Note: There is a crash issue happening with some devices. This could be related to the amount of space you have on your device, the age of your device, or something else entirely. Just remember, the Christmas event is the LARGEST update each year for TSTO (because they reload every single item in the game with snow), so it requires A LOT of free space on your device. And when I say a lot I mean like 20+ GB…
Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!
In our games, the snow is falling and TSTO is calling yoo hoo! It’s the most wonderful time of the year Tappers, Christmas in TSTO! I just love the look of a fresh blanket of snow covering my pocket-sized town…at least for now. I’ll get sick of it by the time January rolls around…in TSTO and in real life (have I mentioned lately I wanna move to Florida?) Anyway, yes the annual Christmas/holiday event has arrived in Springfield, so what does EA have in store for us? Well, we’ve got a real mystery on our hands! A holiday whodunnit if you will! Poor Santa…
As always, loads of dialogue with this one, so be sure to read along to see what happens! And of course, I’ll be posting it as each week wraps up…
Once again we see another multi-event in Springfield. So love them, or hate them, they’re still here. So let’s all try to make the best of this…
Anywho….things kick off with a series of 6s tasks for Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa (and remember you have to be on Level 15 to see the event)…
After you’ve completed the initial task you’ll kick off the 2021 Christmas Event!
(note I’m still adding info regarding returning items…so check back later for the full list plus links. All other event info should be up)
First, remember this was an app store update available for download. So if you haven’t already done so, and you don’t see the Splash Screen above (or a variation of it) for your game, or snow in your Springfield head to your app store and update TSTO. You may have to search the store for Tapped Out, as it doesn’t always appear on the update list initially…
Second, if you’re looking for details on what’s to come (beyond this first Act), so you can prep donuts, etc..check out the Spoilers post here.
Third, ALL of the details, as we post them, for this event will be linked on the 2021 Christmas Event Page here.
Now on with the details for Act 1!
Here’s EA’s event synopsis:
Santa is out of commission. He was attacked by an unknown assailant and won’t be well enough to deliver presents on Christmas. But that’s okay, the town is banding together to hold a sleigh race on Mt. Useful to find a suitable replacement for Santa this year! They can’t be without presents on Christmas. Upon hearing the news of Santa’s attack, Marge and Lisa spring into action, vowing to Sherlock this mystery and find the culprit. If they can only agree which one of them gets to be Sherlock.
We should all know by now unless of course, you’re new to TSTO that the prizes for this event follow the same questline format to unlock as our regular mini-events do.
Just like every large event recently, this is not your typical Major Event. And there are pros and cons to that, and everyone will find their own pros and cons. And some people’s pro will be someone else’s con.
As always, I just ask that you have an open mind, and reserve judgment until we’re into the event. It’s 5 weeks long, it should be fairly easy to complete, you’ll unlock a bunch of new prizes and no crafting to grind through, so let’s just have some good old-fashioned TSTO fun! And, as long as you don’t rush things, you won’t get bored because it’ll change each week!
Here’s the event schedule:
Act 1 Starts December 8th (WEDNESDAY)
Act 2 Starts December 17th (FRIDAY)
Act 3 Starts December 26th (SUNDAY)
Act 4 Starts January 4th (TUESDAY)
Event Ends January 12th, 2022 (WEDNESDAY)
As I stated above, the initial quests are 6s. Once completed you’ll start the Out Cold questline, which is the Act 1 story to follow. This is how you’ll unlock the Act 1 prizes.
Note: Some of you have mentioned you are having trouble getting the event to start. You need to download the latest update and the requirements for this are: Level 15. It won’t trigger unless you’re there. Also, there’s a crashing issue going on. See the note at the very top of this post about that.
No Crime Like the Present
Bart: Milhouse, did you hear that Santa got attacked?
Milhouse: By the bullies?!
Bart: No one knows, but he’s pretty messed up. So I guess no gifts from Santa this year…
Milhouse: Well, I wasn’t expecting much anyway. My dad just got fired from that beef bowl place for over-beefing the bowls.
Homer: *eating beef bowl* If you don’t skimp the customer, you skimp yourself.
Milhouse: Well, I guess Santa getting attacked could be good then…maybe my dad can audition to replace him?
Homer: Not if I beat him to it. I just upgraded my snowmobile and gave it “Fast and the Furious”-grade nitrous.
Bart: How does that in any way help you get hired as Santa?
Homer: Because whenever a Santa dies or is incapacitated, there’s a race to replace him — and the winner gets his job! Plus a grandfather clock made of mahogany!
Bart: Well, if you become the new Santa, here’s my Christmas list: a waterslide from my bedroom window into an infinity pool with underwater surround-sound.
Homer: Your wish is my command.
Milhouse: Ooh! And if you become Santa, I want you to get my dad a car, so he can finally give me my bike back!
Homer: I grant him one PT Cruiser with blue flames on it.
Lisa: Should we really be discussing presents while Santa’s in critical condition in the hospital?
Homer: Presents?! I’m not thinking about presents! I’m thinking about pizza. No, cookies. No, milk. No, cheese…
Lisa: Dad, stop saying what you think!
Homer: No, Philadelphia the cream cheese company, no, Philadelphia the city, no “Philadelphia” that Tom Hanks movie I never saw—
Lisa: Please stop! Doesn’t anyone care that the police aren’t even investigating how Santa got attacked?
Bart: Not really.
Milhouse: I’m sure he’s getting the care he needs.
Lisa: Santa is a contributing member to our society and culture — and yes, he’s a capitalist creation who seamlessly transitioned from an advertising tool to a sanctified myth…BUT he still brings joy to children across the globe!
Marge: Sweetie, would you like to visit Santa at the hospital and give him a get-well-soon card?
Lisa: Yes, and then afterward, I want to figure out who did this to him…and why.
Homer: While you find out why…I’ve got a race to nitrous.
Make Homer Soup Up the Snowmobile- 6s
Make Bart Make a Blueprint of His Waterslide and Pool- 6s
Make Marge Visit Santa- 6s
Make Lisa Visit Santa- 6s
And this triggers the entire story premise for each act…
(and yes, just like I did for the past multi-events, I’ll be posting full dialogue for this one before the next act starts)
Now let’s talk about what’s included…
Here’s the Act 1 Synopsis from EA:
Homer and Bart head up to Mt. Useful to sign up for the sleigh race, and begin souping up Homer’s snowmobile to make sure they win. Meanwhile, Marge and Lisa go to visit Santa at the hospital. Santa is in a coma, but they meet an old friend of his there, Herb Tannenbaum, a walking, talking Christmas tree from The North Pole. It seems Herb and Santa were together and they were both attacked, and Herb had his arm cut off! Now that they have a first-hand witness, Marge and Lisa bring Herb along for their investigation. Herb takes them to Santa’s Village where the attack happened, and they being scouring the scene of the crime. They discover Burns there and question him about the attack, but his alibi checks out (he was busy building a creepy bone sleigh to compete in the race on Mt. Useful). Marge and Lisa discover a broken Christmas ornament at the scene, which Herb confirms is from his body and must of broken in the attack. Marge and Lisa are immediately suspicious of Herb.
Up on Mt. Useful, the Park Ranger is signing people up for the sleigh race. Homer, Burns, and Krusty all get signed up and argue over whose sleigh will be the fastest.
Before leaving Santa’s Village, Lisa spots a peculiar looking “Santa” taking Christmas wishes from little kids, and tearing off his hat reveals it to be none other than Sideshow Bob. Bob claims he has an ironclad alibi, in that he was behind iron bars in jail the night it happened. Time to go confirm that with Wiggum… At the jail they find out Wiggum isn’t even investigating the case since he figures that Marge and Lisa have it under control, but he does confirm Sideshow Bob’s alibi.
DO NOT FORGET TO SCROLL UP AND DOWN IN THE TASK BOXES (PICTURED ABOVE) TO BE SURE TO COMPLETE ALL TASKS FOR EACH PART.
I’ll lay out specifically what you need to do for each part in the turbo tappin’ post, but I don’t want any of you to get messed up with this. So don’t forget to SCROLL!
Here are the prizes for Part 1:
Questline, which I’ll post later, will show how each is unlocked.
Characters who can complete tasks for Act 1:
Park Ranger (New Premium)
Each Act will have a new premium character that will earn event currency. From what I can see, based on the info from EA, characters will be used throughout the entire event. So Act 1 will be used in Act 2, 3, and 4…etc.
Here’s what’s included today:
Both promos will be available in the store until the event ends on January 12th.
North Pole Monorail Bundle
Elf Lisa and Elf Bart
Candy Cave + Jack Frost
Christmas Tree Farm
Reindeer Burger Truck
Large Snowy Christmas Hill
The Snowed Inn
Mrs Kodos Claus
$5 Antler Rental
Gingerbread Simpsons House
The Ghost Of Christmas Past
Rigellian Christmas Toy Workshop
Rigellian North Pole
Jesus Carpentry Shop
Manacek And Brick Townhomes
King Winters Cave + King Winter
Whiz Bang Toy Company
Egg Nog Bar
Rigellian Christmas Spaceship
Toys B This
XMAS Trees Lot
Crazy Cat Sleigh + Ms. Claws Bundle
Costingtons + Mr. Costington
Old Tree Spirit
Go Kart Track
Fireworks Candy And Puppy Dogs
Cut Glass Cathedral
You Only Own Twice
The Timberlog Diner
Kid First Industries
Ice Fishing Shack
St Pauls Basilica
Make A Thing Workshop
Mystery Box Tokens can only be purchased via donuts.
You can also earn these tokens via the prize track. There will be 1 token per prize track (combined with another prize), for a total of 4 available for free with the event.
Last Minute Gifts- Requires a Gift Card to unlock. Gift Cards can be earned via the Trivia (more on that in a minute) and special holiday Daily Challenges. Also the final prize on the Act 3 prize track will be a building that pays out the gift cards.
Note from EA: This box has unique functionality in that once all items are owned, the box refreshes to show only the non-unique items in the box, allowing the player the option to continue using Gift Cards on duplicates of any of those non-unique items. Though at this point the exchange will still appear in the store allowing you to trade your Gift Cards for 3 Donuts each. There are 21 total non-unique items (marked below at the beginning of the list). Note that the non-unique items do still appear in the box prior to the refresh, if not owned.
Here’s what’s in the box:
First Ever Christmas Tree
Small Snowy Christmas Hill
Fir Is Murder Christmas Tree
Santas Little Helper Topiary
Christmas Clams $50 A Pound
Mall Santa Wish Center
Goat Head Statue
Small Pagan Tent
Large Pagan Tent
Giant Burning Goat
Christmas Tree Ralph
Gingerbread House + Suzanne the Witch
Exotic Petting Zoo
Krustys Kristmas On Ice
Xmas Trees Slightly Irregular
Santas Little Helper
Elf Day Care Door
Giant Snow Globe
Santas Plane Sled
The Stable At The Inn
Snake With Rudolph
The North Pole
Frosty The Hitman
The Peak Inn + Lyla
White Witch Burns
Flanders Frozen Car
Star Snowsuit Maggie
Kwanzaa Dr. Hibbert
Hot Squishee Station
Festive Light Plunger
Personalized Talking Astrolabe
Simpsons Gingerbread Couch
Springfield Skating Rink
Annual Gift Man
Rotating Religious Holo Statue
Manger + J. Rigellian Christ
Rigellian Christmas Fireplace
Heavenly Swing Set + Jesus Christ
Best Snowman Ever
Sexy Santa Marge
Candy Apple Island
Duff Beer Car
Goat God Statue
Pagan Winter Carnival Sign
All returning premium content will be available from today until the event ends on December 12th. Also, I’m not doing new SIB posts for the returning content. So I’ve linked the previous posts (where available) for you to review here. And I will also linked them on the Event Page for you to find later in the event.
Here’s the returning content…
List is super long so doing things a little different. Images from the store are shown, and then the list of the items will the link to previous post (if applicable) and note if it’s in the MB.
First off, note that Connie Appleseed and Cookie are both still available in the store, Connie now costs donuts, for those that missed out. They’ll both help with the New Frontier land…
Now here are the event-specific items…
New Year’s Ball- $500
Flaming Christmas Tree- $1000
Hot Roasted Chestnuts Cart- $1000
Fair Booth- $2000
Present Depot- $2000
Pile of Presents- $2000
Murdered Snowman- $7500
Holiday Facades- 3 Each
Holiday Decorations for: Simpsons House, Flanders House, Van Houten House (x2), Cletus’s Farm (x2), Willie’s Shack, Springfield Church (x2), Rigellian Queen, Cooling Towers, Blue Houses, Brown Houses, Pink Houses, Purple Houses, & White Houses
Christmas Fence- 2
Festive Trashcan Fire- 3
Crowd of Elves- 5
Festive Carolers- 5
Ice Tile Bundle- 8
Burns Fever Snowman– 10
Homer Fever Snowman– 10
Christmas Ignorers United Billboard– 10
Toy Workshop Bell– 15
Sea Captain Sleigh– 20
Homer Snowman– 20
Marge Snowman– 20
Lisa Snowman– 20
Bart Snowman– 20
Grampa Snowman– 20
Maggie Snowman- 20
Santa’s Little Helper Snowdog– 20
Snowball II Snowcat– 20
Santa’s Workshop Sign- 25
Fever Bundle– 25
Ice Sculpture Couch Gag Scene– 30
Christmas Fence Bundle- 30
Santa’s Workshop*– 35
North Pole Monorail Accessory Bundle*- 35
Small Island Bundle– 35
Snowman Bundle*- 45
Festive Bundle– 50
Christmas Market Bundle– 50
North Pole Bundle– 50
The Screens– 50
Santa’s Village & Santa Homer*– 80
Krusty Claus– 85
Claus Co.* – 90
Chocolate Shoppe– 100
Ice Palace Bundle (Castle + Ice Princess Martin)*- 100
Town Centre at Springfield Glenne– 100
Baby Jesus’ House & Baby Jesus- 150
Evil Candy Cave & Krusty the Christian– 150
Ski Left & Stupid Sexy Flanders*- 150
Santa’s House & Santa*– 150
New with this event is Trivia! Each step of the questline will have a Trivia question based on The Simpsons Christmas episodes! For each question, if you answer correctly on the first try, you’ll earn a bonus “Gift Card” which you can use in the Last Minute Gifts box.
Similar to in years past, festive daily challenges are back! (note you won’t see a festive one if you’ve completed today’s challenge already. They’ll start tomorrow for you. If you still have today’s challenge available, and you X it out it should refresh with a festive one)
Each challenge will award 2-5 donuts OR a Gift Card usable in the Last Minute Gifts box!
And that’s it my friends. The details of Act 1 of the 2021 Christmas Event!
Your thoughts on the event? Thoughts on the content? Excited to see the storyline? Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you!