Thursday Friday my friends! I’m a day late this week, I’m sorry. I had jury duty yesterday, which meant I didn’t have a chance to write up my thoughts for you. But thankfully for you, I wasn’t selected so I’m bringing this week’s Musings post to you on a Friday!
Anyway, as promised at the start of Simpsons Babies, this week I’m musing about the overall Simpsons Babies event. Now that the event has officially ended, it’s time for a review! You know I’ve got some thoughts on it now, so let’s get to ’em…
I’ve noticed this was a so-so event for most of you. It wasn’t the worst thing in the world, but it wasn’t Flanders Family Reunion either. It sort of fell somewhere in-between. Something to keep you chugging along in TSTO as we hit the dog days of summer.
Everything I saw comment wise seemed like a mixed bag. You guys were happy with new characters but disappointed they were just different versions of characters we already had. (except Llewellyn Sinclair, who didn’t really fit in with this. But more on him in a minute.) There were loads of buildings with this one, but nothing that really excited folks.
As I detailed in this musings post, the returning premium characters as prizes was a swing and a miss for EA. Most of us got what they were trying to do, but it really just felt stale and annoyed a bunch of folks who paid a lot of donuts for the characters.
Again, everything was So-so. A total mixed bag for players. Not the greatest thing to have for an event.
What about an event based around baby versions of Springfield characters screamed Llewellyn Sinclair to EA? Llewellyn made absolutely no sense with this one, and it seems like they really had to reach to make it work. Feels like EA could have included him in another event, one based more on “A Street Car Named Marge”. Feels like Llewellyn was a throw-in with this event to keep players from screaming “where are the canon characters!?”
One thing is abundantly clear, you guys are over the multi-event format. Although for this particular event, the multi-event format was a huge help to those players who fell victim to the crashing bug. Thankfully it was fixed, but the multi-event format allowed players who missed two or more weeks to catch up. And the ease of the event allowed those players to easily complete all four weeks, despite the late start.
Crashing bug aside, ultimately, I think the general feeling was that while it was nice to have an easy to finish event, I think a lot of us are just longing for something more to do in TSTO. Give us puzzles, give us more tasks to complete, and for the love of God bring back neighbor interactions! Let’s hope EA has something new up its sleeve for Halloween!
Some highs, lows, and misses of the Simpsons Babies Event for me…
Highs: Dialogue was hilarious, especially when you combined the full story of all four acts.
There are a TON of funny character animations associated with the new baby characters, really great work by the artists behind them. (I love Baby Marge’s get over fear of flying one)
Lows: While the dialogue was hilarious, some of the story itself was confusing and left me going “huh?” quite often. Especially some of the premium character questlines.
Moe’s Express Lemonade stand was unnecessary and didn’t make a whole lot of sense. It’s basically just a duplicate version of Moe’s Express, and I felt like they just did a bad job with this one.
Misses: They really missed an opportunity to let the baby characters interact with items we already have. Baby Bart should be able to use the Clown Bed, Baby Bart and Baby Lisa should be able to use the car etc.
Llewellyn Sinclair. Adding him with this event was a miss for me. Didn’t make sense in relation to the overall story, and they missed an opportunity to bring him into another event (whether mini or larger) based around “A Street Car Named Marge”.
Overall, based on the time of the year, quality of prizes, characters, and dialogue I’d give this mini-event a B-. It was a decent multi-event, nothing spectacular but nothing a complete failure either.
And that’s it guys, my latest round of random TSTO Musings. Thoughts? Care to share your own musings on the topic? Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you!