The common item that is between all text based iPhone MMO RPGs is the cheat point system. Since these are free iPhone games that would not give the developers any income directly from downloads, so this is their way to create a financial source from their product. This is a common thread between companies like The Godfather, PlayMesh, and Storm8, which make up the trifecta of major competitors in this specialized field of free iPhone games. Zynga also exists in this spectrum, though it has fewer games available and its point system works slightly different. Here is an overview of the point system that is in place in Zynga's series of games including Mafia Wars and others.
Over all the point system from Zynga is going to have the same basic premises as systems like PlayMesh Points. This works through a process of buying and acquiring points that are then spent on items within the game that you would normally have to earn or wait for. For example, when using Vampires Bloodlust Reward Points you will have to go through the normal process of purchasing them with real money from the iTunes' App Store. Begin by using the Power Search function in iTunes' to search for Vampires Bloodlust Reward Points. This will give you all the available Vampires Bloodlust Reward Points packages for purchase. Once you buy one of these Vampires Bloodlust Reward Points packages you will download it to your account, sync it to your iPhone, and then open it up. Like the rest of the developers' games, you will open up your Vampires Bloodlust account and have the Reward Points that you bought in the account. Now you will just go to the Elders on the Vampires Bloodlust main menu and you will see what Vampires Bloodlust Reward Points you have in your account and how can spend them.
Spending the Zynga points is specific to the games, but there is a common gaming principle that strings them together. The design of each of these Zynga games is similar, as well as the options available, so this means that the majority of the tips can be applied to all of these RPGs. For example, when Mafia Wars Reward Points are being used you have a very limited series of options. To look at how many Mafia Wars Reward Points you have and how you want to spend them you will go to The Godfather on the Mafia Wars home screen. Here you will be given a few options for Mafia Wars Reward Points, and the top one will be temporary. In Mafia Wars, and the rest of the Zynga RPGs, you will have limited edition items that you can purchase with Reward Points. These can be things like Samurai Swords and other weapons, and usually cost ten Mafia Wars Reward Points. You will also have the ability to buy another mobster for twenty Mafia Wars Reward Points. Zynga is similar The Godfather and Storm8 in that it includes a Mafia Wars Player ID system, which works the same as Friend Codes. Each player gets a Mafia Wars Player ID that they use to identify themselves. To add other players you can easily use Mafia Wars Player IDs to find them, as well as you can communicate your Mafia Wars Player ID to get other players to add you. Since you have the Mafia Wars Player ID it is pretty easy to add players to your mob, which means that you may not want to waste your Mafia Wars Reward Points on adding mobsters. The other main option for spending Mafia Wars Reward Points is on adding skill points, which means you can points to your character that determines their strengths. This may often be one of the best choices as it is a permanent change to your Mafia Wars character. You also have the option to buy more Mafia Wars Reward Points right from in The Godfather, which basically present you with links to App Store pages for different Mafia Wars Reward Points packages.
Free Reward Points play into the Zynga model in the same way as it does with PlayMesh and Storm8. If you are playing Zynga's Street Racing you are going to try to get as many free Street Racing Reward Points, as well as free Reward Points for the rest of the games. There are going to be free Reward Points available for Street Racing all over the place, and often times these will be in relatively large Street Racing Reward Points packages. As is also usual you will have to deal with odd numbers of free Reward Points for Street Racing and the rest. This is done so that you will have to actually buy Street Racing Reward Points so that you can get an even number and can utilize them all. You may not actually want to buy Street Racing Reward Points as they are expensive, but all players need to keep up on free Reward Points as they come up at the iTunes' App Store.