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It’s early, don’t waste your donuts on the Holiday Wheel!

From what I’ve seen in mentioned in the comments, players are blowing through donuts faster than Homer left alone in the break room. You don’t need to waste your donuts on spin tokens. All you need is patience!

The first personal prize is the Egg Nog Bar, which automatically generates one free spin token every twenty-four hours. Given that the event doesn’t end until Jan. 7th, this will give you roughly twenty-six completely free spins.

If you acquired all of the decorated house façades from last year, there are only 14 unique prizes you can win. For those who are experiencing a Tapped Out Christmas for the first time, there are 28 unique prizes to win, which pretty much gives you a great opportunity to win something new every day.

Sure, you might get a couple of zonks by landing on the a gift card or $1000 cash wedge, but there will always be another opportunity for another free spin tomorrow. You might even come across a spin token by opening presents.

There may be some prizes you desperately want, like the Claus Co building, but is it really worth going through your whole donut budget for something you could have eventually won for free had just waited patiently for your next free spin token to generate? If you’re going to go spin token crazy, do it on Jan. 6th.

P.S. After you collect all 10 personal prizes, every additional 1,000 gift cards will get you another completely free spin token. So if you can breeze through to 30,000 gift cards, odds are you’ll also collect plenty of spin tokens before the event ends.

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Should I buy the Snowmen?

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Springfield is once again a Christmas wonderland and with this joyous occasion comes the snow.

Snow is great, as long as you don’t have to drive through it, luckily the roads in Springfield are kept clear by Mr Plow and now the Plow King!! The grass has been covered over in a thick layer of snow which is great if you want to make Snowmen, unfortunately like most good things in Springfield you can’t actually do this. In order to have Snowmen in your town, you’ll have to put your tired hand, into your worn out pockets to see if there is any money left in your battered wallet to purchase donuts. After an expensive Halloween this may not be possible for some.

I digress, five Snowmen where available to purchase last Christmas, Marge, Lisa, Maggie for $$$ while Homer and Bart were available at 20 donuts each. If you bought these Snowmen last year all is well, they will have “unmelted” and are ready to be used again. However If you missed any last Christmas or simply hadn’t started Tapped Out yet, they are all back again, but this year all of the Snowmen are 20 donuts each. For this Christmas they have added three new Snowmen, Grandpa, Santa’s little helper and snowball.

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Pros

  • Snowmen add a nice Christmassy touch to the game.
  • They each add a bonus to $, XP or vanity depending on the Snowman.
  • Limited time decorations may not be available again.
  • Animal Snowmen could be used to promote the pet shop and Springfield downs!
  • Don't take up much space so could be hidden during summer to still get bonuses.

Cons

  • Cost 20 donuts each
  • They melt so don't look as good after Christmas
  • You can win all of them on Krusty's wheel of chance
  • As a seasonal decoration they look a bit odd during the summer.
  • No animation they just stand there looking cold.

Conclusion
I have all eight of the snowmen and a few spares! I bought the five original snowmen last year and then purchased the remaining three as soon as they were available in the shop. I don't like having an unfinished collection.. But for those who can't afford 180 donuts to collect all eight snowmen don't despair as they are all available to win on Krusty's wheel of chance. I wish I had know this earlier as I now have duplicate snowmen which I can't sell. (Also quite annoying)
If you don't have the patience to try and win them on the wheel and your donuts are burning a whole in your pocket, just buy them they do look nice and even in their melted forms still add bonuses to the game!

I've placed my snowmen outside the Simpsons house and Grandpa at his home! Where have you put yours?

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Should I buy Santa’s Village?


Should you buy Santa’s Village?
I bought my Santa’s Village last Christmas mainly because I wanted the Santa costume for Homer, it’s the same price this year as it was then, 200 donuts which isn’t exactly cheap.
So let’s have a look at some pros and cons for buying or not!

Pros

  • It earns $300 a day and 30 XP.
  • Santa Homer earns money and XP at the premium rate.
  • It looks pretty nice surrounded by snow and reindeer.
  • It’s Christmas and Homer looks awesome walking around dressed as Santa.
  • Homers costume has many amusing outside tasks, he even gets to fly a sleigh!
  • It is a limited time building, after Christmas it could be gone for good! Or until next Christmas.

Cons

  • Santa’s Village has no animation.
  • It’s pretty expensive at 200 donuts.
  • There is another Santa in town and he is free!
  • Santa Homer won’t help you earn gift cards, Santa Flanders will.
  • No character apart from Homer interacts with Santa’s village and he only has one task there.
  • Homers costume can only really be used for a month, after the snow has gone it looks out of place.

Conclusion
Last year buying Santa’s Village was the only way to have a Santa walk your town this year there is a free option! I would probably only buy this if your collecting Homer costumes or if you have money to burn. It is a nice addition at Christmas time but for the rest of the year its a bit pointless the choice is yours though.

Here’s what I did with my Santa’s Village.

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Should I purchase the Elf Home?

This Christmas special event is packed with items in the spirit of the holiday. More posts about ”Should I purchase…” will be coming but first, let’s take a look at the Elf Home and what you should know if you consider buying it. You can also always visit our ”Purchasing Decisions”  section of the blog located on the right side of the posts for information on items released in the past.

 

Elf Home logoThe Elf Home has a price tag of 60 donuts. It’s a limited item for the Christmas event. Every 24 hours, you will be able to tap the Elf logo over the house to release elves to collect presents and gift cards across your town. You can build more than one, actually you could have as many of them as you like because it’s not unique. More Elf Houses means more presents and gift cards. Looking at the personal prizes, it looks like the 4th one is an Elf House. Therefore, if you’re holding on to a few precious donuts my best advice would be to wait it out. It’s an Indian burial ground on Halloween type thing from what I understand.

Should I purchase ANYTHING?

When your face is pressed against the glass of the display window at FAO Schwarz, eventually you’re going to give-in to temptation and buy something. It’s going to be the best toy you ever purchased, until a week later when its thrown into a pile with all of your old toys. It won’t take long before it just blends in with everything else in your toy chest. Once you buy one shiny new toy, you’re going to want more, and soon you’ll find yourself back at that display window coveting something new.

The premium items in The Simpsons: Tapped Out have the same allure. Sure, some items are always available, but the ones that are only available for a limited-time are the quickest to catch your eye. You wouldn’t be so swift to purchase premium content if it was all available forever anytime you wanted it.

If an item appears in the shop that will only be around for a few weeks, you’re far more likely to play fast and loose with your credit card. After all, if you don’t buy it now, you’ll lose out, and in most instances there are no second chances.

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The benefits premium items give only affect your town, but they all come with hidden sub-text: envy. Your neighbors can visit your town and see all of your premium content in all its splendor, making them wish their town was a cool as yours. It may not be something we think of consciously, but it plays a small role in why we purchase premium content.

Financial Reality

You might feel really good about the premium content you purchased. Maybe your town is designed more-or-less how you want it, and maybe you have more characters walking around and doing jobs with really fun animations. Besides, if you play the game everyday, why not throw down $20 every month or so?

If you can stomach a cruel reality check, I challenge you to take a look at your transaction history.

This will differ depending on whether you’re playing on iOS or Android, but you should be able to go back and see a list of everything you purchased. Really take the time to add everything up. How many times have you bought a Truckload of 300 Donuts, or Golden Scratch-R tickets. Get out a calculator or make a spreadsheet and add it all up. How much have you really spent on donuts?

Have you spent more than $100 on the game? Is the number closer to $500 or perhaps even more? If it is, seeing the reality of those numbers in front of you may make you reconsider spending any more money on the game. Before you may have rationalized it as an investment in a game that you enjoy, but maybe now you’ll see it as a waste of money on a game that can actually be played for free.

Conclusion

You’re free to spend your disposable income however you please, but if you work hard for your money, you may want to reconsider spending it on donuts. The Christmas update is approaching and there will definitely be new and exclusive content added that will certainly tempt your wallet, but stay strong! Either that or ask Santa for lots of iTunes / Play Store gift cards.

Should I buy The Springfield Sign.

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This is my first post regarding premium content and thought I would get back to basics with what is probably the oldest, largest and definitely most expensive decoration you can buy “The Springfield Sign”!

Pros for buying it-
1. It’s the Springfield Sign, probably one of the most iconic and famous signs in the world!
2. No Springfield in my opinion is a true Springfield without it.
3. It adds a very generous 4.50% bonus to jobs generating more cash and experience.
4. The sign looks awesome! No matter where you place it, it has a dominating presence.
5. You can buy it early in the game as it only requires Level 1.

Cons for buying it-
1. It’s very expensive, 170 donuts, for something thats just sitting there taking up lots of valuable space.
2. It can accidentally be sold for a mere $4250. Ouch.
3. It doesn’t come with a character or animation and no character interacts with it.
4. For the same price or less you could choose a building with a character.
5. It’s a permanent fixture in the shop so no rush.

Conclusion-

I can’t tell you whether or not to buy this behemoth of a decoration, but this was one of my first premium purchases and I have not regretted it “I have regretted a few” I think it adds a nice finishing touch to my town, sat on the outskirts dominating the skyline.

The Springfield sign has previously been on offer twice during Gill deals, back in January with the volcano lair and just last week with the Duff factory. However if you have doubts or it’s simply out of your price bracket, I Would wait and see if good old Gill brings another offer to the game……after all this is a permanent decoration so there is no rush in buying it!!

And finally if your thinking, why is he writing about the Springfield Sign its been around for ages? the answer is simple new players join everyday and even some long time players are still deliberating about buying it..

Let me know if you have bought it or are still deciding..

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Should I purchase Otto and the school bus?

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This post is to help you decide if it’s worth spending donuts on Otto and the school bus. But first, let’s take a look at the character.

Otto Mann is voiced by Harry Shearer. He is Springfield Elementary’s school bus driver. As a typical stoner (has a 30 min task to ”Take a smoke break”)he’s very much into rock music. His walkman seems to follow him everywhere and he often makes an appearance in episodes where a rock show takes place. For instance, he met his fiancé at Woodstock 99 and you can see him rocking out with Bart’s guitar here.

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Now, when it comes to spending real world money on donuts to purchase a virtual object in a free game, you may wanna list the pros and cons before making a decision. Otto comes in a building combo with the school bus for the price of 120 donuts and can be acquired from level 1.  This is actually the least expensive character + building combo available after Jub-Jub and the pet store. I think Otto is better because he has several tasks as opposed to Jub-Jub who only has one: Tongue flick for 12 hours.  Also, he earns 50% more than regular characters on his tasks and you can send him to Krustyland. Four out of six of his Springfield tasks are visual and he is voiced! The school bus looks nice and it’s a medium size, not too hard to find a spot for. It makes a great addition next to Springfield Elementary. You need Otto to complete the ”School workers” collection and get a cash and xp bonus.

Here is a list of his jobs, their lenght and time and all that jazz.

Job nameIncomeExperienceTimeRequiresVisual?
Smoke BreakMoney60XP1530mSpringfield ElementaryCheck
Work on the BusMoney105XP2660mSchool BusCheck
Jam on the GuitarMoney260XP704hSchool BusCheck
Get Guitar RestrungMoney420XP1058hKing Toot’sNope
Sleep it OffMoney600XP15012hSchool BusCheck
Squat in the Brown HouseMoney1000XP22524hBrown HouseNope

Krustyland Jobs

Job nameIncomeExperienceTimeRequiresVisual?
Ride the Death DropKrustylandticket18XP1530mDeath DropNope
Visit Duff PavilionKrustylandticket31XP2660mDuff PavilionNope
Tour The Haunted CondoKrustylandticket126XP1008hKrusty’s Haunted CondoNope
Ride Scratchy’s Flea DipperKrustylandticket180XP15012hScratchy’s Flea DipperNope
Stay at Krustyland HotelKrustylandticket300XP22524hKrustyland HotelNope

In conclusion I would say Otto and the school is an excellent buy. With a tray of 132 donuts, you can acquire him at a ”reasonnable” price and have a little leftover for premium decorations. I can guarantee he will add a lot of fun to your game.

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Should I purchase the Aztec Theatre?

The Aztec Theatre is featured on the default title screen, but is it worth adding this cinema to your town? Whether or not you value what this building has to offer could influence your decision.

Pros

  • Earns $200 and 20 XP every right hours
  • Unlocks a four-hour task for Squeaky Voice Teen
  • Gives tasks that earn at the premium rate to both Bart and Comic Book Guy

Cons

  • It doesn’t come with a character
  • Has an asking price of 80 donuts
  • Can be accidentally sold for just $2000
  • None of the characters have visible tasks at this location

Conclusion

If you already have the Squeaky Voice Teen in your town and you have a proclivity to send your characters on four-hour tasks, you may want to consider purchasing this building.

For anyone on a donut budget however this is definitely something you can skip. In my experience, even though I really like four-hour tasks, I don’t mind sending theSqueaky Voice Teen on an eight-hour task instead if it means keeping my donuts.

You could add more value to this building by implementing one of my suggestions, adding more cut-scenes to the game. Wouldn’t it be interesting if some exclusive in-game cut-scenes were only available to watch if you had the Aztec Theatre?It is a movie theatre after all.

Should I purchase Caesar’s Pow-Wow Casino?

Native American’s are famously known for operating casinos. If you think Springfield should have it’s own casino you can now add Caesar’s Pow-Wow Casino to your town, but should you?

It does come with a character, but is that enough of a reason to buy it?

Pros

  • It earns $200 and 22 XP every 8h
  • It’s a build that comes with a character
  • It increases your Consumerism rating by 10 points.
  • The Tribal Chief earns money and XP at the premium rate

Cons

  • It’s a really big building, with measurements of 17 × 6
  • For 150 donuts, there are better things you could purchase
  • Unless you have a lot of free space, you may find this building hard to place
  • It doesn’t include the Pow-Wow’s Casino Sign, which cost an additional 40 donuts

Final Thoughts
Honestly, this is a piece of premium content I would pass on. It’s an expensive piece of content that doesn’t fit very will with the rest of the game. If you’re going to spend money on content, prioritize getting notable characters from the show in your town before one-off characters. Just because it’s only available for a limited-time doesn’t mean you should rush to purchase it.

Should I purchase the Southern Cracker Fountain?

Content updates usually come with a few new premium decorations, this time we have the option either the Golden Calf Icon or the Southern Cracker Fountain. Both decorations have the same price of 30 donuts, and they both provide the same bonus of 0.75% bonus money and XP to all Jobs.

So really, which one you choose all comes down to a matter of your personal taste. Does the Southern Cracker Fountain wet your appetite? Get it? They are crackers, and they’re wet… because they’re in a fountain. Puns!

Pros

  • The water animates
  • It provides a 0.75% boost to all XP and Jobs
  • It will make the Cracker Factory look a little less stale

Cons

  • You don’t get one for free
  • The crackers in the fountain remain stationary
  • Fountains without crackers in them don’t cost any donuts
  • They really only make sense as decorations in front of the Cracker Factory

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