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

Daily Archives: August 8, 2013

An easy way to tell how far along your friends are

The friends page of the game has been completely revamped. Now at a glance you can see just how far along your friends are in the game. Not only can you tell how developed their Springfield is, but now you can see who has started building the Springfield Squidport as well as Krustyland. Additionally if you tap the Krustyland part of the map, you’ll be taken directly to your friend’s Krustyland, without having to find the Krustyland Shuttle in their town.

You can also use this feature to help prune your friend list. If you see a higher level player who hasn’t even started the Squidport yet, there is a good chance they aren’t actively playing the game anymore. Since you are only allowed a certain number of friends, you may want to make room for more active players.

Check below the break to see some examples of the different stages of construction.

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Sorry Duffman, you’re not invited to the Pavilion

This Krustyland attraction costs 25,000 tickets to build, and has a 36 hour build time. Once it is completed you’ll be able to send some of the adult characters to this location, but not Duffman. This is one of the few Duff-related buildings the hip-thrusting mascot is not allowed to visit, as he isn’t even allowed to set foot in Krustyland. I suppose it’s just as well, no need to corrupt the youth at an amusement park. Besides, does a building shaped like a giant beer bottle really need any more promotion?

Curious to know which characters can interact with this building? Here is a list.

  • Carl
  • Homer
  • Kearney
  • Lenny
  • Otto
  • Wiggum

This is one of the last buildings you’ll unlock in Krustyland, as it unlocks during part 39 of the 41 part quest line.

Starting a New Game? Save Your Donuts!

When you start a new game you are encouraged to use some of the donuts you are given to rush tasks, but you do not need to do waste your donuts during this section of the tutorial.

The first task you are asked to rush is building the Kwik-E-Mart. If you are willing to wait the four hours it normally takes to complete this task you can save two donuts. You are also asked to rush the task of sending Lisa to shop at the Kwik-E-Mart. If you wait an hour for this task to complete you can save another two donuts.

During the tutorial you will however be forced to spend six donuts on a Mystery Box which will (in this instance) always contain ten donuts, giving you four more donuts than you had before.

Unfortunately you are forced to spend five donuts purchasing Homer’s Hammock.

The Evolution of the Krustyland Shuttle

One interesting aspect of this latest update is how the look of the Krustyland Shuttle evolves over time as you build a bigger and better Krustyland. The first time you may notice this difference is when you visit Other Springfield, as their shuttle looks quite a bit different from the one you initially start out with. Check after the break to see how the look of the Krustyland Shuttle changes over time. Aside from just aesthetics this will give you an idea of how far along you are in building the theme park to its full potential.

Grand Opening

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How are you building the Springfield Squidport?

The Springfield Squidport update finally allowed players to build right up to the sea, as well as a full boardwalk. While long time players might have no problem buying all of the land expansions, it’s the boardwalk tiles that require the most patience. Not only do you have to purchase these titles, but you also have to wait longer and longer for these tiles to finish building. The problem with this is that you’re going to unlock new buildings faster than you’re going to unlock the space to place them. The result of this is very congested boardwalks, where every bit of free space counts. Once you get to through your first ten tiles, the rate of growth begins to slow down dramatically.

  • Tiles 11-15 – $5,000 / 24 hours
  • Tiles 16-30 – $7,500 / 1 day 12 hours
  • Tiles 31-60 – $10,000 / 2 days
  • Tiles 61-90 – $12,500 / 2 days 12 hours
  • Tiles 91-120 – $15,000 / 3 days
  • Tiles 121-150 – $17,500 / 3 days 12 hours
Please mind the gap

The reason the developers may have instituted this structure is to make this content update last longer, or to encourage impatient people to rush tile builds by purchasing donuts. Either way you look at it, you’ll either be waiting a very long time to complete your boardwalk, or end up spending a great deal of money trying to rush it to completion.

My strategy for building the boardwalk is to start off with a row of two, this way buildings can be accommodated. After that I created a border, and as I go along I’ll slowly fill-in the middle to allow for a more aesthetically pleasing Squidport. How are you building your Squidport?

Premium Characters in Krustyland

You don’t have to spend any money to play this game, but there are times when you might want to consider purchasing some premium content to move things along at faster pace. Adding characters to your town also adds to the enjoyment of the game, particularly if you enjoy certain characters from the series. Since donuts can be costly it’s a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of each premium character or building you may wish to purchase. The latest update to the game has made some characters even more of a value since they can visit both Springfield and Krustyland.

  • Hans Moleman (60)
  • Kearney (60)
  • Otto w/School Bus (120)
  • Sideshow Mel w/Krustylu Studios (140)
  • Squeaky-Voice Teen (30)

Having more characters in Krustyland will allow you to earn tickets at a much quicker rate, especially since there are only a 13 regular characters that can enter Krustyland. It’s also good to keep in mind that premium characters earn more tickets and experience per task than standard characters.


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