Good but frustrating.
I want to enjoy design, every single design project seems to have REQUIREMENTS for objects I don’t own. My objective is to earn money from designing, not lose money! When I have to spend more money on a design than I’m going to earn for doing the design then I don’t want to do it because I’ve spent more money on almost all the designs I’ve done then I’m earning for doing the job in the first place. Basically as a virtual designer this game is virtually bankrupting my virtual business.
It would be fine if there were like 5 projects a day that don’t have required materials that you can EARN some money by designing with what you have or at least earn more from that project than you’re going to spend on the design. Then have more projects with more requirements that earn you more money. And so on.
So basically I’m gonna be too broke to do any designs and I’ll have to delete the app because it’s just not fun anymore. And I’ve been playing for less than a day.
Disappointed and thinking of quitting
This is not a good game if you continue to have problems that you avoid! Why is the video real icon not playing the daily videos? It takes me over an hour to get 15 videos to load so I can collect 300 diamonds! I am really feeling a lot of pressure to spend money but I’m in school so I don’t get a lot of cash to go buy an iTunes card.
I have read the occasional review and now I am living the game experience that so many others have been complaining about. Maybe I’ll create a better game and throw you under the bus with your pathetic diamond payout. You are just like my dad, deadbeat, selfish arse holes out for yourselves and to take advantage of anyone as long as it benefits yout wallet. Sad Panda😢
Money hungry game
I love this game so much, it’s so much fun and is so well done but everything about it tries to get you to spend money. It’s hard to make cash, and you only get 500 diamonds a day for signing in. To really carry out your design vision you need cash and diamonds and it’s hard to make enough. So what can you do, use real world money to what you need to get your inventory. But then what happens?? Items I’ve bought using REAL MONEY goes MISSING FROM MY INVENTORY! So ridiculous, if I spend real money to on this game why in the world can I not keep the inventory I’ve bought? This is REAL issue between a lot of players of this game. You buy more diamonds with real money so you can upgrade your inventory, and the game takes it away leading you to pay more again just to buy the SAME items back. And they’re way of making diamonds is ridiculous too. Download another game, start a free trial of this, download a game and get to level 20....I want to play design home, I don’t want to spend to spend time doing other things just to get diamonds to play THIS game. I love design home but it’s a headache to play. I’ll probably just delete it.
Fun but can be expensive!
By Skunk Lily
I love playing this game. There is a certain satisfaction in putting together a room, struggling to make it fit the expectations of the clients and waiting for your score.
But I agree the scoring seems to favor some designs that don’t fit the wants of the client. I have had some unfinished designs that I accidentally submitted rate higher than designs I really worked on. I, also hate buying the popular $4.99 package of diamonds and cash and then have it show up as $5.33 on my credit card. Sometimes I swear I’m getting double charged, so I’ve started documenting every expenditure made. I’ve noticed some of my furniture gets dropped out of my purchases pile to the for sale pile before I’ve use it 5 times.
And then my ranking.....it breaks my heart every time my score slips down. I don’t know how long I’ll keep playing but I do know I’m cutting way back on in-app purchasing.
I’ve been testing! Results!
I started playing this game in September of 2018 and quickly discovered every single issue that has been listed in these comments. I’ve written numerous reviews but there seems to be no fix in place or... DH makes so much money on us, the players, that they don’t care how we feel or what we think of their issues still plaguing the game.
In November of 2018 I downloaded the game on my daughters iPad so I could borrow furniture from her account. After playing both accounts I noticed that she continued to get tap joy ads, while my original September account no longer received the offers. I have had to delete and reinstall my September account several times due to the ongoing issues with the game. This method has locked my September account into tap joy jail so that I no longer am able to collect diamonds for adds. 🙁
My November account, is still able to receive payouts but I no longer will download a suggested game just for a reward. Now enter account 3, my other daughters iPad. I begin playing this game account in January 2019. Testing begins!
I have been systematically buying up the cheapest furniture in the game regardless of what it looks like. I designed an identical room on my November and January accounts that displayed drastically different voting scores. At first I wanted to find the algorithm that worked but after the results, it is a totally random distribution of wins. Literally! I have won the furniture piece on a dump room that is stripped down to only the requirements, and have scored less than a 4.0 on rooms where I have completed all slots for required and additional decoration in very nice, composition of color, balance and style. There is no consistency in this game other than consistently handing over money to this company with frequency. Unless you have a bottomless bank pit, prepare for a stressful ride.
Sad thing is that it is a great concept but lazy and money hungry company that is hell bent on your money.
The only solution to constant gameplay that I can foresee for myself, would be to only dump the daily room as low as I can to conserve on my decorator items and my cash. By doing this, I can dump a room for about $5,000 of furniture a day and still have a little cash to save up to buy an item that I really want. I stopped entering rooms because the lure of crappy prizes mixed with a broken voting system frustrate the heck out of me. I don’t care if I get a low score on a dump because I’m entering just for the entry prize of $2500, but when I go all out to create something beautiful and try for that prize furniture piece, only to receive a sub score, that just pisses the crap out of me.
If DH can’t fix their issues, there is only more dissent among the masses. DH you either want to produce a quality product for your customers or you are a silver tongued snake, luring in more customers to fork over cash.
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By Amir TjL
1. Let the users restart the whole account and start the game from beginning...I’ve just made a new Apple ID in order to create a new account !!! *(I’m not satisfied with my current account’s design ratings and overall score + I'm struggling with low cash which prevents me from buying suitable furnitures)*
2. MUST ADD a PRICE FILTER !!! *(from low to high prices)*
Whenever i wanna buy sth with a lower price, i must search among the entire category *(although i’ve used other filters but it still takes time to search for the best prices)*
3. Add some ads for winning an amount of cash after watching them !!! *(just like the ads for winning free diamonds)*
Another star dropped
I’ve been playing now for a little under a year. Was so excited by a game that was right up my alley that it was the first time I spent money on in app purchases. $5 here, $5 there. But I can’t afford to keep doing that as the $5 here and there starts to add up. So I’ve been relying on the incredibly UNreliable Tapjoy program. Look, I have no problem completing an offer or a survey to grab some diamonds (the Design Home currency) but then it became a problem of completing offers and not getting rewarded. Plus, the surveys have been getting more personal and detailed and I’m uncomfortable with that. I was contacting them multiple times a week to get my due. And at first, they’d get right back, give me what was owed, boom done. But now? As of this writing I’m now owed over 30,000 so it’s kind of gotten out of hand. At first the DH customer service was helping and now I’m getting nothing but generic, robotic responses that show that they are not even reading my correspondence. What’s even more ridiculous is that I care about this. All the crap going on right now and I’m caring about a game? Ugh. I played this game to escape stress. Like everyone does with their guilty pleasures. But when the game then BECOMES stressful? It may be time to back out. The sad thing is that now it seems I can’t get ahead with the designs because it’s obvious that you have to spend money to be able to buy the items. I’ve tried to work with what I have in my inventory and since I’ve been doing that, my scores have gone down, (Just as another reviewer stated.) even if my designs are almost identical to those getting 5 stars. It’s really too bad. Originality is lost as well as following the storylines given. All 5 star winners have basically the same exact layouts using only the most recently added decor (that can cost a lot to keep in your inventory) and if you dare keep in line with the story given as you’re supposed to, or use even one item off track of others? Your score will drop dramatically. As an experiment I recently did a string of designs that I didn’t like and had nothing to do with what was asked would look like what everyone else was doing. Sure enough, my scores jumped and stayed pretty high. When I had used up all the stuff, I was back to my old inventory and 3.whatever ratings even though they were stylish, original and true to what was being asked. No one is reading the rules and unless your design looks like everyone else’s, you won’t get ahead. And although incredibly repetitive with the design formula (not every room needs two of everything, would be great for more flexibility to decide what is needed) I love the realism of the rooms and items, but unless you spend money, you’re going to have to go a few days until you can design again so that you can boost the diamond watching videos etc.
Fun to play pricey to keep up.
I love creating beautiful spaces and decorating, but I get discouraged when diamonds cost so much. It’s a real problem when I complete “special offers” but am not rewarded the promised amount. TapJoy compensated me a few times but has ignored repeated attempts to fix this when the diamond amount is large.
Please offer a sort by shape function for tables, as well as a search function by item name. I’d like also to see complete sets of couch/loveseat or cocktail table/end tables etc.
Additionally, it would be educational and helpful to offer the option to read about or watch design tips on sizing, layout, height differences in items etc.
Taking away items already purchased!!
The game itself is fun and time consuming when i need it to be. I do not like that they only give you 5 chances to use items your purchased. I always find myself having to repurchase items that were already mine and its very frustrating because it uses all my diamonds and cash! other then this i think the game is okay.
I really enjoy this game. I have spent money on this game several times to buy diamonds or decor. I do find it very offensive that they have Buddha pictures as a prize. If they are going to put religious pictures in there they should give you the opportunity to throw them away or chose which faith you choose. I am not a Buddhist and do not want to be forced to use Buddhist decor or keep it in my store. I have been playing this game for a few years now and this is the first time I have come across this. In other games you get to choose what decor you want to buy.