The return on the last few months' offers from Xbox LIVE Rewards has been a little lacking, so Microsoft has decided to up the ante this month with a new type of offer. The MyPunchcard system offers a varying number of different punchcards, each with their own different method of winning a different type of reward. Each punchcard requires four different punches to fill it completely.
For April, there are three punchcards with three rewards that are centred around Xbox LIVE Arcade games. The first punchcard offer is entitled "Eat. Sleep. Game." To get a single punch on this card, players must play any combination of XBLA games for a total of five hours. To fill the card and get all four punches, this means that players must play for a total of 20 hours across any XBLA games. Once this card is completely filled, players will earn themselves an exclusive (unspecified) avatar reward.
The second punchcard offer is entitled "Collect Games, Get Gold". To get a single punch on this card, players must purchase one XBLA game at a price of 400 MSP or more. To fill the card and get all four punches, this means that players purchase four XBLA games, each priced at 400 MSP or more. Once this card is completely filled, players will earn themselves one month's Xbox LIVE Gold membership.
The third punchcard offer is entitled "Spend More, Get More". To get a single punch on this card, players must spend 800 MSP on XBLA games. There is no minimum price limit on the XBLA games that qualify for this punchcard. To fill the card and get all four punches, this means that players must spend a total of 3200 MSP on XBLA games. Once this card is completely filled, players will earn themselves a rebate of 800 MSP.
Players who complete all three punchcards will be guaranteed a spot in one of the upcoming VIP exclusives, although Microsoft is yet to reveal exactly what the exclusives will be. XBLA games both new and old will qualify for the offers but, if you're eagerly awaiting new releases to fill up your time, Microsoft Studios and Major Nelson have both confirmed that these games are due to be released this month:BattleBlock Theater
- 1200 MSPDouble Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons
- 1200 MSPGod Mode
- price TBCMonaco: What's Yours is Mine
- price TBCMotocross Madness
- price TBCSacred Citadel
- price TBC
The offer period started on April 1st and ends on April 30th. Once a punch has been earned, it can take up to 96 hours to appear on the MyPunchcard page. The MSP rebate will then be deposited into your Xbox LIVE account by May 30th, 2013. For the other two rewards an email with instructions for redeeming the Reward will be sent to the contact email with which you are registered here
by May 30th, 2013.
For the first time, Taiwan has also been added to the list of areas in which the Rewards program is available. The offer is available to all Xbox LIVE Rewards members over the age of 13 in these countries too: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom and United States.