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A blog dedicated to the popular mobile game, The Simpsons: Tapped Out

Monthly Archives: August 2013

SKINNERRRR?! Pt. 1 – 3 and Night At The Knowledgum Pt. 1

Building the new high school is only the first step in a comical quest line involving mostly Principal Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers. Once these three parts of the quest are complete you’ll unlock the ability to build the Springfield Knowledgeum. It is the most expensive building in the game required for the story to continue, with an asking price of $379,500. If you’re struggling for cash, you may want to hold off until the next update. Building prices tend to get cheaper as new content for the game is released.


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Introducing Superintendant Gary Chalmers

The Springfield school system feels so much more complete now that Super Nintendo -intendant Chalmers has been added to the game. It’s always a pleasure to have another voiced-character added into the game, and lets be honest, this update wouldn’t have been nearly as fun if you couldn’t hear him shout “SKINNERRRR!” when you tapped on him.

Once the Springfield High School finishes construction he will unlock, setting off the quest line for this update. If you take a look at his task list you will notice that his tasks are evenly divided between indoor and outdoor activities. One other thing to note is that he is the first, and only character to have a permanent task in the All Night Gym.

Should I purchase Sherri & Terri?

These troublesome twins are now available to add to your Springfield, providing you’re willing to cough up 150 donuts. It is important to notethat although these are two individuals, they act as one character for all of their tasks. As with all premium characters, they do earn money and XP at a higher rate than other characters, which is always nice when you’re trying to progress through the game.

Pros

  • Unique, only instance of two characters always acting as one
  • A majority of their tasks are outdoors, so you’ll see some fun animations
  • Once you have built Springfield Elementary, all of their tasks are unlocked
  • They have seven tasks of varying length, which is more than most characters have

Cons

  • Expensive
  • They are not voiced
  • They do not come with a building

The World’s Smallest (most expensive) Vanity Decoration

In case you don’t have five-million dollars to spend on the World’s Largest Zirconia, here is a quick overview of this decoration. Unlike the other expensive vanity items, this one is particularly small. It only occupys a 3 × 3 space on the map, which is smaller than one road tile. It does however come with an animation when you tap on it. Considering the asking price, it’s the least this little decoration can do, other than boosting your vanity rating up a considerable amount of points.

The animation is as follows. When you tap on the zirconia it disappears in a puff of smoke. When the smoke clears you see a Polaroid photo gently gliding down onto the empty pedestal. Afterwards you see another small puff of smoke and the zirconia reappears.

For those wondering about the origin of this decoration, it comes from the episode Homer the Vigilante.

Level 34 is here!

The latest update to the game is here, and this is all of the information you will be presented with when you log-in. The focus of this update seems to revolve around the Springfield school system, with the addition of Superintendent Chalmers. It takes twenty-four hours to build the Springfield High School. Once completed you’ll unlock Chalmers and yes, he is voiced.

If you want to spend 150 donuts you can also get the twins, Sherri & Terri. Keep in mind, though they are two people, they act together as one character. There’s also Robby the Automaton for 40 donuts, which acts as any other premium decoration. Also out-of-the-blue we get another high-price vanity item, the World’s Largest Zirconia. If anyone purchases these items, let me know what you think of them. The game just keeps on getting more expensive expansive!

Buildings

Springfield High School – $232,500
Springfield Knowledgeum – $379,500 (unlocks after completing “SKINNERRRR?! Pt. 3″)

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Premium Stuff

Sherri & Terri – 150 donuts
Robby the Automaton – 40 donuts (2.00% bonus money and XP to all Jobs.)

Decorations

Chalmer’s 1979 _ONDA – $9,800
Minnow Pond – $4,500
Camp Fire – $2,600
World’s Largest Zirconia – $5,000,000

Seasonal Springfield

Last December the weather changed in Springfield, painting the entire town with white snow. It complimented the holiday update, but it did make it a bit difficult to decorate. After all, who is going to plant flowers and trees in the dead of winter when you don’t know what things will look like once they bloom? Perhaps we will see snow return to Springfield this December with new quest options and a reason to make Homer dress-up as Santa once again.

Snow covered roofs, but no holiday lights…

Get 10 Free Donuts and a Statue

Homer doesn’t like it if you tap him too much, so do it anyway! If you tap on him ten times in succession you will recieve ten free donuts, and the Jebediah Springfield Statue. It is likely you’ve learned about this secret early on in the game, but if you haven’t it’s a great way to score some free donuts. Keep in mind you can only do this once, so if you’ve already used this trick before, you can’t use it again. Who couldn’t use a few extra donuts?

Other Springfield Lv. 08

In the beginning of the game you are prompted by Professor Frink to visit Other Springfield for the first time. This is a template town designed by the developers of the game to allow players to view an example of an organized town. As you progress further through the game this town evolves alongside yours, usually a few levels ahead of you. This element was incorporated to give players something to shoot for, to make their towns as complete and aesthetically pleasing as Other Springfield.

The start of a brand-new Springfield

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Above is a map of what this town looked like when it was first starting out. If you’ve been playing for a considerable amount of time this map may bring back memories of the first time you tried to build a town. For new players, this map is a replica of what you’ll see when you visit Other Springfield.

How far along are you in Krustyland?

Krustyland was first introduced just about a month ago, so how far along are you in completing your theme park? The forty-one part quest is quite time-consuming, particularly when purchasing new attractions. Were you ready for Krustyland as soon as it was available, or did you have some catching up to before you could start developing the theme park? For some, the $50,000 required to build the Krustyland Shuttle may have been too much, especially when so much new content has been added to Springfield as well.

Judging by the comments I have received, many have found it has become a bit of a chore to balance between the two maps, particularly when characters are required to be active in both. So are you enjoying Krustyland or are you just looking forward to finishing that final quest so you can put all of your focus back into Springfield?

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Thoughts on Kamp Krusty

kamp-krustyPrior to its release, many people thought Kamp Krusty might have its own map, similar to Krustyland. When it was released however, players discovered it was just another premium building. In addition to a seven-part quest line, buying Kamp Krusty unlocked Bart’s first costume, “Kamp Bart”. The building itself is rather lack-luster, though it does fit in well amongst a heavily wooded area. What makes this a hard sell is the price, which is a hefty 200 donuts.

The timing of this release really wasn’t the best, as it came out with the Level 32 update which focused on several of the child characters anyway. Trying to balance both of these events simultaneously tended to result in half of the characters you needed to advance one story, being occupied with another. What do you think of Kamp Krusty? Are you glad it’s just a standalone building, or would you have liked to see this as its own dedicated map? If it had its own map, it wouldn’t have to be a very large area, maybe just something as small as 5 × 5 grid would have worked well to accommodate a nice summer camp.

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