If you have the in-game cash and free space to use as your canvas, this contest could be for you.
At today’s press conference, Engadget learned that iOS 7 will be 64-bit. If you’re not a technophile, all of this may sound completely foreign. As of right now, all apps are 32-bit. If developers choose to, they can create 64-bit optimized apps which would take full-advantage of the new operating system’s technology.
Of course this only affects you if your Apple device will be capable of upgrading to iOS 7, which releases on September 18th. There is no guarantee that EA will make a 64-bit version of The Simpsons: Tapped Out, but if they do, it could deliver faster performance than the current build.
To reiterate, there are no guarantees any of this will happen. It is just a possibility now that iOS 7 has been revealed to be a 64-bit operating system.
So what’s next? No one knows for sure. It seems as though the developers are no longer leaving traces of future content in the files, as that information was too easily accessible. Spoilers may be a thing of the past, but what do you think is likely to happen in the coming months?
The odds that there will be a Treehouse of Horror XXIV event seem likely. The Springfield Squidport and Krustyland have both been ignored since their release. However, given that is more content from the show they can add to each of these areas, it would not surprise me to see a future content update that focused on one of these two areas.
As far as voiced characters go, that list is running thin. Yes, The Simpsons universe is expansive and there are some characters that have yet to be added to the game, but to be honest there are not that many left to add. You’re either going to see more obscure characters added, or perhaps more costumes for the existing characters.
What are you hoping to see in future updates?
My favorite task is “The Be Sharps” which requires four characters, only one of which is a premium character: Barney. There is a chance you could have acquired Barney’s Bowlarama using Santa Coins during the Christmas update, but if you didn’t you’ll have to spend 250 donuts to add it (and him) to your town. That is far too much to spend on one piece of premium content.
While this building does cost 160 donuts, it can be an asset to your town if you choose to use it.
|Lisa’s Sax Solo||25||145||30||60m||Lisa|
|The Be Sharps||175||1055||245||3h||Homer, Skinner, Apu, Barney|
|Willie On The Pipes||60||350||80||4h||Willie|
|The Skinner Sisters||230||1385||300||10h||Skinner, Agnes|
|Sideshow Opera||165||990||165||16h||Sideshow Mel|
|Man Being Hit By Football: The Musical||220||1320||220||24h||Hans Moleman|
If you want everything the game has to offer, it is going to cost you. Of course you could just pick and choose which content to buy. Maybe you only want to buy new characters, and buildings that come with characters. Yeah… that’s still going to cost you between 1,745 and 2,410 donuts, depending on whether or not you managed to make the most of social events like Whacking Day.
This doesn’t even take into account content that was only available for a limited-time either.
|Frink’s Lab||150||Professor Frink|
|Lard Lad Donuts||110||–|
|Volcano Lair||200||Hank Scorpio|
|Krustylu Studios||140||Sideshow Mel|
|Sleep-Eazy Motel||225||Miss Springfield|
|Springfield Coliseum||190||Drederick Tatum|
|Asia de Cuba||100||–|
|Open Air Stage||160||–|
Not accounting for standalone characters, decorations, or non-playable characters; you would have to spend 2,835 donuts to add all of the premium buildings to your town. It is worth mentioning that some of these premium buildings could have been obtained through holiday events such as the Whacking Day event from the spring, or from the Christmas event last winter.
Once you subtract the buildings you may have earned for free from that number, you’re down to only have to spend 2,010 to acquire all of the premium buildings. So if you did buy the “Boatload of 2400 Donuts” you would have 390 donuts left to spend on the remaining premium content.
|The Rich Texan||85||No|
|Sherri & Terri||150||No|
Oddly enough, most of the cheaper characters are the better investment. If you really want to maximize the rate at which you earn tickets in Krustyland, you’ll want to have as many characters in the theme park as possible. Otto and Sideshow Mel are the two other premium characters that can enter Krustyland, but they cost twice the amount (or more) than Hans Moleman or Kearney.
If you want to buy all of the premium characters listed above, you’ll need 620 donuts.
|Santa’s Little Helper||150||Springfield|
|Handsome Pete||50||Springfield Squidport|
|Fire Eater||60||Springfield Squidport|
Everything in the list above is, for the most part, completely useless. All they do is perform an animation, and perhaps provide some voice-clips. Other than that all these characters do is walk around and make your town seem more active. They don’t add any bonuses to your conformity meter, and you can’t send them on any tasks.
If you wanted to add all of these NPCs to your town it’ll cost you 755 donuts. Santa’s Little Helper, the Purple Funzo, and the Pink Funzo could have been obtained with Santa Coins during the holiday event last year. So that would knock the total number of donuts needed to acquire all of these NPCs to 475 dounts. Still though, that’s a lot to spend on content that adds so little to the game.
|Ray Gun||100||Building w/Character|
|Snowball 2 Baloon||20||Decoration|
|Gorgeous Grampa Billboard||40||Decoration|
|Wishing Well||150||Decoration w/NPC|
|Frink’s Robot Dog||60||NPC|
|Excellence Prize Statue||20||Decoration|
|Inflatable Gorilla and Baboons||30||Decoration|
|Duff Party Bus||50||Decoration|
|Lincoln’s Cabin||150||Building w/Character|
|Box of Fireworks||50||Decoration|
|Lisa Statue of Liberty||65||Decoration|
If you’re the type of player who needs to buy something while you still can, because you know it won’t be available again, EA sure has your number. The grand total for limited-time content comes to 1,950 donuts. Since all of this content was spaced out over the course of a year, you’re much more likely to spend between $9.99 and $19.99 picking up this content.
If you want to add all (or most) of this premium content to your game, don’t save-up donuts, save up your money first. The “Boatload of 2400 Donuts” does cost $99.99, but that is going to be a hell of a lot cheaper in the long run when you take into account how much premium content there actually is in the game. To get everything listed above you’re going to need to spend between 6,160 and 5,055 donuts. This doesn’t even take into account premium decorations that are always available to purchase.
You can get everything in the game, for about $300 if you’re smart about which donut package you buy. If you’re a compulsive buyer and only get between 132 and 12 donuts at a time, then you could be spending up to $1,200 on content in this game. Of course, it’s more likely to fall closer to $600 if you get your tend to buy your donuts in packages of 300 or lower.
These aren’t the types of numbers you’ll typically see unless you check your credit card statements and add-up all of your donut purchases. A few dollars at a time might not seem like much, but trust me, microtransactions add up quick!
This is a decision you’ll have to make for yourself based on what you value most and how you play the game. All I can provide are some general tips that might curb your spending habits. If there are only a few things on this list you want, add up the donut total and figure out the best donut package for you. Just try not to break the bank in doing so.
Despite the fact that economics is rooted in statistics and logic, the way we go about spending our money is primarily emotional. Consumers are much more likely to buy something if they feel like they are getting a good deal, regardless of if the deal is actually good.
Microtransactions have proven to be a successful tactic in separating consumers from their money. Yes, $99.99 is a lot to spend on premium content, but is it any more than you’ve spent over the course of your time with the game? If you are curious, go back into your account statements and see how much you’ve actually spent on the game, the answer may surprise you.
If you want to know more, take a look at this episode of Extra Credits, titled “The JC Penny’s Effect“. It will give you a little more insight on how consumers approach financial decisions, particularly in regard to making purchases.
For $0.99 / £0.69 you can purchase a Golden Scratch-R from the Kwik-E-Mart. Unlike the regular Scratch-R you don’t have to wait six hours to purchase a new one. After all, if you want to spend money on this game, the publishers aren’t going to restrict you from doing so. The question is, are these even a good deal?
The odds of winning 20, 50, or 100 donuts are far less than the odds of winning 6, 9, or 12 donuts. To get that big prize you’re going to either have be very lucky, or very persistent. Obviously the publisher is banking on your persistence. For the most part these are not a good investment, and here is why.
It is better to buy two Golden Scratch-Rs than it is to buy a “Dozen Donuts” (which cost $1.99). The worst case scenario is that you win six donuts each time, but you’ll probably get something better than six donuts on at least one of your Golden Scratch-Rs. The problem is this still averages $0.16 per donut, the highest cost per donut in the game, making it a bad investment.
|Prize (Number of Donuts)||Odds||Diminishing Return||Tickets Purchased||Estimated Winnings|
|50||4%||Yes||50||663 (900)||20||10%||Yes||20||265 (300)|
The above chart gives you an idea of how the Golden Scratch-R works. On the lower end of the spectrum, these can seem like a good deal. However the more you spend on these, the benefit slowly decreases. If you buy 10 Golden Scratch-Rs you’ll most likely end up with around the same number of donuts you would have gotten by just spending the $9.99 upfront.
If you look at the chart, you’ll see that by purchasing 20 Golden Scratch-Rs, you’ll only end up with an average of 265 donuts. If you had spent the $19.99 upfront, you would have ended up with 300 donuts instead. The more Golden Scratch-Rs you buy, the further the return on investment diminishes.
On the surface it seems like a great deal, but once you check the math and do all of the calculations, you’ll find out that it really isn’t the get rich quick scheme it is made out to be. The best value is still the “Boatload of 2400 Donuts” (which cost $99.99) because it guarantees the lowest price per donut.
Source: Premium Items & Donuts: Guide & FAQ
Before we even get to that point though, consider how often you play the game. If you play daily, and feel that six-months from now this game will still be a part of you daily routine, it may not be a bad idea to spend some money buying donuts.
This chart goes over the options in detail, but the column you really need to pay attention to is “price per donut”. The more money you spend upfront, the better the value. Throwing down $99.99 at once may be a hard sell, but you can make that purchase go a long way. Let’s say you only spend $4.99 at a time, the “price per donut” value drops in half. In a roundabout way, that makes whatever content you spend those donuts on, more expensive.
This is how the publisher makes money. Very few people are going to spend $99.99 upfront because it is a ridiculous amount of money for additional content, even though it is the better value. So what people typically do is spend maybe $19.99 a time, because while still pricey, it doesn’t pack the same punch as a $99.99 purchase does.
Now as an example, let’s say you buy a “Truckload of 300 Donuts” (which cost $19.99) on the game every month, for five months. In cost that is the same as spending $99.99, but when you multiply (300 × 5) you only get 1,500 donuts. Great, you just lost out on 900 donuts because you didn’t bite the bullet on buying the “Boatload of 2400 Donuts” (which cost $99.99).
It sucks, but the difference between $0.06 per donut and $0.04 per donut is quite significant if you take the time to really do the math. Don’t even bother buying anything less than a “Truckload of 300 Donuts” because then you’re really getting screwed. The cheapest thing you can buy is a “Dozen Donuts” (which cost $1.99) with a price per donut value of $0.16, which quadruples the cost of premium content without you even realizing it.
Think of it this way. The person who buys a “Boatload of 2400 Donuts” would get the Squeaky-Voice Teen (at a cost of 30 donuts) for $1.20, whereas someone who only buys a “Dozen Donuts” would be spending roughly $4.80 on the same character.
If you do buy 2400 donuts, is there enough content worth purchasing? I’ll cover that in a future post.
Show me what you’ve done with the Simpson House by posting a screenshot to Flickr, by tweeting a reply to @TSTOgame, or just leave a comment in this post. As the images come in I’ll update this post accordingly. If you’re in a screenshot taking mood, show me what you’ve done with Springfield Elementary too, as that will be the building of note for the next feature.