After casino-style titles, classic arcade and new versions of traditional board games tend to be the most popular social gaming mobile apps. For this reason, software developer GSN Games came up with the idea of Sparcade, a mobile platform that lets players enjoy their favorite titles while they engage in a bit of online gambling.
Sparcade made its iOS debut in October 2016. This mobile app, which is free to download and install on iPads and iPhones, features games such as Bejeweled, Pac-Man, Scrabble, and Tetris. These are already social gaming favorites, but Sparcade has added a twist: players can enter skill tournaments and play against each other for cash prizes.
Thus far, the real money stakes in Sparcade are low. A Pac-Man head-to-head match can be entered for $3, but there is more fun to go against two other players for $1 each. The highest real money challenge is $5 on select games of Scrabble and Wheel of Fortune.
Players who wish to forego real money can get started with virtual tokens. Sparcade has numerous social gaming features to make things interesting. Players can chat, earn their place on leader boards, make friends, watch tournaments, and practice to sharpen their skills.
Although Sparcade is not really a gambling platform, players cannot participate in real money games in certain jurisdictions such as Florida and Montana. Deposits can be made via credit cards or PayPal, but the geolocation feature of the app will prevent money transfers from prohibited jurisdictions.
The developers of Sparcade are being careful to not mix the virtual tokens with money; this strategy has proven to be dangerous in other social gaming apps that push players into buying virtual items and spending money just to keep playing.