Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!
It’s update Wednesday! Woohoo! Who’s excited for all new content in TSTO? After all that downtime (seriously was a SLOW second half of September) everyone should be excited for something…anything to hit our games!
Well…that something has arrived! It’s officially Halloween in our pocket-sized towns! Ghosts, goblins, werewolves, mummies, vampires and more! Bring on the pumpkins, murky water, fall foliage and grind fest..Treehouse of Horrors here we come!
Remember this was an app store update that hit our games YESTERDAY. So if you didn’t download the update check your app store for it now…we’ll wait. (if you don’t see it listed in your update section try searching the store for Tapped Out)
Now on with the update, more details below the fold…
This auto starts with dialogue from Dracula, followed by a 6s task for Springfielders and a 6s task for Dracula if you have him. After this you’ll have a 6s task for Ned…
P.S. I’ve noticed my game is very laggy…not sure if it’s just because much is initially going on or a flaw in the game. We’ll know soon enough
Note: As always, I’ll be updating this post frequently while I play through the event myself. So keep checking back today for all of the details on Act 1…
Since I know this will be the most commonly asked question…YES you will get a section of land for free with this event. In my game it was placed just below the land unlocked for the Zoo.
Yes, it’s back. I’ll cover this as I progress in this post…I just know it’ll be a popular question.
This is like previous Halloweens, the Time Travel Event and a variety of other events. The basic idea is…
You have THREE prize tracks PLUS Craftables.
The main prize track is acquired via collecting Fangs for Act 1 . There are a total of 6 main Act 1 prizes, including a Land Token and Crafting Currency. Those prizes are listed below in this post under Act 1 Prizes. The main prize is Countess Dracula.
Then you have Old Ruin Relic Prizes. This is broken up into three categories, representing each Act. For Act 1 it’s Vampires. These are prize0s you’ll unlock via finding relics at the Old Ruins Dig Site. There are 5 total prizes for Act 1 and the main prize is Count Grampa.
And finally you have “prizes” from Flanders Family Tomb. These are items that will help you progress quicker in the game, things like decreasing the Cool Down Time and a larger Tap Radius. You earn these “prizes” by collecting crafting currency. You don’t have to spend it, you just have to earn it.
And then there’s crafting. Crafting takes place at the Holy Forge, with a variety of craftable items. You’ll need to collect crafting currency to spend to get the craftable items. Craftable items will help increase your bonus area.
And as usual you’ll have to tap something to earn Prize Track and Crafting Currency, and send characters on tasks to earn Prize Track Currency and Pickaxes for the Ruins Dig Site. (those tasks take place at the Holy Forge) And of course there are neighbor actions to earn more Prize Track and Crafting Currency.
All of these areas will be broken down further as this post progresses.
As mentioned above this kicks off with a series of 6s tasks. Once you reach Biting Back Pt. 3 you’ll be tasked with placing the Old Ruins and Discovering a Relic. Placing the Old Ruins will trigger the event start for you.
Finding a Relic and Digging is like a return of the Excavation Site from the Time Travel Event. Safi wrote an extensive post on it here. We’ll take a look and see if it applies to this event as well. But it’s the exact same concept.
Act 1 Prize Track
Each act will have monster centric minions as the tappables. For Act 1 they’re Vampire Minions and the look like this…
Tap them and they’ll transform into a character…similar to this
Or they’ll appear as a regular towns person from Springfield…
They spawn at a rate of 1/5 minutes with a max of 60 per town. (there is no bank with this one)
Old Ruins Dig Site
As mentioned above the Dig Site is a recycle from the Time Travel Event. Basically you collect Pickaxes (by sending characters on tasks at the Holy Forge) to dig up squares on the site to find the relics. You can also purchase more Pickaxes in the store for donuts. Finding the relics (and each dig) earn you prize track currency AND relic prizes.
These are just prizes for Act 1. More prizes unlock with Acts 2 and 3
Note: this is where your bonus % area will come into play. The payout for the Dig Site will increase as your bonus % increases.
Flanders Family Tome
The Family Tome is unlocked at Biting Back Part 5 and serves basically as the “clear all” for the minions…
When tapped/activated it will clear all Minions in Springfield. Now starting time with this is 24hrs, meaning you can only tap it once every 24hrs. However, there are a series of Tome prizes you can unlock to lower that time, increase your tap radius, and increase payouts at the dig site…
To earn this prizes you simply collect the crafting currency but you DO NOT HAVE TO SPEND THE CURRENCY. The prizes are automatically awarded to you once you’ve collected the number of required . So you do not need to do anything to unlock these prizes. Simply tap as normal and they’ll unlock automatically for you.
Again I repeat…YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SPEND CRAFTING CURRENCY TO UNLOCK THESE PRIZES. So you do not have to choose between crafting and upgrading the Tome. It’s automatically done for you.
Clock starts at 24hrs, if you fully upgrade (24 levels) you can get the clock down to 6 seconds to clear all the minions (in addition to a large tap radius and dig site upgrades)
The Holy Forge serves two purposes, 1 it’s where the crafting hub can be found and 2 it’s where characters perform jobs to earn more pickaxes and prize track currency. Remember pickaxes are needed for the Ruins Dig Site
For Act 1 the following characters can perform jobs at the Holy Forge to earn currency and pickaxes:
- Nosferatu (Premium)
Note: Unlike previous events, this payout DOES NOT change as your bonus area % increases. That bonus only impacts the dig site, not the character tasks.
Unlocks with Biting Back Pt. 6 and is through the Holy Forge.
Crafting items increase your bonus % in the bonus area.
Crafting Level up is triggered by levels but also Ancient Ruin Prizes.
It’s going to be VERY slow going. You’ll earn craftables via the Dig Site (and not many) and tapping Minions. Plus the prize track. It’s going to move S-L-O-W for crafting.
I’ll cover crafting in more depth in it’s own post. Lots going on this time.
New items in the store unlock after you complete Biting Back Pt. 5. Here’s what’s in the store…
Returning Premium Items
Magical Mystery Box- 45 Donuts. Contains items from Halloween 2017. Chance for:
• Magic Academy Library + Angelica Button
• Fantastical Beastarium
• Wiggops + Wiggops’ Station + Wizard Bart
• Treestache’s Grove + Treestache
• Walking Kwik-E-Mart
• Mess Hall
• Black Magic Hall
• Unicorn Wizard
• The Great Raymondo’s Home + The Great Raymondo
• Magic Palace
• Burns Dragon’s Pile of Treasure + Burns Dragon + Wizard Lisa
• Cat Bus
• Department of Magical Vehicles
• Sorcerer Frink
THOH Mystery Box- 50 Donuts. Contains different items from THOH events of the past.
King Homer’s Skyscraper
Gate to Nowhere
Drive-In Theater + Space Mutant
Bad Dream House + The Raven
Shinning Bundle (Shinning Hotel + Shinning Maze)
Gingerbread House + Suzanne
Gypsy Fortune Teller Shop + Maude’s Ghost
BOTH of these boxes run for the ENTIRE event. So no rush.
Upcoming Items During Act 1…
(these items are NOT currently in came but should appear at 10a ET on the dates specified)
Also, remember things are added as the event progresses. So if you don’t see something you’re looking for (returning) yet be patient it’ll likely come back as the event progresses.
And before you ask….
YES Should I buy posts are coming on premium items
And YES there will be a calendar
And YES there will be breakdowns of each individual area in more detailed posts
I appreciate your patience in advance.
What are your thoughts on the Halloween Update? Any prizes you’re excited about? Content you’re looking forward to? Will you be making a massive Monster Area or storing most of this stuff? Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you!