Act 1 Wrap Up: Your Questions on What to Do, What To Spend & What to Save (Including a Quick SIB on the Quicksand)

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

So, Act 1 is coming to an end.  As in…Today is the last full day of tapping before it ends.  Act 1 Ends May 3rd at 0800 GMT.  So time is ticking down quick.

We’re seeing a TON of comments from people about what to do, what you should save, what you should spend & a million other questions.  Now we’ve covered just about every single question we’re seeing in the comments in one post or another (except for a breakdown of the Quick Sand Pros and Cos)…but I dunno if you guys just aren’t seeing them…if you’re having trouble realizing that the info is in the posts…or if you just don’t care about what we write and you’re still going to ask a million times in the comments anyway.  😉

So…this is your FULL breakdown for the End of Act 1 and various other things.  Included in this post (so there are no excuses about why the info was missed):

Bonuts from Clues (and why you’re not getting them)
-Changing the Task at the Town Plaza from Earning Hats to Earning Pickaxes (and vice versa)
Should You Turn in Your Pickaxes and Hats or Save them
-Should You Send your Prospectors or Save them
-Will Currency Change with Act 2
-Can You Still Get Act 1 Prizes During Act 2
-Break down (Should I Buy) of the Quicksand
-As well as other changes that will happen when Act 1 ends….
including what items will leave the store

So if you have a question about one of those items, check out this post.

Remember…Act 1 Ends May 3rd at 0800 GMT, 4am EDT.  


Ok let’s start with the number 1 question/comment we’re seeing…

I’ve Unlocked The Rib Hut and It Says Keep Earning Clues for Donuts…WHERE ARE MY DONUTS?!!!!!!!!!  

Ok.  As we’ve covered, over and over and OVER again….there are no bonut rounds with this update.  Yes, you may get the task to earn 1500 Clues after you’ve earned all the prizes…I promise you.  It’s not a task for donuts.

Is this misleading?  A little.  But there are donuts awarded via the General Store today.  One of your General Store Prizes…the last one for Act 1:

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So…you collect pickaxes and hats to trade in at the general store.  Pickaxes and hats = clues.  Clues=donuts (today).  Therefore collecting more clues awarded you donuts…so not a lie.  Just a little misleading.

We covered this completely in this post here

Why Am I Not Earning All of the Prizes?  I Can’t Get Enough Pickaxes and hats!  What Am I Doing Wrong?!

This is something we covered in the rundown post way back when Act 1 hit, this is also something that was broken out for you in the Act 1 questline.  I did not do a full blown how to post on this, because I honestly didn’t think I needed to.  However, we’ll do one now…since I’m seeing a lot of people confused on this.  Because you’re going to need to know how to do this, if you don’t already, for Act 2.

So here’s the deal…you control your own destiny with Pickaxes and Hats.  You can assign characters to do tasks at the Town Plaza to earn you Pickaxes or Hats every 4hrs.

The town plaza looks like this:


Tap on it to bring up the task lists.  Where you see it says start a craze, tap on that:


This is going to give you 2 options.  1 for Homer 1 for Apu:

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Select one to determine which currency you want to earn.  If you select Apu you’ll be able to send characters to earn pickaxes.  If you select Homer you’ll be able to send characters to earn hats.  So decided which you want and hit start.

In this scenario let’s assume we selected Sell Overprice Supplies…

Now go BACK into the Town Plaza (tap on it) and select the start button next to Buy Overpriced Supplies:

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This will bring up the list of characters you can send to the Town Plaza to earn you Pickaxes by buying overpriced supplies:

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Now another list will appear if you selected Get Riled up:

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You can only select one or the other…and it takes 4hrs to clear the tasks.

The Pickaxes earn at DOUBLE the rate of Cowboy hats.  Which is why some of you seem to always bottleneck with hats.

Here’s my strategy, and I never have an issue:  For Act 1 for every 1 time I’d send characters for pickaxes I’d send them twice for Hats.  So my day would be: Pickaxes (4hrs), Hats (4hrs), Hats (4hrs)..and repeat.  I also make sure I go in every 4hrs to clear the tasks.

Now this is going to change for Act 2, but I will make sure I break it all down in it’s own post for Act 2 with the new changes for those that are confused….

From there you just hand in at the General Store to earn Clues…

Should You Turn in Your Pickaxes and Hats or Save them?

If you’ve finished Act 1 and the prizes..and earned all of your General Store prizes.  SAVE YOUR PICKAXES AND HATS.  There is no point in turning them in for Clues, since Clues are worthless now that you’ve earned all of the prizes.  SO SAVE THEM!!!!

We covered this in several posts but in particular on the rundown of the last prize the Rib Hut here. 

Should You Send your Prospectors or Save them?

Prospectors will remain for Act 2.  So it’s up to you if you want to save them for the start of Act 2.  At this point I don’t think it matters too much since we’re hours away from Act 2 starting.
Personally, I’d just take a look and see if it looks like any of your neighbors are struggling and send them their way.  Otherwise hold onto them for the start of Act 2.

Will Currency Change with Act 2?

Yes, Clues ico_wildwest_clue_md will be completely useless once Act 2 starts.  And there will be a new currency that arrives for us to earn prizes with.

HOWEVER…Pickaxes ico_wildwest_pickaxe_md and Hats ico_wildwest_cowboyhat_md will remain.  And a new “crafting/trade-in” currency will be introduced.

So forget about Clues…save Pickaxes and Hats.  And be prepared for a new set of prizes once Act 2 hits..and a whole new way to get them.

Can You Still Get Act 1 Prizes During Act 2?

Not via Clues.  Clues will disappear once Act 2 starts and be replaced by a new currency.  So if you’re still able to get Act 1 prizes you missed it will be via donuts, as we’ve seen from recent events.  So earn everything you can for free now before time runs down.

Break down (Should I Buy) of the Quicksand…


45 Donuts.

I always tell you guys decorations are a personal decision.  If it’s something you like and want then get it.  Otherwise it’s just not worth it…

The Quicksand is..meh in my opinion.  It has some animation when tapped…the hat blows away and you see the guys face (and the bird is animated):

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It is supposed to award a 2% bonus, however there are reports of the bonus not hitting towns.  So if that happens, contact EA.

My personal opinion?  I’m avoiding it.  Just not worth the donuts to me. 

So What Else Happens When Act 1 Ends?

Act 1 changing into Act 2 is an AUTOMATIC change.  There is nothing you can do to stop it…there’s also nothing to download.  It’s just programmed in our games to start at 0800 GMT on May 3rd.  Which means if you haven’t finished Act 1 by the time Act 2 starts, you cannot go back to Act 1.

The following premium items leave the store:

quicksand_menuQuicksand- 45 Donuts, adds 2% bonus on all cash and XP

frinksmechanospider_menuFrink’s Mechano Spider- 130 Donuts.  Adds a new job for Frink

wiltedrose_menuWilted Rose- 60 Donuts.  Earns $200, 22xp/8hrs

ico_wildwest_clue_md Clues.  Again, a new currency for prizes will be introduced once Act 2 starts.

Staying in the game:


ico_wildwest_pickaxe_md ico_wildwest_cowboyhat_mdPickaxes and Hats However a new currency will be introduced as well, so this won’t have the same value they did in Act 1.  

And that’s it my friends!  Hopefully everything you need to know about Act 1 ending to get you ready and prepped for Act 2.  And hopefully early enough in the day that I won’t have some readers yelling at me for not saying anything sooner…

Again Act 1 ends MAY 3rd at 0800 GMT…4am EDT 

What were your thoughts on Act 1?  Ready for Act 2 to start up?  Which Act 1 prize was your favorite?  Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!


145 responses to “Act 1 Wrap Up: Your Questions on What to Do, What To Spend & What to Save (Including a Quick SIB on the Quicksand)

  1. Hi,
    The general store prizes u have to wait until it’s unlock. I was on my last prize of act 1. The game automatically went to act 2 locking me out of that prize I was waiting for I have the hats and axes built up. How do I get that prize? And I hope that doesn’t happen at act 2

  2. ooooh. sheriff badges in lieu of clues and hats/pickaxes are the same. woot!

  3. Any one else’s tapped out crashing with act 2

  4. Does the final prize have to be fully unlocked in order to keep it? Because I got it 20 min. before it ended and it’s going to take 8hrs to finish building.

  5. feliciafancy

    I did it!!!! with 20 minutes before I have to leave for work I finally got Wes Doobner and his rib hut!

    I want to say a huge thank you to all my neighbours and especially those who mass dropped Prospectors in my town coming towards the end of the act.

    I really couldn’t of done it without you guys, the extra materials made it for me. So thank you Totbox, Davidbo, Lee, Neroon and NathanStraw (I hope you made it too).

  6. DragonHarrier

    This is a crap event, I never even got close to the final prize. At first I was bottlenecking on hats, then it was pickaxes, the general store favours the currency your producing so you will always have a surplus of the other.

    I liked the Casino event better (many will disagree) because I may have missed out on 2 prizes in act 1, but that is because I started 5 days late. I ended up getting every other prize though. If not for the hat and pickaxe prizes, this event would have been better (also I hate cowboys and the wild west, maybe due to my hatred of Toy Story (what a rubbish movie))

    Sorry, I went on abit of a rant there.

  7. Figured out a quick and cheap way to finish prizes. Needed about 1000 clues. Had 1000 hats but almost no pick axes. Needed 85 Donuts to buy last prize. Instead kept speeding up premium character and collected the needed pick axes plus clues. Spent 22 Donuts on last prize instead. Hope it helps someone in need of finishing Act 1 with time running out. Also had weird glitch where there was a pumpkin icon and task for Homer to go to quickie Mart and send 3 characters to get trampled. Game crashed and task is gone.

  8. Props to you, Alissa, for answering questions over and over! So funny but hey you’re helping people out!

    I am SO close to getting the Rib Hut… I took a couple days off and am completely regretting it now… I can’t decide if 145 donuts is too much for it. :/

  9. Most important to me is your hard work you’ve put into act 1, you helped me finish (so what’s new) in plenty of time.
    Second I’m still sending prospectors out to friends that are struggling to finish, just kind of neighbor I’ve been since I started playing. My awesome neighbor’s have helped me, so only fair I help them in return..
    Third we all have a love/hate relationship with EA, but at the end of the day they provide this awesome game for us. Whether you are happy or unhappy if not for them no game, no reason for this site….
    So in this tappers opinion I’m grateful to all above for my favorite guilty pleasure. I love the fact that I’ve met so many people from all over the world through this game, one of best reasons I still play. Nothing is perfect in life, hard to make everyone happy 100% of time, but I love my town, my neighbor’s and all three of awesome hosts on this site, EA don’t feel the love but thankful you bring us this game!
    Happy tapping everyone see you around in act 2 pardners!

  10. I already did what you suggested here with my prospectors & I aploud you for making sure to suggest helping neighbors 1st. I hope mine helped those who needed them. I did save them some during the act for just this reason! 😁 You guys are so great on here! I’m sorry for all the reposting you guys do but, very grateful, too!❤️❤️

  11. Hahah I didn’t realize homer what hats this whole entire event *slaps face*

  12. I enjoyed all of the Prizes in Act 1 (Character, Skins, Buildings, Decor). Very pleased there are no NPC’s (you think EA’s learned these are an utter waste?). Even though only 1 Premium interested me (Wilted Rose Brothel), will see what Act 2 / Act 3 offers.

    Cowboy Homer has lol worthy dialog when Tapped (seeing Homer fall down stairs of Saloon is a bonus lol). Sideshow Bob’s BBQ Cowboy made me lol, too.

    What I’d <3 to see by Act 2 / Act 3 as Prizes –

    A Boothill Graveyard
    A Gold Mine
    Railroad Tracks
    Steam Engine Locomotive
    Railroad Cart

    Anything and everything that can be placed in Krustyland (I already look at this event as creating a mini Knott's Berry Farm / Calico Ghost Town (lol) 🙂

  13. So is there any reason to collect the 1500 clues at the end after you’ve already done everything else? Seems pointless to me, but I could be wrong. 🙂

    • Nope…no reason other than to remind you to keep tapping to get the General Store prizes. But at this point…no point.

      • That’s what I thought. I can’t help but tap, but no point in making extra work for myself!

  14. Act 1 closed before 5 pm cst on the 2nd. Skipped act two seems to be going to act 3. Challenges from all holidays showed up so I’ve got elves and bandits everywhere!

    • This has been noted a few times now all over the site for the Event of “rollbacks”. All you can do is try to exit out, restart device, go back in. Or if you have your game saved… uninstall/reinstall. Other than that contact EA

  15. Has anyone seen any “wanted bandits”? I tapped my first one when it was introduced and haven’t seen one since! Now I have to find one for a big box daily quest. Thinking about trading in the task…

  16. I’ve got about 150 prospectors stockpiled. Tomorrow morning, I’m gonna carpetbomb the heck out of my neighboreenos.

  17. I had a glitch in my game and got a preview of Act 3’s prizes. Took a screenshot before it went back to normal. ***

    • While I appreciate the comment, there are a lot of folks here who don’t want spoilers about what’s up ahead until it hits. 🙂

    • I got that too. Unfortunately im trying to get the last prize ndnow i think the glitch messed itup 🙁 i also had a few events restart (st.paddys/easter/springcleaning)

  18. omg omg omg.. I still need 2500 clues! I have like 200 axes and like 6000 hats.. Damn you EA! Same problem with the recycling and Heights. We need a conversion of one currency to another.. So easy! and you are so stupid for not picking up on that..

    If course i am not a premium player.. I do not want to pay money for a game that doesn’t deserve it. Certainly not to EA. Just a bunch of thieves and proprietors of addiction.

    Thanks EA.

    • They don’t deserve it huh? Novel idea, wouldn’t it be awesome if everything in life was free? Thank God there are many people who don’t agree with you or the game would cease to exist. This game is awesome, and EA is to thank for that. Huge thanks to Premium players keeping this game not only kicking, but also ad. free, even for Freemium players.

      • I agree! Although I’m too broke to spend real $ right now I have found EA to be the best about giving premium currency away, putting in safe guards (confirm donut spending), & one of the best with customer service & prompt issue fixing (on most issues, EVEN FOR FREEMIUM PLAYERS), & they don’t treat ppl different for earning donut verses paying for them like every other game company I’ve dealt with does. They are defiantly NOT thieves & prospectors in my opinion. Plus, I too LOVE this game & recommend it to ppl often!

    • Have you not been sending characters to earn currency or something?

  19. Will the bandits remain in act 2? Or should i clear them all out of my town before act 2 starts?

  20. Phew just made it under the wire. I can go to bed now! Act 2 should hit just as I get to work in the morning.

  21. Not sure if this is better posted on the Open Thread, but wouldn’t mind some fellow Tappers’ opinions.

    I’m a Freemium player who just hit 150 donuts. I’m debating between Belle (fan of the episode, been considering her for a while; event currency is a bonus!) and the Wild West Set (limited, and I think would look cool in my movie studio area next to my McBain lot).

    What do you think?

    Anyone have either/both? What did you think of the character questlines?

    Thanks for your opinions, and keep up the great work!

    • Honestly, you should get whichever one you, in your heart of hearts, would prefer.

      If you’re not sure which that is, then do this with me (and don’t read ahead…literally do it with what I’m saying):

      Go get a coin. Got it? Okay, then continue….

      Assign each item to either heads or tails. Done? Next step…

      Flip the coin but DON’T LOOK AT THE RESULT YET. Once you’ve done that, scroll down….

      While the coin was in the air, which way were you kinda hoping it would land? Which item was in your mind? That’s the one you should buy – doesn’t matter what the coin says.

      Hope that helped! 🙂

    • I would get the Wild West set since it’s limited time. Fun story too. Every time you look at the McBain set you’ll regret not getting this. Now that I have the West set, I’m saving up for McBain. Haha

    • I’ve had Belle since she was released. She has two really nice animated tasks, and she qualifies as an “entrepreneur” for any task that calls for one. I also love the Maison Derriere building, in terms of design.
      I have enough donuts for the film set, but I’m not likely to buy it. I had the same thought as you, about putting it in my studio lot, but decided it wouldn’t be worth it just for that. The character isn’t one I care about, and his longest animated task is only four hours. (I personally like longer options for something I’m going to pay for. I’ve regretted a couple characters who I paid for and then almost never saw again.)
      The best advice is doubtless to just get the one you want more. And a lot of people will probably say that Belle will always be available. The thing I’ll say is that if you spend your freemium donuts on limited time items, just because they’re limited time, you will never be able to buy the permanent items you may actually get more joy out of.
      So, bottom line: If you think the film set will entertain you more than the Maison Derriere, by all means get the film set. If you’re only tempted by the film set because it has a time limit on it, you should get Belle instead.

    • I have both, would recommend Belle over the film set. No contest.

    • Thanks all with your opinions!

      It definitely was a toss-up between “limited time” vs “character I’ve wanted,” but I’m going with Belle.

      Honestly, the West Film Set was probably the first building/character combo I’ve seen in the game where I’ve cared more about the building than the character.

      Perhaps one day, it’ll be back.

      Thank you Addicts for a great forum to chat about the game!

  22. I didn’t get to finish all of Homer’s additional tasks after I got his new outfit – will these also still be available in the coming weeks or will they go away as well?

    Do we only have to complete the main questline?

  23. undeadtree55

    SIB?….Am I suppose to know what that means?

  24. Any one else getting the “device is full” message? Never has it before but several times in this event. I play on an iPhone that shows 1.3gb free? Becoming very annoying!

  25. According to the timer in my game, the stocks and the 2 story outhouse are leaving the store with the end of act 1, too.

  26. I’m done with act 1. I got all the stuff.I have a nice stockpile of 15k axes and 14k hats leftover. Some extra prospectors. Plenty of in game cash and about 150 donuts. All characters are free and ready to go . Just waiting now for act 2 to begin tomorrow and that railyard begins again. Good luck to all the ppl still tapping away.


    Just a test

  28. my strategy is send what i need. for a while that i didn’t need any picks. also i notice that the picks is more expansive for the same’ prize. 2x as picks equal to about the number of hats for clues.

  29. I just downloaded an update from the App Store. It doesn’t appear to have affected anything in the game as far as I can tell.

  30. Hey Alissa!

    Just a quick bit of feedback about the “Everyone always asks questions about stuff that’s already been said” issue.

    I know, at least for me, it can be tricky to find answers sometimes. I’m not always able to read every article right when it goes up, and once we’re a week or however long into an event, there’s been multiple articles about the event, SIBs, WDTCFs, Calendars, etc, etc.

    Part of why I find it difficult is the “navigation” of the site, trying to find the articles. Perhaps not having so much of the article on the homepage, so there’s more of a “list” feel of the articles would make it easier to locate specific articles? I just know for me, having to scroll and scroll thru all the various articles trying to pick out the one that might have the answer I’m looking for can be a bit challenging.

    Also, maybe adding an “Event” page that has all the articles for the current event, with a summary article at the top, with all of the pertinent “We’ve already told you” stuff?

    Anyhow, that’s just a bunch of random thoughts off the top of my head as I procrastinate unpacking from moving.. lol

    Thanks again for all the work you guys do on this site!!


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