What Happens in the Brown House, Stays in the Brown House

It seems as though the Springfield Police are finally aware of some of the shady dealings going on in the Brown House. What they don’t know is just how much activity that house has seen. Sure, Homer might occasionally break into watch television and Bart and Milhouse like to play paintball there, but that’s just a small sample of what goes on in this little slice of suburbia.

All of these activities may seem innocent enough, until you throw Shauna into the mix. In case you don’t know, Shauna is a premium character that was only made available for purchase during the Valentine’s Day update. She has two tasks in this house, one of which is to “Seek Inappropriate Love”. Considering all of the characters who frequent this house, she certainly has a lot of “inappropriate” options. Of course, before she has a chance to act on her desires you could send her into the house with Mayan Homer who uses the house to perform a human sacrifice. Wow, just like that the Brown House has become The Cabin in the Woods.


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You’re So Vain (if you’ve built these three items)

There are currently three over-sized items available in the game, and they all come from the same episode of the show, “Marge vs. the Monorail”. Any one of these items will increase your vanity rating tremendously, should you build all three you’ll likely never have to worry about that rating dropping from five stars again. The hitch is that they are all incredibly expensive, with the cheapest of the three costing one-million dollars.

If you would like an idea of what these all look like when built, below are a few screenshots. Have you added these three buildings to your town? If so, share what you’ve done to incorporate them into your own town.

NameXPCostVanity Points
Escalator to Nowhere10,000$1,000,0001,000
Popsicle Stick Skyscraper20,000$2,000,0002,000
50ft Magnifying Glass30,000$3,000,0003,000

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Sideshow You is the ticket to… tickets

Do you want to know the secret to earning more tickets in Krustyland? Magnitude has the answer for you. “Pop! Pop!” is exactly what you’ll be doing to the balloons in the game Sideshow You. You unlock the ability to construct this building during the fifteenth part of the Krustyland story line, and it only cost 1,000 tickets to build.

How does it work?

Every eight hours you have a chance to play a balloon popping gaming. Inside each balloon is a random amount of tickets, and if you’re very, very lucky, five donuts. Just because there are eight balloons, doesn’t mean you have an 8:1 shot of getting a donut prize though. If visualizing helps, imagine a box full of hundreds of balloons. Each time you pop three balloons, they are replaced with three balloons from the box. Only a very small portion of the balloons in the box have the donut prize inside of them.

Information in the files suggests that you are guaranteed to win 5 donuts on your 300th game, which may be the only time you can actually win donuts. If anyone has played less than 300 games and has managed to win donuts from this game, please comment.

Sideshow You

RewardOddsPercentage
5 tickets1:540%
10 tickets1:1030%
25 tickets1:2520%
50 tickets1:509%
5 donuts1:1001%

Paved Paradise and Parking Meter placement

Alliteration! So in addition to the new content that was added to the game yesterday, a small change was made in regards to the placement of items. Prior to this update you could not place parking meters on road tiles. Now you can, but only on the sidewalk portion of the road. There was a way to achieve this previously, but it required placing the parking meters first, and then placing the road tiles over them. Thankfully this update makes it a little easier to achieve the same effect shown in the Level 30 version of Other Springfield. Now, if only we could place Volleyball Nets entirely on the beach…

Boardwalk parking costs extra.

Level 33 Content Update Has Arrived

Springfield has expanded quite a bit this past year, and a town this big needs more than just one police officer. This updates adds Eddie & Lou to the game was well a few new items, buildings, premium items, and of course a new quest line. If you’re willing to spend some donuts you can also unlock a new character, Arnie Pye, atraffic reporter for Channel 6 news.

Aside from Arnie Pye, who costs 85 donuts to purchase there are a few other premium items up for your consideration. If you would like another NPC dog in your town that does nothing but bark when you tap on it, the K9 Officer is available for 45 donuts. If you like exorbitantly priced premium decorations, then consider Little Lady Justice which costs 75 donuts and nets you a 2.75% bonus.

The Sun Sphere building cost $750,000 and takes three days to build. On the bright side (get it?) at least it doesn’t cost any donuts. If you’re low on cash, save this build for another time as it isn’t essential to the new quest line.

Snake starts off the primary quest line, Bad Cops. If you’re wondering if should keep Wiggum out of Krustyland for a while, you probably should, as he’ll be an important part of this quest line. The Crackdown quests (which appear after Bad Cops Pt. 5) are going to require a lot of characters as well, so when you get to this stage of the game you may just want to put Krustyland tasks off for a bit while you finish up this storyline.
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Baby, You Can’t Drive My Car

Although there are many vehicles you can purchase in The Simpsons: Tapped Out, all of them are strictly for show. Vehicles cannot be placed on roads or even over parking lots. Oddly enough all of the vehicles in the game are premium items, which would lead you to believe they do more than just sit there. The only character who even interacts with a vehicle is Respectable Moe with the Limo. So unless you want to setup your town so it looks like the antiques road show has just rolled into town, save your donuts for more interactive items. The only thing these items offer is a bonus multiplier, as do a majority of premium items.

Do you purchase donuts?

The Simpsons: Tapped Out is completely free-to-play, but the developers have managed to has entice several players to purchase premium content along the way. Donuts are the premium currency in the game, and can be used to purchase exclusive items or rush tasks. The problem is if you are going to buy donuts, it is better off to spend a lot of money at once, rather than just a few dollars (or pounds) every so often. Odds are if you have purchased donuts, you’ve sunk a lot of money into this game, as there are always new buildings, items, and characters being released.

Donuts

NameNumber of DonutsCostPrice Per Donut
Boatload of Donuts2400$99.99 / £69.99$0.04 / £0.03
Store Full of Donuts900$49.99 / £34.99$0.05 / £0.04
Truckload of Donuts300$19.99 / £13.99$0.06 / £0.04
Tray of Donuts132$9.99 / £6.99$0.07 / £0.05
Stack of Donuts60$4.99 / £2.99$0.08 / £0.05
Dozen Donuts12$1.99 / £1.49$0.16 / £0.12

Zoning Issues in Other Springfield

Prior to the Krustyland update you could actually replicate the Lv. 25 and Lv. 30 version of Other Springfield in your town. This was the first time since the Lv. 12 version of Other Springfield that you could do that if you wanted to. The reason you can’t copy some versions of Other Springfield, including the revised Lv. 25 and Lv. 30 are because they are built outside of what is possible in the actual game. The developers don’t play by the same rules players do.

Here is one example of what I mean. Take a look at the base entrance to the Springfield Squidport. In the first screenshot you can see how close to can actually place the tile in the game. In Other Springfield the Squidport Entrance is pushed even further against the shore, with the first boardwalk plank resting on the grass. You also can’t built parking meters on road tiles, yet Other Springfield would trick you into believing you can.

Built right up to the beach

Built closer to the land and into the grass

Is it worth 25 donuts to take a chance with a Laffy Meal?

laffy_mealThe Laffy Meal is sort-of a cross between a Mystery Box and Homer Buddah. You have a chance of winning some premium items, but you have a higher chance of just winning tickets. It might not seem like a bad thing to win tickets, especially if you’re low on them, but they are easy enough to earn over time through regular game play.

If you’ve already bought or won some of the premium items listed below, depending on the prize, it will be replaced with a chance to win more tickets. You may get lucky and win a premium item for a fraction of the cost. On the other hand if you buy too many Laffy Meals, you may find that you would have just been better off buying the item you wanted straight away.

Laffy Meal

PrizeReplacement PrizeChance of WinningCost to Purchase Prize
1000 tickets44%
1250 tickets34%
1500 tickets12%
Whack-A-Mole3%50 donuts
Itchy Mascot2000 tickets2%60 donuts
Scratchy Mascot2000 tickets2%60 donuts
Krusty Fountain1.75%100 donuts
Eyeballs of Death4000 tickets0.75%100 donuts
Mt. Krustmore7000 tickets0.5%150 donuts

If you play multiple times a day, avoid 24h tasks

If you look at any character’s task list, the 24h tasks are the ones with the highest values. You may think it is wise to just send all of your characters on 24h tasks and collect the rewards once per day, but you would be wrong. As a rule of thumb you should try to send your characters on tasks based on how often you check your device. For instance, before you go to sleep, send your characters off on 8h tasks. By doing this they will finish with their tasks close to the same time you would wake-up.

Let’s take a look at a standard character and examine the benefits to choosing quicker tasks.
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