TSTOgamehttp://tstogame.comA blog dedicated to the popular mobile game, The Simpsons: Tapped OutWed, 11 Sep 2013 00:15:34 +0000enhourly1http://wordpress.com/http://s2.wp.com/i/buttonw-com.pngTSTOgamehttp://tstogame.comOur affliliate is hosting a contest, donuts are the prizehttp://tstogame.com/2013/09/10/our-affliliate-is-hosting-a-contest-donuts-are-the-prize/http://tstogame.com/2013/09/10/our-affliliate-is-hosting-a-contest-donuts-are-the-prize/#commentsWed, 11 Sep 2013 00:01:57 +0000feelingblindhttp://tstogame.com/?p=2191Continue reading ]]>The writers over at TSTO Addicts are hosting a contest for Halloween. To get the full details on the contest please visit their site. From what I could ascertain, the general premises seems to be to create 2D artwork using the various decorations available in the game. The winners will receive either iTunes or Play Store gift cards which can be (but do not necessarily have to be) spent on donuts.

If you have the in-game cash and free space to use as your canvas, this contest could be for you.

Place your bets now ladies and gentlemanhttp://tstogame.com/2013/09/10/place-your-bets-now-ladies-and-gentleman/http://tstogame.com/2013/09/10/place-your-bets-now-ladies-and-gentleman/#commentsTue, 10 Sep 2013 21:29:05 +0000feelingblindhttp://tstogame.com/?p=2184Continue reading ]]>There hasn’t been a poll in a while. So what do you think will happen on Thursday? There has been a unsubstantiated rumor going around about a fire station themed update. There is nothing in the files to support this claim, nor anything mentioned by the developers. It is just a rumor that gained traction by people who think a content update could possibly be centered around, or make mention of the 9/11 anniversary.

What does iOS 7 mean for Tapped Out?http://tstogame.com/2013/09/10/what-does-ios-7-mean-for-tapped-out/http://tstogame.com/2013/09/10/what-does-ios-7-mean-for-tapped-out/#commentsTue, 10 Sep 2013 19:24:38 +0000feelingblindhttp://tstogame.com/?p=2163Continue reading ]]>ios7-homeFirst off, if you are playing the game using an Android device, feel free to ignore this post.

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.

Level 35 and beyond…http://tstogame.com/2013/09/09/level-35-and-beyond/http://tstogame.com/2013/09/09/level-35-and-beyond/#commentsMon, 09 Sep 2013 22:29:18 +0000feelingblindhttp://tstogame.com/?p=2149Continue reading ]]>In the past few months The Simpsons: Tapped Out has received a tremendous amount of new content. In June the game received a land and sea expansion, enabling players to build a boardwalk. One month later a brand-new secondary map was added, giving players the opportunity to build their own Krustyland amusement park. In-between these updates we’ve also had new characters, buildings, and quest lines added to Springfield as well.

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?

The stage is set, and it’s outdoorshttp://tstogame.com/2013/09/09/the-stage-is-set-and-its-outdoors/http://tstogame.com/2013/09/09/the-stage-is-set-and-its-outdoors/#commentsMon, 09 Sep 2013 06:49:34 +0000feelingblindhttp://tstogame.com/?p=2126Continue reading ]]>The Open Air Stage is one of my personal favorite premium items because it opens up more possibilities for the characters in your town. Unfortunately its usefulness does depend on whether or not you have purchased the premium characters that can also make use of this outdoor stage.

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.

Open Air Stage

Lisa’s Sax Solo251453060mLisa
Krusty Standup40240452hKrusty
The Be Sharps17510552453hHomer, Skinner, Apu, Barney
Willie On The Pipes60350804hWillie
The Skinner Sisters230138530010hSkinner, Agnes
Sideshow Opera16599016516hSideshow Mel
Man Being Hit By Football: The Musical220132022024hHans Moleman

How to Spend Donuts Economicallyhttp://tstogame.com/2013/09/08/how-to-spend-donuts-economically/http://tstogame.com/2013/09/08/how-to-spend-donuts-economically/#commentsSun, 08 Sep 2013 21:19:52 +0000feelingblindhttp://tstogame.com/?p=2069Continue reading ]]>Early in the game, a “Boatload of 2400 Donuts” may have seemed like an excessive amount of donuts. Now that the game has added an additional 14 levels from its original build, there have been numerous new buildings, characters, and decorations added to the game.

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.

Premium Buildings

NamePriceCharacter Included
Frink’s Lab150Professor Frink
Lard Lad Donuts110
Volcano Lair200Hank Scorpio
Barney’s Bowlarama250Barney
Springfield Observatory75
Aztec Theatre80
Ferris Wheel120
Planet Hype150
Duff Brewery190Duffman
School Bus120Otto
Krustylu Studios140Sideshow Mel
Sleep-Eazy Motel225Miss Springfield
Springfield Coliseum190Drederick Tatum
Duff Stadium90
Asia de Cuba100
Lugash’s Gym175Lugash
Open Air Stage160
Community Center150Jasper


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.

Premium Characters

Squeaky-Voice Teen30Yes
Hans Moleman60Yes
Bumblebee Man60No
Dr. Nick90No
The Rich Texan85No
Arnie Pye85No
Sherri & Terri150No


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.

Non-Playable Characters

Santa’s Little Helper150Springfield
Blue Funzo50Springfield
Purple Funzo60Springfield
Pink Funzo70Springfield
K9 Officer45Springfield
Mime40Springfield Squidport
Fiddler50Springfield Squidport
Handsome Pete50Springfield Squidport
Juggler60Springfield Squidport
Fire Eater60Springfield Squidport
Itchy Mascot60Krustyland
Scratchy Mascot60Krustyland


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.

Limited-Time Content

The Raven30NPC
Cauldron90Decoration w/Costume
Ray Gun100Building w/Character
Itchy Baloon40Decoration
Snowball 2 Baloon20Decoration
Mapple Store90Building
Santa’s Village200Donuts
Holiday Tree75Building
Mr. Plow90Costume
Homer Snowman20Decoration
Bart Snowman20Decoration
Gorgeous Grampa Billboard40Decoration
Wishing Well150Decoration w/NPC
Swanky Fish90Building
Frink’s Robot Dog60NPC
Excellence Prize Statue20Decoration
Inflatable Gorilla and Baboons30Decoration
Frinkosonic MHV35Decoration
Giant Grasshopper35Decoration
Duff Party Bus50Decoration
Duff-Barney Blimp70Decoration
Lincoln’s Cabin150Building w/Character
Pinwheel Firework30Decoration
Box of Fireworks50Decoration
Lisa Statue of Liberty65Decoration


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!

So what should I buy?

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.

Why would I even consider buying a Boatload of Donuts?http://tstogame.com/2013/09/07/why-would-i-even-consider-buying-a-boatload-of-donuts/http://tstogame.com/2013/09/07/why-would-i-even-consider-buying-a-boatload-of-donuts/#commentsSat, 07 Sep 2013 19:54:05 +0000feelingblindhttp://tstogame.com/?p=2043Continue reading ]]>Despite all of the statistics that show this is the absolute best deal, it’s also the one people are the most resistant to. People are much more likely to spend a little bit of money at a time, and no amount of charts, data, or gambling alternatives can sway their purchasing habits.

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.

Are the Golden Scratch-R tickets a good deal?http://tstogame.com/2013/09/07/are-the-golden-scratch-r-tickets-a-good-deal/http://tstogame.com/2013/09/07/are-the-golden-scratch-r-tickets-a-good-deal/#commentsSat, 07 Sep 2013 18:52:39 +0000feelingblindhttp://tstogame.com/?p=1990Continue reading ]]>

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.

Golden Scratch-R

Prize (Number of Donuts)OddsDiminishing ReturnTickets PurchasedEstimated Winnings
1002%Yes1001326 (2400)
504%Yes50663 (900)
2010%Yes20265 (300)
1220%Maybe10133 (132)
933.33%No566 (60)
630.67%No227 (12)

Analyzing the Math

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

How to Buy Donuts Economicallyhttp://tstogame.com/2013/09/07/how-to-buy-donuts-economically/http://tstogame.com/2013/09/07/how-to-buy-donuts-economically/#commentsSat, 07 Sep 2013 07:25:21 +0000feelingblindhttp://tstogame.com/?p=1957Continue reading ]]>donutsIf you are playing this game on a daily basis, you may want to consider spending some money on premium content. The question is, where to start? Of course the first thing you need to decide is how much should I spend on donuts?

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.

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.

What have you done with the Simpson House?http://tstogame.com/2013/09/06/what-have-you-done-with-the-simpson-house/http://tstogame.com/2013/09/06/what-have-you-done-with-the-simpson-house/#commentsFri, 06 Sep 2013 23:59:04 +0000feelingblindhttp://tstogame.com/?p=1942Continue reading ]]>The oft requested “What have you done with…” posts are going to start again as a feature on this blog. As an inaugural post it seems appropriate to ask, what have you done with the first building you place in the game, the Simpson House? Have you paired it with the Kiddie Pool and Homer’s Hammock? Are you keeping with tradition and placing it between Flanders House and the Brown House? Is the backyard fenced in, or is it a bit more open?

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.

Simpson House

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