Trivia Crack vending machines were a real game-changer for some Trivia Crack players. Winning cards allowed players to use power-ups and stock up on lives… for free! Now the machines are gone, and it feels like players have no use for all the gems they’ve collected over the years. Let’s talk about what purpose the machines served, why they’re gone, and whether they’re ever coming back.
What Did Vending Machines Do?
In 2015, Trivia Crack introduced a new feature—vending machines (or slot machines). Vending machines sold players cards in exchange for gems, which could be won in games or purchased within the app. The way they worked was very simple: exchange some gems for a card from the vending machine selected at random. Each card had its own benefits, though players often ended up winning the same card multiple times, as the algorithm was random.
Cards could be used to obtain extra coins, lives, or gems. Gems could then be exchanged for more cards, coins could be used to purchase power-ups, and additional lives allowed players to keep playing even after losing all the lives they had. While some players ignored the machines entirely, others developed a particular liking for them, as that was their primary outlet for collected diamonds. It also became one of the few free features that players could benefit from. Instead of spending real money on coins and power-ups, they could win some in slot machines.
Were All Machines Vending Machines?
All machines were so-called vending machines or slot machines. There were three different types of machines: whimsical, majestic, and gnarly. The whimsical machine was the first and most basic one, where cards cost one gem each. Every player had to start from the whimsical machine before they could unlock the other two. The majestic machine was a step up from the whimsical one, offering cards at three gems a pop. Finally, the gnarly machine featured cards for the price of five gems per card.
What Happened to Machines?
Four years ago, a player took to Trivia Crack’s support center to ask Etermax when vending machines would be coming back, as they had nothing else to spend their diamonds on. Other players supported the discussion, sharing the number of gems they had and pointing out how useless they were without vending machines to spend them on. Etermax released an official statement via a comment on that discussion, saying that vending machines, like coupons, were not coming back… for now.
In the comment, Etermax said that they were prioritizing new features and game modes, though vending machines could always make a comeback in the future. Make a comeback they did not, but Trivia Crack introduced a myriad of new features in the past four years. It is up to the players to decide if the new introductions made up for the good old vending machines. Do you miss them? Would you trade Trivia Crack’s other features for the ability to have vending machines back?
Why Were They Disabled?
According to Etermax, it’s all plain and simple: new features are coming around to make up for the old ones. That’s the developers’ way of keeping the game entertaining and engaging. After all, there are only so many times you can enjoy the same game. After a while, you need a change! Trivia Crack is known for its revolving door of features and game modes. Recently, the developers introduced video questions, making the game even more fun and exciting. We can only assume that more features are in the making as we speak.
What’s the Real Reason Machines Are Gone?
Nobody knows the real reason why machines are gone, but outspoken players have taken to Reddit to make their guesses. The most popular guess is obvious—money. According to some Trivia Crack players, Etermax was just trying to get people to migrate to Trivia Crack 2 (a newer addition to the Trivia Crack family). Some speculated that Etermax was going to implement more aggressive marketing to entice players to switch to a paid subscription model.
As of January 2024, that hasn’t worked out for Etermax. Despite the disrupting ads after each game, Trivia Crack continues to thrive. Some people have switched to the paid version of the app—Trivia Crack (No Ads)—which goes for $6.99 now and has the enormous benefit of no ads in between games.
If we can make an educated guess about why vending machines are gone, we’d probably say that they were either not successful enough to justify the financial investment on Etermax’s behalf, or they were simply too expensive to maintain. We also have reason to believe that Etermax thought they had better ideas in store with higher commercial potential. What do you think the real reason is? Share it with us in the comments below this article!
Will There Ever Be More?
Etermax left the conversation open-ended. Though machines are gone for now, they are certainly not forgotten. Etermax is not opposed to bringing them back in the future. It all depends on whether the new features they’ve introduced and continue to introduce will be as successful. Players’ feedback is not lost in the Trivia Crack universe. You can share your thoughts with Etermax by starting a discussion in the Trivia Crack forum or contributing to an existing one. Maybe, with a push from the players, Etermax will finally bring vending machines back!
The Bottom Line
Since machines are no longer around, some players seem to miss them, while others admit that they never got much use out of them anyway. Vending machines were a neat way for players to get their hands on some free lives and power-ups but, unfortunately, they’re not available anymore. If you still have unused cards in your collection, don’t worry, they are not lost! You can find them in a folder titled “My Album” in the app. Be sure to claim your rewards before Etermax introduces further changes to the game!
Do you miss card machines? Were you around to witness their disappearance? Do you think the new features make up for the old or are the old gone but not forgotten? Share your opinions with us in the comments!