Tappers 101- Vandalism, Tagging, Spray Paint

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.

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In this post, I will be going over the basics of Vandalism. The Pros and Cons of it. Why it is such a controversial issue. Mainly…. WHAT IS IT??!!

So you are new to the game or new to our site and wondering what the frak it means to Vandalize someone’s town. Well here is the basic idea. You visit your neighbors and they visit you. You BOTH are looking for things to tap on. Normally you just tap on the basic icons like this.

Dollar Sign IconDollar Signs

Cash Register IconCash Register

Money Stack IconMoney Stack

Menu Check IconCheck/Menu Book

But there are some building that do not have a money payout so the ONLY way to get a payout from them it to “tag” or “Vandalize” them. This is the Police Station, Springfield Town Hall, Springfield Elementary, and Moe’s.  This is the icon you will see instead on those 4 Buildings.

Spray Can IconSpray Paint Can (This is what causes Vandalism!)


Well the game causes that building to be spray painted and Vandalized. You will then see one of the 4 images of graffiti on the building.  (Or a glitch one if you are lucky. Lol.)Springfield Town Hall Being Tagged Spray Paint

Springfield Town Hall Tagged Spray Paint

Springfield Elementary Tagged Spray Paint

Moe's Tagged Spray Paint

Police Station Tagged Spray Paint

But it does not end there. For those of you concerned about your Conform-O-Meter ratings, you just took a BIG hit to your Righteousness Rating and made your neighbors drop too. A drop of FIVE points for each of you. As of Level 47 you need a total of 260 points to make Righteousness 5 stars. (Tap HERE for more of a breakdown.) Why is it such a big deal? Well the higher the stars the MORE bonus % which means MORE $$ and XP earned. (This on top of any Premium Items that earn % too.) IT ADDS UP!Righteousness Conform O Meter

The current buildings that help with Righteousness barely even cover half of what is needed. So it takes a LOT to get it to 5 stars and keep it there. There are other things that can hurt Righteousness too, like missing a Sideshow Bob Capture in yours or your neighbors town, sending criminals to do bad things, etc. ALL will cause a drop. Some as much as from 5 stars to 1.5 stars. Tagging and Sideshow being the worst hits. (The results are at times delayed and not instant, but you will notice.)


Vandalism is the ONLY way to get a payout from some of the Buildings. So it will be the only way to get $$, XP, FP, or any other items that would drop from buildings during events. Otherwise these 4 buildings will just sit around without collecting rent.

moestown hall

Springfield Elementarypolice station

After the building is spray painted, it does leave some pretty funny images on the buildings that you would usually see Bart making within in the Simpsons T.V. Series Episodes. (See above.)


Main thing, YOUR Righteousness hit HARD! Every tag will cost YOU FIVE points. It also will cost the Neighbor you tagged FIVE points from their rating too. Those add up fast. This is the MAIN reason many do not want to be Vandalized. Hitting and maintaining that 5 stars rating WITHOUT the use of Training Walls (or if they aren’t leveled up enough to buy them) is almost impossible when someone keeps tagging you. It is MORE work to get it back to 5 stars again and have to keep doing it over and over and over.


If you have been vandalized, you will see the spray paint design on one of the 4 buildings (as shown above) along with a Mop Icon to clean it up.

Tagged Spray Can Mop IconMop Icon (Vandalized)

If you tap on it you will ONLY get ONE point back for Righteousness and will get the payout for the building. (Payout will vary on YOUR current bonus % on Conform-O-Meter.)


Yes. Here are a list of items that will help you.

Sideshow Bob 5Capture Sideshow Bob: Grab him while he is running around in yours or your neighbors town and get ONE point. (Missing him drops your rating FIVE points.)

police stationSpringfield Police Station: You can have only one but it will give you TEN points. (At Game Play Level 17, you can unlock this for purchase.)

penitentiarySpringfield Penitentiary: You can have only one but it will give you TEN points. (At Game Play Level 19, you can unlock this for purchase.)

swat vanS.W.A.T. Van: You can only have the one but it will give you TEN points once placed in your town. (At Game Play Level 33, you can unlock this for purchase.)

Training WallTraining Walls: Each one purchased and placed in your town will add TEN points. You can buy as many as you want.  (At Game Play Level 33, you can unlock this for purchase.) You will find them in your Decorations Icon in both Menu and Inventory.

Now as you can see Training Walls are a great help. You can put them in the open and decorate with them. Training Walls as Decorations

Or you can hide them behind taller buildings. At times you can even get 3 or 4 back there depending on the building. Out of sight, out of mind. Training Wall Behind Library

Without Training Walls your Righteousness will take a hit over and over and over. (Can you see why many don’t like it?)

There you have it. The basics of Vandalism. Now if YOU don’t like Vandalism and want friends that are on the same page, feel free to use the NO VANDALISM Friend Page. For those that do not care, use our regular ones. Either option you take is completely up to you. Just have fun with it no matter which way you go. This is just a game after all. 🙂

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. 😉


135 responses to “Tappers 101- Vandalism, Tagging, Spray Paint

  1. So sorry if I tagged any of my neighbors today 2/1/17. I did not know that with the new update, clicking on a building with a tourist pin would cause it to be vandalized.

  2. I tagged Nitsudyar80!
    Im sorry!

  3. I did not know that about vandalism in friend’s towns. Thanks for the info.

  4. Now I am confused. My Righteousness rating was half a star. Now that we have regular visits back after the event, I’ve had some spray painting done to my town and I’ve done some to others. I clean them up and now my Righteousness rating is up to 5 stars. So I assumed the vandalism/spray painting helped the Righteousness rating. Has the formula changed since this post?

    • Nope. Spray painting decreases, cleaning increases. But the quicker you clean it the less of an impact the spray paint makes.

  5. I’ve tried tapping Sideshow Bob in friends’ towns, but it doesn’t seem to do anything. Am I missing something?

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