The Simpsons: Tapped Out
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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.
- 1 Description
- 2 Story
- 3 Basic Gameplay
- 4 Further Information
- 5 History
- 6 Characters and their tasks
- 7 Buildings
- 8 Decoration
- 9 The Store
- 10 Levels
- 11 Daily Play Combo
- 12 Mystery Box
- 13 Old Mystery Box and Homer Buddha
- 14 Land Expansions
- 15 Character Groups
- 16 Job income
- 17 Content updates
- 18 Reaction to the game
- 19 International releases
- 20 Gallery
- 21 Logos
- 22 Splash Screens
- 23 Cutscenes
- 24 References to The Simpsons: Tapped Out in The Simpsons
- 25 References
- 26 External links
- 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
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 and the whole Springfield blowing up. Homer starts rebuilding the town, and is soon aided by other characters.
How to play
To play the game, players needs to tap on things. Tapping on characters will open their task menu, from where players can select different tasks for the character to do. After completing a task, the player is rewarded with cash () and XP (). Cash allows the player to buy more buildings, land and decorations while XP allows the player to level up and unlock more content. Placing buildings, will reward the player with new actions for their characters to perform and some will unlock a new character. Buildings will reward you with Cash and XP when you tap them every certain time. The Player is also able to decorate their Springfield as they want with the numerous buildings and decorations purchasable from the build menu, and is free to move them around. Placing enough types of decorations and buildings will increase your Conform-o-meter up to a maximum of 5 starts, giving a small bonus to all your characters and buildings tasks.
Donuts () are the game's premium currency; they are used to buy a variety of special characters, buildings and decorations, as well as speeding up tasks and building times. Premium characters and buildings give doble the income than freemium characters and buildings, and premium decorations increase your cash and XP bonus.
Collecting all characters from a character group will result in a reward. Players can see the characters they've unlocked by tapping on the Homer Statuette on the build menu.
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Task and quests
Characters with a speech bubble have a quest. Tapping on this character will start the quest, usually showing some dialogue. The player is required to send characters to different jobs, build a certain building or place some decorations for completing the quest, and will be rewarded with Cash and XP once completing it. Tapping on the Task book on the left side of the screen will allow you to see all the active quests you need to complete. Completing quests will also unlock more content.
Each day, players can also complete daily challenges to win extra cash and XP. The game offers also many other different sources of income such as growing crops in Cletus's farm, betting on who will win in the Springfield Downs and buying Scratch-R's or programing the broadcast of the Channel News and the Radio Station, as well as trying to catch Sideshow Bob (if not already bought).
Adding and visiting 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, as well as Friend Points (), which will unlock unique prizes. The maximum number of friends you can add in Tapped Out is 100. The game also includes a generic town named "Other Springfield".
- 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.
- Kindle Fire.
- Blackberry: Blackberry 10 (through Amazon Appstore).
- 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.
On March 3, 2012, due to connectivity problems, Tapped Out was removed from the App Store. In mid-June 2012, EA took the game offline to fix the server, and to fix the Springfields which experienced problems.
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 or later in August, with improved gameplay and enhanced graphics. 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. 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.
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. An update for the game was then released that introduced more characters and buildings, and the Level 21.
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. 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.
Characters and their tasks
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. The First Time Packs update introduced some bonus prizes the first time the packages from 60 to 2.400 were bought.
In-game purchases: Grind Packs
The levels for the game with content go from Level 1 to Level 60. After reaching Level 60 the player can level up to Level 939.
Daily Play Combo
- Day 1 - $150
- Day 2 - $250
- Day 3 - $500
- Day 4 - $1000
- Day 5 - Mystery Box
A screenshot of the Daily Play Combo after the Mystery Box Upgrade update.
On April 1, 2015, an Upgraded Mystery Box was added to the game with an improved list of objects.
Old Mystery Box and Homer Buddha
A Mystery Box gave the player one of these objects till March 31, 2015.
A Homer Buddha costed 15 and gave the player one of these premium objects. Available until March 31, 2015.
222 content updates have been released so far:
2012: two in September, one in October, four in November and one in December.
2013: two in January, two in February, three in March, three in April, five in May, two in June, three in July, two in August, two in September, two in October, two in November and two in December.
2014: three in January, two in February, four in March, three in April, two in May, two in June, three in July, three in August, three in September, two in October, three in November and two in December.
2015: three in January, three in February, three in March, five in April, four in May, five in June, three in July, three in August, five in September, five in October, three in November and two in December.
2016: two in January, four in February, three in March, two in April, two in May, three in June, one in July, two in August, one in September, one in October, two in November and three in December.
2017: five in January, three in March, three in May, three in July, one in August, two in September, one in October, two in November and one in December.
2018: three in January, three in March, three in May, two in June, two in July, one in August, two in September, two in October, two in November and one in December.
2019: two in January, one on February, one on March, one on April, one on May, one on June, one on July, one in August, two in September, one in October, one in November and one in December.
2020: one in January, two in February, one in March, one in April, one in May, one in June, one in July, one in August, one in September, one in October, one in November and one in December.
2021: one in January, one in February, one in March, one in April, one in May, one in June, one in July, one in August, two in September, one in October, one in November and one in December.
2022: one in January, one in February and one in March.
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."
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. 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".
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. 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.
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References to The Simpsons: Tapped Out in The Simpsons
The Simpsons regularly references Tapped Out in the years since its release.
- EA Help - The Simpsons: Tapped Out will be offline temporarily
- IGN.com - The Simpsons: Tapped Out Returns
- GameZebo.com - The Simpsons Tapped Out is coming back to the App Store this week
- TouchArcade.com - 'The Simpson: Tapped Out' Returning Soon
- The Simpsons: Tapped Out EA forums - Level 20 Hang
- Technology Tell
- iTunes France
- Google Play France
- Amazon France
- iTunes Singapore
- iTunes Sweden
- iTunes Norway
- iTunes Denmark
- iTunes Finland
- iTunes Canada
- Amazon Canada
- iTunes Great Britain
- Amazon United Kingdom
- iTunes Spain
- Amazon Spain
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- iTunes Botswana
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- iTunes Australia
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- iTunes New Zealand
- iTunes Ireland
- iTunes Korea
- iTunes Switzerland
- iTunes Russia
- iTunes Poland
- iTunes Portugal
- iTunes Romania
- iTunes Turkey
- iTunes United States
- Google Play
- Amazon United States
- The Simpsons: Tapped Out at Wikipedia
- Official Tapped Out page at EA.com
- Official Tapped Out Facebook page
- Official EA Games Tapped Out forum
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The Simpsons: Tapped Out
| Appearances • Characters • Buildings • Decorations • Extras • Content Updates and gameplays • Land Expansions • Character Groups • Friend Points • Dates • Quotes • References • Tap Ball • Yearbook Mystery Box