June 2nd In-Game Update: Event Currency Changes

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Just a quick note…an in-game update hit and fixed a few issues.  Along with the bug fixes it also dropped currency payouts for the Excavation Site and Dinosaurs tapped…

Excavation Site now pays out 36  per square you did (instead of 42) and the dinosaurs now pay out 5  when tapped (instead of 7).  It also lowered the Specimen and Techyon payouts from the Dig Site as well.

It also changed the  you can earn from the Daily Challenges, lowered each group by a few hundred.

Looks like EA saw players were completing it quickly and adjusted accordingly.  Still very doable, just keep doing what you were doing!

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114 responses to “June 2nd In-Game Update: Event Currency Changes

  1. Mine pays out 40 fossils per dig. Did they change it again or is my game just different? I have the Amazon version.

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  2. Thanks for screwing me over EA

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  3. Bryan Davenport

    I’ve lost over $4 million dollars in the last 2 days and haven’t purchased anything or played any of the Mini games….what the hell!

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  4. pinballinggrrl

    Finding out that this happened is very frustrating, because I was late to the party on this event. 😦

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  5. I don’t get it, I’m way behind and im playing daily like all events, am I missing something? I don’t have the 3rd prize yet, and supposed to be getting the 4th today by your calendar. 😦

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    • I’m thinking of buying booberella, think that might get my back on track?

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    • So seriously, no reply or anything? I’m looking for encouragement and advice, usually get something by now. I’ve never gotten behind on any event like this. How are others completing before while I and others are behind. I’m close to the reddish pink fish prize but not yet, by your calendar I should had yesterday. What can I do to make sure to get everything before end of this act? If I start missing free prizes cause EA messed with events I’ll probably just quit. Which is sad I enjoyed this.

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      • I’m behind too and normally get everything with no problem and not even any friends. I try to remember the pattern for using shovels, but often forget. I am going to set my alarm in the middle of the night this week and hope to catch up a bit. I have noticed that I’ve been finding the gems faster though. I haven’t even got dinosaur lake yet.

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      • Hi Chris, I’m mostly on track. I did buy Booberella and Hollis Hurlburt, so that may be helping. This event is going pretty okay timing-wise for me by sticking to the regular schedule.

        Every 4 hours:
        1. Send everyone possible to get shovels
        2. Use shovels on excavation site by using the strategy discussed on this site (I’ve been able to get minimum 3-4 big gems each time this way)
        3. TAP DINOS. This is the weird one for me to remember. The spy event spoiled us by letting us basically use the “insta-tap” button every 4 hours. This time, the button takes much longer to recharge at first. You have to manually tap those dinos to get the most out of them, unless you have a fully charged button of course.

        Every day:
        1. Tap dinos in neighbors towns
        2. Buy items from the crafting store. Everything is tied together, so buying them will also increase prizes earned.

        Hope this helps!

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      • Check in every four hours at least four, and ideally five, times a day. Clear all dinosaurs when you check in. Visit 30 neighbors every day. Use the shovels wisely (see the post on good digging strategies). Hope for some daily tasks that earn fossils. If you can, buy Cavewoman Booberella and Gravedigger Billy (I’m not looking at your original post – I’m replying via email – so pardon me if you already said you had them or something). You can also buy the permit (to double what you get from visiting neighbors), but I really hate to recommend ever buying those. Also, keep in mind that, if you get close to the last prize, but know you’re not quite going to make it, you may be able to “rush” the prize task for a few donuts to get it (which, depending on how close you get, can sometimes be easy cheaper than buying the prize outright later).

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      • Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. I think I’m getting back on track. Bought booberella the other day. Yes the last event spoiled us. I love this theme but feel they messed up. Why make the clearing “time travelers” so hard starting out. Plus you have to visit friends towns. Last one when someone visited also helped. This time you don’t know if someone has come by. I can see they keep changing around mechanics but why from past events they see works not use it.

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        • OK, I am seriously concerned about not finishing the track at not getting Moes skin. I have been playing since the night the event began. I have missed two days in my Neighbors towns. Other than that, I have been playing like I normally do. Then EA adjusted the drops. NOW I am 2 days away and have 67,100 fossils and need 79,990. WTH. 😦

          I believe the adjustment by EA was premature. It was based on players who might skirt the system or, most likely, whales spending a large sum of premium currency. I hope they fix this soon…

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  6. I’m close to the Dino-Lake so I’ll definetly make it in time and will still be able to earn some Bonuts. The change seems ok to me. I’m just curious about the Velociraptor-like Dinosaur I happened to notice in the character gallery and which also appears on the starting screen. Is there anything in the files about this one and will it be a premium item ?

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    • Here’s an image of the one I mean ^^ Looks badass. I hope he’s a full character … I mean we even got Monkeys and a purple squid recently … ^^

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  7. Keith1Roon991

    If EA can change the currency that quick, why can’t they do something with the mountain region, they are blanked out in my Springfield but not in nights?

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  8. I already unlocked all the prizes for this act so I don’t blame them for lowering the payout. This one was a lot easier to win the prizes or maybe it’s because I spend up booberella’s task more than I thought.

    And just so everyone knows Caveman Moe (who you unlock as the final prize along with his cave) is a separate character. He is not a skin for regular moe.

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    • You know not everyone has hordes of donuts from farming or can log 6 or 7 times a day.
      Some of us just casually play the game for fun and have these things that get in the way, like jobs and a life…

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      • Is this a reply to me? I don’t have hordes of donuts. I spend actual money on this game regularly. I also have a full time job. Please don’t assume crap. I just noticed that this event has been easier to earn prizes. Usually I am not finished this fast.

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        • Ok fair enough Steve, but I can assure you that there will be a lot of players who are no where near to having all the prizes. So lowering the payouts is not good news for them.
          Not everyone can afford to spend money on the game like yourself but EA certainly needs players like you.

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          • sandrashill

            EA sets up this game such that everyone (except for low-level players) can complete events by the last day without spending any money, as long as they’re willing to check in four times a day (sometimes even three will do it), at least four hours apart. If it looks like the average player will finish before the last day, they decrease currency or do something else to slow things down. If it looks like the average person isn’t gonna finish I time, they increase the drop rate.

            The real problem for Act 1 is when someone gets a late start. That’s why people tend to miss the first act prize more than the others.

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        • I buy scratch R’s so don’t play the “I spend actual money” card.
          Dude if you’re already finished there’s no way you don’t play at work. I have a 100 friends and not one is over 45,000 shells. Most are around 30,000. Just because you play all day and all night doesn’t mean it’s easy for the rest of us.

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          • I do not play at work. I was able to earn quickly by speeding up Booberella’s task. Did not take a lot of donuts. I’m sure I didn’t spend more than 100 donuts doing. Not only do you earn the shovels, you earn seashells each time so it really speeds up the process. All I’m saying is this event has been the easiest one to win prizes. In no other event was I able to complete it so quickly without spending a massive about of donuts. That is all.

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  9. Y’all might trying storming the Darwin fish and placing it again. Something helpful occurs.😮

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  10. Boo-urns! EA Boo-urns!
    Changing the rules in the middle of the game!!!
    I can’t play while at work so I only get to log in 2-3 times a day and now I will not get everything 🙁
    Shame on you EA!
    Boo-urns indeed!! 😡

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    • It definitely is an annoying move. Like you said, not everyone can stick to a 4-hour schedule or pull an all-nighter just to get ahead…so why not keep levels where they are, instead of punishing players because some are ahead of the game?

      “Hey, Bob, looks like some people are getting farther ahead in the event than we expected.”

      “Really? Well, decrease currency for taps and tasks!”

      “But it’s only some of the players…”

      “DECREASE THE CURRENCY!”

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      • I know. 95% of us get punished because the other 5% can’t put their iPhone down

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        • I’m someone who can log in every 4 hours, from around 6-8am until 10pm. But…I’m on track with the calendar here, mostly due to the fact that I can’t always keep that schedule. I totally feel for those that can’t even do that. And in my defense, I don’t think I’m among the “way too far ahead crowd”; just saying I’m probably in the middle…able to keep up with some wiggle room.

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          • On track is definitely not way too far ahead.
            Some people are actually finished the prize track

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        • Oh, please…nobody’s being punished, and they don’t decide things based on what just 5% of the players do. Plenty of times they’ve increased the currency drop when they see that folks are struggling. As long as you play three or four times a day (at least four hours apart), you should normally be able to get everything from the prize tracks.

          My motto, which had almost always worked is, “Trust EA.” people always freak out at the beginning of every event and most of them end up coming out just fine.

          And for those who got a late start, remember for next time that major events always require a app store install, so either check the app store every day, or, better (since sometimes on iOS you don’t see the upgrade unless you uninstall/reinstall), subscribe to this blog, so you get an email when a post comes out alerting us that there’s a new event! 🙂

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          • “Trust EA”
            That’s rich! Do you work for them or something?
            EA has a proven history in the gaming industry well outside of Tapped Out for doing what’s best for them, not for the customers. They didn’t win the award for most evil company multiple years for nothing.
            I play 3 times a day, have purchased grave digger billy and still only have 35,000 shells. No way I’m going to get everything.
            I wish some of you hardcore players would realize that not all of us casual players find these events easy especially when they decrease the payouts. 😞

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          • I’ve been saying that for years. If you don’t log in every 4hrs at least 4 times a day you aren’t going to get everything. If you have all of the premium characters you can get away with logging in 2-3 times a day.

            But it is a grind for casual players, it always has been. The difference between this game and say Family Guy the Quest for Stuff, is you can earn everything without spending money…but in exchange for the free aspect you have to grind like hell. In Family Guy you can grind like hell and you still won’t get everything if you don’t spend money.

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          • sandrashill

            When I say, “trust EA,” I’m not ascribing altruistic motives to them, I’m saying that they’re very good at recalibrating during events to make things go according to the goal they started with.

            From what I can tell, it you play completely freemium, most major events are calibrated such that they can be successfully completed with 4 visits a day (maybe with an occasional day of only 3 visits). That’s the level of “casual” they have in mind. (Keep in mind that, for event purposes, a “visit” can take literally less than five minutes…longer, if you’re resetting your whole town, of course.) If that level of commitment isn’t what someone is looking for, they can still play, but they just might not get everything.

            Think of the time spent playing as the “price” for getting stuff. If I’m not willing to spend $100 for a particular pair of shoes, then those shoes aren’t for me. I don’t complain that the manufacturer is “evil” for not making them less expensive. Obviously, there are enough people willing to pay that particular price that it makes the game/shoes profitable for the manufacturer. If they ask too much, then people won’t pay and the manufacturer goes out of business.

            So, it’s in EA’s best interest to make sure that they keep the kinds of players that they’ve determined are most profitable (by not asking too much of them), while not giving away the store just to keep some additional, but less profitable, players. Nothing to do with altruism, everything to do with profit.

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          • UK kindlers ALWAYS get updates late, doesn’t matter how often Yer check. On average its around 48 hours after going live,this time was closer to 80. So don’t assume its always down to the player not stalking app updates.
            Well its 4am, Tuesday 6th, just off to find calendar to see how far my 32117 Puts me.
            PS not normally awake at this time, but got belly ache, n not just about the game 😉

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          • sandrashill

            That’s unfair and they really should fix it. Not even sure why that is to begin with, either.

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          • @Sandrashill
            I do spend money on the game. I buy Scratch R’s.
            And as for EA being “evil” it’s a consumer voted title they earned multiple years, not something I’m making up. Google it if you like.
            EA makes a lot console games outside of Tapped Out and have P.Oed a lot of their customers of the years with underhanded business practices mostly with DLC. You pay $60-$70 for a game then hold the best parts back to force you to buy the DLC. All games now have DLC but most companies offer it as extra or bonus add on to your game. I’ve seen EA games that you couldn’t properly complete without buying the DLC for as much as $50. You already paid $70 for the games. That’s just greedy. So your “pair of shoes” analogy doesn’t really work for this. Imagine if paid $100 for shoes only to realize you need to pay another $50 for the heels and straps.
            Again I do spend money on the game (I bought grave digger billy to help with the event) and I don’t mind because I got the game for free. But I do mind when they lower the pay out when I was barely keep up because I have a job where I cannot spend 5-10 mins every 4 hours playing a game on my phone.

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          • sandrashill

            I wasn’t commenting I EA’s practices with any other games. I’m not defending EA as a company. And I never said you don’t spend money on the game. I’m just saying that this game was designed for people who can check in every four hours, at least four times a day. If you can’t, and it bothers you that that means that you can’t get all of the prizes, then this game isn’t for you. That’s all I’m saying.

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          • See, I was keeping up, until they changed the currency payout. THATS what bothered me.
            And just because you’re a hardcore player who cannot relate to other players issues doesn’t give you the right to say who this game is or isn’t for.

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          • sandrashill

            *I’m* not saying who the game is our isn’t for….*EA* is by the way they design the game. (And, actually, I didn’t even say that….I only said that EA designs the game so that, to get all of the prizes, you have to log in at least four times a day…if someone is fine with possibly not getting them all, then the game can still be for them, even if they play less often.)

            Believe it or not, I’m not all that “hardcore” a player…I only make collections of the four-hour stuff four times a day (not five, like plenty of folks), and I’ve probably spent less than $70 over almost three years I’ve been playing. I don’t set alarms during the night to tap stuff, like some people do. I only have one town, not multiple towns, like some people. I’d say I’m a fairly dedicated tapper, but not in the “hardcore” category. Actually, in terms of frequency, I’d say that I’m the “average” of what what EA is looking for (although they’d probably prefer that I spent mote money, lol!)

            And I totally understand why you would be upset with the change…it certainly must feel frustrating to be on pace and then not to be. My only point was that EA was making an adjustment to bring the game back in line with their four-visits-a-day plan, just as they’ve adjusted the drop rates upward when, in previous events, it’s looked like four visits a day wasn’t going to be sufficient. My bottom line message is only that that’s what EA aims for, so one needs to play with that in mind and either met that goal (at least most days) or accept that one may not get everything from the prize track.

            (The good news is that, if you come close, sometimes you can rush the final item by spending just a few donuts – much fewer than if you had to buy the prize outright, later.)

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  11. Hi,
    Sorry didn’t know where to ask this.
    Since this event started has anyone else experienced their neighbours have mostly stopped visiting their town?
    It’s odd because I had some really excellent neighboureenos which visited me almost every day previous to this event.
    I now realise there’s a cap for collecting fossils from neighbours and I think it’s set at 90 friend actions a day because I visited 30 neighbours yesterday and received fossils and specimens by tapping on dinos in their respective towns but then switched to just collecting friend points if I visited any more.
    Does it help my neighbours with this particular event if I visit them or not?
    I’m not sure.
    Mille grazie

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    • I don’t think that they have stopped visiting, there is just no record of their visit during this event. When you tap dinosaurs in a neighbor’s town, no icon appears in their town for them (or you) to see. So, they are probably still coming by…you just can’t see it.

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    • During this event, you can’t tell when neighbors have visited you, and it didn’t benefit your neighbours to visit them – it only benefits you. But on the plus side, during the event, you can harvest all of your buildings as often as you’d like, because you don’t have to worry about leaving something for your neighbors to tap.

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    • You’re best neighbors are more than likely still visiting, just no easy way for you to tell. But as a freemium player, I need to visit every day to keep up with the calendar. And if you are freemium too, then keep visiting. Every tap helps you collect needed items. Getting back to your neighbors, they are tapping the dinos also. As far as I can tell, this event does not help neighbors like some in the past, but this is two sided- it gives people a chance to dig out non-playing neighbors (the ones who just don’t seem to clear their buildings). All neighbors are useful in this event 🙂

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    • you won’t see you neighbour visit since they tap dinosaur instead of building. I continued visiting them past the event limit because they still give doughnuts .
      For benefit from being visited I did not see any

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    • Your neighbours are probably still visiting you, however as you can only tap dinosaurs, not buildings, you no longer see who has visited you. Sadly, there is no benefit to your neighbours from you visiting during this event.

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    • Visiting neighbors won’t do anything for them in this event. Most likely your neighbors have been visiting your Springfield but you won’t know it because you don’t receive anything from them.

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    • Thanks for all the helpful replies.
      🙂

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  12. It won’t even let me play. Uninstalled and installed 10 times.

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  13. Another note from this update- they “fixed” the turtle tap mini-game from the chili pot. 1 tap per turtle now.

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    • This makes me sad. I’ll still do it because I use it as my eight hour timer to remind me to go to Krustyland to pop those balloons. I only get around 20 turtles now.

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    • It’s what happened that? I was wondering why I was suddenly so much worse at that game than I used to be, lol!

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    • Thanks for the explanation. I was wondering what had happened. I thought something was wrong with my tapping finger.

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  14. I got the baby TRex already thanks to the fellow tapper and his/her 6×6 grid.

    Should I save my shovels or keep digging?

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    • You still get other game currency…I got Baby Rex a few days ago, but I will continue to excavate until all the other prizes (and crafting) are finished.

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      • But once you get baby t-rex, should one’s strategy change to trying NOT to find the gem, to maximize getting as many fossils as possible?

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        • No… You get a reward for every space you dig, yes, but think of it as one reward for each shovel you spend – find the gem and you still get one reward for each shovel spent in the next dig…

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          • sandrashill

            Thank you! I really needed someone to help me think this through, especially since I now have baby t-rex. 🙂

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    • Keep digging until you earn CaveMan Moe ……… then horde your shovels for the next act

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  15. I’ve lost my addict status on this event. To put it simply… I wish it was more… FUN. I don’t want to stress about getting everything, and the event feels very complicated and confusing. The items we can buy with in game cash or donuts… there are just too many options. Still a big fan of the game, but I’m becoming less interested in these events. Anyways… good luck to you all!

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  16. Did anyone else lose almost all their in game cash with this update? I had 10 million dollars and then I logged on this morning and now I have 159,000???? I’m emailing EA but jist wondering if anyone else had the same thing happen?

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