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

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

Tired of Accidentally Rushing Tasks?

Have you ever been caught in a situation where you were just tapping on buildings to collect money and XP when all of a sudden you initiate rushing a task you didn’t at all want to rush? Did you know that there is a simple solution to prevent you from making this mistake in the future? All you have to do is go to the build menu and tap on the “i” in the top-right-hand corner.

From there you will be taken to an options menu where you can enable an option to confirm donut spending. Enabling this option will initiate a confirmation prompt every time you try and spend donuts. This puts one more step between you and a mistaken donut purchase. Be mindful though, nearly every time there has been a significant update to the game this options resets itself to “off”, so be mindful of this the next time there is a big update.

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Smart tips to save you money, and your donuts

Early in the game it was compelling to buy any new content, especially buildings or characters. After all, the more characters you have in your town the faster you can earn money and experience. That’s just science. Unfortunately it’s also economics, and if you continually drop $20 or more every few weeks on premium content you’re going to find that you’ve spent way too much on content you probably won’t get much use out of down the line.
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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 an auto 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.

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

Should I purchase the Eyeballs of Death or Mt. Krustmore?

mt_krustmoreMt. Krustmore is one of the few premium Krustyland attractions, the other being the Eyeballs of Death. While Mt. Krustymore costs 150 donuts, the Eyeballs of Death only cost 100 donuts. The question is, are either of these premium items worth the cost?

Mt. Krustmore
Every 24h Earns 120 tickets 40 XP

  • Homer
  • Kearney
  • Milhouse
  • Nelson

Eyeballs of Death
Every 12h Earns 90 tickets 30 XP

  • Bart
  • Lisa
  • Comic Book Guy

If you had to choose one of these attractions, the better deal would be the Eyeballs of Death. Not only is it 50 donuts cheaper than Mt. Krustmore, but you can collect on it twice a day. So in one twenty-four hour period (providing you log-in to the game and collect the reward twice in one day) you can earn 180 tickets and 60 XP.

Additionally, the Eyeballs of Death is an 8h character task, as oppose to Mt. Krustmore which is a 24h character task. This means you can send Bart, Lisa, and Comic Book Guy to this ride three times in one day. Basically if you manage your characters properly you can collect nine times in one day with the Eyeballs of Death, and with Mt. Krustmore you can only collect four times.

While Mt. Krustmore does look very nice, and is probably my personal favorite attraction from a visual standpoint, it just isn’t the best value. The other advantage the Eyeballs of Death have is the desire to have a matching set. If you’re going to eventually build a Scratchy themed ride as part of the normal quest line, wouldn’t it make sense to compliment your park with an Itchy themed ride?

Should I purchase Squeaky-Voice Teen?

The Squeaky-Voice Teen is the most affordable premium characters you could buy. In fact, you may be able to purchase him with just the donuts you can save up through regular game play making the purchase even more enticing. Having more characters in your town can help you earn money and experience much faster, especially since premium characters earn at a higher rate than regular characters.

Pros

  • Only costs 30 donuts
  • Is one of the few voiced characters
  • Is employed at a variety of establishments
  • Has tasks in both Springfield and Krustyland
  • Can start working right away, great for new players

Cons

  • Only has two outdoor tasks
  • You may want to save your donuts for another purchase
  • You have a chance of finding this character inside of a Mystery Box

Squeaky-Voice Teen

TimeMoneyXPTasksRequires
60m$10526Valet at the Gilded TruffleGilded Truffle
4h$26070Usher at Aztec Theatre Aztec Theatre
8h$420105Sweep HairJake’s Unisex Hair Palace
12h$600150Brew CoffeeJava Server
24h$1,000225Advertise Burgers

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.

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.