Black Friday 2018 Preview ***Spoilers***

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

We’re nearing most Tappers favorite day, Black Friday!  Yes a day when all those premium items you’ve been eyeing go on deep discount.  Of course, this is TSTO and everything has a twist.  This year’s twist, just like last year’s, is that you can’t just outright buy something.  Everything comes in  Mystery Box!  So if you’ve been eyeing that one particular character you may have to clean out a box to do so!

So, as we’ve done in the past, let’s give you guys a preview of what’s in store starting TOMORROW…November 20th.  Yes, that’s right.  Black Friday gets earlier and earlier each year.  Apparently EA couldn’t wait until Friday, instead, they have the items hitting Tuesday.

Note: Once they’re live I’ll start posting typical Mystery Box posts with links to Should I Buys for each box. 




First up… the main idea of these sales…

  • Unlike past years (where twelve old item returns for a discounted price, one at a time, every hour, twice a day, each day of the sale), this year’s sale will feature a variety of Mystery Boxes. (just like last year)
  • The items in your Mystery Boxes are items you do NOT already have in your game OR they are items that you may be able to get more than one of.
  • If you already have all the items from a Mystery Box in your game, and all of the items are unique, you will not see that Mystery Box. If you have ALL the items already, you may not even see a Mystery Box at all… or a very very limited few.
  • As with any Mystery Box, it’s a mystery which of the items within you will receive. So if you want one particular item, it may take several cracks at that Mystery Box to get said item.
  • This is a list of items in the Mystery Boxes based off of the information at the time of this post. EA can change that information at anytime before the Sales go live in your game.


As of right now, there will be 16 boxes available for purchase between November 20th and November 28thThat’s double the boxes from last year and double the time to shop. Here is a list of items contained within these 16 boxes listed alphabetically:

Note: Some boxes may contain duplicate items with other boxes.  It’s unclear how it will appear in the game, but in some cases, certain characters appear under multiple boxes.  We’ll have to see how it plays out.  For the purposes of this post, I’ve tried to only include them in 1 box.  (especially since they’re unique, and in some cases, the boxes they’re listed in are 2 different prices, so the file wording doesn’t make a lot of sense)

Box 1: Creatures Mystery Box– 15

Burns Dragon’s Pile of Treasure w/Burns Dragon Imaginary Bear
Burns Dragon’s Pile of Treasure w/Burns Dragon and Wizard Lisa Pro Shop w/Space Coyote
Cat Bus Spotlight Dance Bot
Chippy Springfield Pet Shop w/Jub-Jub and Chirpy Boy & Bart Junior
Crap Silo w/Plopper Springy
Dilophosaurus Treestache’s Grove w/Treestache and Magic Act Milhouse
Fatov Wiggops’ Station w/Wiggops
Frog Prince Wiggops’ Station w/Wiggops and Wizard Bart
Guinea Pig Rescue Center w/Pokey Yard Work Simulator w/C.H.U.M.

Box 2: Bronze Mystery Box- 20 

Abandonded Store Inflatable Gorilla and Baboons
Banana Dictatorship Macaroni’s Shed
Blocko Store Mr. Sparkle
Candy Kevin Old West Sign
Donut Truck Piece of Crap Car
Dragon Bundle (Red, White and Yellow) Prospector
Drone Quick & Fresh
Duff Racer Stunt Bike
Fake Toll Booth T-Ball Stand
Guitar Central Water Show Fountain
Hot Springs

Box 3: Alter Egos Mystery Box- 20 

Astronaut Barney Moog
Balance Beam and Gymnastics Lisa Mr. Plow
Ballet Ralph Ninja Homer and Practice Snake
Bare Chested Willie Number 85
Barney’s Bowlarame and Barney and Astronaut Barney Opera Krusty
Bartman Outlands Simpson House and Outlands Maggie
Bart’s Casino and Casino Boss Bart Pharaoh Throne and Pharaoh Skinner
Baseball Jasper Pin Pal Apu
Beer Stein Wiggum Plow King
Boxing Drederick Tatum Prairie Maggie
Burns Casino and Reclusive Mr. Burns Prepper Lindsey Naegle
Camera Hat Homer Reclusive Mr. Burns
Captain Bob Referee Homer
Clobber Girl Rock Neon Sign and Rockin’ Otto
Coat of Foxes Krusty Rollerskate Smithers
Cool Brown House and Cool Homer Saxophone Lisa
Devil Flanders School Bus and Otto & Rock Neon Sign and Rockin’ Otto
Fireman Apu Shadow Knight’s Throne and Shadow Knight
Football Nelson Soccer Lisa
Gorgeous Grampa Softball Mr. Burns
Kamp Krusty and Kamp Bart Tennis Marge
Kung Fu Comic Book Guy The Castle of Equalia and Queen Helvetica
Magic Act Milhouse Tuxedo Krusty

Box 4: Retail Mystery Box- 50 

Abercombie and Rich Nick’s Bowling Shop and The Other Nick’s Bowling Shop
Bookaccino’s Ordanace Express
Claus Co Sportacus
Costington’s and Mr. Costington Sprawl-Mart
Donut Store Springfield Farmers Market
Gas and Grub Springfield Mall
Hammock District Sequel Stop
It’s a Wonderful Knife and Gino Stoner’s Pot Palace
Knot What it Seams Things Unnecessary
Lotto ‘n’ Liquor and Dewey Largo Try-N-Save
Mapple Store You Only Own Twice

Box 5: Imports Mystery Box- 50

Arc de Triomphe Mexican Duffman (with Duff Brewery, Duffman and Lady Duff)
Asia de Cuba Mr. Sparkle
Chateau Maison Pharaoh Guard
Cristo of Springfield Plato’s Republic Casino and Johnny Tightlips
Dante Calabresi Sr and Jr Pont du Gard
Fiesta Terrace and Jacuqes Royal Tokyo
Filthy Angels Orphanage and Ronaldo St. Paul’s Basilica and the Pope
Florance of Arabia and Princess Kashmir The Happy Sumo and Akira
Fortune Megastore and Arthur Fortune The Rich Texan
Hammock District Westminster Abbey and Chaucer and Wilde
Magic Station

Box 6: Silver Mystery Box- 50 

Baby Gerald Ice Cream Truck and Ice Cream Homer
Duff Statue of Liberty Lobster Island
Fancy Farms Maison Derriere and Belle
Father Sean Mojo the Helper Monkey
First Bank of Springfield Powers House and Laura
Havana Private Home Springfield Glenne Condos
Helter Shelter Wilted Rose
Hugs Bunny

Box 7: Hidden Agenda Mystery Box- 60 

Adil Hoxha Mastermind Hank Scorpio and Globex Balloon
All Seeing Eye Mastermind Hank Scorpio, Globex Balloon, Volcano Lair & Hank
Café Kafka Primo
Crouching Panda Hidden Egg Roll Republican Party HQ
Cypress Creek Elementary Russ Cargill
Death Table and James Bont Scotland Yard and Jack the Ripper
EPA Hoverjet Stradivarius Cain
Femme Fatale The Nag and Weasel and Guy Incognito
Fit Tony Wayne Slater

Box 8: Youngsters Mystery Box- 60

Dodgeball Court and Erik Sherri and Terri
Hootenanny Barn and Luke Sophie Krustofsky
Juvenile Correction Facility and Jeremy Springfield Opry House and Mary Spuckler
Kearney’s Other Son STEM Conference Center and Brendan Beiderbecke
Lovejoy Residence and Jessica Taylor House and Allison
Magic Academy Library and Agelica Button The Hungry Hun and Uter
Patches and Poor Violet Zip Zap and Za and Wendell
Preparatory School and Greta

Box 9: Women Mystery Box- 60

Apu’s Apartment and Manjula Motherloving Sugar Co and Diabetty
Ayn Rand School for Tots and Mrs. Sinclair President Lisa
Cracker Factory and Luann ROSA
Crazy Cat House and Crazy Cat Lady Shary Bobbins
Femme Fatle Shauna
Ginger Flanders and Amber Simpson Sleep Eazy Motel and Miss Springfield
Italian Villa and Francesca Springfield Hyperstadium and Rockstar Maggie
Itchy’s 70’s Disco and Tina Ballerina The Peak Inn and Lyla
Malibu Stacy HQ and Stacy

Box 10: Decoration Mystery Box- 70 

Chinese Junk Rolling Rock
Easter Island God Satan’s Anvil
Ferris Wheel Satellite Station
Five Corners Simpson Houseboat
Gone Fission Stonecutter Table
Little Lady Justice The Mayflower
Old Mine Training Plane
Radstation Air Fortress Yellow Submersible

Box 11: Cyber Mystery Box- 75 

Big Digi Ben Giant Robot
Electric Car Bundle (Blue, Yellow and Red) Rocket to Your Doom
Elysium Project Soul Extraction Institute and Robo Burns/Doggy Smithers
Frink’s Lab, Frink and Lady Bot The Homer
Future-Proofed Home and Lady Bot Truckasaurus

Box 12: Character Mystery Box- 80

ESBN Sports Desk with Anger Watkins Rocket Car and Lampwick
Jimbo Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers and Lucille
Krustylu Studios and Sideshow Mel Springfield Coliseum and Tatum
Lucius Sweet The Wiccans
Powell Moters and Herb Unfinished Shed and Chester

Box 13: Great Outdoors Mystery Box- 80

Bear Cave Springfield Falls
Carl’s Dad Caverns Springfield Hunting Supplies
Golf Course Springfield Sign
Half-Pipe Springfield Gorge
Kwik-E-Mart Central Office Sugarloaf Mountain
Mount Carlmore Tailgate
Murderhorn The Scoutmaster

Box 14: Building Mystery Box- 80

Bastille Little Lisa’s Recycling Plant
Beach House Moe’s House
Blarney Castle Rio Days-Inn-Ero
Column Mansion Rocket to Your Doom
Duff Center Arena Royal Tokyo
Incubator Think Tank Simpson Laser Tag
King Homer’s Skyscraper Springfield Greenhouse
La Belle Frottage Wholesome and Sons Publishing

Box 15: Men Mystery Box- 80

Ajax Steel Mill and Roscoe Master Hypnotist Tent and Sven *
Blackbeard Moe’s Express, Larry and Sam
Circle of Death and Meathook Moe’s House
Dr Nick Outland Sign and Mountain Man
First Class Louge and Wheels Pappa Wheelie’s and Ramrod
Ghost Pirate Airship and Blackbeard Raoul’s Penthouse and Raoul
Jay G’s Mansion, Pool, Jay G and Goosius Retro Lard Lad and Laird Ladd
Jazzhole and Bleeding Gums Springfield Community Center and Jasper
Jesse Grass Springfield Historical Society and Hollis
Luagash’s Gym and Lugash Stu’s Disco and Disco Stu

*The fact that Sven is potentially in this box irritates me because this was a CASH purchase originally.

Box 16- Gold Mystery Box-

Bandit Fort Mansion of Solid Gold
Cartoon Set and Scratchy Nerds: Benjamin, Doug and Gary
Donut Boat Polo Field House
Heavenly Swing Set and Jesus Springfield Aquarium and Sarah Wiggum
Himeji Castle The Rad-ish Station

Gold Box requires tokens, which can only be purchased with cash when you buy donuts.  Buying donuts in the store will give you the tokens you’ll need to unlock these boxes.

And there you have it my friends, the preview details of the Black Friday TSTO Sales!

A few things are still a little confusing to me, based on what’s written in the files, so we’ll have to see how it physically plays out in the game.  Because there are so many boxes this year I don’t think I’ll do individual posts on each box.  Once I see it in game I’ll determine how I’m going to do the links.  So we’ll see what happens!

Any boxes you’ve got your eye on?  Anyone not expecting to see a box at all (because you have everything)?  Which items are you wanting the most? Any real black Friday plans?  Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you!

203 responses to “Black Friday 2018 Preview ***Spoilers***

  1. Spent my golden token, got the stupid boat…… Was not at all surprised.

  2. So there were three things in my gold mystery box when I got the free token. The bandit fort, the polo house, and the cartoon set with Scratchy.
    I probably wouldn’t have been highly motivated to spend money for tokens anyway, but I got the cartoon set, which I actually sort of wanted. I’m definitely not motivated now.
    Kinda want that donut factory, though…

    Anyway, will definitely take a crack at the creatures and the women, and maybe the skins. There’s a lot of junk in the boxes that I didn’t ever buy because I didn’t want it, though. Even 25 donuts might be a waste for a lot of it.
    (Also, what’s with the C.H.U.M. robot? He’s in like three of the boxes ranging from 15 to 75 donuts! Sheesh!)

    • Robot prices range on their mood. You can get them cheap if you allow them to be your overlords. But they are quite pricey if you expect them to be sub-servant.

  3. Is nobody going to comment on the fact that the Men box is 80 donuts but the Women box is only 60 donuts?! So women are worth less, hmmm EA? My goodness, the patriarchy is real! 😉

  4. planning on spending 14$ for 132 donuts for the tokens, figure after 5+ years of playing I could afford to send some sugar ea’s way, just one question, does getting 132 donuts get me to the 5 token prize or is ea pulling some funny business where you have to buy 12 donuts and so on first?

    • This has been pretty confusing but I think I finally understand from reading posts in the TSTO subreddit. You don’t have to follow the whole prize track and buy in sequence. You can make a purchase at any level and that will also unlock any previous prizes. I haven’t tried it myself, but that’s the word. The tally of donuts purchased is cumulative and counts toward the total for the next prize. So say if you wanted to spring for the donut factory, you could go ahead and buy it without making the other purchases, and it would also give you everything else in the prize track. Make sense? I wish this were made clearer.

  5. Can someone explain to me how to KEM farm donuts? I never have but apparently you need to to get ahead in this game. I’ve been playing for 5 years plus and am sick of having to find Maggie to earn donuts. Can someone just lay it out for me so I can keep up please. ❤️

  6. This is stupid… I have 10,000+ donuts and no prize boxes to open… but now I have to spend $50 to get the three prizes on the track with nothing to spend the gold coins on… again… this is stupid… I hate you EA… so much…

    • How about a prize box for “free land token generation”… I need that more than 6 donuts a day when I get 12 daily just from sending everyone on tasks…

  7. 1 FREE gold token=Sarah Wiggin and aquarium wow saving 300 donuts

  8. Think I finally broke the game , Kem farming has provided all the content now since buying 20 or so boxes the screen just blacks out
    Don’t know how EA expects people to buy donuts for tokens or characters etc , Not enough land & constant glitches : (

  9. I’ve been waiting all year for Black Friday. I had over 1,400 donuts to spend, largely due to KEM-farming. I decided to go all in as I spend most of the donuts on the Men Mystery Boxes and got the following:

    – Meathook (one of the Bikers in that episode where Homer fights a bunch of bikers. John Goodman voiced him.)
    – Sven Golly (good thing I never spend $20 of real cash on him.)
    – Mountain Man (from the Bart Royale event. Meh.)
    – Moe’s House (why was THIS in the Men’s Mystery Box considering that it did not include a character?!)
    – Ramrod (another biker dude. Meh)
    – Roscoe the Steel Worker (from “Homer’s Phobia”. Always wanted him)
    – Laird (retired Lard Donut guy. Meh)
    – Jay G (rich Hip-Hop mogul. Meh)
    – Jasper (finally got him since I also have two of his costumes, the Stonecutters and the Softball uniform. Wanted him for so long!)
    – Lugash (the gymnastics teacher)
    – Wheels McGrath (don’t know who he is. Meh)
    – Raoul (don’t know who he is. Meh)

    I got Jasper during the middle of my spending spree. I wanted Sam & Larry too but so far I wasn’t lucky.

    I also spend a few on the Women Mystery Box and got the following:
    – Dia-Betty (meh)
    – Femme Fatale (meh)
    – Belle (from “Bart After Dark”)
    – Angelica Button (good thing I didn’t spend any donuts on the Mystical Mystery Box from this year’s Halloween event)

    I also spend a few on the Youngsters Mystery Box and got the following:
    – Adil (from “Crepes of Wrath”)
    – Jessica Lovejoy (finally got her in my Springfield as I always wanted her! Plus, Rev Lovejoy and his wife finally have their home)
    Angelica was also featured in this box, but I got her in the Women’s Mystery Box instead.

    Finally, my “Character” Mystery box only had 2 items (Dia-Betty and the Wiccans) before I started spending my donuts. Since I already got Dia-Betty from the Women’s Mystery Box, I decided to get the Wiccans and clean out the box.

    I have 70 donuts left. I may spend real money on the token offers ($10 or less). Looks like more donut farming for me. I was hoping that the 3 Nerds (from “Homer Goes to College”) and Scratchy were offered in the donut rebate boxes instead of the golden token box.

  10. AndThereGoesSwifty

    Saw an option in the menu next to the boxes for 12 donuts. Me thinking this meant purchasing 12 donuts with money in order to receive another token like it says on the prize track pressed it to see how much money it cost. Instead it purchased 12 donuts using the free token we got. Nothing asking to confirm either. Just a heads up to others. Instead of using my token on a character/building combo I accidentally used it on 12 donuts. Not sure who would even want that option but thought I’d give others a heads up NOT to press that

  11. I emptied the woman’s box already (480 donuts) and half of the youngsters box. Since the women were far in the minority already there is at least some more balance now. The youngster are quite cheap, i will finish that one too and then get a couple of shots at the men box. In my men box they all seem to come with a building. Depending on my luck I will then start saving for X-mas.

  12. Already reported it & was told it would be worked on but in case someone might need to know. I was buying out the 15 doughnut creature box. Got to the last item, for me was the burns dragon, it never showed & the box disappeared. 😓

  13. My first 3 games all I had in the Gold Box was the Radish station. Easily claimed all the remaining mystery box items. In my 4th game, (the test game where I went for bonus only for about a year), I had a lot of items. So I am skipping the Gold Box for last. I already found a few of the items in the other Mystery Boxes. Spent over 4000 donuts and have to farm again. Luckily more bonus is almost 4000% so it only takes me 3 KEMs to get donuts. Good thing I have seven days to farm. Best Black Friday Ever (for the game).

    • If your bonus is that high, it’s waaaaay easier to just buy Rat Trap Trucks and resell them.

      • I have had trouble with RTT. I have only received only one box per RTT where I should have received more. I have also been forced out of the game and lost all the XP. So while I can receive a box for only 3 KEMS ($43K vs $150K), I can also lay down a few hundred KEMs at a time versus buying and selling RTT 5 or so at a time.

  14. *sigh*
    I hate Mystery Boxes.
    I just want to be able to get the items I want, not gamble in the hopes that I will get them without spending too many extra donuts to get items I don’t care about.
    Judging from Alyssa’s list for the Characters Box, I thought I could get Powell and Tatum – and three others – for just 400 donuts, rather than spend 370 at full cost for just the two I want. Great deal, totally worth it. But instead there are six other items in the Box, so I could still spend all my donuts and not get P&T.
    So, I will be skipping this year’s Black Friday sale completely. The irony is that I would have probably spent all or most of my donuts if I could just buy specific items.
    I did get the University Nerds via the free token, so the “sale” won’t be a *complete* waste, but EA needs to dial down its greed just a bit.

  15. I haven’t bought donuts yet, but they gave me one free token. I spent it and got Jesus. Couldn’t believe it! I did one round in the Youngster box and got a girl I didn’t recognize. I’m sure I’ll try some more.

  16. That donut earning building……….

    Is it worth it ?

    • Nothing. I repeat, NOTHING is worth 900 donuts…paid for with cash. Got it?

      • Thank you for being the voice of sanity around here today!

      • But… I’m confused. i thought you got the Lard Lad Factory for free when you purchased 900 donuts, not that it COST 900 donuts. Is that not the case? In other words, I thought that if I spent the $49.99 (real money), I would have 900 donuts to spend on whatever, PLUS the Lard Lad Factory. To me this seems great because I was going to purchase donuts anyway, so the LLF is essentially free. Am I getting that wrong?

  17. None of the boxes has more than one item in that I want, but lots I have no interest in. Not worth the risk and cost for me. Shame. I was hoping to get something nice. :-/

  18. None of the boxes has more than one item in that I want, but lots I have no interest in. Not worth the risk and cost for me. Shame. I was hoping to get something nice. :/

  19. the only thing new for me is gold coin thing to earn donuts. I cant use current donuts to buy anything. I’m confused how this works now.I am not seeing mystery boxes anywhere?

  20. Anyone know if Golden Scratch-rs count towards the golden tokens? Like, if I buy two golden scratchers I’ll get at least 12 donuts—will I score a token that way? Or will I only get the token for straight up buying a dozen for $1.99?

  21. I did 5 rounds in the Character Box because 80 donuts seemed like a fair price to me for any of that stuff. I am thinking that I might go for the Creature Box because it is only 15 and Burns Dragon’s Pile of Treasure w/Burns Dragonnking is in it. There is a lot of stuff that I don’t care about in there but at 15 I feel I could get a few duds and still walk away happy if I got Burns Dragon.

  22. If I were to purchase the boatload of donuts, would I get all the prize track?

  23. Got Scratchy and the cartoon set with my free token. This pleases me. Now to decide what boxes to throw my hard-earned sprinkles at 🙂

  24. Cleaned out the women, men, youngsters, hidden agenda, gold, and most of the characters mystery boxes. Now staring at the alter egos mystery box.

    I could get Sideshow Bob.

    I could get him for 20 donuts.

    Or it could take 660 donuts.


    Considering it…

  25. Started KEM-Farming last year. Since then I’ve bought everything buyable during the events. Today I’ve already spent 3,500 Donuts on Boxes. 50 Tasks to do… and so many boxes/items left to buy.

    On the one hand that is great. So much new content. On the other hand I am inhaling everything in only one week.

    I think it would have been better for EA to update the items in the vault and perhaps add a randomizer to it. With the vault EA would get the players excited constantly/repeatedly.

  26. Don’t they typically give us a free token to get us hooked and want to buy more? Not unlike a drug dealer? EA really cheaping out this year.

  27. Shit.
    It’s my first year so I’m seriously considering dropping a hun-sky for 2400 donuts and get crazy with the cheese whiz.
    I’m loving the character boxes.
    A little overwhelmed right now but once I figure out who I really want. Barney FTMFW!

  28. Oh my goodness I’m sooooo excited for Friday haha.. gonna buy me some donuts and then it’ll take me all day to decide which if the boxes to gamble on… Although I will definitely be getting the youngsters pack for sure, and maybe the women one .. arghhhh I’m way to spoilt for choice… Christmas has definitely come early… Woo hooooo can’t wait.. 😂

  29. If you just buy 900 donuts, it unlocks everything…you don’t have to follow the order or purchases. I just did it and it gave me everything, in total 23 golden coins too.

  30. I have all the Gold Box items already, so purchasing 16 Golden Tokens to get to the Lard Lad Factory, and only being able to redeem them for more donuts is kind of lame, when I can farm them for free. Now, if EA offered their redemption for Land Tokens, then that would have been totally awesome! I need more land, and I feel like EA is simply land grabbing, I mean land withholding, I mean money grabbing, for themselves. And with so many boxes, why not offer Duff Gardens? Or past NPCs? Or KB Tram Station accessories? Something I missed! Sigh… maybe next year. 🙁

    • Yeah I was hoping I could use the 900 donuts saved to buy the 🍩 factory and like you all that was left onu gold box was the Lovejoy residence 😶

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