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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
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
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.


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
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


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


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.


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.


  • 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.
  • 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.


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.

Characters and their tasks




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
3290.0 RUB
AUD 109.99
KR 949
CAD 139.99
RUB 5990
1690.0 RUB
AUD 51.99
KR 489
CAD 69.99
RUB 2990
649.0 RUB
AUD 20.99
KR 189
CAD 27.99
RUB 1990
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
329.0 RUB
AUD 10.49
KR 95
CAD 13.99
RUB 599
169.0 RUB
AUD 5.49
KR 49
CAD 6.99
RUB 279
66.0 RUB
AUD 1.99
KR 19
CAD 2.79
RUB 119

In-game purchases

Grind Packs

Image Name Costs Prize below level 9 Prize above level 9 Level 50 Example
Tapped Out Grind Pack 1.png Grind Pack 1 Donut Tapped Out.png9 Cash.png1,250 Cash.png1,250+(level-8)*250 Cash.png11,750
Tapped Out Grind Pack 2.png Grind Pack 2 Donut Tapped Out.png30 Cash.png6,250 Cash.png6,250+(level-8)*1,250 Cash.png58,750
Tapped Out Grind Pack 3.png Grind Pack 3 Donut Tapped Out.png65 Cash.png15,000 Cash.png15,000+(level-8)*3,000 Cash.png141,000
Tapped Out Grind Pack 4.png Grind Pack 4 Donut Tapped Out.png100 Cash.png25,000 Cash.png25,000+(level-8)*5,000 Cash.png235,000
Tapped Out Grind Pack 5.png Grind Pack 5 Donut Tapped Out.png285 Cash.png75,000 Cash.png75,000+(level-8)*15,000 Cash.png705,000
Tapped Out Grind Pack 6.png Grind Pack 6 Donut Tapped Out.png550 Cash.png150,000 Cash.png150,000+(level-8)*30,000 Cash.png1,410,000
Tapped Out Grind Pack 7.png Grind Pack 7 Donut Tapped Out.png1000 Cash.png300,000 Cash.png300,000+(level-8)*60,000 Cash.png2,820,000
Tapped Out Grind Pack 8.png Grind Pack 8 Donut Tapped Out.png1600 Cash.png500,000 Cash.png500,000+(level-8)*100,000 Cash.png4,700,000
Tapped Out Grind Packs Menu.png


The levels for the game go from Level 1 to Level 59.

Level XP needed to level up Character and quote Spoken by
1 XP.png40 NO QUOTE
2 XP.png75 Level2.png Bart
3 XP.png85 Level3.png Apu
4 XP.png120 Level4.png Homer
5 XP.png250 Level5.png Barney
6 XP.png800 Level6.png Mr. Burns
7 XP.png1,800 Level7.png Wiggum
8 XP.png3,200 Level8.png Luigi
9 XP.png5,000 Level9.png Lisa
10 XP.png8,000 Level10.png Otto
11 XP.png12,000 Level11.png Krusty
12 XP.png15,500 Level12.png Marge
13 XP.png18,000 Level13.png Skinner
14 XP.png21,000 Level14.png Sea Captain
15 XP.png24,000 Level15.png Lenny and Carl
16 XP.png25,500 Level16.png Comic Book Guy
17 XP.png21,560 Level17.png Grampa
18 XP.png22,960 Level18.png Moe
19 XP.png24,000 Level19.png Willie
20 XP.png26,000 Level20.png Professor Frink
21 XP.png27,640 Level21.png Brockman
22 XP.png29,360 Level22.png Nelson
23 XP.png31,160 Level23.png Martin
24 XP.png33,040 Level24.png Dr. Hibbert
25 XP.png35,000 Level25.png Duffman
26 XP.png37,040 Level26.png Mrs. Krabappel
27 XP.png39,160 Level27.png Kang
28 XP.png41,360 Level28.png Rod and Todd
29 XP.png43,640 Level29.png Fat Tony
30 XP.png46,000 Level30.png Cletus
31 XP.png48,440 Level31.png Bumblebee Man
32 XP.png50,960 Level32.png The Rich Texan
33 XP.png56,560 Level33.png Dr. Nick
34 XP.png56,240 Level34.png Cookie Kwan
35 XP.png59,000 Level35.png Gil
36 XP.png61,840 Level36.png Kearney
37 XP.png64,760 Level37.png Hank Scorpio
38 XP.png67,760 Level38.png Lindsay Naegle
39 XP.png70,840 Level39.png Quimby
40 XP.png74,000 Level40.png Ned
41 XP.png77,240 Level41.png Chester Dupree
42 XP.png80,560 Level42.png Ralph
43 XP.png83,960 Level43.png Jasper
44 XP.png113,670 Level44.png Miss Hoover
45 XP.png121,627 Level45.png Lugash
46 XP.png127,000 Level46.png Shauna
47 XP.png134,100 Level47.png Sideshow Bob
48 XP.png140,805 Level 48.png Kirk
49 XP.png147,845 Level 49.png The Yes Guy
50 XP.png155,238 Level 50.png Royce McCutcheon
51 XP.png163,000 Level 51.png Agnes
52 XP.png171,150 Level 52.png Hans Moleman
53 XP.png233,620 Level 53.png Jimbo
54 XP.png245,301 Level 54.png Crazy Cat Lady
55 XP.png277,378 Level 55.png Miss Springfield
56 XP.png332,855 Level 56.png Lurleen
57 XP.png436,870 Level 57.png Radioactive Man and Fallout Boy
58 XP.png688,071 Level 58.png Wolfcastle
59 XP.png1,011,464 Level 59.png Cecil Terwilliger
60 XP.png1,600,000 Level 60.png Sherri and Terri
61-100 XP.png40,000 Random Random
101-939 XP.png500,000
Bonus XP.png1,000,000

Daily Play Combo

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

Mystery Box

The upgraded Mystery Box.

On April 1, 2015, an Upgraded Mystery Box was added to the game with an improved list of objects.

Object Chances
Lard Lad Donuts 2%
Blue Haired Lawyer/Donut Tapped Out.png90 14%
Kearney/Donut Tapped Out.png60 7%
Tire Fire/Donut Tapped Out.png40 14%
Channel 6 News Van 7%
Itchy & Scratchy Billboard 7%
Squeaky Voiced Teen/Donut Tapped Out.png30 14%
Donut Tapped Out.png30 1%
Donut Tapped Out.png10 2%
Chalmers' 1979 _ONDA 7%
Bomb Shelter 7%
Minnow Pond 7%
Khlav Kalash Stand 7%
Lemon Tree/Cash.png250 6%

Old Mystery Box and Homer Buddha

The old Mystery Box.

A Mystery Box gave the player one of these objects till March 31, 2015.

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%

Homer Buddha.png

A Homer Buddha costed Donut Tapped Out.png15 and gave the player one of these premium objects. Available until March 31, 2015.

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%

Land Expansions

Main Article: The Simpsons: Tapped Out Land Expansions

Character Groups

Main Article: The Simpsons: Tapped Out Character Groups

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.
Squeaky-voiced teen
Bumblebee Man
Hank Scorpio
Sideshow Mel
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

125 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, four in March 2014 three in April 2014, two in May 2014, two in June 2014, three in July 2014, three in August 2014, three in September 2014, two in October 2014, three in November 2014, two in December 2014, three in January 2015, three in February 2015, three in March 2015, five in April 2015, four in May 2015, five in June 2015, three in July 2015, three in August 2015, five in September 2015, five in October 2015, three in November 2015, two in December 2015, two in January 2016, four in February 2016, three in March 2016, two in April 2016 and one in May 2016.


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]



Splash Screens


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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.

Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
Tapped Out.png 24 514 "A Tree Grows in Springfield" Homer goes to play a game called Tapped Out but it was unavailable, referencing Tapped Out's connectivity problems.
TSTO Labor Pains.png 25 535 "Labor Pains" Homer plays Tapped Out
The Musk Who Fell To Earth Elon Musk Plays Tapped Out.png 26 564 "The Musk Who Fell To Earth" Elon Musk is seen playing The Simpsons: Tapped Out in his spaceship. He is level 8, has Cash.png410 and Donut Tapped Out.png1227.
Not Trending.png 565 "Walking Big & Tall" #TappedOutWorkingPerfectly appears on the list of things that never trended. Marge's scrapbook website is called, referencing The Simpsons: Tapped Out.


External links

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