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The Simpsons: Tapped Out
The Simpsons Tapped Out.png
Game Information
Released: iOS
Flag of Sweden.svg.png February 17, 2012
Flag of Canada.png February 21, 2012
800px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png February 29, 2012
Flag of Australia.png February 29, 2012
United States of America March 1, 2012
Android
Flag of Australia.png January 29, 2013
United States of America February 6, 2013
Kindle Fire
United States of America June 24, 2013
Developer(s): Electronic Arts
Publisher(s): Electronic Arts
Genre: Action
Platforms: iOS
Android
Ratings: 12+
Players: 1


The Simpsons: Tapped Out (TSTO) is a free game for iOS and Android, developed and published by Electronic Arts, first released on February 17, 2012 on iOS, then released on Android on January 23, 2013 and on Kindle Fire on June 24, 2013. The game consists of the player helping Homer and other characters to rebuild Springfield and features the cast of the show.

Contents

Description

D'OH! Homer accidently caused a meltdown that wiped out Springfield. Now, it's up to you to rebuild it. From the writers of The Simpsons, tap into a city building game that lets you create your own living, breathing Springfield...for FREE. Recreate Springfield just like you want it, as you help Homer find Marge, Bart and the rest of his family and friends. Complete comic quests like making Apu work ridiculously long shifts at Kwik-E-Mart, growing and harvesting Tomacco on Cletus's Farm, partying down with Duffman at Duff Brewery, and more. Finish jobs and tasks to earn currency and...mmm, donuts. You can even get social and visit your friends' versions of Springfield. Make mischief and play pranks on their towns to collect cash. But remember, they can do the same to you. We told you that this game is life-ruiningly fun.
--Official description by EA.com
THIS GAME IS LIFE-RUININGLY FUN! Homer accidently caused a meltdown that wiped out Springfield. D'OH! Now, it's up to you to rebuild it! From the writers of The Simpsons, tap into a city building game that lets you create your own living, breathing Springfield... for FREE.
--Description at iTunes Singapore

Gameplay

An example of a town.

How to play

To play the game, players need to tap on things in the game. For example, the player wants a list of Bart's jobs, so the player taps on Bart. Also, when placing things in the game, you need to drag it to a space then tap it to place it. When a character does a task, or builds something, a donut can be used to speed up the task. There is an 'Other Springfield' in which the player can help every day and get money and XP in reward. There is a tutorial in the first few levels.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out Trailer
Transcript

Tasks

When you tap a character with a speech bubble saying "!", it means they want to say something. What they say may have something to do with a task, and if it does, a box will appear on screen. In the box, there will be a title, e.g. Square One, and underneath a task, e.g. Build the Simpson House. Sometimes there may be two tasks underneath, or three. Then you might need to buy what you need to complete the task, e.g. You go into "Buildings". "Simpson House" will be highlighted and have the price underneath. You buy whatever you need to complete the task, and if your task is to build, you drag the building to the shaded box, or anywhere you want to build it. Then, a box will come up with the reward, and perhaps another box saying you have unlocked a character, and perhaps ANOTHER box saying you have leveled up. There is also a task later on in the game where you have to catch Sideshow Bob, who has been spotted in your town, and try to catch him in between going to hiding spots.

Adding friends

The player can add friends via Facebook Connect, Gmail, their device's contact list and EA's Origin. After the player has added some friends, they can visit their versions of Springfield to complete three tasks each day, which results in more rewards for themselves. The maximum number of friends you can add in Tapped Out is 100.

Story

Homer is at Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, and instead of working, he is playing The Happy Little Elves Game on his MyPad. His negligence results in the Power Plant blowing up. Homer starts rebuilding the town, and is soon aided by other characters.

Information

  • Collecting all characters in a character collection will result in a reward.
  • Levelling up will unlock new buildings and decorations.
  • Building new buildings will unlock new actions that the characters can perform.
  • Donuts (Donut Tapped Out.png) are the game's premium currency.
  • The game is compatible on:
  • Android 2.3.3 or later.
– Android didn't from the start enable players to visit their friends' Springfields.
  • iOS: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad mini, iPod touch 3 (3rd generation) and iPod touch (4th generation), and requires iOS 4.3 or later.
  • The game needs an Internet connection to play.
  • This game downloads additional content on first launch that can be up to 175MB based on device.
  • The game regularly updates and require additional downloads when released.
  • Game saves are not supported across multiple devices (each device will have its own save file). (unless you connect to an Origin account then your game will be save on EA's servers and can be accessed later on another device.

History

Connectivity problems

On March 3, 2012, due to connectivity problems, Tapped Out was removed from the App Store.[1] In mid-June 2012, EA took the game offline to fix the server, and to fix the Springfields which experienced problems.[2]

It was announced on August 14, 2012 that The Simpsons: Tapped Out would return to the United States App Store later that week, and it would relaunch worldwide (apart from Germany and Canada) in either September[3] or later in August, with improved gameplay and enhanced graphics.[4] With the relaunch, there will be new content in Tapped Out, Kotaku says it'll be packing new stuff from the latest season of The Simpsons. Other outlets say it'll have some new visuals as well as mechanics.[5] It was re-released two days later, on 16 August. After December 5, 2012, EA upgraded their software to meet the constant demand of new and improved devices, and warned that the game may not work on 1st or 2nd generation iPhones or iPods anymore.[6]

Level 21

Many players of the game were convinced that there was a Level 21, and also convinced that there was a bug when the player reaches 48880 XP because the game did not level up.[7] An update for the game was then released that introduced more characters and buildings, and the Level 21.


Android version

The Android version of the game was released on January 23, 2013 in the Netherlands and Australia; the ninth content update was included with the release.[8] The game was added to the Google Play store in other countries on February 6, 2013. The game was made available on Kindle Fire devices in many countries on June 24, 2013.


Buildings

The Store

A screenshot of the first slide of The Store.

The Store is an in-game store where you can use in-game cash to buy decorations and buildings, as well as the premium in-game currency called "donuts" (the cost of which will be charged to your iTunes or Google Wallet account). The donuts purchased can be used to speed up activities (jobs, quests, building times) and also to buy premium characters, buildings and decorations that can only be acquired with donuts. You can also trade donuts for additional in-game cash.

Real-world purchases

Boatload of 2400 Donuts.png Store of 900 Donuts.png Truckload of 300 Donuts.png
Boatload of 2400 Donuts Store Full of 900 Donuts Truckload of 300 Donuts
$99.99
£69.99
89.99€
CHF100
3290.0 RUB
$49.99
£34.99
44.99€
CHF48
1690.0 RUB
$19.99
£13.99
17.99€
CHF20
649.0 RUB
Tray of 132 Donuts.png Stack of 60 Donuts.png Dozen Donuts.png
Tray of 132 Donuts
Crate of 132 Donuts
Stack of 60 Donuts Dozen Donuts
$9.99
£6.99
8.99€
CHF10
329.0 RUB
$4.99
£2.99
4.49€
CHF5
169.0 RUB
$1.99
£1.49
1.79€
CHF2
66.0 RUB

In-game purchases

Product Cost
Cash.png100,000 Donut Tapped Out.png600
Cash.png50,000 Donut Tapped Out.png325
Cash.png15,000 Donut Tapped Out.png115
Cash.png10,000 Donut Tapped Out.png80
Cash.png5,000 Donut Tapped Out.png41
Cash.png2,500 Donut Tapped Out.png21
Cash.png1,000 Donut Tapped Out.png9
Cash.png500 Donut Tapped Out.png5

Decoration

Characters and their tasks

Quests

Levels

The levels for the game go from Level 1 to Level 38.

Level XP.png needed to level up Character and quote Spoken by
1 40 NO QUOTE NONE
2 75 Level2.png Bart
3 85 Level3.png Apu
4 120 Level4.png Homer
5 250 Level5.png Barney
6 800 Level6.png Mr. Burns
7 1 800 Level7.png Wiggum
8 3 200 Level8.png Luigi
9 5 000 Level9.png Lisa
10 8 000 Level10.png Otto
11 12 000 Level11.png Krusty
12 15 500 Level12.png Marge
13 18 000 Level13.png Skinner
14 22 000 Level14.png Sea Captain
15 23 000 Level15.png Lenny and Carl
16 25 500 Level16.png Comic Book Guy
17 25 000 Level17.png Grampa
18 28 000 Level18.png Moe
19 34 215 Level19.png Willie
20 36 400 Level20.png Professor Frink
21 44 225 Level21.png Brockman
22 58 720 Level22.png Nelson
23 62 310 Level23.png Martin
24 99 120 Level24.png Dr. Hibbert
25 105 000 Level25.png Duffman
26 111 120 Level26.png Mrs. Krabappel
27 117 480 Level27.png Kang
28 124 080 Level28.png Rod and Todd
29 130 200 Level29.png Fat Tony
30 138 000 Level30.png Cletus
31 145320 Level31.png Bumblebee Man
32 152880 Level32.png The Rich Texan
33 160680 Level33.png Dr. Nick
34 168720 Level34.png Cookie Kwan
35 177000 Level35.png Gil
36 185520 Level36.png Kearney
37 185520 Level37.png Hank Scorpio
38 203280 Level38.png Lindsay Naegle
39 Level39.png Joe Quimby

Daily Play Combo

Day 1 - $150
Day 2 - $250
Day 3 - $500
Day 4 - $1000
Day 5 - Mystery Box

Homer Buddha

Homer Buddha.png

A Homer Buddha cost Donut Tapped Out.png15 and gives the player one of these premium objects.

Object Chances
Mystery Box 9.98%
Bench 10%
Planter 10%
Dumpster 10%
Picket Fence 10%
Burning Bush 10%
Orange Tree 10%
Apple Tree 10%
Tire Swing 10%
Squeaky Voice Teen/Donut Tapped Out.png30 4%
Hans Moleman/Donut Tapped Out.png60 4%
Frink's Lab/Donut Tapped Out.png150 1%
30 donuts 1%
Tire Fire/Donut Tapped Out.png40 0.01%
Springfield Sign/Donut Tapped Out.png170 0.004%
Duff Brewery/Donut Tapped Out.png190 0.002%
Volcano Lair/Donut Tapped Out.png200 0.001%

Mystery Box

Tapped Out Mystery Box.png

A Mystery Box gives the player one of these objects.

Object Chances
Mystery Box 10.983%
Lemon Tree/Cash.png250 10%
Parking Lot 10%
Brown Fence 10%
Tree 10%
Large Hedge 10%
Newspaper Dispenser 10%
Picket Fence 4%
Gazebo 4%
Angel Topiary 4%
Cash.png500 4%
Bench (with towel) 4%
Cash.png1,000 4%
Donut Tapped Out.png10 2%
Squeaky Voice Teen/Donut Tapped Out.png30 2%
Homer Buddha 1%
Cash.png2,500 0.01%
Donut Tapped Out.png30 0.004%
Tire Fire/Donut Tapped Out.png40 0.002%
Lard Lad 0.001%

Job income

Character/Object Income
Springfield Sign Increased by 4.50%
Hans Moleman These characters will earn 50% more money per job than the standard characters.
Kearney
Shauna
Squeaky-voiced teen
Bumblebee Man
Hank Scorpio
Sideshow Mel
Duffman
Dr. Nick Riviera
The Rich Texan
Springfield Tire Yard Increases bonuses for money and experience by 2%.
Burns Limo
Channel 6 News Van
Police car

Content updates

47 content updates have been released so far – two in September 2012, one in October 2012, four in November 2012, one in December 2012, two in January 2013, two in February 2013, three in March 2013, three in April 2013, five in May 2013, two in June 2013, three in July 2013, two in August 2013, two in September 2013, two in October 2013, two in November 2013, two in December 2013, three in January 2014, two in February 2014 and four in March 2014.

Reaction to the game

"We want this to be one of the biggest titles this year," EA SVP of global publishing for social and mobile Bernard Kim told CNET. "We've invested a lot. It's absolutely a top-tier development priority for us. Hardcore Simpsons fans will get a lot out of it."[9]

On February 17, 2012, the free Tapped Out app appeared on the Sweden, Singapore, Norway, Denmark and Finland's App Stores. It was later added to Canada, the United Kingdom and several other countries, with the United States receiving the game last. On March 1, the reaction to the app being released in the United States was so overwhelming, that it created connection problems.[10] On March 3, 2012, three days after the US release, the app was removed from every App Store (with the exception of the Canada app store; the game was removed later), so "to make sure you current players have the best possible experience".[1]

Most connection problems have been fixed since then, but the bugs were the main problem with the downloaders of the game. Tons of bugs were reported on the Tapped Out forum, mostly reported was the "DC while loading friends city bug".

Tapped Out was the top-grossing iOS game for EA under the last quarter 2012 and earning $23 million in sales.[11] Tapped Out had generated over $100 million in life-to-date digital net revenue, by Electronic Arts in October 29, 2013. After August 2012 to October 29, 2013 has it been in the top 20 iPhone grossing games in the United States for all but 12 days since launch.[12]

International releases

Country iOS release date Android release date Kindle Fire release date
France February 16, 2012[13] February 14, 2013[14] June 24, 2013[15]
Singapore February 17, 2012[16]
Sweden February 17, 2012[17] February 12, 2013
Norway February 17, 2012[18]
Denmark February 17, 2012[19]
Finland February 17, 2012[20]
Canada February 21, 2012[21] June 24, 2013[22]
United Kingdom February 29, 2012[23] June 24, 2013[24]
Spain February 29, 2012[25] June 24, 2013[26]
Greece February 29, 2012[27]
Egypt February 29, 2012[28]
Botswana February 29, 2012[29]
Germany February 29, 2012[30] June 24, 2013[31]
Australia February 29, 2012[32] January 29, 2013[8]
Mexico February 29, 2012[33]
Indonesia February 29, 2012[34]
New Zealand February 29, 2012[35]
Ireland February 29, 2012[36]
South Korea March 1, 2012[37]
Switzerland February 29, 2012[38]
Russia February 29, 2012[39]
Poland February 29, 2012[40]
Portugal February 29, 2012[41]
Romania February 29, 2012[42]
Turkey February 29, 2012[43]
United States March 1, 2012[44] February 6, 2013[45] June 24, 2013[46]
Netherlands January 29, 2013[45]

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