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.

Chalmers

TimeMoneyXPTasksRequires
60m$7017Shout at “SKINNERRRR!”Springfield Elementary
4h$17545Lead CalisthenicsAll Night Gym
8h$27570Catch Some “DINNERRRR!”Minnow Pond
10h$35090Break Character-
12h$420100Intend Springfield High SchoolSpringfield High School
24h$600150Survive Off the LandCampfire

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

Sherri & Terri

TimeMoneyXPTasksRequires
60m$10526Mock OthersSpringfield Elementary
2h$17540Play a Duet
4h$26070Use Their Secret Language
8h$420105Torment BartSpringfield Elementary
12h$600150Do the Creepy Twin Stare
16h$750200Cry to Get What They Want24h$1,000225Text in Twin-Speak

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.

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.

Finding characters lost in the crowd

Krustyland is a popular theme park that attracts many people. The higher your Krust-O-Meter rating, the more people you will see wandering around the park. The problem with this is that playable characters tend to get lost in the shuffle. If you’re not in the mood to play “Where’s Waldo?” every time you want to send a character on a Krustyland task, try exiting and reentering the park.

Any character not on task will immediately show up at the entrance gate, six at a time, in a single file line. If you have more than six characters not on task, the next six will follow shortly after, once the first six have walked away from the entrance. If you tap everyone quick enough you can send them all on task as soon as they enter the park, and before they get lost in the crowd again.

Decorating with Debris

It wasn’t until a very late stage in the game that I realized you could actually pick-up and move debris around. You can’t store it or sell it, but you can move it around as you see fit. While you do get a small reward for cleaning-up the debris, once it’s gone, it’s gone. In an odd sense these are almost like exclusive decorations that you only get a set number of. The only catch is that you can’t remove them from the map, so if you’re not decorating with them, you’ll have to keep them off to the side somewhere.

Picture courtesy of Maegnificent

The above is a great example of how using debris can actually accentuate certain buildings, like the Haunted Condo for instance. In my opinion the debris in Krustyland has more potential for decorating than the debris in Springfield, unless you want to create a nuclear waste dump. If you have any creative examples of using debris to decorate, feel free to them on our Flickr page.

Make Ralph Serve a Six Term Sentence

ralphIn the Crackdown quests you are required to send a number of characters to jail. While it is possible to get this all done in one-shot, it’s not essential. If you want to keep characters in Krustyland, just send the few who can’t enjoy the amusement park to jail. This is easy for the adults, as there are plenty who don’t have any business in Krustyland, but when it comes time to send the youth to jail it gets a might tricky. The only youth who isn’t permitted in Krustyland is Ralph. So if you want, just make Ralph serve for everyone. Sure it will take six times as long, but this way you can keep the other children in Krustyland.

Should I Buy the Itchy and Scratchy Mascots?

mascotsKrustyland has a total of three mascots available, and two of them require that you spend donuts to add them to your amusement park. The one that doesn’t require donuts is Poochie, who costs just 2,500 tickets. You only need one of these mascots in your park, and that is only because it is required to move the quest line along.

These three mascots are non-playable characters, and they offer no bonuses whatsoever. All they do is walk around the park, that’s it. The only benefit to purchasing the Itchy and Scratchy mascots is to complete the Krustyland Mascot character set, which does get you something. Of course you could just enjoy the characters. Generally speaking though, NPCs aren’t the best investment.

Pros

  • They have voices, unlike most NPCs
  • You can with them as prizes if you try your luck with a Laffy Meal

Cons

  • They do not earn any tickets
  • They are too expensive at 60 donuts a piece
  • They will not increase any stat on your Krust-O-Meter

Broadcast Options at Channel 6

Channel 6 is one of the few buildings in the game that allow you to choose which task to run, as oppose to simply repeating the same set task over and over. There are now seven programming options available at the station, though four of them require the purchase of premium content. Do not feel obligated to make these purchases though, as you can maximize your output without these extras.

To get a better understanding of the different broadcast options, let’s take a look at them individually.

Channel 6

BroadcastCostIncomeXPTimeRequires
Weather Report$180$4009060mWeather Station
Live News Report$670$1,5003504hChannel 6 News Van
Regular Programming$670$1,5004008h
Worldwide News$1,600$3,50075012hWorldwide Broadcast Dish
Channel 6 News$1,200$2,75070016h
Channel Ocho$2,200$5,0001,25024hBumblebee Man
Broadcasting Arnie Pye$3,400$7,5002,1002dArnie Pye

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