Daily Archives: November 15, 2013

Addicts Blast from the Past: Building A Better Springfield

This was originally posted back in early September 2013 but we thought some of the newer Tappers joining after the Halloween Update could use some insight on just how to build a better Springfield.

Envious of your friend’s Springfield’s? Wish your Springfield looked as cool as theirs? Well, we’re in-between updates right now, so while there is a little lull in the game why not consider reworking your town to build a better Springfield?!

Here’s the Addict’s Guide to Building a Better Springfield:

It’s All Good In The Hood: Consider The Neighborhood

House farming does have its perks, if you do it right. While I’m not a house farmer myself (come on EA give us more houses!) I do have neighbors who are. When done right house farming can make your Springfield look like it has nice neighborhoods where people would want to live. Don’t just stick houses here and there around Springfield, and don’t stack them all up on top of each other either. Consider your placement of each house, and how it will fit in a neighborhood setting.
Tip: Keep all of the ‘special houses’ together (Flanders, Simpsons, Wiggum, Skinner, etc) and keep the other houses together, in multiple number (Purple House, White House, Brown House, etc).

Location Location Location: Consider What Your Central Springfield Is

Your Central Springfield is the part of your Springfield that shows up the moment you and your friends open your town. First impressions are everything, so you want to have a really great Central Springfield that will make your neighbors want to look for more! If you don’t have an exciting Central Springfield your friends might not get excited to see the rest.
Tip: Some people like to put the Simpson’s house in the center of their Springfield, while others prefer a part or Town Hall. Try to put your best decorated building/decoration in your Central Springfield and keep up with it. You really want something that’s going to wow your friends!

Hardscape/Landscape: Consider Your Landscaping

Try to landscape each building. Think about how it would look in real life and be creative!
Tip: Check our our 2D design page for more ideas!

What’s In A Theme: Consider A Theme for Each Building

Think:  ‘If this building existed in real life, what would it look like” and try to create a theme around that thought. For example, Kamp Krusty would be in the woods surrounded by trees, water, and maybe some cabins. So design your Kamp Krusty area to include a lot of trees and shrubs, a river or lake, and maybe through in some Brown houses for the cabin look!
Tip: Keep up with the theme you’ve created for each building. Landscape when you can, and try to keep it in line with your design plan.

Park It: Consider Building A Park

Try and think outside the box here. Don’t just stick use buildings everywhere to take up space.  Utilize the decorations available and make a park. Use the table, gazebo, swing set, monkey bars and all possible trees and other forms of flowers and greenery to create a dedicated Springfield Park. Hey EA even gives you a Springfield Park sign to help make it happen!
Tip: Keep a theme to your park, and dedicate areas of it for specific things. For example keep the Monkey Bars, Swing Set, and Seesaw together to create a play area of your park! 

Be A Simpsons Addict: Consider How Springfield Would Look

Follow The Simpsons a little bit and try setting your Springfield like it would look on the show!  It’s fun to see how things are on the Simpsons in relation to where you put them in your Springfield!

Looking for more insight?  Check out our newest series of posts Build Bunny’s Town…where our very own crazy Bunny has blown up her Springfield in an effort to redesign it with our readers!

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Turbo Tappin’: Thanksgiving 2013

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

As you’ve requested, here’s your Turbo Tappin’ quick walkthrough guide for the Thanksgiving 2013 update!  For those of you who LOVE the full dialogue, don’t worry it’s coming soon too!

Enjoy the update guys, I know I did!
Note: this is the walkthrough for both the main Quest (free) AND the Premium quest that unlocks with the Casino.  

Let’s kick things off with the main Thanksgiving Quest that starts once you unlock the Sacagawea costume for Lisa!
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New TSTO Update- Thanksgiving is HERE!!!!

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Halloween just left us (about a week ago) and Thanksgiving has already arrived in Springfield!  Woohoo, finally a purpose for all that corn Bunny’s been growing!

2013-11-15 17.45.26So login to your game and get the update!  More details as we discover them…

PS this should auto start for you 🙂

Update #1:
The Thanksgiving update will auto-start for you with a dialogue between Lisa and Homer.  Here’s the dialogue:
Homer: What’s this weird paper stuff in the mailbox?
Lisa: It’s called “mail.”
Homer: You mean they invented a paper version of electronic mail?  Science is amazing!  Ooh!  A big “mail”!  Maybe it’s full of more “paper”.
Lisa: It’s a Sacagawea costume I ordered.  I saved up all my Sacagawea dollars to pay for it.
Homer: Honey, the dollar doesn’t have Sacawhoever on it.  It has George Washington, the inventor of money.
Lisa: I wanted to dress up as Sacagawea to celebrate the rich cultural history of Thanksgiving.
Homer: A white girl dressing up like a native American?  I don’t know, that sounds a little racist to me.
Lisa: Just give me the costume.

Once complete you will unlock a FREE limited time Sacagawae costume for Lisa!  Woohoo free stuff!  
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This does come with a questline, which we will cover in a different post.  🙂

New AND returning items for Thanksgiving:
To access the new items, much like Halloween, there’s a Thanksgiving button under the build menu:
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New Items Premium:
Caesar’s Pow-Wow Casino- 150 Donuts 
(Earns $200 and 22xp every 8hrs)
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Pow-Wow’s Casino Sign- 40 Donuts (2% bonus cash and xp to all jobs)

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Stampy Parade Balloon- 40 Donuts (2% bonus cash and xp to all jobs)

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The Grumple Parade Balloon- 25 Donuts (2% bonus cash and xp to all jobs)

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The Mayflower- 100 Donuts (3% donus cash and xp to all jobs, requires level 15 and completion of Squidport 2 quest)

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New Items Non-Premium:
Rusty the Clown Parade Balloon- $5,400


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Poochie Parade Balloon- $20,000

 

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Returning Items Premium:
Snowball 2 Balloon-15 Donuts (requires level 5, 0.50% bonus cash and xp to all jobs)
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Itchy Balloon- 30 Donuts (requires level 5, 2% bonus cash and xp to all jobs)
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Returning Items Non-Premium
Scratchy Balloon- $1,000 (requires level 5)
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Blinky Balloon- $16,500 (requires level 5)
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Santa’s Little Helper Balloon- $30,000 (requires level 5)
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Update #2:
Thanksgiving Turbo Tappin’ is live!  You can check out the quick walkthrough (dialogue free) here.  For those that love full dialogue, don’t worry it’ll be up shortly 🙂

TSTO Anon: Bouncing regrets (and other ramblings) on a trambopoline

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Welcome back Addicts to the bi-monthly-ish meeting of The Simpsons Tapped Out Anonymous!

It’s good to see some familiar faces and of course newcomers are always welcome.  I just hope you guys didn’t come for the punch… it appears we’re all out today.

TSTO Anon 15Nov

Fair warning before we get started, today I’m a rambling man aka Wookiee.

Ever feel like you’re stuck on life’s trambopoline?

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Should I Spend Donuts on the Cracker Fountain?

Level 37 is here and with it comes the Southern Cracker Fountain, a new premium decoration for your Springfield.  I’m sure you’re asking “Should I Spend Donuts On This?”  Well before you hit that confirm button, lets break down the Cracker Fountain and see if you should add it to your Springfield:
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Decoration: Southern Cracker Fountain
Donut Price: 30 donuts
Unique?: No, you can have as many as you want
Bonus: 0.75% (bonus cash and XP to all tasks)
Bonus % Per Donut Spent: 0.025%
Conform-o-Meter Points: 300 Vanity  
Where Can I Place It?: The Southern Cracker Fountain can be placed on the grass and pavement of Springfield and on the Squidport Boardwalk.

Final Thought: At 30 donuts the Cracker Fountain isn’t the most expensive premium decoration, and the bonus payout isn’t that bad.  It’s nice that it can be placed on the boardwalk, however it’s the kind of decoration that really only works in one place & that’s with the Southern Cracker Factory.  It’s a nice decoration to add to help decoration the premium building, but it seems like it’s the only place it really fits.
There are other non-premium fountains you can purchase in the game for the same features.
My advice is to skip this one, unless you have a ton of extra donuts to spare.  It’s one of those odd decorations that really only “goes” in 1 place, and in my mind just not worth the 30 donuts.

What do you think?  Will you be paying 30 donuts for the Southern Cracker Factory?

Wondering if you should spend donuts on other level 37 premium items?  Check out these posts:
Should I Spend Donuts on the Cracker Factory and Luann?

Looking for more premium reviews? Check out our Ultimate Premium Guide

Where Did THAT Come From- Unemployment Office

Bunny bouncing back to harass you…err…I mean enlighten you on one of the new buildings brought to us courtesy of Level 37.

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As you progress through Kirk’s walkthrough, Weekend Dad Part 15, you will be prompted to build the Unemployment Office ($310,500). So where on earth can you see the Unemployment Office in the Simpsons Episodes and why is Kirk involved?

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