iPhone and iPad Games Help & FAQ

Need help with your iOS Game? Is something not working right? Check out the FAQ below to get a quick solution to your problem. Remember to visit the Big Fish Games Forums if you need more game help, or for technical trouble shooting see our FAQ.

Looking for game play help?

Our game walkthroughs are a great first stop whether you’re stuck in a game or just looking for a few tips. You can find detailed instructions, helpful screenshots, and plenty of hints to get you through the game. Please note that these walkthroughs may be slightly different because they are based on the PC and Mac versions of a game, but most of the advice is helpful for iPad and iPhone users.

You can also find advice, tips, and hints from other players in the Big Fish Games Forums, which are full of helpful information for every game.

Game crashing, freezing, or not working?

There are several reasons why a game may crash, freeze, or have other technical issues. If you’ve been playing for more than one hour consecutively, then there is a greater chance of this happening.

Improve game performance

First, try these tips to improve the performance of your game:

  • Double-check that your device has plenty of battery life left. If you’re playing with low battery life, the device has to work harder to run a game. It’s recommended to play while connected to your computer, a wall outlet, or after the battery has fully charged.
  • Close all applications. When you exit an app, the app does not close automatically. For some issues, including game crashes, it is a good idea to close all applications running in background to free up your device’s resources. Please see Apple’s iOS: Understanding multitasking help article for more information.
  • If you’re still having trouble, try restarting your device. Apple also recommends restarting after installing any application. Follow these steps to restart an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch:
  • Hold the Sleep/Wake button at the top of the device for 5 seconds.
  • Run the slider across the screen to power off.
  • Wait 30 seconds, then start the device again by holding the Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple icon.
  • Start your game.

Reinstall your game

If these steps didn’t help, try uninstalling and reinstalling the game. Once you’ve purchased a game, it can be reinstalled on any of your devices. To avoid any additional charges, please make sure to sign in to the same iTunes account used to make the original purchase.

By uninstalling your game, you will lose all saved progress and settings in that game. If this is a concern, please try all other troubleshooting steps before uninstalling and reinstalling your game.

Uninstalling a game

    1. Hold your finger on the game icon for 5 seconds. This will cause the icons on the screen to jiggle and a small X will appear over the game icon.
  • Tap on the game icon to delete it from your Apple device. When prompted, tap Yes to complete the removal process.

Reinstalling from the App Store

 

  • Sign into the iTunes account that was originally used to purchase the game.
  • Find and download the game from the App Store.
  • After the installation is complete, please restart your Apple device as instructed above.

Reinstalling from iTunes (if your device was synced to iTunes after the game’s purchase)

 

  • Connect your Apple device to your iTunes program.
  • Once the device has been detected, click the Applications tab in iTunes.
  • Make sure there is a check mark next to the game you want to reinstall and click the Sync button to reinstall it.
  • After the installation is complete, please restart your Apple device as instructed above.

How do I start over if my game is stuck?

Try clearing your saved game. This option may appear differently in each game. Here are a few examples:

  • Check under the Options menu.
  • Some games include a New Game button.
  • Some games will allow you to add a new player profile.

Please note: Options 1 and 2 above will erase all saved data, requiring you to start over from the beginning of the game.

I have a free version game, how do I purchase and unlock the full version?

Follow these steps to upgrade to a full version game from a free version that you’ve already installed:

  • Open your game and wait for it to load to main menu.
  • From the main menu, tap the Unlock or Buy button. The name of the button may vary depending on the game.
  • Confirm your purchase. If there is a Collector’s Edition available, you may be asked to choose which version of the game you’d like to buy.



 

How can I get updates for my game?

You can check the App Store app to see if any updates are available for your game. For every available update, you’ll see a number appear in red on the top right corner of the App Store icon. Open the App Store app to choose which updates you’d like to install.

If an update for your game doesn’t appear in the App Store application, then it has already been installed. Once you reinstall a game, the most recent version available will be installed automatically.

Have a billing question?

For billing questions regarding your game, please contact Apple iTunes Support. In some cases, our Customer Support team can gift certain games using Apple’s game gifting feature. This will be done on a case by case basis if there are account or billing problems.

Since iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch games can only be purchased from the iTunes App Store, the Big Fish Games purchasing system is not used. As such, Game Club credits, Punch Card coupons, and coupon codes cannot be used to purchase these games.

Only games available through the iTunes App Store will work on these Apple devices.



 

Your Big Fish Account

Creating an account is fast, easy, and completely free.

Create a new account

 

  • Go to the game’s Options or Settings menu.
  • Tap the Sign In button.
  • Tap Create Account.
  • Enter your email address and create a password for your account.

Sign in to your account

If you already have an account, you can sign in at any time.

  • Go to the game’s Options or Settings menu.
  • Tap the Sign In button.
  • Enter the email address and password for your Big Fish account.

To sign out, just tap the Sign Out button in the game’s Options or Settings menu.

Forgot your password?

If you forgot your password, just tap the Forgot your password? link on the Sign In screen. You’ll be asked to enter the email address for your account, and we’ll send you a temporary password so that you can sign in.

Never received your new password?

It is possible that our email was sent to the Spam or Junk folder of your inbox. To ensure that you receive your reset password, please add no-reply@bigfishgames.com and bigfishgames@mailwc.custhelp.com to your safe-senders list. If you still do not receive this automated email, contact Customer Support and we’ll reset your password.

Forgot your email address?

If you’ve forgotten the email address that was used to create your account or no longer have access to that email address, please contact Customer Support. In order to promptly locate your account, please provide your first and last name, first four and last four digits of the payment card on the account, and your billing address. Please do not include your entire credit card number.

Email address already in use?

If you see this message, an account with the chosen email address has already been created on the Big Fish website or in another iPhone/iPad game. To sign in to this account, please select Forgot Your Password? in the sign in window and we’ll send a new password to the email address.

Need to update your email address and/or password?

You can update your email address or password from our website.

  • Click Sign In in the top right corner of the site, then sign in to your account using your current account email address and password.
  • Click Edit to enter a new email address and/or password.

Have more than one account?

It is not possible to merge multiple accounts and email addresses. If you have created more than one account, using multiple email addresses, please sign in to each of these accounts separately.

If you created an account that is assigned to an email address you no longer use, you can still sign in with that address. The email address does not need to be active. Once signed in, you can update the email address to one that has not been previously registered with us.

Did the information above not resolve your issue? Contact our Customer Support team directly here!