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Retail Therapy – Just in Time for Christmas

Marge, sisters shoppingThe Conform-o-meter – many tappers pay a lot of attention to this star ranking part of the game, but should they? While that is open to debate, one thing for sure is that Marge is having a heck of a time getting in her retail therapy sessions due to a very hard to maintain Consumerism rating.

Where are all of the stores? With our Springfields becoming more and more crowded with seemingly larger and larger buildings, we’ve not only come close to running out of space, but perhaps we’ve also run out of stores (gasp!). Well, I’m here to tell you that we’re not even close. Below is but a small sampling of the possible stores that could be added to the game and into Marge’s shopping bags:

  • All Creatures Great and Cheap
  • Bikini Shop
  • The Brushes are Coming, The Brushes are Coming
  • Captain Blip’s Zapateria
  • The China Syndrome
  • Do It Yourself, You Lazy Ass
  • Donner’s Party Supplies
  • Electronics, Etc.
  • The Family Jewels
  • Frame Anything
  • Girdles N’ Such
  • Goody New Shoes
  • Hailstone’s
  • International House of Answering Machines
  • The Jerky Hut
  • The Leftorium
  • Love Your Computer
  • Miscellaneous, Etc.
  • Nick’s Bowling Shop
  • Nick’s Nax
  • Origami Designs
  • Radio Hut
  • Restoration Software
  • Rock Bottom Remainders
  • Simply Shoes
  • The Sole Provider
  • Springfield Hunting Supplies
  • Tommy Hillclimber
  • The Vast Waistband
  • Vitamin Barn
  • Wee Monsieur
  • Wicked Excess
  • Yesterday’s Puppies

Marge Shopping ChanelWhile most of them do reside in the Springfield Mall, many of them also have stand alone stores. And there is no reason why our friends at EA couldn’t make some or all of them stand alone stores to populate our towns and improve our ratings - heck, we’ve got Abraham Lincoln and a Walking Dolphin roaming our streets – so the sky’s the limit! However, it may not actually make any difference if Marge is like many of the ladies I know, who have been shopping their whole lives, and still don’t have anything to wear!

I guess that’s where the therapy part comes in…

So fellow Tappers, what stores would you like to see in order to help Marge and the rest of the Springfielders shop until they drop this Christmas Season? Let us know!

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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.

Redesigning Your Town

When you start the game you are only given a few plots of land, which is fine because as you’re starting out there aren’t many building to occupy that space. Even as you progress into the early stages of the game, land expansions are cheap enough that you can build a great town with a limited amount of space. Once the land expansions get too pricy though, you’ll probably start conserving your money for new buildings that unlock as you level up. By the time that you finally do have enough money saved up to start investing in more land, do you still need it?

If you like the way you’ve designed your town, is it worth moving things around to accommodate more land? Completely redesigning your town can take several hours, and that’s just the time it takes to put items into your inventory to get a fresh start. Have you ever redesigned your town from scratch? How long did it take you, and are there any tips you would give to someone considering overhauling their whole town?
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Here Comes The Sunsphere

If you’ve wasted all your money buying this item for $750,000 – only to be left short when it came time to buy the S.W.A.T. Van, at least you get a short quest line to make up for it. None of the other aspirational buildings came with any sort-of quest, so at least this is something. What is even better is that this quest takes four of your characters out of Krustyland for twelve hours, because it’s not like you needed them to earn tickets or anything.

As an added bonus, building the Sunsphere does unlock new 16h tasks for Bart, Milhouse, Martin, and Nelson. They can now “Celebrate the ‘WOD FIR’”, which if you’re having trouble understanding exactly what that means, this screen capture from the show should help.

Oh, and the Sunsphere is an actual building that exists in the real world. If you would like another tidbit of information, the title of this quest line is a play on the title of the 1969 song Here Comes the Sun, by The Beatles.

You’re So Vain (if you’ve built these three buildings)

There are currently three over-sized items available in the game, and they all come from the same episode of the show, “Marge vs. the Monorail”. Any one of these items will increase your vanity rating tremendously, should you build all three you’ll likely never have to worry about that rating dropping from five stars again. The hitch is that they are all incredibly expensive, with the cheapest of the three costing one-million dollars.

If you would like an idea of what these all look like when built, below are a few screenshots. Have you added these three buildings to your town? If so, share what you’ve done to incorporate them into your own town.

NameXPCostVanity Points
Escalator to Nowhere10,000$1,000,0001,000
Popsicle Stick Skyscraper20,000$2,000,0002,000
50ft Magnifying Glass30,000$3,000,0003,000

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