January 17, 2014
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So during the first Christmas update, one of the prizes you could buy with Santa Tokens was Barney’s Bowlarama. Then during the Whacking Day event last April, the Springfield Coliseum (w/ Drederick Tatum) and the Sleep-Eazy Motel (w/ Miss Springfield) were awarded as prizes for whacking enough snakes. So basically these three characters started out as free content.
Well after the events expired, these three buildings w/ characters were moved to the shop to purchase at any time, each for an exorbitant amount of donuts. So if you bit the bullet and actually bought any of these, how sad were you do find out that they didn’t even earn at the premium rate? What a rip-off, right?
Now finally, after nearly a year of waiting, these characters have now been upgraded to premium status.
So whether you’re a player who got these buildings for free during holiday events, or someone who spent a boatload of donut to acquire any of these characters, you can now enjoy the same premium bonus. It’s one of the nicer surprises of this update. Not quite as nice as a land expansion would have been, but at least the developers are making appropriate corrections to the game.
December 13, 2013
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Last winter, Mr Plow was added to the game (for 90 donuts) so it was only a matter of time before a Plow King costume for Barney was created. You can’t buy this costume though, you have to earn it as one of the prizes on the Holiday Wheel. Though it does seem to make it appear you will have to win the Mr. Plow costume first.
So what happens if you don’t have Barney and you win the costume? It may just stay in your inventory, should you ever decide to purchase the Bowlarama. There is a possibility of that you can acquire him after unlocking the Plow King’s Plow, but that is only speculation.
Unlocking the Plow King costume sets off a five-part quest line, which you can follow along with in both abridged and unabridged form. It’s a bit odd how he only monologues to himself in this quest line. Perhaps the whole experience are just the inner-thoughts of a man who has been drinking too much alcohol.