large charms with Mahjong, maybe give that a try. Also, some 2 clover charms seem to also pay out slowly which is not good for this game. Stick to Bats and Unicorns, Mushrooms work well also but they almost pay out too fast.0
Tickle, I use Mahjong for that purpose. It can burn through 78 bats in one game. As long as you recoup your initial investment, there is zero loss in charm value and coin count. I rarely take any loss at all on the game. In fact, if it weren't for this game I'd probably not try to climb this ridiculous coin ladder.0
Ya but I hate Mahjong :)
I just burnt off about 200-300 bats/unicorns in half an hour, haven't worked it out but I think I got about 90%+ of the value from them. If you play Jacks or Better somewhat close to the proper strategy there is a tiny house edge. Wish I had found that game earlier, would probably have another milestone by now.0
Is there a reason why when I post a new comment, or edit an old one, in this thread that it sits for days as "pending approval"?
I haven't seen this anywhere else on this forum.
Edit: Okay, this comment didn't require approval? is it a character limit thing?0
Some of mine do that too0
There's another aspect to think about with this. Bats tend to pay out in large quantities. Other charms not so much. For instance, a Bat will pay out 5M per hand, but a Luckiest 7 pays out on a range of 300K to 1M per hand. With the bat worth about 5M, it will disappear with one hand. The Luckiest 7 is worth upwards of 90M, so it will take a while to work it off. And of course the longer you play this game, the more you risk.(Hint: the house always wins.)
This payout "velocity" if you will, is coded charm behavior, I believe, because I've observed it several times. Just another reason why bats are the best.0
Ya, you're correct there. Bats, Unicorns and Mushrooms pay out like wildfire but some other charms pay out painfully slow. I've actually tried Mahjong to get rid of the bigger charms, even though I don't like the game it does burn down the big charms better.0
After trying out a few games I've found that 3 card poker is really good for burning down the big 5 and 6 clover charms. It's also good for mowing through large numbers of 2 tier charms like choppers. It's not as efficient as Mahjong but it is a LOT faster. I bet $1,000,000 on the play line and $500,000 on the pair plus line with the large charms.0
Blackjack is the best at cashing out large charms. Unicorn pays out on every win.
I can cashout around 200-400 unicorns in 1 game of blackjack using 5 hands 50M bet.
Each hit will use up all 4 sets of 5 unicorns. You have to wait till the next 4 sets to load before hitting again otherwise you will not get paid. If you hit lets say 20 times which is possible you will have cashed out 400 unicorns.0
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