It’s been just over a week since the Van Houtens Event ended. So I’ve had a week to collect my thoughts and assess the event. That assessment has come in at…eh. It was ok, but nothing spectacular. I’ll go into further detail for you and share some thoughts from this event…
Once again I’ll preface this by saying, I’m holding this event in the same light as all other multi-events. I’m no longer going to do the “this event was ok, but compared to this event from 6 years ago it was terrible…”. I think we need to compare apples to apples at this point. We all know Stonecutters (from 2014) was the best TSTO event ever, and no event since has lived up to that greatness. So, we have to analyze this multi-event compared to other multi-events. It’s only fair.
So comparing the Van Houtens Event to other multi-events, and reviewing it in the same light…
Again, I arrive at “eh”. It was an ok event, and surely better than the Game of Games Sequel, but it was just there. Nothing spectacular from it, nothing terrible. Just there. Something to tap through and move along.
Ultimately, this event prize track consisted of a couple of buildings, 10 decorations, 2 costumes, 2 new characters, and 4 mystery box tokens. Fun times.
Let’s get into the Good, Bad, and Ugly…
-I feel like a broken record saying this, but yet again the dialogue stands out as the best part of the event. The writers are really putting in solid efforts in the writing and it’s not going unnoticed.
-Premium offerings. I enjoyed the trip down Van Houten family lane, and I love that Milhouse’s Grandpa is in town!
-Free characters on the prize track. I’m always a fan of full characters on prize tracks. I loved that we finally got Annika and Grandma Van Houten is a hoot!
-The two buildings we did receive via the prize track were really nice, well done additions. The vineyard fits in well with other elements, as does Little Italy. Those are two buildings that will end up in Springfield, not perpetual inventory.
-Easy to finish
-Secretary Van Houten didn’t earn even currency. For 200 donuts you would expect a character to earn event currency. But I do appreciate that they added him more as a “bonus” character, instead of an Act premium character (like they did with Game of Games and Hugh Jass)
-The decoration prizes. Really lame, in my opinion. And they all ended up in inventory, where they’ll remain.
-This seems to be my ugly for all events…Mystery box tokens as prizes. Not sure how many times we can complain about it. Give us 5 NEW prizes for each Act, it shouldn’t be that hard. Don’t recycle old content…especially when the alternative is donuts. The donut has so been devalued that it’s not even worth it. If you can’t come up with 5 NEW prizes for each Act than just do 4. Don’t patronize us with the stupid mystery box tokens, when the box is full of old content.
Overall I give this event a C+. It’s still missing the mark, in my opinion, but was way better than the last multi-event (Game of Games 2).
I’m really hoping EA mixes it up for Halloween this year, but it’s 2020 the last thing I’m doing is holding my breath hoping for something good to happen.
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