In our silly lil game, we sometimes see things pop in that we have no clue as to their Origin. They seem familiar, but we just can’t pinpoint from where. So that is why we decided to make a fun lil reminder out of it. To let you know just Where did THAT Come From?
This post I will be going over the Origin of the Mapple Store. Why is it in our games… again? What is with all the “hints” of a very popular Product Line? Let’s dive into the Simpsons TV Series to find out more.
First… a lil bit of TSTO Origin on the Mapple Store. This Building was probably one of the first most sought after in the TSTO World. Originally hitting our games in the Chritmas 2012 Event while the Game was ONLY available on Apple Products, how convenient.
You first could earn 150 Santa Coins and pick up the Mapple Store during the Christmas 2012 Event.
Then once the Christmas 2012 Event ended in the beginning of January 2013, it dropped into the Premium Shop for Donuts instead.
It remained there until the Valentines 2013 Event hit at the end of January 2013. The Mapple Store was then removed permanently. Roughly just before the game went live to Android, interesting huh?
It then took EA over 2 1/2 years to bring it back, but just for a quick lil bit for our Monorail Event… then it was gone again.
Now… TV TIME!!
Season 20, Episode 7: Mypods & Boomsticks
It’s just after Christmas at Springfield Mall and the Simpsons Family is there to return just ONE Christmas Gift… with no hurt feelings of course. Too bad they all seem to be returning the Kitten Calendar Bart gave them all. Last time he buys them a last minute gift.
Lisa excitedly points out that she just noticed they added a Mapple Store to the Mall. It’s so Sterile! She is in love and rushes on in.
It is full of MyPhones, MyPods, MyCubes, MyPhonies, and even has a Braniac Bar! She desperately craves to have one of her own. Luckily Krusty the Clown just so happens to wander on in complaining how badly his MyPod sucks and don’t get him started on Today’s Music. He tosses it to Lisa on his way out.
While they are still looking around, they are shocked to see that they are just about to get a message from none other than… Steve Mobbs!! Can you name the animal that floated behind him from the under sea headquarters? Of course Bart hijacks his “Big Announcement” to tell all the Mapple Customers they are losers, they pay a ridiculous amount of money for something that cost pennies to make, Steve Mobbs peed on all their devices, Steve Mobbs invested all their money in Microsoft, then the final blow… Steve Mobbs and his Boyfriend Bill Gates kiss each other on a huge pile of all their money. It is just too much for Comic Book Guy. Mimicking a very popular commercial (Can you name it?), he shatters the Mapple Stores glass wall with a sledge hammer and is promptly tackled by Security.
Bart is ratted out by Lisa and then chased out of the Mapple Store’s shattered wall, by the Mapple Employees, trying to flay him with their Ear Buds. He ends up getting away and follows his nose to a heavenly scent in the backyard of a new kid, Bashir (Bashir’s Mother is an Actress who’s voice to me… “melts yah like buttah”. I adore it. Shohreh Aghdashloo is her name.)
Later on, after Lisa gets her “My Bill” from Mapple for over $1200+, we can see her heading to the underwater headquarters in a USB Memory Stick towards the Mapple World Headquarters, which also looks similar to the Mapple Store in the Mall.
She has gone to beg and plead with Steve Mobbs to be compassionate and do something to help her with the bill. He offers her a job… as a MyPod handing out Flyers on the corner. “Think Differently.”
Season 23, Episode 11: D’oh-cial Network
While at Court, Lisa is telling everyone about the Simpson Family’s shopping trip to the Towne Centre at Springfielde Glenne. While they are walking around outside, you can see a small Kiosk full of Mapple Products being sampled by Customers.
Later, Homer is busy going into a food coma while having a Giant Cinnabun unravel into his mouth until he passes out. Marge has had enough and drags him out of the Cinnabun Store and right next door… to the Mapple Store. This one more resembles the one in our games.
At the Mapple Store, Homer sees the Lightest most desirable computer in the World… for the next 3 weeks… the Mapple Void. Of course Homer picks one up, as long as they charge him for all the services that Google will give him for free. This same laptop is the one that Lisa ends up using to create a “Social Network” due to she has no friends. “What if I start on online meeting place, where all are equal, and I am the undisputed center?”
There you have it. A very coveted and bragging rights item of many iOS TSTO Players has now come and gone again for ALL Players to put in their games.
What did you think of the Origin of it? Did you have it since 2012/2013? If not, did you pick it up when it returned? Remember seeing it in the episodes? Can you name the items that the episode mimicked, like the Braniac Bar? Have YOU been in an Apple… I mean Mapple Store recently? 😉 Let us know.