Hey Howdy Hey Tappers,
Well now that Valentine’s Day has finally left our games we’re all kind of sitting here wondering…what’s next? With today’s update hitting & not bringing a new Level with it what the heck changed? Well….there’s now a little incentive to visit your neighbor-eenos on a daily basis! F-R-I-N-K Points…err Friend Points (you’ll see the reason for the change below the fold).
Friend points (FP) earn you prizes…like previous social events (only this one appears to be permanent). Currently there are 5 prizes you can unlock earning FPs. Once you’ve unlocked all 5 you’ll reach the max level, but it does appear EA has plans to add more.
How do you activate the social event and start earning FP? You won’t see it right away in your main Springfield Screen. To unlock it you’ll need to go to your friend screen and visit one of your neighbor-eenos (yes it works on Other Springfield…which is what I used for my Screenshots). Once you tap a building you’ll see blue FP come out (in addition to the normal cash and XP). They look like this:
Once you collect your first FP some dialog will auto-start with Frink and Homer. This will go over the details of how to collect points and earn prizes. And it will also activate the event in your game. THERE IS NO RUSH on this. It does not appear like it’s something EA plans to remove. It looks as tho it’s a permanent addition to TSTO. So take your time and have fun with it!
Neighbor-eenos are now important ALL the time in TSTO. So if you need Friends be sure to check out our friend request page!
Now for more details…because I know some of you like to play the game in real time I’ve put the major details (and what the prizes are) below the fold. So if you don’t want to find out more info about the event don’t click more. So once you collect your first FP a dialog box will popup:
Frink: Mhoyvin! I see you’ve found my newest invention — the “Frink Point”! You’ll get one every time you interact with something in other Springfields. With the tapping and the reading and the waiting too long for loading.
Homer: What’s in it for me?
Frink: I’m glad you asked, my good man! Science has learned that interacting with other humans improves your quality of life, it may, in fact, extend your life.
Homer: That’s nice, but I’d really rather get some kind of imaginary prize or doodad for doing stuff.
Frink: *sign* Doodads, always with the doodads.Frink: Actually, they’re called FRINK points. F-R-I-N-K. Sometimes people mis-hear me ’cause of my Hoy-vin accent.
Homer: Actually, “Friend Points” has a nice ring to it, let’s call it that.
Frink: But I’m the inventory, and you’re just some guy. So I think we both know who gets to name the points.
The second prize you can win is the Singing Sirloin. This is earned when you earn another 2,000FP OR you can spend 200 donuts.
The third prize is Snowball II (finally after SLH being in the game for HOW long?!). This is earned after you’ve unlocked the first two items and earn an additional 1,500FP OR you can spend 200 donuts.
The fourth prize is Homer’s Car (FINALLY! Although you STILL can’t place it on the road) This is earned after you’ve unlocked the other 3 items and earned an additional 2,000FP OR you can spend 350 donuts.
The fifth and final prize (for now) is Stampy. Stampy unlocks after you’ve earned all of the other prizes and an additional 5,000 FP OR you can spend 500 donuts.
So what happens when you unlock all of the prizes? Well once you’ve reached the maximum number of FP you’ll earn TRIPLE the $$ from interacting in your neighbors towns.
So how do you earn FP? Well just like visiting them normally, you just tap on Neighbor’s buildings (as you normally would & 3 per town) to earn FP. What IS different is the number of points per town. This is a similar structure to the Valentine’s Day Hearts:
-First 30 actions (so visiting 10 friends and tapping 3 items in each town) 10 FP for each action.
-31-60 actions (so next 10 friends (11-20) and tapping on 3 items in each town) 5 FP for each action.
-61-90 (next 10 friends (21-30) and tapping 3 items in each town) 4 FP for each action.
-91-120 (next 10 friends (31-40) and tapping 3 items in each town) 2 FP for each action.
-121-300 (friends 41-100 and tapping 3 items in each town) 1 FP for each action.
As a bonus you’ll also earn more $$ from visiting friends the higher the level increase. So it’s a good way to earn some extra money for your town.
UPDATE: 9PM EST: Here’s what we’ve learned from playing the game and from you AWESOME Addicted Tappers commenting what you’re seeing!
Fooeyfighter reminds us of a way to save time while visiting neighbors:
Since we are now being promoted to visit friends all the time, I thought I would share a small tip I discovered (I’m sure others know of this but as I did not until the Valentine’s Day event figured I would post).
When you visit other Springfields, you can jump in, click 3 locations and go right to the next town without the need to click on the money, exp and FP to collect them. You get them all automatically once you leave.
Huge time saver. I can visit 93 towns in about 20 minutes now. Love the site, keep it comin’.
Ryguyer, Alunited1961, Schneiper1988 (if I forgot anyone else I’m sorry!) let us know that cleaning up graffiti in YOUR town will earn you bonus FP! This was Ryguyer’s take:
Seems like you can also get fp in YOUR OWN town when you clean up graffiti. One point for each. Nice to know since it will be more beneficial to graffiti friends vs just clicking buildings.
CGuy (my favorite number cruncher! Even when it’s wrong) calculated how long it would take to earn each of the prizes if you visit your neighbors daily: Note: his initial math was wrong. And it’s my fault for not catching it..but he did correct it here:
Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!
I was wrong (egads, zounds!)
I thought it was levels, like everything else. NO! Each prize is an ADDITIONAL number of friendship points.
So, to make the math clear (well, clear as mud for some),
10 pts x 30 actions
5 pts x 30 actions
4 pts x 30 actions
2 pts x 30 actions
1 pts x 180 actions
Total = 810 Frink Points *hoyvin!
So, with the recalculations based on my misunderstanding, in parenthesis is the total time from starting out:
1.2 days to Prize 1 (1.2 days)
2.5 days to Prize 2 (3.7 days)
3.7 days to Prize 3 (7.4 days)
4.9 days to Prize 4 (12.3 days)
6.2 days to Prize 5 (18.5 days)
So, if you tap EVERY DAY, it will take about 2 1/2 weeks to get prize 5, unless you get LOTS of graffiti!
Bad Math Once – Shame on me!
Bad Math Twice – Shame on Alissa!
Ok, the MATH was correct, the assumptions were wrong. I don’t know if I read some bad info on prize levels, or what. But I had the wrong number of Frink Points needed to earn each level. This is finally correct (swear, checked it 3x)….
Prize Points Days Total Days
Olmec Head 1,000 1.2 1.2
Singing Sirloin 2,000 2.5 3.7
Snowball II 1,500 1.9 5.6
Homer’s Car 2,000 2.5 8.0
Stampy 5,000 6.2 14.2
So TWO weeks for you addicted tappers.
tatsal13 let us know that the donut price decreases for each item as you collect some FP:
The dOnut cost per prize goes down as you get closer to the required friend points to acquire it.
David Sutton let us know about Sideshow Bob and FP:
Sideshow Bob doesn’t yield any points unfortunately
BUT he doesn’t count toward your daily actions either…so he’s basically free money and XP…plus a righteousness boost 🙂
AND….you can earn FP in Krustyland too. 🙂
Ok Tappers that’s it for the event rundown! We’ll be back with more details about the prizes soon. In the meantime ENJOY YOUR NEIGHBOR’S TOWNS! Check out their designs and how they built their Springfield. Take your time with this event. There is no clock on it! 🙂
Remember if you’re looking for neighbor-eenos check out our Friends Page here.
What do YOU think of this little update? Are you happy the FINALLY added Homer’s Car? And that it’s FREE? Are you a happy Tapper knowing your neighbors will visit you again? Sound off in the comments below. You know we LOVE hearing from you!
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