You Just Broke the First Rule of Clone Club

os-mini-mapSince I started playing the game, the town of “Other Springfield” has fascinated me. Sure, it’s just a template town constructed by the developers to give players an idea of how to build their own town, but I’ve always seen it as a challenge. My town has always strived to be at the very least, a 95% replica of this alternate Springfield.

For several months, my town was a replica of both the Lv. 20 and Lv. 16 versions of Other Springfield. Once I unlocked the full full 13 × 13 grid I found out it was possible to fit both of these towns on one map. Of course you had to pick-and-choose where you wanted certain buildings, which created a bit of an artistic challenge. Once I filled in the basics, the excess land was used to house buildings Other Springfield hadn’t accounted for, like the Springfield Hospital or some of the content from the Treehouse of Horror XXIII update.

It was only in doing this that I discovered that the devlopers don’t always play by the same rules players do. The following are a few examples where buildings and decorations are placed on the map in ways that are impossible for the player to replicate.
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Other Springfield Lv. 12

To the best of my knowledge, this version of Other Springfield has not changed. It’s a pretty basic town with a few houses, some fast-food restaurants, a school, and a power plant. Prior to the introduction of the Springfield Squidport, the next evolution of Other Springfield looked quite similar to this. However all versions of Other Springfield have been tweaked to accommodate the new features of the game. The first appearance of the Springfield Squidport appears in the Lv. 16 version of Other Springfield.

Other Springfield Lv. 08

In the beginning of the game you are prompted by Professor Frink to visit Other Springfield for the first time. This is a template town designed by the developers of the game to allow players to view an example of an organized town. As you progress further through the game this town evolves alongside yours, usually a few levels ahead of you. This element was incorporated to give players something to shoot for, to make their towns as complete and aesthetically pleasing as Other Springfield.

The start of a brand-new Springfield


Above is a map of what this town looked like when it was first starting out. If you’ve been playing for a considerable amount of time this map may bring back memories of the first time you tried to build a town. For new players, this map is a replica of what you’ll see when you visit Other Springfield.

Zoning Issues in Other Springfield

Prior to the Krustyland update you could actually replicate the Lv. 25 and Lv. 30 version of Other Springfield in your town. This was the first time since the Lv. 12 version of Other Springfield that you could do that if you wanted to. The reason you can’t copy some versions of Other Springfield, including the revised Lv. 25 and Lv. 30 are because they are built outside of what is possible in the actual game. The developers don’t play by the same rules players do.

Here is one example of what I mean. Take a look at the base entrance to the Springfield Squidport. In the first screenshot you can see how close to can actually place the tile in the game. In Other Springfield the Squidport Entrance is pushed even further against the shore, with the first boardwalk plank resting on the grass. You also can’t built parking meters on road tiles, yet Other Springfield would trick you into believing you can.

Built right up to the beach

Built closer to the land and into the grass

What is “Other Springfield”?

Other Springfield is the only other town you can visit until you start adding friends. To add friends you will need to sign up for EA’s Origin service from within the game. It is encouraged that you sign-up for the service as many of the social features of the game can only be activated once you create an account. This service is completely free, and by signing up you will be able to access your game from any device. As an added bonus you will receive ten donuts just for creating an account.

As you progress through the game, Other Springfield levels up alongside your own town. When you begin a new game you will quickly progress to Level 5, and Other Springfield beings at Level 8. The purpose of this town is to give you ideas for building your own town, as well as showing buildings you’ll have access to once you proceed further into the game.
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