Elf Bell Prizes: Breaking Down the Tropical Island

Hey Howdy Hey My Elfish Tappers!

Well….unless you’ve been partying a little too hard you know that Elves have taken over Springfield!  Elves work hard and party even harder…so much so that even Santa bailed on Springfield!  It’s your job to contain the Elves and send them back to the North Pole.  In doing so you’ll earn Elf Bells..which will give you some awesome prizes!

With this event EA is repeating a similar prize structure to what they did for Halloween, only more prizes, and releasing the event (and prizes) in stages.  For the second phase, which lasts until the event ends (Jan 13th), you can win 8 prizes by collecting Elf Bells.  The Eight, and final, prize awarded at 22,500 Bells is the Tropical Island.

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Let’s take a closer look at this island in the sea and just what happens when you win it it your Springfield…

Tropical Island

WARNING Mild Dialogue Spoilers Ahead

Once you’ve collected 22,500 Elf Bells the Tropical Island will automatically be awarded to you and you’ll see this popup:


Much like Friendship Prizes, if you’re visiting a neighbor when you hit the 22,500 Bell mark this message will still popup and the island will be waiting for you in your inventory once you get back to your Springfield.

The Tropical Island will automatically be placed in your inventory, so you’ll have to go into your inventory to retrieve it.  Just tap the “use” icon to place it in your Springfield.


Before you place it in your Springfield some dialogue will appear between Homer and Apu.  This will prompt a short 1hr task with Homer.  Here’s the full rundown:

Tropical Island Nofari

Homer: Your largest bottle of sunblock, Apu.  I’m headed to a tropical paradise.
Apu: As someone born in the tropics, I can tell you it’s no paradise.  People who live in hot places are always miserable, constantly getting bitten by nasty things, and just as fat as here but sweatier.  Anyway, there’s enough sunblock in this bottle to cover over 23 acres of skin.  Who’s it for?
Homer: Me
Apu: You will need two.
Have a Water Expansion
Place the Tropical Island
Make Homer Apply Sunblock- 1hr, Earns $70, 17xp
Lisa: Dad!  There’s a new island just offshore from Squidport!  Even though it’s snowing here, it’s sunny and warm there.
Homer: Yeah, the game developers couldn’t figure out a way to explain that, so they just did it. Anyway, first we take six months of standup paddle board lessons and then island ho.

Completed Task Earns 100 Bells and 10xp

So here’s the deal with the Tropical Island:

-Decoration for the water.
-10×10 in size
-Can only be placed in the water
-No character interaction, no animation associated with it.
-Conform-o-meter: Vanity +1200

So that about covers all the details on this Tropical Paradise!

What do YOU think of the Tropical Island?  Have you earned it yet?  Where have you placed it in your Springfield?  Sound off in the comments below, you know we LOVE hearing from you!

56 responses to “Elf Bell Prizes: Breaking Down the Tropical Island

  1. I understand all the disgruntled comments. I never got all the free prizes for events until Stonecutters. It felt so great to get there and I loved all the prizes, designed a dedicated area and felt great about Tapped Out after so many disappointments with the Wheell That Shall Not Be Nsmed a few times too many. Stonecutters seemed to get it right for a lot of reasons and I saw a majority of players saying so.

    COC was not a theme of interest, but it was fun once I got over my resistance. By the end I was relieved it was over because I was SO phoning it in and just getting castle walls ad nauseum to use up game currency.

    Halloween was a mixed bag, but again, EA gave players a very fair chance all around.

    I was one of the lucky ones who didn’t ‘t get hit by the glitches, and would have been on target to get that Final island prize already if EA hadn’t messed with elf spawn numbers. I griped about it, but I realized that overall, EA continues to try to meet the needs of a Freemium players (which I was for well over a year,) those new to the game, and even longtime Tappers with a very limited number of neighbors.

    I haven’t loved a lot of the stuff given to us for free in the past year, but Jeebus, it’s free and adds to the overall scene.

    I hope Valentine’s Day rocks, more like Stonecutters did, but at least EA keeps trying to give us a better more user satisfying game. I’m grateful for that in a free play game.

  2. My game still says there are less than 3 hours until the event ends, so I’m thinking the extension isn’t going to happen. Not going to get the island and it sounds like it’s not worth the 300 donuts to jump ahead. This one was really hard, disappointed I won’t be finishing, but oh well.

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