New Gil Deal In Town: Ice Cream Homer!! UPDATED

Hey there Hoppereenos!

Sorry for the delay. Gotta love traffic!

There is a New Gil Deal in the game. I Scream! You Scream! We ALL Scream! FOR ICE CREAM! Ice Cream Homer is in our games, WOOHOO!!


Gil Deal Ice Cream Homer

To start, you will need to make sure you are Up To Date on the App from your App Market to ensure you see all the content and have the patches necessary.

Additional warning, some Players reporting the game crashing as well with the Update. Looking into that a bit more. Additional note: It seems this is hitting more iOS6 and iOS devices. Cuavsfan has started a Forum Thread on it. Feel free to light it up with your comments.

Back with more details on the offer in just a bit.

When you first pop into your game after it is fully up to date, you will see Gil roaming your streets with a Fudgesicle Icon over his head. Tapping on it will trigger the dialog…

Gil: Used truck for sale! Used man selling a used truck!
Homer: Not interested.
Gil: I’ll clean all the half-melted ice cream out of the back. I’ll wreak havoc on my sciatica, but what choice do I have?
Homer: Half melted! Ice Cream! Sciatica! Wait, not the last one. But those first ones… SOLD!

The offer will then Pop Up on the Screen.

Gil Deal Ice Cream Homer

Ice Cream Homer w/Ice Cream Truck: 120 Donuts.


If you do not take the offer…
Gil: It’s me isn’t it? It couldn’t be the ice cream, because who doesn’t like ice cream? But everybody doesn’t like ol’ Gil.

The offer will then be moved into your Main Menu Screen.

Ice Cream Truck Main Menu



If you take the offer and place the Ice Cream Truck in your Springfield…

Ice Cream TruckIce Cream Truck: Is a Decoration, but animated when tapped. The lights flash, engine rumbles, and smoke shoots from the tail pipe. It also plays some Ice Cream Man Music, followed by “Product contains neither Ice or Cream.”
Gil: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
Gil: Also I scream at the nightmares brought on by the sadness of my horrible life.

You will then see the Pop Up for Ice Cream Man Homer’s Outfit. You will have to play through the Questline to unlock it. More on the Questline in another post.

Ice Cream Man Homer Outfit Pop Up

Homer will start the Questline for “Ice Cream Man Cometh.”




For whatever reason, EA swapped out Fat Tony for Snake in LA Body Works. Task name remains the same, but Snake is now in that spot. Looking into it, but this may be permanent.


There you have it. Now I am REALLY craving some Ice Cream. Thanks a lot EA. Ben & Jerry’s Tonight Dough is calling my name now. 😉

What do you think of this Gil Deal? Are you going to pick it up? Did you already? Unlocked Ice Cream Man Homer yet? Let us know.




218 responses to “New Gil Deal In Town: Ice Cream Homer!! UPDATED

  1. I got the update and the offer for the ice-cream truck. I wanted to think about it. After the last update, Gil is still in town, but I can’t tap on him and no truck in the buy menu. I can send Tony to the gym, but not Snake. I tried logging out of the game, hard close, visiting friends, and I turned my device off and back on. I deleted and reinstalled and tried from my iPad and my phone. Any other suggestions? Gil keeps taunting me now that I want to buy by walking around town not letting me tap on him.


  2. If I have one complaint about the new Springfield Heights update, it’s that whenever a building has finished producing “currency”, that task takes precedence over any open characters, except for those with a waiting dialogue. Since the furniture job takes 30 seconds, it keeps interfering with cycling through people waiting to be assigned jobs. It’s nice that they let us know that those particular jobs are finished, but it would probably make more sense from a usability standpoint to have a separate popup, like we get with the special events. Or is it just me? 🙂


    • It’s not just you. You said it all exactly right. (Except that I’ve experienced that I can eventually cycle after I skip past (and reassign) the store once.)

      Let’s treat it like an event, give it it’s own icon space, because it is an event, just an untimed one, supposedly.


    • i love the fact that it takes priority over the others, keep me moving alno very quickly


    • if you don’t want it interrupting you while you assign jobs to characters, the simple solution here would be to just not set the 30 second furniture task until you’ve completed your cycle…


      • I take the opposite approach – I send my furniture makers to work and then try to cycle through as quickly as I can, before they’re done (or repeat the process about halfway through). The danger of not sending them on their furniture-making task first is that I might send them on “regular” tasks by mistake, when I’m cycling through seething everyone on tasks. That’s why I always set my SH tasks first (unless I’m not doing those, because I’m going to have a non-TSTO life for a few hours).


      • Sandra, that’s the approach that I’ve been forced to take, for the exact same reason that you stated.


      • That’s my approach as well, I was just trying to provide the guy i replied to another way since he didn’t seem to wanna approach it like that. However, now that I’m paying attention to it, while I cycle through characters with the icon in the top left to set tasks, the furniture icon never interrupts and jumps to the front. So I’m actually not sure what he was originally complaining about. The only time those job icons are at the forefront are when i first log into my game, or come back from visiting neighbors/krustyland.


  3. If others could use the ice cream truck also to buy ice cream or something that be cool also. It does give a pretty decent bonus towards money also so that mixed with homers perm task as suggested before would be pretty cool.

    I mean the ghost flying pirate ship has a perm task with the sea captain. Wash the ghostly decks. So it’s not hard to see this one would also.


  4. I think its odd that they are posting this updating asking us to spend donuts before they’ve actually fixed the missing donuts problem. Get your priorities sorted EA.


    • Keep in mind that Events… no matter if Large, Small, or even a Level… are all planned out and set up months in advance. So, months ago the issue did not exist. The two have absolutely nothing to do with one another

      A Company won’t stop functioning as a Company while one area is being looked at for isolated issues. They still have to keep going or it will cause massive internal issues and delays that would impact the game far into the future.


  5. Coppens Danny

    You can put the road under the Ice Cream Truck


  6. We need a Gil deal on donuts! I don’t mind buying donuts, the team over at EA deserve something for the hours & hours of entertainment they have provided over the years, I just don’t buy them unless they are on sale!


  7. Unless Gil comes out with a serious summer donut deal I’m going to guess that I’m not the only premium player passing on the barrage of recent over-priced offerings because it’s also summer vacation time, family birthdays etc. I’m beating myself over the head trying to justify a Simpson’s Lego set for my daughter’s bday $100 more than the last Lego set I beat my head against for a Bday present. *Smither’s voice “I Hate You, I Hate You, I HATE YOU!”


    • “…trying to justify a Simpson’s Lego set for my daughter’s bday…”

      Your daughter’s birthday…yeah, sure. 😉

      In my family, we refer to that as “electric trains”….the present you pretend you’re getting for your kid, because you really want it to play with yourself!


  8. Erika Fournier (BraveElfgirl1994)

    I am looking to contact anyone who works at EA or knows someone who does. I am a stay at home mom who plays Tapped Out daily. I have a lot of ideas for the game which include solutions for the games size and lag. I live in Lakeland, not far from the Orlando Office. I would like a job where I can work mostly from home (I have a 3 month old baby girl) but can go to the office when needed.

    Thank everyone 🙂


  9. Ice Cream Homer? (I don’t recall that episode) but the suit reminds me of Garbage Man / Sanitation Supervisor Homer. I think I would have preferred that combo instead.


    • In the episode the ice scream seller died and Homer bought the Van. He pimped the mobile and you could see Homer dress as an ice scream truck driver in an Ali G. parody.
      Marge used the remaining ice scream sticks to make sculptures.


    • I wonder who’s had more jobs/careers, Homer or Barbie? Granted, Barbie’s jobs have tended to be a bit more glamorous…but, I suppose that depends on one’s definition of glamorous….I’m sure some folks would think that driving a snow plow its way cooler than being a flight attendant….

      (Here comes Wookiee to remind us that Homer has been a flight attendant, too! 😉 I don’t remember that, if he has, but there are also a few seasons that I missed, so it’s quite possible…)

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  10. I almost bought the ice cream truck right away, but if it is just going to be a decoration without any permanent tasks, I’m now leaning on passing on it at that price. I’ll wait for the “Should I Buy” piece on it.

    Meanwhile, Fat Tony is playing his miniature violin to the management of LA Body Works now. I’m puzzled over the whole thing. I suspect it was all an inside deal so that Fat Tony could collect unemployment now and get out of doing manual labor. Besides, he still has his two henchmen working on the inside track of the economics of Springfield Heights. To add insult to injury, he mocks the whole situation by hanging the yoga mats icon above the building when he’s got nothing else to do.

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    • Homer keeps the Ice Cream man outfit so the truck has tasks when the quest is over.


    • puzzled about this as well, i got the scoop from rex banner (the omnipotent sky finger threatened to catapult him again if he didn’t spill the beans), who helps facilitate fat tony’s heroin shipments (FT: “from now on, we’ll stick to smuggling heroin”, RB: “see that you do!”).

      if you may recall, the current fat tony used to be fit tony from san diego, and growing up there he developed ties to the drug trade up and down the coast of southern california. “working out” a deal with la body works to be a front for his heroin business, he helped push through the expansion of a new location in the unlikely town of springfield once he took over for his cousin fat tony. no stranger to all manner of grand larceny, fit tony soon discovered that life in springfield had robbed HIM of his desire to stay fit, and soon he became known as fit fat tony, and then just fat tony as we now know him today.

      so you see, his brief foray back into the gym was but a feeble attempt at recapturing what once was. realizing he will always be fat tony, he is now recuperating in the hot tub while his henchmen continue to put in long hours at la body and the coffee shop to produce enough “yoga mats” and coffee for their side business mass producing heroin pills with pharm-er john. the yoga mat icon above the establishment is just their version of shoes on the telephone wire, letting all of springfield’s addicts know where to get their fix.

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  11. Just in case you’re not already aware:

    EA patched the crashing issue with another update, so Springfield should be back up for iOS users. 🙂


    • Crashed this morning, update fixed it a few hours ago, another update just hit me and now I’m crashed again: (
      As homer would say, doh!!!!


    • I’m still locked out. The game keeps telling me when jobs are finished and when my neighbors visit, just to add to the madness.


    • I’m glad that some people are up and running again. Still no change for me though 😦


      • And about a half-hour after I reply there is my patch! I am now able to actually get into the game and play 🙂

        Hopefully I was one of the last and everybody can get in now.


  12. My patch just came through. It fixed my issue, hopefully everyone else’s is fixed too. 🙂 I’m on the kindle fire and we are normally the last.


  13. I’ve been grinding at Springfield Heights for days and was #1 amongst my friends… until somebody must have paid thousands of donuts to get to billionaire status. I should unfriend.


  14. Woo hoo! A nice nap and when I tried to log in a small update fixed my crashing issues: ) thank you for the speedy fix ea!


  15. Respectfully, Bunny, this sounds like it came straight from an EA rep:

    “Keep in mind that events, mini releases, tie-ins, etc are all scheduled MONTHS in advance. So long before the “glitches” were in place, these were created. They won’t just hault the game. That can cause them massive other issues on the Company side. Delaying releases creates nightmares.

    That is like saying that payday is coming up at work, but your Company has an issue with one of it’s product releases. so they will not pay any employees until it is fixed. To do so… utter chaos and nightmare. A company can’t come to a stand still while they resolve an issue.

    It does suck when stuff like this happens (been playing for 3 years), but know that the two are in no way what so ever linked so try not to think of them as the same entity because they are not. Age old saying “the show must go on”, regardless of what is going on back stage. ”

    TSTOA does a great job of helping players to navigate the game and, as always, thanks for that. That said, EA shouldn’t get a pass when they keep trotting out endless premium content while ignoring obvious existing problems. They just want more $$$. The last time i was locked out for 3 weeks while being told a patch was coming “within 24 hours” the entire time. I’ve been a premium player for 2 + years and just became a freemium player. I won’t touch any other EA game in the future.


    • Which is understandable and completely up to you. We just try to be the calm, collected ones when everything goes upside down. Trust me when I say we get just as frustrated as some, maybe even more. Our goal is for this site to be a friendly atmosphere for all and try our utmost to be positive in our responses to other addicts.

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  16. OK after reading this thread..called ea about the missing donuts again…it took a minute ,they called back and replaced my donuts and my daughters donuts….very easy….give them a call..BTW. should hit 200million tonite…then probably slow down a bit….thanks everyone


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