Boomerang: My Thoughts
So what is Boomerang?
Boomerang Rentals is an online rental service that offers a flexible and speedy service, great value for money and over 1000 titles to choose from. Across all the major consoles and handhelds.
Why I have been using it?
Full disclosure here. Although I started my #100kChallenge at the start of the year – I have used Boomerang in the past. Service has always been great and according to my account page I have saved £2,946.
In that time I have upgraded my account, downgraded, taken holidays and even bought games outright. The company claims of flexibility and speedy service have, in my experience at least, always been backed up. I would also like to say that this is not an ad or sponsored post – all thoughts are my own based on my own experiences.
So when I created a new gamertag (danlaing1983) to embark on my #100kChallenge I knew that at some point I would be reactivating my account to gain access to the games I couldn’t afford to buy. Although by already having an account I missed on the free trial offer for new signups.
Boomerang is also everything that I started the #100kChallenge for in the first place. Based on my article of the cost of gaming – link for that can be found here.
Packages start from £3.99 and at the time of writing this the most expensive package I had available is £15.99.
These also range from priority packages (more expensive) to a value package (less expensive).
As you can see I will unlock more packages on 01-04-2018 (then another 01-07-18). 3 and 4 game packages are unlocked if you are on a 2 game package, and have been a paying customer continually for 3 and 6 months respectively.
I have started the #100kChallenge on Unlimited 2 costing £13.99 per month. This allows me 2 games at a time and unlimited rentals per month. New releases are included in this package.
By contrast Value 1 (the cheapest package available at £3.99) gives access to 1 game a month but games are also at least 6 months old.
Boomerang also offers a loyalty program which allows you to earn points and spend them on bonus rentals, free months and even discounts on purchasing.
Points are earned by either buying a game through Boomerang or via the service guarantee that they offer.
Benefits for my #100kChallenge
So as already mentioned I settled on Unlimited 2 (£13.99). This I believed would allow me to boost my gamerscore within budget and give me access to hundreds of games that I wouldn’t be able to afford.
What have I rented so far?
- Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishment
- Rugby 15
- Murdered: Soul Suspect
- The Wolf Among Us
- The Walking Dead: Season 1
- The Walking Dead: Season 2
- Game of Thrones
- Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse
- Adam Venture: Origins
- The Walking Dead: A New Frontier
So has it been worth it? ££
With the package that I am on, the great service, great social media (especially twitter found here) and most importantly for me, the quick turnaround. So far I have managed 8 100% completions and 2 games ready to play. That is 10,000 gamerscore since the start of February. All costing under £28.
Every Tuesday I post my Top Picks that offer easy completions under £10 that are added to the Xbox sale (last weeks can be found here). To compete with Boomerang I would need to find 10 games averaging £2.80 each – very difficult even with the weekly sales. Also we are only 1 week into March I still have the rest of the month to boost my gamerscore using the array of games available. Aiming for 4-6 games by the end of the month.
Honestly I think that I have made a great investment. All these games if bought from the Xbox Store would cost me around £180. Huge saving.
Would I recommend it?
Honestly the service is great and reasonably priced I would highly recommend using the service and although I am using it to help in my #100kChallenge, the service is a great deal whichever type of gamer you are.
Paying £13.99 per month is almost a quarter of the price of 1 full priced game. Boomerang even send new releases on launch day.
Going forward in the #100kChallenge I will continue using the service although when I have exhausted all the quick completions – I may possibly downgrade my account due only to the fact that my turnaround will be much slower and I need to keep boosting within budget.
However I will 100% upgrade when I have completed the #100kChallenge and use it to continue to save money while I aim for the million (ha….very long way from this but I can dream). My son will also be happy as he will benefit when I can start grabbing some PS4 games for him.
So check them out – they offer a free 21 day trial so you can try for yourself. But if you don’t like spending too much money on games then its a definite no brainier!
Thanks for reading – anyone else use their service? Let me know in the comments – also as always any feedback is appreciated.
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Till next time…