The Van Houtens Prize Guide: Act 1, Prize 5 Annika

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Time for another fun and exciting event prize post!  This time around, more decorations…oh boy!  Act 1 consists of 3 new decorations, 1 Mystery Box Token, and 1 new character.  So at least we’ve got a character to balance out all those decorations…

So let’s take a look at the final Act 1 prize, Annika…

Annika is a  brand new character for Springfield and part of the Van Houtens Character Collection:

How You Unlock it:
Birthday Party for One Pt. 5
Make Milhouse Shout With Joy- 4hrs
Collect Party Hats- 4hrs, x195.

Once achieved you’ll unlock Annika…

Annika does come with a full questline, here’s a look at that questline:

Fall From Grace Pt. 1
Annika starts

Annika: *sigh* Back in Springfield again. I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to that smell. Still, it is small and cute like Liechtenstein.
Sherri and Terri: Hi, I’m Sherri, and this is Terri. And this is our friend Janey.
Janey: Hi. Do you think we could hang out with you?
Sherri and Terri: You know, if you glare at us for long enough, it might actually count as hanging out with us.
Make Annika Condescendingly Stare at the Girls– 8hrs
Annika: I suppose you can hang out with me, as long as you are okay with doing my homework.
Janey: If that’s what it takes.
Annika: Also my laundry.
Sherri and Terri: We’d be honored!
Annika: Of course you would.

Fall From Grace Pt. 2
Annika starts

Annika: So, what do you girls do here for fun?
Sherri and Terri: There’s hopscotch, jump rope, and cat’s cradle, to name a few.
Annika: Uh huh. Name a few more.
Sherri and Terri: Uh…I guess that was all.
Annika: Super cool. So super cool, I’m super bored. *takes out a fidget spinner*
Janey: Is that a fidget spinner?
Sherri and Terri: Those were so last year.
Annika: They were just released in Europe.
Sherri and Terri: But those things have come and gone in whatever state we’re in.
Janey: C’mon girls, we’re out of here.
Annika: Rejected by schoolyard girls? *hangs head* I will change into the striped leggings of shame.
Make Annika Change Into the Striped Leggings of Shame- 12hrs

Fall From Grace Pt. 3
Annika starts

Annika: I’ve been here five minutes and I’m already an outcast. This will not do. You there, fat little American boy, how did you become the outcast you are today?
Ralph: Who, me? What’s an out cat?
Annika: Ugh, useless. What about you there?
Milhouse: Annika, it’s me Milhouse, your cousin, remember?
Annika: Yes, I am aware. Please don’t remind me. So, answer the question. How did you become an outcast?
Milhouse: I don’t know what you’re talking about. My mom says I’m very cool.
Nelson: Perhaps your mom will reconsider when she sees this. *pulls down Milhouse’s pants* Haw-haw!
Milhouse: Knowing my mom, she probably will.
Make Annika Mutter in Dutch- 8hrs
Annika: Nice hearts on your underwear, Milhouse. Did you pick those out yourself?
Milhouse: No, my mom did. She says even if I added up all these little hearts, it still wouldn’t come close to the size of my real one!
Annika: *sigh* Sometimes I don’t know how you and I are related.
Milhouse: You know, we’re not THAT closely related, if you follow my drift… *winks*
Annika: Thank you for interrupting my existential malaise with aggrieved rage.

Fall From Grace Pt. 4
Annika starts

 Janey: Look! Annika is making fun of Milhouse.
Sherri and Terri: Wait, we’re confused. Don’t only cool kids make fun of Milhouse? Yeah, you’re right. Hmmm, I guess we need to rethink how cool Annika is. On the one hand, she’s into fidget spinners, which is not cool. On the other hand, she makes fun of Milhouse, which is.
Janey: I guess that makes her more cool than uncool. I’ll go tell her. As soon as Milhouse pulls up his pants and goes away. Hey, Annika. We saw you making fun of Milhouse, so we’ve decided you’re cool again. Uh…what are you doing?
Annika: I’m just playing spijkerpoepen. Wanna play?
Make Annika Play Spijkerpoepen- 4hrs
Janey: First Annika was cool, then uncool, then cool again. But now she’s playing some weird Dutch game, so is she uncool again?
Sherri and Terri: My heads are spinning.
Janey: Don’t you mean “our” heads are spinning?
Sherri and Terri: Stay out of this!

Fall From Grace Pt. 5
Annika starts

Sherri and Terri: Here comes Milhouse.
Janey: Keep walking, loser, can’t you see we’re playing spaykerpowpow?
Milhouse: It’s pronounced spijkerpoepen. And you’re only playing it because it makes you cool to be seen with Annika. Did you know it means “nail pooping”?
Sherri and Terri: Ewww, you’re gross.
Janey: Yeah. Why don’t you just leave us alone. Forever!
Annika: But he’s right.
Janey: When has that ever mattered?
Make Annika Feel Bad for Milhouse- 4hrs
Make Milhouse Cry- 4hrs
Annika: Thank you for coming to my defense. That was cool of you.
Janey: What!? You think Milhouse is cool? Gross.
Sherri and Terri: Double gross.
Janey: I knew giving you a second chance was a mistake! Let’s go, girls.
Milhouse: Don’t mind them, Annika.
Annika: I don’t care what they think.
Milhouse: Ya know, in some American states, it’s totally normal to date your cousin. Isn’t that interesting?
Annika: … Girls, wait for me!

Annika’s Permanent Tasks:

Task Length Earns Location
Scoff At People 1hr $70, 17xp Springfield Elementary/Brown House
Play Some Spijkerpoepen 4hrs $175, 45xp Outside/Visual
Mutter in Dutch 8hrs $275, 70xp Outside/Visual
Avoid Her Family 12hrs $420, 100xp Springfield Elementary/Brown House
Check Her Phone 24hrs $600, 150xp Van Houten House/Brown House

And that’s it my friends, the details on Annika…

Up Next?  Well, I’ve covered the rest of the Act 1 prizes here.  Beyond that, nothing left to do but wait for Act 2 on Friday (starts at 11am).

Thoughts on Annika? Questline?  Tasks? Act 1? Sound off below.

12 responses to “The Van Houtens Prize Guide: Act 1, Prize 5 Annika

  1. Annika Van Houten is a good prize since I wanted to see her in TSTO since the episode she appeared in first aired. I’m not surprised that she isn’t voiced since she was voiced by a guest star in the show who is actually a Van Houten. Her visual tasks are pretty cool and different since she does has patience and good coordination when playing Spijkerpoepen and her muttering in Dutch is her eating a stroopwafel and giggling. I’m a bit disappointed that she has 2 of her indoor at Springfield Elementary since she doesn’t seem like an elementary school student, maybe she could’ve had a task to buy e-cigarettes at a store or from a Laramie vending machine instead of going to the school but at least she goes to the Van Houten House for a task. Her questline and dialogue was good since I first thought she would’ve been popular with the other girls at the end but they reject her instead. 🇳🇱 🚬 🧇

    Annika is definitely the best act 1 prize. The token is the 2nd best (I got Nikki McKenna and the Springfield Skate Park with it). 3rd is the Go-Go Ray (for the task with Bart and Skinner). 4th is the Milhouse Bounce House (for the design and animation). 5th is the Milhouse Balloon Archway.

  2. Annika – she’s not voiced …. then again, neither is most of the Van Houten Family (except the Dad, ’til we get new family members that are) …. but that Visual Task (Spijkerpoepen is the new farfegnugen – lol!) and her Questline is fun (poor Millhouse!)

    Yeah, this is definitely one of the better Event Prizes (can Act 2 Act 3 Act 4 keep this up?!) 👍🏻

  3. Previously I had a task keep resetting which prevented my using the character for a different task.. I stored the character’s task site and was then “freed up”.

    • This has happened to a few people over the last few months. Thanks for reposting. If people see this, it will save some frustration.

    • My problem is that I had every single character doing this task it was one of those daily tasks to buy milk so I don’t know how to fix that

    • Thank you for the heads up, this glitch was never mentioned to EA Help (I can forward it to them via Twitter and let them research the problem if it continues within the Game App, although there’s no guarantee since EA doesn’t care anymore – worth a try).

  4. Anyone else having issues with the game this morning? It won’t seem to let me out of completing my daily task and it resets itself every time I go out and go back in again and yes I’ve already uninstall and reinstall the game

    • I’m probably from a different time zone. I didn’t have any problems this morning, but can’t login now. The game goes to the loading screen, but the donut doesn’t stop spinning.

    • I got one Bart screen during a moment when I was editing my Springfield at 5 in the morning Pacific time, so I stopped Tapping for the Day (will login tomorrow morning, but I don’t Tap that often).

  5. I see from the character screens there are 5 Van Houtens who aren’t on the prize track.

    Will we be getting a donut Van Houten per act + a Gil deal?

    Or have my maths skills failed me again? 🤔

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