Category Archives: Addicts How-To

Tips from the Addicts on Screenshots, Stitching, uploading, Flickr and much more as it pertains to getting the most out of TSTO!

Super Safi’s Saturday Stats & Strategy Special: Springfield Downs

Salutations Senors, Senoras, Senoritas, Statisticians & Strategists,

(Today’s post is sponsored by the letter ‘S’)


Hi, I’m Super Safi and you may remember me from such stats and strategy posts as KEM Farming and the advanced losing-to-win Superheroes battle strategy.

After a stressful week of work or school, the weekend is finally here. And what better way to spend the weekend than talking math. So every few Saturday’s, I’ll come to you with a post that delves into the wonderful world of numbers, stats, and/or strategies.


This week we look at Springfield Downs.

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Addicts How To: Posting Images in the Comments

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

From time to time we’ll get questions about a few things we may have covered wayyyy back when Addicts first started (nearly 4 years ago), which causes us to think maybe we should post about it again.  This time apply things to how they work now.

One of those frequently asked questions is about posting images image the Addicts comments.  Now we covered the basics of this way back in 2013 on this post and this post, but we never really covered specifically how to get the image (not just the link) to appear directly in the comment section.  So let’s break it down for you now…

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Addicts Housekeeping: Site Changes and How to Use This Website

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

So, as many of you know, over the last week or so of downtime in the game I’ve been slowly posting highly requested posts to this site (i.e. Charts…how-tos etc) and I’ve also been doing some behind the scenes maintenance on the site to clean up some older areas and make things easier to find.  Now that the projected down time is almost up (we’re thinking something will hit Tuesday Oct 4th), I’ve completed most of the additions and maintenance for this go round.  So I invite you to explore the site, check out the changes…and be prepare for what’s next!

One thing that surprised me in my “What should I work on post” is many of you were looking for additions to the site that we already had (like a quick access link to all posts about a particular event). That that prompted me to think many of you aren’t exploring the site or using the menus and widgets that are available.  So for my final downtime maintenance post, I’m going to detail how to use this site..and show you how to find many key features this site has to offer.  So indulge me for a moment if you don’t mind 🙂

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From the Mouths of Addicts: Kwik-e-Mart Farming for Free Donuts!

Note from Alissa: So one of the popular requested items on my “what would you like to see on this site during the downtime” post was more details about Donut/XP Farming.  What it is, how it’s done…and what the heck Kwik-E-Mart Farming is.  And of course everyone’s favorite site contributor…Safi…stepped up and offered to write up the post!
Safi reached out to me and we discussed writing up the post.  And in true Safi fashion he stepped in with loads of details, charts, tables and figures!  Full disclosure, this post may be a little daunting for newer tappers or casual Tappers.  There are some great tips in here for those looking to earn free donuts.  Just remember to take your time figuring it all out and go at your own pace 🙂
And now here’s Safi….

“Hi Everybody!” (Hi Dr Nick Safi!)

With the recent release of Level 60 and the end of all levels, the games concept of leveling up has shifted slightly. Once you complete Level 60, you’ll be able to continue to level up to Level 61 and beyond. There’s just no questline, character, or building associated with those levels (Homerlayas excluded).

Initially, you can level up from Level 61 to Level 100 each time you fill up an XP bar of 40k XP. You receive 1 donut for each time you level up, for a total of 40 donuts.

You can then continue to level up from Level 100 to Level 939 each time you fill up an XP bar of 500k XP. You receive 1 donut for each time you level up, for a total of 839 more donuts.

Beyond Level 939, your Level does not go any higher. However, each time you fill up an XP bar of 1 million XP, you have the opportunity to choose one of three boxes for a chance at 1, 2, or 3 free donuts.

TSTO Bonus level up

So there is potential for premium and freemium players alike to score thousands of free donuts as a result of leveling up by continuously filling their XP bar.

Let’s take a closer look at the details and strategies that go into XP Farming…

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Mega Mono or Mono Mono…It’s Your Call!


In the world of TSTO, there are clearly those who don’t really understand the excitement around the return of the Monorail, and those who think, “The Monorail is the BEST UPDATE EVER Because It Keeps on Giving and Giving and Giving!!!”

I think it would be safe to say that I am in the latter camp.

From the earliest days of my youth, back in a time when you had to make your own toy building blocks out of the tree that you had to cut yourself, after walking nine miles barefoot into the woods, I have enjoyed building things. It would be accurate that the “building things” and designing, and redesigning, and tweaking your design, is the very reason I tap.

Yes. I love the Simpsons. Yes. I like the dialogue. Yes. I think Maggie is “oh, so, cute!”  But, the real reason I play, is that TSTO gives us so many ways to build, and decorate, and create. This aspect of my personality came out early in life when I began model railroading.

I’ll let that settle in.

Yes. This CrankyOldGuy has boxes of HO track, rolling stock, and buildings, ready to set up at a grandchild’s notice. I like building things…and then watching them run.

Which is why the MONORAIL IS THE BEST UPDATE TO EVER… Oh. Wait. We already covered that bit.

But, even for those of you who are less than enthusiastic about grinding for track, there is a HUGE reward!!

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Wookieecorp brings you… A-maze-ing Design

Hey hey friends… how’s life?  So the other day I found myself with a bit of free time in my game and was tinkering around with designs.  Staring at the Shinning Maze, I wished it was larger and then I thought to myself… “Self.  What if you just created your own?  If you’d thought of this two weeks ago, you could have saved yourself 55 donuts.” Well… regardless of a premium splurge I feel “meh” about… I did just that.

Shinning MAze
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TSTO 101: Parking Lots And Driving Cars

Hey there Hoppereenos!

Bouncing on by with a lil fun run down of some design ideas that have been in the game a while.

We have been seeing an influx of comments from Players wanting areas to put their Cars. Whether it is finding a way to “Park” them or a way to make the “Drive” around town. We have posted similar ideas in the past, but it seems like the perfect time to put up a new and fresh perspective on them.

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For more on the “Bumper Cars”, see post HERE. You can also give it and any path or road a “curved” look to it by adding a few small shrubs or other small items to the corners instead. 😉

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From the Mouth of Addicts: 3D Opera Stage Beautification

Welcome to another edition of From the Mouths of Addicts, where YOU get to sound off on anything and everything in the world of Tapped Out!  This week’s post comes to us from reader tiff.  Besides reading this great site, Tiff shared an awesome image of some 3D additions she did to her outdoor opera stage on the origin post. Well, I reached out and not only was she willing to have a how-to done for her design, she went the extra step to do it all for you readers.  Without further ado, here’s the awesomeess she came up with to give your opera a 3D upgrade.

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Addicts How To: Buying Land

Hello hello Addictereenos!

I hope everyone is having as much fun possible with this very different Medieval Event we have going on in TSTO right now.  With new levels, there’s lots of new stuff that comes with it and this time… WE ACTUALLY GOT MORE LAND.  You asked and EA answered.

The last time EA gave us land was way back during Halloween 2013 and here at TSTO Addicts, we’ve been seeing quite a few questions about buying it.  Makes me think EA drug their programming feet so long we may have all forgotten how we bought land once upon a time.  Seeing a possible need for a quick tutorial, I figured I’d just pop in with a refresher for young and old tappers a like.  Click more if you need the help.

NOTE: There’s also an image of all the available land currently in the game tight at the start of the post if that’s your bag.

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Nuclear Option PSA… (updated with results)

Update 6/26/14 (Alissa): The Gil deal has brought back the nuclear option.  It orginally disappeared due to issues of items disappearing from tapper’s inventories but now it’s back in your games!  Woo-hoo!  Go blow stuff up now!

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Just dropping in with a quick PSA on a NEW feature with the Stonecutters update…the Nuclear Option!

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That’s right Tappers…EA has FINALLY given those who want to completely redesign their Springfield the button they’ve all been most coveting….a STORE ALL button!

But we want to warn you…be careful!  If you Tap on this and go through with it…YOUR ENTIRE SPRINGFIELD WILL BE STORED.  Great tool if you want to rebuild your Springfield…bad tool if you’re aimlessly tapping.

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