Pin Pals Prize Breakdown: Claw Machine

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Well time to live life in the fast lane because we’ve got ourselves a Pin Pals Bowling Mini Event in Springfield!  That’s right our pocket-sized Springfield’s have gone to the gutter….the bowling gutter that is…as we set em up to knock em down with this Bowling event!

Remember, this event is designed to follow a series of tasks via the questline to unlock prizes.  For each of the parts of the Pin Pals questline you’ll have to earn  via various character tasks in order to unlock the prize for that part.

Let’s take a look at the details of the third prize, the Claw Machine.  What it does and how you unlock it…

The third prize unlocked during the Pin Pals Mini Event is the Claw Machine:

Here are some more details behind it…

How You Unlock It: Make Moe Orchestrate an Accident for Kirk- 3hrs, Earns 1, 35xp
Collect Blowing Shoes- x30.

Size: 3×2
Conform-O-Meter Impact: Vanity +100
Build Time: Instant
Earns: Bowling shoes and prizes, more details below
Task: Otto has a 3hr visually animated task there. 

You’ll notice from the popup above that you won’t have the option to initially place this in your Springfield.  Instead it goes straight to your inventory and you’ll have to go in there to retrieve it.  Once you’ve unlocked it you’ll see a few popups as well as a task.  Here’s what you should see:

You’ll then get a task popup for it:

So once you’ve placed it in Springfield you’ll be able to “Play” the Claw Machine.  Simply tap on it, and then hit the purple start button:

This will trigger some animation in the Claw Machine and you’ll earn bowling shoes…while the event is still going on (i.e. While you still have prizes in the prize track to unlock):

Once you’ve played through it once it’ll start it’s “cool down” time.  And you’ll be able to play it again in 3hrs…

In the meantime you’ll get the following popup (a whole lotta popups with this one.  I guess they miss VH1’s popup video…)

Assuming you have Otto, you’ll know unlock the ability for Otto to earn you 2  every 3hrs via the Claw Machine.  That’s right, now Otto can feed his Claw Machine addition right in your very own Springfield…while helping you earn more !

The Claw Machine doesn’t need to “cool down” for Otto to play.  He can play as long as he’s free.  And you can still “play” the Claw Machine every 3hrs…even if Otto’s on a task there.

So now, the question most of you are wondering.  What happens when you’re done collecting Bowling Shoes?  What will the Claw Machine do?

So it’ll continue to payout.  This time items from the game…kinda like a Mystery Box, without spending the donuts. Although, honestly, the prizes aren’t that great.  It will cost you $1,000 for a try after you’ve earned all of your bowling shoes…

Here’s what you can unlock…
-Ice Scuplture
-Rabbit Hedge
-Gas Pump
-Wood Chipper
-Phone Booth
-Sir Love A Lot

It’s also possible to not win a thing…

Honestly, none of the prizes are that great and you can buy each one for in-game cash (with the exception of Sir Love A Lot).

So that’s it my friends..the details behind the Claw Machine, the third Pin Pals prize.

What are your thoughts on the Claw Machine? Where have you placed it in your Springfield? Thoughts on the prizes you can earn from it?  Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!


71 responses to “Pin Pals Prize Breakdown: Claw Machine

  1. I won Sir Love a lot but he is not in my inventory?


  2. I got Sir Love A lot, but it’s not in my inventory and I can’t find it. Has anyone else experienced this?


  3. Susan Johnson-Dehn

    Question/Comment I just got the claw machine to give me the Sir love-a-lot bear, however I cannot find it anywhere in my inventory, any ideas? I’ve shutdown game, rebooted, cleared caches and reinstalled at least once so far. Yes, I realize it’s a “bonus” item that only cost $1000 bills but still a “prize”.


  4. I won Sir Love-a-Lot in the Claw Machine and the pop-up said he was being placed in my inventory (as in the graphic above), but I can’t find him in my inventory, nor do I already have him in my Springfield. Any advice on where to look or what to do?

    Thanks for any help!


  5. My claw machine says reset in 6 hours. Haven’t won any prizes after 15 tries now it’s going into inventory.


  6. So I’ve played the claw machine a few times, got shoes, a wood chipper, nothing, Sir-Loves-A Lot, and a snow figurine. Problem is that Sir Loves a Lot didn’t appear in my inventory as the game said it would. Contacting EA was no help….. after reexplaining the issue, I was told they don’t have the option to put Sir-Loves in my game. better luck next time.



  7. I don’t see any animation. I tap it and nothing happens then a box comes up saying I won one shoe or two shoes. I have never lost. I have never seen any animation either.


    • If you zoom into the Claw Machine.. very hard to see on a phone.screen. You will see the claw moves inside the machine and you see the shoes drop into the pocket. If you are playing on a tablet you will see it better.
      The only time you can play it is when you see the Joystick floating above it. Every 3 hours.
      You will always win one or two pairs of shoes during the event. Once you have finished the event the Claw Machine goes to a 6 hour time renewal. It will cost you $1000 to play and you won’t always win. Just like a real Claw Machine.


  8. The prizes may be underwhelming, but they are better than the Springfield Heights prizes that some other mini games award. I have plenty of pills and devices, so it’s nice to win something different. And it makes TSTO more interesting.


    • What I like is the Drone game.. you win Trash Cans for the dump. and tablets for SH. A good amount of trash cans too. This really helps with the monorail building. Can get through all 5 levels in less than a day and that includes having everything at full status.


      • That’s good to know! I stopped hauling trash for monorail parts long ago because it was so time consuming.

        For doughnuts, I still play the Where’s Maggie game and the Sideshow You game. For fun, I play the Insanity Cauldron game.


  9. I have played 9 times now and have not won anything. Everybody seems to have won something. I feel pretty cheated. Is it normal to have not won anything after 9 attempts? Has this been happening to other ppl? Any suggestions?


    • karenskuality

      I say… Play a 10th time!

      Have you ever payed THE REAL claw machine…? This is nothing out of the ordinary 😉



      • Played 10th time. Still nutter. The claw machine is in now in storage. The claw machine is the worst prize ever


  10. Hi guys,

    Homer is missing from my game and same goes to all my stand alone characters and NPCs. I tried restarting, logged in and out and visited other Springfield but nothing works. I tried contacting EA but apparently the help desk is not much help. Any idea how to resolve this issue?


    • Try storing the Simpson house then placing it back in your Springfield. I’ve seen this work for other glitches so may help you 🙂


  11. Wow, never look a gift horse in the mouth people.

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  12. This whole event has been soOoOo boring! I unlocked everything yesterday and there’s still seven days left. The machine was cute and didnhelp me gather shoes, but once I finished everything it’s meh now. I’ve played it twice post-finishing and have sold the things I won (two gazebos YAY).
    But since I’m finished now… I can get Homer to finally work on his quests for his camera hat amd the one with the bond character.


  13. MydadlookslikeFlanders

    I am excited to win the bear and the wood chipper will be nice. I have most recently unfortunately had four “misses” in a row though and am getting annoyed. I won a gas pump and gazebo earlier which was cool


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