Happy Musings Thursday my friends! It’s been a little while since I’ve shared my thoughts with you. To be honest, crazy summer mixed with slow game activity has really limited my TSTO related thoughts these days.
Anyway, now that we’re halfway through August and in the middle of a new TSTO event I thought it was time to muse a bit about TSTO. I’ve got some random thoughts, so let’s get to ’em…
-So I’m reserving my overall thoughts about Simpsons Babies until the event is over, or at least almost over. However, initial impressions are pretty good. It’s a simple questline, with great dialogue, and it’s minimal work involved to unlock the prizes. The perfect event for August, just as the summer is winding down.
A lot of the buildings are great, and some we’ve been asking for for quite some time. (Frink’s House, Captain Dodge ‘ems, etc.) And sure the characters are just different versions of existing characters, but they’re fun. And at least they’re characters, not costumes. 10 new characters in all. Which brings the character total, once this event is over, to 429. Not too shabby.
-Of course now that I’ve discussed the event briefly I’ve got to address the “game crashing crowd”. Totally sucks that this crashing bug is going around. It really does. And I know it’s easy to think EA doesn’t test the game before the release it, or it’s a massive issue. But keep in mind 1) It’s not impacting everyone. In fact, it’s a small portion of players that are impacted. Those players on older Android devices (I’m thinking from earlier than 2016) and some Kindle users. Not all Kindle devices are impacted, although most are. And if you’re playing on a new Android you’re not experiencing the issue. Also, I’ve yet to see someone on an iOS device have the problem…but I could be mistaken. (In fact, last night after I wrote this I saw the first report on iOS) So try to keep that in mind when you start screaming the comments about the problem.
I, and I’m sure most players, agree it’s awful that players are having problems. But screaming about it over and over again in the comments of nearly every post isn’t going to help you, or anyone else. It’s just going to annoy people. (although this has gotten better of late)
And the second thing to keep in mind…EA does test the game before they release it. However, it’s not always easy to test it on every single device. Think about ALL of the variations of iPhones, Android Phones, Tablets, etc. that have come out just in the last 4-5 years. That’s a lot of devices to test. I remember a couple of years ago, when the Family Guy game was having some problems with various devices, TinyCo was looking for players to come to their HQ with their device so they could try and isolate the problem. As they were unable to replicate it on their own. So, just because there’s a bug doesn’t necessarily mean the game wasn’t tested.
I’m sorry to say…if you have an older device there’s a good chance you’re going to have problems playing TSTO as more updates come out. I’m honestly surprised they haven’t phased out more devices. I remember when Krustyland came out in August 2013 they eliminated support for the iPad 1 (and the game stopped working completely on it), which at that point was only a little more than 3 years old. And some of you have said you’re playing on devices that are 5 years old…
-So enough about that, let’s talk about something non-baby or crash-related. We’re just about halfway through August, which means we’re nearing the time for the annual THOH Event!
What are your thoughts as we approach THOH time? Do you think EA will stick with this Multi-Event process or change it up?
Personally, while I enjoy the dialogue, timeline, and prizes of these multi-events, I’m hoping for something a little more challenging in terms of gameplay.
Not opposed to a 4-week event, in fact, we’ve been advocating for it for years now, but I’d prefer something a little more challenging. Something to keep us engaged in the game for longer than 30 seconds at a time.
-Speaking of THOH, as we talked about a couple of weeks ago during the Simpsons News Links post, how cool does this year’s THOH episode look? (you know episode 666…just like they planed!) I would not object to a Stranger Things themed THOH event this year, not by any means!
And that’s it guys, my latest round of random TSTO Musings. Thoughts? Care to share your own musings on the Flanders Family Reunion? Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you!