So…let’s just go with the fact that a lot of you don’t watch the Simpsons. You may have at one point, or perhaps can’t see it in real time where you live (outside of the United States), or simply came to TSTO because you love games and gaming. And, let’s also be clear that while Wookie and others may see it as “the Best Show Ever,” it doesn’t always hit on all cylinders (like last week’s episode…argh).
However, as a life-long Simpson’s fan, I loved, and continue to love the show because it is so much more than just a bunch of gags, or “Eat My Shorts” set-ups. It is a show with pathos, and true love between a family that is really no more dysfunctional than most average modern families.
This is a point that is often lost in the game of TSTO, simply because the dialogue is oftentimes not remotely derivative from the script of the actual show that the update was “based upon.”
Case in point… the “Rommelwood Academy” update, in comparison to the episode on which it is supposedly based, “The Secret War of Lisa Simpson” (S8E25).
This is one time that TSTO really missed the mark.
Because of his burgeoning school schedule, Wookster asked me to take a whirl at a “Where Did That Come From?” on Mr. Sparkle (aka Misutā Supākoru if you want the Japanese version).
I have to admit, that as I was just coming back from a 3-day trade show in Seattle, and was suffering serious “screen eyes” from trying to play the game, while working, shooting video, and doing “business meetings” with potential clients that went in the wee hours. So, I was tempted to make the answer really concise…and just say, “Japan.”
But, as there seems to be no end of the excitement for this odd, yet beloved sub-character in our games, I will do my best to get “deeper” into the origins of our favorite Japanese advertising mascot, “Mr. Sparkle” (with a huge assist from the crib notes that Wookie sent with his email request).
Posted in Characters, Where Did THAT Come From
Tagged Mr. Sparkle, Simpsons episode recaps, simpsons tapped out, Tapped Out Tips and Tricks, The Simpsons, The Simpsons Mr Sparkle, The Simpsons Tapped Out, The Simpsons Tapped Out Tips and Tricks, TSTO, TSTO Addicts, TSTO Mr. Sparkle
There are certain things in life that are so ironic, they make me wonder if there really is such a thing as coincidence, or if there is an old man in the sky, with a huge finger, who waits for the right time to give himself a chuckle, while messing with my life.
And then I think, “No…it’s all in your mind. The mind is a powerful tool as it relates to psychosomatic illness, and this itchy throat and runny nose CAN’T have anything to do with getting the Osaka Flu in TSTO.”
And then I sneeze…covering my computer screen and keyboard with millions, if not billions of tiny germ globules, that has me feverishly (wait…does my head feel warm?) reaching for the disinfectant spray and Purell.
The flu is like that. Marge found out the hard way…and ended up doing hard time because of it. Me? I just became obsessed with trying to figure out the answer to “why we get the flu?” and if there is any real reward in “curing” our characters who are infected in TSTO.
The answers may make you feel a bit queasy…
As always seems to happen with these major events, confusion, panic and excitement are the order of the day, until we step back and take a breath, and take a long, hard look, at the basic math involved. What I am always going for, is what I call, “Return On Tapping” or ROT. This is the best method to use, which requires the least amount of effort, to maximize the return for your time. It is my credo for a happy life.
In short…you want to do what earns you the most, by doing the least. And it seems in every update these days, there are some patterns that emerge that make “getting everything” far EAsier!
Let’s take a look at what we are trying to accomplish, and what method provides the best ROT.
Ah…every great world traveler needs a calendar to help you plan your next stop, stay on track, and keep earning your Hotels.com rewards! I know…Deb and I did a 9,600 mile, 23 state, cross-country driving trip this past summer…in just 30 days. Staying on track allowed us to meander and enjoy the trip. And THAT is the goal of having a calendar for these huge events!
And…like trying to cover that much territory in 30 days, sometimes the numbers can be daunting. I’m not going to lie…this one seems a bit tough to hit all of the road-markers to collect all of the primary prizes. But, I suspect there will be some surprises, daily rewards, and all sorts of ways that EA will EAse the anxiety!
Let’s Take A Look!
Posted in Tapped Out
Tagged Around the World Event, simpsons tapped out, Tapped Out Tips and Tricks, The Simpsons Tapped Out, The Simpsons Tapped Out Tips and Tricks, TSTO, TSTO Addicts, TSTO Around the World, TSTO Event Calendar, TSTO Tips & Tricks, TSTO Tips and Tricks
Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!
Looks like we’ve got ourselves an in-game update on our hands. This time we’re celebrating Chinese New Year!
This is an in-game update…nothing to download from the App Store. It should download into your game automatically and start up with some dialogue between Lisa and Homer, this will be followed by a 4hr Task for 3 Simpsons to Clean.
If you don’t see the dialogue launch try hard closing your game…if that doesn’t work restart your device. And of course make sure you’re in an area where you can download (ie Data over your phone or Wifi)
Going through the update now myself…but I’ll be back shortly with more info… More info below the fold…
Posted in Game News, Lunar New Year, Tips and Tricks, Updates
Tagged Build a Wall in TSTO, Future TSTO Updates, The Simpsons Tapped Out, The Simpsons Tapped Out Tips and Tricks, TSTO Addicts, TSTO Chinese New Year Update, TSTO Dragons, TSTO Great Wall, TSTO Lanterns, TSTO Takeout Box, TSTO Tips and Tricks
While the Wookster is busy getting ready for Winter Term (while being the most amazing Disney African Cruise Tour guide ever), I am stepping in to take a spin at an episode recap. I have to admit, I actually asked to do a review, because I liked this one so much, but was then reminded that these are mostly “Re-Caps” and not so much “Reviews.” I’ll do my best not to let my bias creep into this.