Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!
Welcome to another edition of From the Mouths of Addicts, where YOU get to sound off on anything and everything in the world of Tapped Out! This week’s post comes to us from Addicts reader, Doc.
Doc reached out to us recently via email with an idea for a post on a one-stop guide on how to earn bonuts since there are so many different methods now. It’s always great to have all of this information in one place, so naturally I thought it would be great to get this up on the site!
So without further ado, here’s Doc with his Bonut post! (Bonut = Bonus donuts for those who don’t already know) Enjoy 🙂
I thought it might be helpful to some if there was a one-stop guide on how to earn bonuts in our favorite, most additive game. If you are an avid freemium player, like me, you covet the opportunity to earn bonuts whenever you can. I will list each method, and give you a breakdown of how much you can get in a month.
Railyard: Every 7 days, you can earn 5 bonuts from completing all the railyard tasks. You may not need an extra 16 monorail track pieces every week, but 5 bonuts is worth the effort it takes to complete the weekly tasks. If you do this all four week of the month, it nets you a guaranteed 20 bonuts. (From Alissa: If you don’t already have the Rail Yard it’s currently NOT available, and it’s hard to say when/if it will be again)
Daily Challenges: EA replaced the daily play bonus with daily challenges a little while back, and it has been much better for earning bonuts. Instead of possibly winning bonuts in a Burns mystery box at the end of the week, we are guaranteed to get at least 3 every five days. Here is a list of the different options you may receive once you open a set of challenges.
3 bonuts-5 days
6 bonuts-10 days
10 bonuts-15 days
Sometimes you will get a “Special Prize” for completing 20 days of tasks. I have only encountered this once and when I completed it, I think it gave me another Lard Lad Donut shop. Prizes will vary on the “Special Prize” for everyone, and so will the number of days to bonuts, so there is no set pattern on what your rewards will be. There is a more detailed breakdown in the initial post Alissa made for the Daily Challenges when the update first hit. It should also be noted that you will often receive bonuts for doing the daily task assigned. It is usually 1 or 3 bonuts, but there will be the rare occasion when you can get 6 for a single daily task. Because I have enough cash and Springfield Heights resources already, I always try to swap a daily task that awards cash/resources to see if I can get one that will give me bonuts. I would say it works about 30-40% of the time, so do this at your own discretion. I have noticed that, on average, I get about 5 bonuts from daily tasks for every 5 days worth of tasks.
So, if you get around 5 bonuts just for the tasks, and 3 for completing 5 daily tasks, that gives you roughly 8 bonuts every 5 days, which comes out to 40 bonuts for every 30 days. This will vary drastically from person to person, but the bare minimum you will earn is 18 every month. I kept track and earned 47 in the month of March. I was very happy with that.
Find Maggie: Every 16 hours, you have the ability to send Maggie somewhere in town. Once you find her three times in a row, you get the chance to earn up to 3 bonuts. I always pay to try again if I don’t get 3 on the first or second try. If you find her once a day, that is up to 3 bonuts every 3 days, for a total of 30 bonuts per month. Because the task is available every 16 hours, you can technically earn 3 bonuts every 2 days, but not everyone has the time to log in every 16 hours on the dot, so we will use the 3 bonuts every 3 days stat and say this is a guaranteed 30 bonuts per month.
So, between the railyard, daily challenges and finding Maggie, you can earn 90 bonuts every month. Sometimes it will be a lot more if you get lucky with the daily tasks, sometimes it will be a little less, but 90 seems to be the magic number. 90 bonuts every month means you can earn well over 1000 bonuts every year. That’s several premium building, characters and decorations you can get for just playing the game. No too shabby.
Sideshow You: The only reason I have to visit Krustyland anymore is to play sideshow you. I still collect tickets once a day in hopes that EA will release new content for the area in the future, but once I reach 30,000, I always trade it for the $100,00 at the KL entrance. From what I have read, you will get 5 bonuts for every 100 plays/300 balloon pops at Sideshow You. Sometimes you can get them a little more frequently, but I wouldn’t count on it. It might not seem worth it, but I just got 5 bonuts last week and was very happy when it happened, so it validated the 30 seconds it takes to visit once a day. If you have the time, you can cut the time it takes to get to 100 plays in half by visiting twice a day.
Visiting friends: Unless there is something I don’t know, this is totally random. I always have right around the maximum number of friends (100) and visit them every day. I have had streaks of 3 days where I didn’t earn anything and days where I found 3 bonuts, so we will say you should find 1 bonut every other day to be conservative. That means you will likely wind up with about 15 bonuts every month if you visit every day and have the max number of friends. Again, there is no guarantee, so it could be less and it could be more. (Note from Alissa: You must be maxed out on FP (Friendship Points) Levels to earn donuts from visiting neighbors)
Clearing debris: Most people cleared their debris when they opened up all the land, but I hoarded most of it for a long time. Once we were able to earn debris from the rocket ship, I went and cleared all of it out. I had a little over 120 pieces of debris and earned 3 bonuts, so let’s estimate 1 bonut for every 40 pieces cleared. If you get debris when the rocket returns, you get 4 pieces, so if you can accumulate 40 in a month, it could get you 1 bonut. Not much, but every bonut counts when you are freemium.
Levels: Whenever EA releases a level, we get 2 bonuts, so if the company ever gets off its duff and gives us level 60, there will be 2 bonuts. You will also have the chance to earn up to 3 bonuts when you earn enough to advance to the next level before EA has released it. I have been able to do this once a month on average, and since I always pay the $50,000 if I don’t get it on the first or second try, that gets me an extra 3 bonuts per month. I have been able to do this 7 or 8 times since passing level 59. Some of you have probably been able to do it even more than that by playing more than I do.
Holidays: Every so often, EA will just give us free bonuts for holidays. It doesn’t seem to happen very often, and there doesn’t seem to be a set list of holidays where this applies. Since they have given us so many ways of earning bonuts over the past year, they may not even offer free bonuts on holidays anymore, but if it does happen, it will be a welcome surprise when you log into your game that day.
Mystery Boxes: If you are so inclined, you can purchase a Burns Mystery Box for six donuts. You may win a good prize, a decoration or bonuts. The only amounts I have ever earned from this are 10 and 30 bonuts, but it happened so rarely that I do not recommend spending donuts on these in an attempt to earn more because you probably won’t come out ahead in the end.
Events: Whenever you earn enough event currency to complete and act, you are given the ability to earn up to 3 bonuts by earning a certain amount of currency. Judging from the comments, many of you were able to earn around 3 bonuts each day during the third act of the casino event. And we all remember how easy it was to earn them during Tapball thanks to a certain glitch. This only happens during major events, which pop up every few months. Also, certain events have given us the ability to earn a few bonuts during the act itself by sending a character on a one-time task, but this is even rarer that earning bonuts from sideshow you. Still, every little bit helps.
To summarize, you can earn around 100 bonuts every month if you complete the railyard tasks, daily challenges, find Maggie tasks, visit every friend every day, clear all the debris you earn from sending the rocket and earn enough points to pass to the next level. After keeping track in March, I earned 127 bonuts in all, but I don’t expect to earn that many every month. Still, it’s nice to see EA giving us so many ways to earn bonuts every month. I think I got everything, but if you know of another way to earn bonuts, feel free to leave a comment. I hope this helps some of you and happy tapping.
Thanks again Doc for providing us with the overview on all of the ways you can earn Bonuts in TSTO! As always we love hearing from you guys…so if you have an opinion or take on something going on in the game (or something that should be going on in the game), please send it along to us TSTOAddictsblog@gmail.com…