The Simpsons: Tapped Out(Android, iOS)

Posted: January 23, 2014 in Reviews
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If you’re a Simpsons fan, at some point in time you’ve probably wanted to build the ever changing Springfield yourself, The Simpsons: Tapped Out gives you that opportunity in a big way. After an accident caused by Homer destroys Springfield, it’s up to you to rebuild Springfield from the ashes. You’ll start the game with a tutorial in which they make you place certain houses in specific spots, but after the tutorial it’s all up to you. There are a lot of games similar to Tapped Out, but creating your own city really works well with the quirkiness of the Simpsons franchise, even if a building placement does not make any sense, chances are it looks good in Springfield.


I find myself playing this on a daily basis, there is so much to do and with updates constantly adding more, it’s easy to put the time in to create things how you please. Putting characters in missions is an easy process now with the recent updates, when a character is available for a mission their face will pop up in the left corner, click their face and select whatever mission you desire, when they are done, click the little thumbs up above their head and collect your money and experience. Some buildings require you to pay a small bit of money, but usually have a huge pay off. Once you have enough money it’s up to you what you buy, some houses and buildings give more xp and money than others, but will also cost more money. You can go the route of spending Donuts on Premium Items, donuts can be bought using real money, by levelling up, or by finding them throughout your Springfield. You can also use Donuts to rush missions, if you really need the Springfield money from a mission, this is always an option. The game rewards you on a daily basis, if you play for 5 straight days you’ll earn a Mystery Box, in the box you can find something valuable like a Premium Item or Donuts, to something not so valuable like a burning bush, or section of fence. 


Once you have your Springfield up and running you’ll have a rating system, the rating system will determine how much extra experience and money you’ll earn from missions. There are 8 different sections that you’ll be judged on, each have a 5 stars you can earn, things like Tree-hugging which rates you on how much plant life you have, and socialism rates you on how often you visit your friends Springfield’s. You can help collect 3 things in each of your friend’s Springfield’s every 24 hours, but during the holiday’s you’ll have holiday specific collectibles to find or give. The more people you add to Tapped Out, the more money and experience you’ll earn on a daily basis, and extra bonuses you’ll earn during the holiday’s. The extra experience really helps, levelling up will earn you Donuts but also unlock new story based missions, these have funny moments and will have your characters running around doing amusing things, or have you build key buildings from the show. I remember when I first played this game, it didn’t have much to it, it got boring quick, but now with what seems to be monthly updates that raise the level cap, add buildings to buy that can earn you new characters, or extra missions, gives the game plenty of content. 


Springfield is not the only thing you can build bigger however, eventually you’ll be able to build your very own Squidport, this involves buying sections of boardwalk and placing stores on it, most of the stores are mission based, but there are additional shops you can add. Springfield requires you to buy plots of land, while the Squidport will require you to buy sections of water, it can be pricey when you are just getting started, but it’s a good investment once you start to earn more money. On top of all this you’ll be able to build your very own Krustyland, you’ll have to build the Krustyland bus station which you press and it’ll take you to a separate section of the game. In Krustyland you’ll need to earn tickets to build rides, attractions, and land, money is not an option in there, but just like Springfield, the bigger it gets, the more you’ll earn, it adds a huge section of game, and more reason to keep playing. In Krustyland you’ll have random people walk around, not just your characters, you’ll earn tickets from these people, Krustyland has a rating system, the rating will determine how many extra people you’ll have walking around. Not all of your characters will be able to visit Krustyland to do missions, some require you to build specific rides or attractions. 

This game does have problems though, with the EA name attached to it, it’s really no surprise. This game has frequent server crashes, just trying to get into the game can be a pain, you’ll get one or two screens telling you to either hit retry or telling you to wait for it to reconnect, when it’s because of an update that is fine, but it does it a lot at random times. Another problem it has is it shuts down randomly, going into Krustyland can cause this to happen, but it does it often when just putting characters into missions or just having a look around. There are also minor glitches like buildings appearing where they are not supposed to, or buildings looking like they’ve been blown up, but the minor glitches can be an easy fix. 


The Simpsons: Tapped Out is not a perfect game, but it is a lot of fun. There is so much to do and build throughout Springfield that make it easy to keep playing. Even the smaller things like being able to scratch Kwik-E-Mart Scratch and Win tickets to being able to bet on dogs at the Springfield Downs, add an extra element for those who have watched the older episodes. Even if you don’t watch The Simpsons this game can be a lot of fun as it has hours of ever increasing gameplay. It does not force you to use your Donuts which I liked, you can use them for the rarer items. The Simpsons: Tapped Out is free, and I recommend it for those on Android and iOS.

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