How can I get free extra lives in Candy Crush? I keep running out and I don't want to wait (or pay money to carry on).

It's easy to get free extra lives in Candy Crush, Two Dots and other games of that kind - games that use what we call a 'wait or pay' mechanism. In fact, you can play these iOS games (which normally require in-app purchases to carry on playing after a while) for free using this simple time-changing cheat.

Normally Candy Crush, and iOS games like it, give you a few lives each day, and then make you wait for hours for extra lives. Or you can pay for extra lives. But you don't want to do that, so the wait for extra lives in Candy Crush can be infuriating, especially when you just want to play on. With this cheat you can skip the wait for extra lives in Candy Crush by changing the time on your iPhone.

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How to hack the clock and get extra lives in 'wait or pay' iPhone games

No more lives Candy Crush

This Candy Crush extra lives cheat works by using the Date & Time settings in iOS. These games let you play for free, but offer in-app purchases to sell you extra lives (or give you extra points, life, health or whatever you require to carry on playing).

In Candy Crush you get five lives per day. You can play, and lose, five times each day for free. After that you have to pay to carry on playing.

But you can fool Candy Crush into thinking the time is different by changing the Date & Time Setting on your iPhone. It's as simple, and as cunning, as that.

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How to get free extra lives in Candy Crush using Facebook

There is another option: you can beg your friends for extra lives on Facebook. Once you've connected Candy Crush to Facebook you can use the 'Ask friends for extra lives' option - effectively advertising Candy Crush to your friends in return for more playtime. You click the Ask Friends button, pick friends from the list and click the Send button.

You can only have up to five lives at a time, so don't ask more than five people. It's best to ask a few people at a time rather than all of the friends you have.

And this is annoying for the people that get the requests.

How to get free extra lives in Candy Crush on the iPhone

How to get free extra lives in Candy Crush

We don't want to annoy our friends, so let's return to the time-hacking cheat we discussed before. Here's it works in Candy Crush.

Getting free lives in Candy Crush is easy. Here is how to get your free unlimited extra lives in Candy Crush:

  1. Play Candy Crush until you run out of lives.
  2. Press the Home Button and tap on Settings.
  3. Tap General > Date & Time.
  4. Adjust the Set Automatically button to Off.
  5. Tap the blue Date and Time below to reveal the Date & Time Picker.
  6. Use the wheels on the Picker to move the time ahead. We find it usually best to move the day wheel (on the left) to tomorrow.
  7. Press the Home button and tap the Candy Crush icon to launch the game. Check that you have an extra life (don't start playing). If not you'll need to set the time further forward.
  8. Tap Home > Settings > General > Date & Time and tap Set Automatically back to On.

Now you can return to Candy Crush and start playing the game. The time on your iPhone is set back to normal and you can continue doing this for free unlimited extra lives.

How to get free extra lives in Two Dots on the iPhone (or iPad)

Out of moves on Two Dots

The same trick works in Two Dots (another game like Candy Crush), as well as various other freemium-style iOS games. When you run out of lives Two Dots will tell you that you need to wait for a specific number of minutes (such as 100 minutes) to get all your five lives back.

Follow the steps above for the Candy Crush trick but adjust the time to the number of minutes you need to wait. After you have changed the Date & Time don't forget to use Set Automatically to bring the time on your iPhone back to normal. This doesn't affect the gameplay in Two Dots, as it only tracks moving forwards in time (not moving backwards).

If you have any other cheats for Candy Crush, Two Dots or other games please leave them in the comments section and we will update this article with extra cheats, hacks and tips.

How to get free gems in Dungeon Keeper

Get a free imp in Dungeon Keeper

Dungeon Keeper is often held up as the poster boy for bad in app purchasing practices. While Dungeon Keeper is free to download, you have to wait for your imps to mine stones and gold. You can encourage them to work faster, but you need to spend gems to get imps to complete work. It is these gems that are the in-app purchase.

The challenge with Dungeon Keeper is that you really need to spend money to play the game properly at all. Rather than allow you to play, and then tell you to pay up or wait till tomorrow, Dungeon Keeper simply plays incredibly, mercilessly slowly if you don't make an in-app purchase.

The Date & Time trick used in Candy Crush and TwoDots simply doesn't work in Dungeon Keeper. You get a message that states: "Loading. Please wait while your imps get your Dungeon in order". Then you start with just the small amount of stone and gold you would have collected by waiting.

Dungeon Keeper Loading

We have seen descriptions of hacks online that promise to hack into the game and open up the gems. This requires you to install an app created especially for this tool, and when we tried to investigate the links were dead or took us to data harvesting questionnaires. We were frankly relieved not to have to install and test out the app. Before going down this route we'd advise you to either stump up some money, or play another game instead.

If you really want to play Dungeon Keeper without paying any money at all, TouchArcade has a great collection of tricks that can squeeze every second down. Here are some highlights:

  • Every half hour visit the imp screen and slap them to speed them up.
  • Start saving for a third imp right away. Don't spend any gems until you have a third imp.
  • Upgrade your warehouses and treasuries as often as possible because it's easy to hit a storage cap.
  • Install a graveyard as soon as you can.

How to get free gold in Real Racing 3

Real Racing in-app purchase screen

It's been calculated that purchasing every car in Real Racing 3 will cost you over $500. Conversely if you want to unlock each car manually by playing the game, well that will take over 400 hours of gaming.

If you jailbreak your iPhone you can install LocaliAPstore from Cydia which enables you to bypass the payment page in Real Racing 3. We haven't been able to test it out, but reports are that it works with Real Racing 3. Instructions for installing, and using LocaliAPstore can be found here. Remember that jailbreaking your iOS device can result in lower security for your iPhone, so proceed to jailbreak your iPhone of your own free will. You can find more information here.

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If you'd prefer not to jailbreak your iPhone, then iMore has a great collection of Real Racing tips to follow.

And if you're interested in the freemium gaming business model, it's something we've discussed a few times. Try Freemium is the worst thing in the history of gaming: a rant and Why apps need to be more expensive. On the opposite side of things, take a look at The 13 most ridiculously expensive iPad & iPhone apps

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