Addicts Bracket Challenge: Best Splash Screen, Week 12

It was seven years ago, just after the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket was complete that I thought it might be cool to do a The Simpsons Tapped Out bracket. Here we are seven years later, and it’s time for our eighth TSTO Addicts Bracket Battle!

How much longer EA can keep Tapped Out going is up for debate. It is equally debatable how long The Simpsons will keep going. But what isn’t debatable is that there have been A LOT of amazing splash screens in Tapped Out. 63 in fact. before this Bracket Battle begins, with the 64th releasing pretty soon. But which of the splash screens has truly been the best? With that in mind, we present to you TSTO Addicts’ The Best Splash Screen Bracket Battle.

We created a Bracket of all 63 awesome splash screens of Tapped Out; and saved a spot for the soon to be released 64th splash screen (spoiler on splash screen 64 here). We discussed this Bracket in a very special episode of Addicts Live you can watch here.

All 64 splash screens will battle each other in six rounds of head-to-head matchups, that we hope produces the most debate in the comments below. Every Saturday over summer, we’ll post that week’s matchups and your votes will determine which splash screen advances to the next round, until we’ve crowned “The Best Splash Screen” on Saturday September 10th.

Quickly, some general housekeeping rules and guidelines:
– The 64 splash screens are sorted into 8 conferences: Memorable Events, Forgettable Events, Game Changers, Holidays, Halloween, Christmas, Old School, and New School splash screens.
– Weekly matchups will be posted on Saturday and voting will remain open for over 6 days until noon EDT the following Friday.
– The schedule of matchups is as follows:
o Saturday June 4th – Week 1 of Round 1 matchups
o Saturday June 11th – Week 2 of Round 1 matchups
o Saturday June 18th – Week 3 of Round 1 matchups
o Saturday June 25th – Week 4 of Round 1 matchups
o Saturday July 2nd – Week 5 of Round 1 matchups
o Saturday July 9th – Week 6 of Round 1 matchups
o Saturday July 16th – Week 7 of Round 1 matchups
o Saturday July 23rd – Week 8 of Round 1 matchups
o Saturday July 30th – Week 1 of Round 2 matchups
o Saturday August 6th – Week 2 of Round 2 matchups
o Saturday August 13th – Conference Final matchups
o Saturday August 20th – The Quarterfinal matchups
o Saturday August 27th – The Final Four Semifinals matchups
o Saturday September 3rd – The Championship Finals matchup
o Saturday September 10th – The winner is unveiled


With 1,836 votes, here are the results from last week:

MEMORABLE EVENTS: 2015 Superheroes 1 (17th splash screen) with 65.1% defeated 2016 Casino (24th splash screen) with 34.9%

FORGETTABLE EVENTS: 2016 Superheroes 2 (26th splash screen) with 50.3% barely beat 2016 Wild West (25th splash screen) with 49.7% by just 3 votes

GAME CHANGERS: 2015 Monorail (20th splash screen) with 59.3% defeated 2018 A Simpsons Christmas Special (42nd splash screen) with 40.7%

HOLIDAYS: 2021 Love and War (55th splash screen) with 58.1% defeated 2014 Easter (12th splash screen) with 41.9%

HALLOWEEN: 2014 Halloween (15th splash screen) with 68.0% defeated 2020 Halloween (53rd splash screen) with 32.0%

CHRISTMAS: 2015/16 Winter (23rd splash screen) with 63.8% defeated 2014 Christmas/Winter (16th splash screen) with 36.2%

OLD SCHOOL: 2013 Halloween (9th splash screen) with 65.8% defeated 2013 Whacking Day (5th splash screen) with 34.2%

NEW SCHOOL: 2021 Springfield Enlightened (57th splash screen) with 50.1% barely beat 2022 Cirque du Springfield (62nd splash screen) with 49.9% by just ONE vote


Here’s the updated Bracket (click on image to view enlarged version):


Now without further ado, our Round 4 quarter-final head-to-head matchups:

Reminder, voting is open until noon EDT Friday August 26th.

What are your thoughts on this weeks four matchups? Of the four matchups above, which was the easiest decision and which was the hardest? What do you think of last week’s results? Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you.



5 responses to “Addicts Bracket Challenge: Best Splash Screen, Week 12

  1. Predicting the final right now: monorail vs enlightened….

    Or monorail vs Halloween 2013.

    Enlightened is a great splash screen, but Halloween ’13 holds nostalgia for me…it was my very 1st splash screen…I missed the Homerland event by a week….

    The ghost polyvac and community prizes were great!

    • Monorail was a great episode and event, and it’s a very nice splash screen, but it’s not worthy of winning, as there’s nothing extra clever or special about it, compared to some of the other top contenders, IMO. I voted for it in some of the earlier rounds, but, if people pay attention to the part about not choosing based on the episode or event itself, there’s little reason it should win in the end, compared to some of the other finalists.

  2. The matchup between the two superheroes ones was tough! They were each great in very different ways. I really struggled with that one!

  3. Noooooooooooooooooooooooo! 2018 A Simpsons Christmas Special (42nd splash screen) is the best one ever. So sad that it’s no longer in the running. Hoping my 2nd best one ever makes it to the end.

  4. I’m glad I voted for Springfield Enlightened!

    It isn’t often my vote is the one that makes the difference 🙂

    And yes, I understand everyone else who voted for it can say exactly the same…. ROFLMAO

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