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

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Here Comes the Plow King

Last winter, Mr Plow was added to the game (for 90 donuts) so it was only a matter of time before a Plow King costume for Barney was created. You can’t buy this costume though, you have to earn it as one of the prizes on the Holiday Wheel. Though it does seem to make it appear you will have to win the Mr. Plow costume first.

So what happens if you don’t have Barney and you win the costume? It may just stay in your inventory, should you ever decide to purchase the Bowlarama. There is a possibility of that you can acquire him after unlocking the Plow King’s Plow, but that is only speculation.

Unlocking the Plow King costume sets off a five-part quest line, which you can follow along with in both abridged and unabridged form. It’s a bit odd how he only monologues to himself in this quest line. Perhaps the whole experience are just the inner-thoughts of a man who has been drinking too much alcohol.

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How do I leave gift bags in my neighbor’s town?

It is better to give than to receive, so when you collect gift bags make sure to share them with your friends. If you’re unsure how to do that, this post should help ease your frustration.

All you need to do is click the icon in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen, which you will only see when visiting a neighbor’s town. You know the one that looks like a gift bag. There will also be a number affixed to it, usually a “5″, which is an indication of how many bags you can drop each day. Even if you’ve already collected your gift cards from that neighbor, you can still go back and drop gift bags at anytime.

Unfortunately gift bags are hard to come by. Hopefully this unbalance will be corrected, or gift bags will be easier to come across the further you get into the event. As you can see in the screen shot below, my gift card total is only representative of about 1% of my gift card total.

We need to drop gift bags in neighbor’s towns if we have any hope of unlocking the community prizes, but we can’t share gifts if the game doesn’t give us enough of them to share. At this rate it will be a long while until we even unlock the first community prize.

Where’s the Grumple? Where’s Gil? Questions Answered!

So you may have noticed in the “Holiday 2013″ character collection a spot for the Grumple. However you’ll noticed that he’s nowhere to be found. You can’t buy him in the shop, and he isn’t one of the personal or community prizes. So what’s the deal?

There was also word of Gil reappearing for the holidays, but there has been no sign of him. When can we expect another day-old donut deal, or did the Grumple steal it away? The information that follows could technically be considered spoilers, so only read on if you don’t mind a few surprises being revealed early.
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Ned Gets a New Costume, Springfield Gets a New Santa

Ned has a list. He’s checking it twice. He’s going to find out who’s naughty or nice by making sure everyone attends church to praise the birth of our savior. Oh wait… that’s not how the song goes. What kind of Santa is this?

The 8th personal prize is a new costume for Ned, Santa Flanders. He might be a little too preachy to be Santa, but luckily Marge knows just what to say to shape him into a more open-minded non-denominational Santa Claus.

If you want to know more, check out the Santa Flanders guide, complete with abridged and unabridged versions for your reading enjoyment. Unless you’ve rushed your way though the personal prizes, you probably won’t unlock this costume for another couple of weeks.
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Sharing is Caring, a.k.a. the Community Prizes

We’re going to have to work together to unlock the community prizes. The first thing you need to know is what you can do to help make the total grow. It all comes down to gift bags, which can only be placed in your neighbors towns, up to five per day in each town.

When you see a gift bag in your town, you can tap on it to receive more gift cards (and possibly some more gift bags), the same way you would with presents.

The catch with the community prizes this time is that it isn’t counting the total number of gift cards, it’s counting the total number of gift bags. This is the reason the required amount to unlock each prize is significantly lower than the number we were expected to achieve during Halloween.

Some have speculated that this counter isn’t actually representative of the current progress, and is more-or-less a glorified countdown clock guaranteeing us all five prizes before the event ends. Regardless, visiting your neighbors is an important aspect of the game and is just as beneficial to you as it is the community.

So what are the prizes, and what numbers do we need to achieve to unlock them? That information is posted after the break. If you don’t want to be spoiled, avoid reading this post any further.
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What are the prizes, and how soon can I earn them?

There are ten prizes to earn and approximately four weeks to earn them all. By collecting gift cards which can be found inside of presents, you will be able to work towards your goal. Presents randomly appear in your town. The longer you are away from the game, the more presents you will find when you get log back in.

Of course you can’t stay away too long. Don’t expect to be away for days and have hundreds of presents waiting for you. No, this system works similar to how guests automatically generate tickets for you when visiting Krustyland.

You can also collect gift cards by visiting your neighbors, something that is now even easier to do thanks to a clever innovation by the developers. So if you want all of those prizes, make sure to visit your neighbors this season! Hopefully all of your friends are participating in the event, otherwise it might be time to find some new neighbors.

A full list of the prizes, as well as the number of gift cards you will need to unlock them is posted after the break. For those who play everyday, this should be a breeze, particularly if you take the time to visit your neighbors. Just keep an eye on the Present Depot, as that’s where most of the presents will accumulate.
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How do I earn more Spin Tokens?

Once you collect your first prize, the Egg Nog Bar, you will able to generate one spin token every twenty-four hours. These tokens can be used to spin the Holiday Wheel, which has an assortment of prizes, including the façades you will need to decorate your houses.

You may also find spin tokens while collecting presents and gift cards, though to find one is rare. Hopefully this answers any questions you may have had about this particular element of the event.

The event ends on January 7th, 2014. This should give you close to thirty spins of the wheel. If you’re lucky you may be able to attain all of the great prizes from this game of chance. If not, you may want to consider spending some donuts on spin tokens, but only use that option as a last resort. There are plenty of other things to spend your well-earned donuts on.

Once you earn all of the personal prizes, every 1000 gift cards you collect will net you another spin token.

You Spin Me Round (Like a Prize Wheel)

Did you miss out on all of the Christmas house façades from last year? Well good news! You can earn them, but you’ll have to work for it. Every gold coin you collect gives you a chance to spin the prize wheel. There’s even a new façade for the Skinner House, as well as a chance to earn some premium decorations.

If you’re lucky you might even win content that is exclusive to this prize wheel, like Helter Shelter. For a full list of the possible prizes, check after the break. Keep in mind you can purchase gold coins with donuts, but there’s always a chance you’ll just earn the dummy prize of $1000 cash.


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A Guide to Christmas Questing

The abridged version of the Christmas 2013 guide has been posted. This should help you figure out which characters you’ll need to keep free and what types of jobs you’ll be asked to perform as part of the main storyline.

Right now I’m currently working on the unabridged version of the guide. I will be updating this over the next couple of hours, so if you want to follow along with me as I type out all of this information, get your F5 key ready.

This is just the main storyline, I’ll be working on all of the ancillary quests too. In the mean time, to keep things social, use this post to gush about all of the new content and additions to game. Christmas is here!

At long-last, a character locator has been added!

One of the most requested features has finally been added to the game, a character locator! You will now see this icon in the top-left-hand corner of your screen, and by tapping it will take you to any character not currently on task.

It does prioritize characters who have quests for you, and you will notice that when the magnifying glass icon changes to an exclamation point icon, as seen in the picture to your left. This new feature is going to make life so much easier for players, especially those at the level cap.

Additionally, if your character has wandered off the map and has been missing for several months, this tool will help you find them. The issue where characters will try to break through the invisible barriers, by wandering to the edge of the ocean or through the mountains has unfortunately not been fixed, in fact it may have gotten worse. So if you’re having trouble finding someone, just tap this new icon and your problems will be solved!

Are you surprised that this feature was added? Was it what you expected? You can’t find specific characters, but finding characters who are just wandering around is certainly a welcome addition.

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