Bunny here. Putting on my glasses, getting out my pocket protector, and getting my magic fingers and thumbs ready to type those zeroes and ones. Basically…it’s Nerdy Time!!
For whatever various reasons, our game likes to frak with our minds and heads and nothing seems to quite go right. We panic. Throw our device. Scream. Yell. There may be many tears as well. Just slowly take your thumbs/fingers off the device or you may crack the screen. Lol. It’s ok. I am here to help. All of us are. Promise.
In this post, I will be going over the basics of using the New Friends & Neighbors Screen Menu EA put into our games a lil bit back. Help you find and locate items easier and make sense of it all. So sit back as we dive on in.
There are a lot of cool new changes to the Menus now and it can be kind of overwhelming to try and find information. To help, I am going to break down each icon section to make a bit more sense of where everything is tucked away now and how you can find it.
In your game in the lower right corner is the Bart & Milhouse Icon. This is the Friend & Neighbor shortcut. Tap on it. (You will sometimes also see a number in Orange on it. That is your Pending Friend Requests. If a NEW one just came in, the words NEW will also show right above the Icon.)
Center Screen that will show your Neighbor Friends Lists, their current XP Level, how many actions you have left in their town OR the time left until you can visit and get actions again, as well as a visual of their town progress.
So now that you have the basic idea of the Main Neighbor Screen, let’s dive in even deeper and break it apart.
Friendship Level Icon. This is what you can see both on your Neighbor Screen as well as while you are tapping through your Neighbors towns in the Lower Left Corner. It lists were you currently are at in your Personal Prizes, the amount you need to get the next Personal Prize, and how many FP you will earn for your next neighbor actions. Which breaks down to the following.
|10||30 (about 10 Neighbors)|
|5||30 (about 10 Neighbors)|
|4||30 (about 10 Neighbors)|
|2||30 (about 10 Neighbors)|
|1||180 (about 60 Neighbors)|
So as you can see, these will span for a total of 100 Visits roughly. So make sure you use them wisely. Avoid the “Other Springfield” as they are not a neighbor and don’t really benefit from a visit. Also if you have outside friends, like from Facebook, you will run out of FP before you get to the end as again only 100 Actions total.
Facebook Icon. This is where you can tap to link your current Facebook account to your TSTO game. WARNING: This will link the Facebook account currently logged into on your device. So if you have multiple, make sure you log out FIRST, log into the Facebook you want, THEN launch the TSTO app to link it. Once you tap on the Facebook icon, it will take you to the approval screen to accept the link to your Facebook. If you are currently logged out, it will instead give you the pop up option to log into Facebook and link it.
Friendship Points Icon. Tapping on this will tell you what “Trophies” aka what Personal Prizes you have currently earned by collecting Friend Points, what the next Personal Prizes will be, how many points to the next one, and what the current Donut Buy Out is for the current Personal Prize is if you want to rush it aka “Get It Now” option.
Tapping the ? here will again just take you to the Friend Point Guide.
Handshake Icon. You may use this icon the most as you play as a lot of Neighbor/Friend interaction happens here. Tapping on the Handshake Icon will open up the Main Neighbor/Friend Management Screen. (Again you will see a number in the Orange bubble if you have pending requests and/or the word NEW if you have any new Friends.)
Due to there is a LOT of info here, let’s break the tabs down even more as well. (To protect MY neighbors, I have blurred out their pics/information.)
Handshake Tab: When in this screen, you will see an alphabetical list of all the current friend requests you have pending for invites into your game. You will see their pic icon and their name only. The option to Decline the request or to Add them to your Friends. Just scroll through the list. If you continue on down, you will eventually jump to the next tab over.
There is even a step further. If you are not too happy with them and want them gone, here is where you can also DELETE them from your friend list. WARNING: This will ONLY work for players added by Origin ID. NOT Facebook.
If you look at an individual Neighbor/Friend, you will see their pic icon, current level, name, and the option to hide them. Tap on their pic icon. This will take you to the Personal Information Screen for them.
If you added them via Origin, you will see their name at the top, their pic icon off to the side, when they last were logged into their game, what XP Level they’re at, and also the option…Unfriend in Origin. Tapping this option will take them OFF your friend list. You will be asked to confirm.
Now if you linked your account to Facebook, you will see this instead. All the same details minus the option for removal. This can ONLY be done if you actually take them off your Facebook Friends or Log out of your Facebook Account, removing the link to the game and ALL the friends with it.
Facebook Tab. This will show you a list of all the Neighbors/Friends you currently COULD have on Facebook and allow you to send them an Invite if you want them to join. Remember this is the same as sending any OTHER app request via Facebook, some may not like it so much. If you are not logged in/linked to your Facebook, you will see more of a blank screen and the system telling you to Sign into Facebook to get some.
Now that we have looked at the Individual Tabs across the top of the Neighbor/Friend Pop Up Screen, let’s look at the surrounding options too.
Privacy Settings Link. If you tap on this, you will be pulled out of your game and into a shortcut to Origin. If not, already logged in…it will prompt you too. This is the same email and password you use for the game.
Once logged into Origin, it then takes you right to the Privacy Settings section for Origin. Here you can set and change your account to fit what YOU want. So if you want to make any changes, this is a great quick link to do so.
Logging In/Out of Facebook. Here again is another Quick Link for you to Link or Unlink your TSTO game to your Facebook account. What you will see will vary on whether you are currently logged in or out.
Find More Friends. This is the Quick Link to send new Neighbor/Friend requests out. Tap on it and it will bring you to the screen to enter their info. As you can see, you need at LEAST 5 Characters. So those of you with short names, you will run into issues having people send you requests. I would suggest possibly altering your name or adding to it.
For those of you that for whatever reason still do NOT have your account linked to Origin. This is where you can tap to sign up for an account. We HIGHLY suggest you do so. Losing all your game progress, especially when time and donuts are invested is not a good thing. Just tap on the Find more friends and follow the instructions to set up your account.
Once you tap on the Search bar, you will be taken to the screen to enter the name. By default, it will ask for an email. No worries you do not have to have their email, just enter their Origin ID and search for them.
You can also drop a few letters or numbers off and allow the system to do a random search for their name if you have troubles. This will bring up any names close to the one you are looking for. Once you you find the person you want, just tap Add and a request will be sent on it’s way to them.
Now from time to time you WILL get the message of “too full”. This can mean one of two things, either YOU have too many friends or THEY have too many friends. So one of you has to make sure you make room for the other. (In the past, we have found that at times the system will count pending requests as friends too.) There is a MAX of 100 Origin friends allowed in the game. Facebook and “Other Springfield” will not count.
Log Out Icon. This is a quick way if you have multiple accounts you want to switch inbetween, to Log Out of the current one you are in. Or if you are wanting to reset the account for technical issues. Just tap on it and you will be logged out.
As we covered briefly above, this is the main center screen where you can see your Neighbors/Friends information. You can swipe the screen to the left or right to scroll through the list, see who can and can’t be visited, where your neighbors are XP Level wise, and during events what their item collection is at. The cool part is you can VISUALLY see how they are progressing in their town. This is reflected by the different ways the towns look by showing different stages of Krustyland, Springfield, and Squidport.
The other cool part of this is if you can jump to a certain part of town depending on where you tap on the Center Screen. If you tap on Springfield or Squidport, you will be taken to the main Springfield part of their town. If you tap on their Krustyland, you will be transported into their Krustyland instead. (Of course if you got their by mistake, you can always back out or just tap on their Krustyland Shuttle to take you back to Springfield.)
So that about breaks down the Friend & Neighbor Area. Keep an eye out for the other helpful New Menu posts.
As always, we are here to help in anyway we can. (I even try to harass…errr…I mean contact EA on our readers behalf to see if there is anything more I can find out too.) Just keep hanging in there. Changes happen. We will all get used to it eventually. 😉