So something EA’s been slowly rolling out over the last year or so is this new bonus for actually spending cash on donuts. (instead of just farming them) Where they attach a premium, limited-time, character to one of the donut bundles in addition to bonus donuts.
This time around we’re being offered Hans Mechman, a FULL character, for a tray of 132 donuts. While it’s hard for me to sit here and tell you if you should or shouldn’t spend actual cash on the game (spoiler, I think you should always spend at least a small amount…even if it’s $.99/year on the game if it brings you joy and you want to see it continue) I thought I’d do a quick breakdown of Mechman, his tasks and other details you may be curious about.
So let’s consider this an abbreviated Should I Buy….
The kids of Springfield are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore! Time for a Battle Royale of epic proportions…kids vs adults. The soul of Springfield is on the line!
Act 1 of the event brought two new premium characters to Springfield. Two pint-sized characters at that. Erik and Wendell. As with the vast majority of premium characters both of these kiddos came equipt with their own questlines. So let’s take a look at the premium Turbo Tappin’ version of each….
It’s interesting, that after more than 5 years of this game, more than a hundred and fifty updates (163 so far), and loads and loads of characters introduced, that we are just now getting to a character skin that was paramount to the introduction of a couple of key characters.
For this character skin, we have to go back, waaaaaaaaaaaay back to a time when The Simpsons were still struggling to find consistency in both animation and voice-overs. The animation was jumpy and a bit crude, and the voices, while sounding kinda like the characters we have come to love, really didn’t feel “real” yet. Homer, Burns, even Marge, felt more like people “reading lines,” than the fluid, “real people” feel we know now.
This episode is also from an era where the writers pretty much stuck to one storyline, and took the time to develop the characters more fully. Bart and Lisa are still working out their differences, Otto is really just a stoner in a bus, and we get to know a handful of what are now regular characters, for the first time.