Category Archives: Monorail

New Tunnel – The Great Monorail Fix Is In…Mostly


I hesitate to say anything negative about “this wonderful game of ours” for fear of bringing out the “Love It or Leave It” crowd that was a tad bit vocal about my return as  contributor here.  Interestingly enough, I have received a number of emails coaxing me to “stop being so nice” and let my “Cranky” side fly, as they find it more entertaining, and honest.

However…this is Alissa’s place. And Alissa is nice. Very nice. But, admittedly even she wants me to be honest and pragmatic (within the confines of also being nice). Which brings us to the paradox at hand.

First of all, let me state unequivocally, “I love the monorail.”  It is in my less-than-humble-opinion, the best addition to the game, ever.  There are lovers and haters of the monorail. I am a lover, and really don’t understand the haters. But, that is the way it is in the world with most things. I am not a fan of chocolate ice cream. I don’t hate it, but it is waaaaaaaay down on my list of favorite flavors. So, when someone says “I love chocolate ice cream” I mostly just smile, while I order my cone of “Apple Pie Caramel Crunch.”  No harm. No foul.

However, I am pretty sure that both camps would agree, that if you ordered an ice cream cone, and the server placed the scoops just off to the side of the cone, barely out of reach of your ability to reach it with your tongue, and you just couldn’t get to the satisfaction that is so close you can almost taste it…but can’t…that you’d be pretty torqued off. It might become so frustrating, that you just say, “Forget this!! It’s too much trouble! I’ll just have a cookie! Who needs ice cream?”

And so it is with the monorail and the addition of the tunnels to the game which almost…but not quite…allow us to connect our monorails in Springfield proper and Springfield Heights easily.

Take a look…you’ll see what I mean. You might want to grab a couple of cookies and your favorite beverage…it is going to require you to have something sweet at the ready, as I may go a tad “un-sweet” in my description.
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Monorail 2016: Where Are My Rail Yard Donuts?! (or Monorail Stations)

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

First, let me apologize this is going up later than usual today. It’s been a bit of a crazy day…

Anywho, the recent Monorail return has turned TSTO players into two groups of people.  Those that have the Monorail and those that don’t.  And we’re seeing LOADS of questions from both groups.

Those that have the Monorail want to know Where Are My Rail Yard Donuts?!  Or Is EA Really Getting Rid Of My Rail Yard Donuts?!  This is usually followed by threats from some of you, you know who you are, to stop playing TSTO if they take the Rail Yard Donuts away.  (which we all know is an empty threat, because you’re a TSTO Addict, just like the rest of us 😉 )

And those that are working on getting the Monorail for the first time want to know How Do I Get the Other Monorail Stations?!  Which of course is usually followed by some comments about envying them in a neighbors town and wanting a massive Monorail.  (of course those of us that all ready have the Monorail know that a massive Monorail isn’t necessarily a good thing, just look at how long it took me to load Pimp’s town in this video)

Of course, as with all sides of any issue, there are always those of you are are in between.  You played the Monorail Event and you missed a couple of things (mainly the Rail Yard) and you want to know how to get it back.   For those of you with this particular issue, I recommend contacting EA.  Because it should popup for you.  So if it’s not, something is certainly wrong with your game.

Oh and still those are those of you…in all groups…having issues collecting trash from the Dump.  This is a KNOWN glitch.  EA is working on it.  I don’t have a time frame for a patch, but hopefully soon.  Fortunately, this is NOT a timed Event.  This is a permanent addition to our games, so there’s no need to panic.

Now, after that crazy long intro, let’s take a look at the answers for those of you screaming…WHERE ARE MY RAIL YARD DONUTS?!  Or WHERE ARE THE OTHER MONORAIL STATIONS?!!

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Everything You Need To Know About the Monorail

This post is meant to be an overview for new players when the unlock the Monorail.  It’ll give you the quick ins and outs, and how to of the Monorail.  For more posts and details check out these links:

All Posts About the Monorail
Monorail Event Page, links to every post written about the 2015 Monorail Event

Before I get into the details of the Monorail, let me first say as of this moment on July 26th, 2016…there is a BUG/GLITCH going around with this little update.  For some of you you are unable to use your Springfield Dump to collect junk.  This is going around, although not everyone is impacted many of you are.  Best thing I can tell you to do at this point is contact EA.

Oh and for the older players…before you freak out about the donuts missing from the Rail Yard…let’s wait and see what happens in the coming weeks.  Don’t run around like chicken little…

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

So the Superheroes Sequel update brought something many of you have been requesting back to Springfield…a genuine bona-fide electrified six-car monorail!  That’s right now EVERYONE has a chance to get the famous Springfield Monorail in their pocket sized Springfields!

So here’s the deal, this post is really for those of you who missed the Monorail Event or played the event but never got the Rail Yard.  Those of you tappin’ pros who’ve had the Rail Yard for awhile now this isn’t the post for you.  You already know how the Rail Yard works..and most likely you’ve got an extensive track collection in your town already.  So for those of you whom already have your Rail Yard and tracks, consider this your “down time” in TSTO.  Spend it reorganizing your town and working on your Rail Yard tasks to earn the Tunnel.  And just hang on tight until the next big thing hits us…

For those of you who are new to TSTO, or those who just don’t have the Monorail yet…let’s break it all down for you.

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The Monorail and the Conform-O-Meter

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The Monorail Event released a TON of new items into our Springfields.  Everything from train tracks to garbage trucks!  So let’s take a look at how these new and returning items impact our Conform-O-Meter…

The Conform-O-Meter is an important part of Tapped-Out because it provides you with a bonus boost in your cash and  XP from everything you collect in the game.  When you achieve a 5-Star Town (it’s max rating) you will receive a 5% bonus on all money and XP collected in your town.  If you missed the previous Conform-O-Meter posts check here for the basics and here for how many points you’ll need to reach 5 stars.

While the Monorail event brought no changes to the Conform-O-Meter requirements, it did bring a bunch of buildings and decorations.  So let’s take a look at how all of the new “goodies” impact our rating: Continue reading

Common Bugs/Glitches Since Monorail Removal Update Hit

UPDATE 3:30pm EDT: There’s an update in the App Markets (I can confirm it’s both on Android and iOS…Kindle I’m assuming it’s there for you too).  This most likely is the patch MANY of you have been waiting for.  So download the update and see if it helps resolve your issues…

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

So we’ve been fielding hundreds of comments over the last 19hrs or so about bugs you’re experiencing in your game, if it’s safe to download the update and a bunch of other stuff all related to the Monorail Event Removal update.  So I figured one central place for all the answers we have for your common questions…and a place for you to list your issues is best for everyone.  (especially since I can’t drink caffeine and I have a small child kicking my insides all night…so needless to say my energy level isn’t as high as it used to be 😉 )

So on with the show problems…


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Monorail Removal is Live (for ALL devices..and SAFE to download)

Update Bunny 10:15PM EDT: Seeing many reports from ONLY iOS users that they are crashing. All I can suggest is same… report it to EA and wait.

Update 4:30pm EDT: Seeing reports from several of you about your Rail Yard not paying out the tracks it’s supposed to.  You’ve earned enough points but it doesn’t reward them.  If this is happening to you…go to Krustyland and back to Springfield.  It will resolve itself.

Update 3pm EDT: Android users you are SAFE to download the update.  I just tested it out, had zero issues.  Level 57 is there, as is my questline progress.

iOS users, a patch did come through so players are no longer losing Level 57 buildings (if you’ve lost them, hard close and restart your game).  I can’t give you the “all clear” on it because I don’t have my iOS device with me right now, but based on reader comments it is safe to download now.

Kindle, it’s out for your platform.  I’m guessing it’s safe, as it’s safe for Android.  But I don’t have a Kindle so I couldn’t tell you for sure.  If anyone in the community on a Kindle wants to test it out and let me know I’ll report it here.  Thanks 🙂 Update: Several players have reported Kindle works just fine.

Update 2:30pm EDT: Update has hit Android now…I’m hoping all is resolved with the level 57 issue or it’s not impacting Android.  I’m going to “brave” it and test it now on my phone…I’ll report back here once I see if it works or not.

For iOS users: Other players are reporting that if you hard close and restart TSTO (if you’ve already downloaded the update) the buildings are restored now.  But they have to play the Level 57 questline over again.
Others are reporting that if they JUST now download the update they don’t lose any level 57 progress…so it may be safe to download now.

WARNING: Do not update to the new version in the App Store.  It will cause all of your Level 57 progress (at least that we know of) to disappear.  Hold off on updating for now if possible.  If you’ve already updated and have lost Level 57 progress (or completely), contact EA immediately.  (they are aware of the issue and are working on a patch, but in my mind it’s always good to contact them for yourself)


Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Just a quick note to let you know the Monorail Removal Update is now live on iOS.  It’s also out on Android at this time.  It’s also hit Kindle.

So if you want to remove the event download the update from your App Store.  BUT be warned…there’s a bug going around we’re seeing creep into the comments with the download.  It’ll remove some buildings from your game.  So pay attention to what you have in your town and if anything is missing after you download the update contact EA immediately.

You can contact EA here

Monorail Takedown Preparation

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Just a quick note to let you know the Monorail Takedown is live in the files.  So what does that mean?  Well it means nothing really at this point, other than we can expect it to hit app stores later today.

Remember this will be an APP STORE UPDATE, so it won’t automatically remove from your game.  If you decide you don’t want to remove the event right away, instead you want to try for that last prize, be sure to TURN OFF AUTOMATIC UPDATES.

So to sum up…

-The Takedown update is currently in the files
-We expect it to hit App Stores today between 12pm-2pm.
-If you don’t want to remove the event just yet, make sure you turn off your automatic updates.

Once the update hits we’ll be back to let you know what’s changed and what to expect.  Until then keep tap, tap, tapping away…


Tapped Out Event Walkthroughs: Monorail Characters

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

The Monorail Event should be coming to a close for us at some point today (remember it will take an App Store update to remove, so until that hits you can still collect B&W), but the event awarded us several new trash inspired characters.

While we’ve had the questlines up for each character for a while now, we thought now would be a fun time to take a look back at all the dialogue and jokes of the character questlines that popped up during the Monorail Event.   So if you missed any of the dialogue during the event, or you’re just curious what one of the characters had to say that you didn’t unlock…we’ve got it all here for you!

So let’s get started with the complete dialogue walkthroughs for all of the Monorail characters that hit our game during the event…we’ll get things rolling with Jesse Grass (the only premium in the bunch)…

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Tapped Out Event Walkthroughs: Monorail

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The Monorail Event is winding down and we thought now would be a fun time to take a look back at all the dialogue and jokes of the main questlines that popped up during Monorail Event (we’ll cover the characters in another post).  Especially since I know many of you were excited about the Monorail you may have tapped right through some of the fun! So if you missed any of the dialogue during the 3 Acts here’s your chance to catch it all!

It all starts way back when Garbage was a problem in Springfield and Lyle Lanley shows up with his song and dance….can you remember back that far?  So here we go with Homer, Garbage and Lyle….


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Last Stop for the Monorail

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Just a friendly reminder that the Monorail Event is ending tomorrow! The Monorail Event will be leaving our games at 0800 GMT (4am EDT) least it’s scheduled too.

Most likely it will require an App Store update to remove, so it is possible you’ll get a little bit of “borrowed” time to earn more prizes.  But remember if it happens: it’s borrowed time..and the game could force you to update at any time.

So let’s take a look at everything that ends tomorrow and what you’ll need to grab if you want it before it’s gone from the store…

REMEMBER…Make sure you unlock the Rail Yard if you want to continue earning Track AFTER the Event ends.  Also, be sure to unlock ALL of the Recycling Depots (Metal, Plastic & Glass) so you’ll be able to earn even after the event is over.  For details on the Rail Yard check out this post and for details about unlocking the Glass Depot (if you haven’t already) check out this post.


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