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So far, eighty-one content updates for The Simpsons: Tapped Out have been released. The most recent was on May 13, 2015 which introduced Mathlete’s Feat Promotional. The game is currently in version 4.14.0 (iOS) / 4.14.0 (Android).
level 21 was introduced - bringing a new building and character, as well as bringing several new 'decorations'. Also, the character Kearney was introduced as a Premium character (a character that is bought in-game with donuts). Level 12 also came for new players with a new building - the Springfield Library - which a player could build after the character Bart Simpson is notified that he may have to repeat the fourth grade by Seymour Skinner and that he must study. The library's first visitors are Bart and Martin (a new character unlocked when the library is built), who study for a 'meaningless' test. Finally, the Springfield Observatory was made available as a premium item for 75 donuts. The update was 40.3 MB.
The second content update was released on September 28, 2012. The Duff Racer was the only thing added to the game; it was added to celebrate the Season 24 premiere "Moonshine River" on September 30, 2012. When players opened the game they received a notice reading: "Here's a Duff Racer from the Springfield Grand Prix to celebrate the Season 24 premiere on Sunday!"
The third content update (version 3.0.0) was available to download on October 3, 2012.
This was a huge update, introducing new Halloween characters and buildings. Players are now able to squish zombies after building the Springfield Cemetery, TP and egg friends' houses, and unlock new Halloween quests. Also, new objects have been released: a Pylon, a Gas Pump, a Patio Table, a See-Saw and a Stop Sign - all of which are unlocked on the new level introduced in the update - Level 22. Edna Krabappel's apartment block and Edna are available to unlock in the new level 22, after completing the quest "Staff Needs". The player needs to be on Level 5 to unlock the Halloween features. Once the Mayan calendar has been completed, the Mayan God asks the player a question - if the player answers correctly they get Mayan Homer and 10 donuts, but if they answer incorrectly they don't get 10 donuts.
A clue to the answer is in the season 24 episode "Treehouse of Horror XXIII". If you complete the Treehouse of Horror XXIII character collection, which consists of the Mayan God, the Talking Krusty Doll, Kang, Burns Monster and the Raven, you get $1000 and 20XP. The Halloween features were available until early November, between November 5, 2012 and November 8, 2012 - and until that date, Mystery Boxes were Wicked Treat Boxes. Despite the Treehouse of Horror Update Guide in the game listing the date of October 31, 2012 for when the Treehouse of Horror event will last until, the update's content was still in the game between November 5, 2012 and November 8, 2012. As of the fifth content update, characters are no longer able to go on Halloween quests with the exception of Halloween characters, such as Kang, and costumes, such as Witch Marge, though they now earn cash instead of treats. On February 26/27, 2013, a user on the TSTO Players forum posted a list (with links to images) of characters and buildings sent to appear in then-future content updates. The user also found a black-and-white 'unlock' image of Mayan Marge, a character that possibly would have introduced with this content update.
- Edna Krabappel
- Mayan Homer (costume)
- Talking Krusty Doll (no jobs)
- Mayan God (no jobs)
- Marge the Witch (costume)
- The Raven (no jobs)
- Burns Monster (no jobs)
- Devil Flanders (costume)
- Krabappel Apartment
- Springfield Subatomic Supercollider
- Springfield Cemetery
- Pet Cemetery
- House of Evil
- Bad Dream House
On November 5, 2012, the fourth content update was released, bringing in a new level, two new buildings, and two new characters - one premium, one not. The update was 52.7MB. However, this update did not remove the Halloween features. In fact, it decreased the price of the Ray Gun from 150 donuts to 100.
Some users on the EA forums reported that they had gotten the Thanksgiving update, which involves buying balloons, with this update.
The fifth content update, released in the UK on November 8, 2012, revealed that the Halloween buildings now give out cash and XP instead of treats/zombies. On the EA forums on November 6, 2012, user "Teasdale x" posted information about five balloons appearing in the game after the update. The user placed the balloons in their game, but then the game crashed and the ability to purchase the balloons disappeared from his game. User CanadaX21 had also bought the balloons in his/her game; in his/her case he/she bought the balloons (for less than $500), and once the user exited the app and returned to it, the Halloween features had been reset.
The seventh content update released the Thanksgiving 2012 Event. The Thanksgiving Event was an event released shortly after the Treehouse of Horror XXIII Event on November 8, 2012. It is one of the smallest events ever released into the game. There were no characters or costumes released with the Event, just decorations.
The eighth content update was released on November 30, 2012, and it wasn't a Christmas-themed update - it was an update with a tie-in to "The Day the Earth Stood Cool". The update is 54.5MB. This update removed the ability to buy the Thanksgiving balloons.
- Cool Homer (costume)
Christmas 2012 Event. On December 3, 2012, The Simpsons: Tapped Out's official Facebook page posted a message: "Let it snow! Springfield's in for some holiday magic with a big new update... coming soon!" - which implied that the update would be released sometime in the first week of December. It was announced on Tapped Out's Facebook page on December 4 that the holiday update would be released on December 5 (the same day when Tapped Out would no longer be able to be played on 1st and 2nd generation iPod touches and iPhones), and in that post was also an image of Santa Homer - a new outfit for Homer that was introduced in the update. With the update also comes a new icon for the game, and a new opening menu.
The features were going to be available until January 3, 2013; it was announced through Tapped Out's Facebook page on December 19, 2012 that the time the Christmas content would be available had been extended. Until January 2, 2013, it was unknown what date it has been extended to; on that date there was an update, changing the end date of the Christmas content from January 3, 2013 to January 10, 2013. Players can buy a Santa's Sack (costing 5), which includes 10-20 Santa Coins - a new currency in the update. As long as the holiday event lasts, players will be given Santa's Sacks instead of Mystery Boxes in their Daily Bonus.Many users on the Tapped Out forums reported that they had seen Kodos shooting at the ray gun in her spaceship while she flies across a friend's Springfield. Many thought it was a bug, but it is likely a clue to what could happen next - Kodos being introduced as a character. Also, many users on the Tapped Out forums reported (one even showing an image) that Gil Gunderson would appear and give the player a 25% off offer on donuts. This was true, but EA had removed Gil from the game, presumably because of the problems surrounding Tapped Out players being locked out of their games. On December 19, 2012, users reported that Gil had appeared in their Springfield after an update. This update also changed Barney's "Sober Up" task from an 8 hour task to a 4 hour task. There was also an update on December 23, 2012, adding another of Gil's offers to the game.
In the App Store description of the game, a "Kiddie Ride" is said to be one of the decorations added with the update. However, the only sighting of a kiddie ride in the game is a one outside the in-game Try-N-Save building.
Reports started on the Tapped Out forums on December 29, 2012 that players could get a Mystery Stocking for 50 santa coins, and that they would have either donuts or a Reindeer in. There have been several more reports since then, and in late January 2, 2013 or early January 3, 2013 (depending on the time zone), the end of the update was officially extended to January 10, 2013, and the Mystery Stockings were introduced officially.
Holiday Spot was used to advertise the update.
- Julius Hibbert
- Nick Riviera
- Blue Funzo (no jobs)
- Purple Funzo (no jobs)
- Pink Funzo (no jobs)
- Santa's Little Helper (no jobs)
- Sideshow Mel
- Santa Homer (costume)
Players can buy a Mystery Love Box for 5 donuts, which contain either hearts or themed decorations. Hearts are new currency in the update, and you can buy three buildings with them and 8 decorations.
Two expensive buildings came with the update, the "Escalator To Nowhere" and the "Popsicle Stick Skyscraper", each costing in great excess of the prices of the other buildings. The update installed the ability to win money at the Kwik-E-Mart by purchasing a Scratch-R. You can get a Scratch-R every 6 hours. It also installed the ability to send Valentine's cards to friends' towns.
For players that had reached the end of Level 25, a special notice appeared saying that players could get bonus levels and when they get the XP to complete them, they can get up to three donuts by selecting one of the 'presents'. Get one or two donuts and the player gets the chance to get three by paying $50000.
A few players posted on the Tapped Out forums that they got Level 26 with the update and the content that came with the update.
The update also installed the ability to buy $50000 and $100000 with 325 donuts and 600 donuts respectively in "The Store".Reports began after the update was first released of a bug nicknamed the "Harp of Death". This bug has been encountered by many Tapped Out players. The bug freezes up the game and crashes it, before continuously playing a 'harp sound' through the loading menu when the game is opened again. There have been multiple reports of this on the official Tapped Out forums and the EA Help forums, with EA responding to the complaints at the beginning of February saying that there should be a patch released soon, and on February 22, 2013 with a tweet from @AskEASupport: "Attention Springfield citizens! The #TSTO team are aware/investigating a resolution for ‘harpofdeath’ issue. Thanks for your patience." @OriginInsider also responded to the complaints, saying on February 21, 2013, "This is being investigated and the Simpsons Tapped Out team is working as quickly as possible to resolve it." Also, EA has sent replies to troubled players' emails on how to fix the bug, despite many finding a way to fix the bug on their own: leaving Tapped Out open for around 15–20 minutes without auto-lock on. Reports of the bug have continued after the release of the Level 26 update, with many saying that the completion of a quest or a building has prompted the game to crash and the bug to start.
The event ended on February 28, two weeks after Valentine's Day.
- Escalator To Nowhere
- Popsicle Stick Skyscraper
- Phineas Q. Butterfat's
- Howard's Flowers
- Sir Putt-A-Lot's
A user posted on the forums on February 2, 2012 that the price of the "Escalator To Nowhere" had been changed to $500000 with the update; a user posted on that same thread on February 4, 2013 that at least Milhouse's "Eat at Phineas Q. Butterfat's" task had been cut from 8 hours long to 30 minutes long, also with the update. None of these things actually happened on the update's official release.
The update was released officially on February 14, 2013. On that date, players on the Tapped Out forums reportedthat "The Science Fund" had appeared in the Store, costing $14.99 or £10.49. "The Science Fund" later became one of Gil's offers.
The thirteenth content update was released on February 28, 2013, and is an episode tie-in with "Gorgeous Grampa". The App Store description of the update (version 4.1.3) describes the content added in the last update instead of what is in this update.
The update removed the ability to purchase the Valentine's Day update buildings and decorations. The update also added the ability to purchase a "Golden Scratch-R", which had appeared on the iTunes Tapped Out listing a while back in the list of purchases. A Golden Scratch-R costs 99¢/69p/€0,89 and the jackpot is 100 donuts.
If you buy a Scratch-R, it will tell you how many donuts you could have won with what you won in cash. For example, if you got three mallets (winning $750), a little notice would appear below what you had won telling you "You could have won 15 donuts with a Golden Scratch-R". Scratching off three mallets actually wins the player 12 donuts in the Golden Scratch-R, not 15 donuts.
Gorgeous Grampa was the first outfit available on Android.
- Gorgeous Grampa (costume)
St. Patrick's Day update. The update comes with two new characters, one building and two decorations, one a premium decoration, one only obtainable after completing the event storyline.
The fifteenth content update was released on March 14, 2013 and was a tie-in with "Dark Knight Court". This update removed Lisa's greyed-out 30 minute "Meditate" task at the Springfield Buddhist Temple.
- Fruit-Bat-Man (costume)
Lisa to "Meditate" for 30 minutes at the Springfield Buddhist Temple appeared, locked, in Lisa's task list. The task was removed with the next update, before being released officially with this update. The content of the update was known a few weeks before its release; on March 7, 2013, both the TSTO Player forum and the official EA Tapped Out forum posted a list of new characters and buildings set to be introduced with a Level 27 content update.
On April 8, 2013, a user reported that Swanky Fish and Springfield Falls had disappeared from their game, along with the player's 90 donuts. Many users also reported this, as well as other cases where only one of the two had disappeared. The user that originally reported the glitch later provided a solution, which was to re-install the game twice.
- Miss Springfield
- Drederick Tatum
- Gymnastic Lisa (costume)
- Ninja Homer (costume)
- Bare-Chested Willie (costume)
- Lumpy (no jobs)
- Pet Snake (no jobs)
The twentieth content update was released on May 2, 2013. The update made Respectable Moe available to players as a limited costume. The limo was added as a limited decoration.
Respectable Moe (costume)
Agnes, two premium buildings; the Open Air Stage and Sprawl-Mart and two decorations, Springfield Park Entrance and the Cobblestone Wall. the Whacking Day Event was also extended to May 16.
The twenty-second content update was released on May 16, 2013. The update included new decorations based on Season 24 and removed the Whacking Day Event items and prizes to be won.
- Planet Hype
- Ferris Wheel
- Malaria Zone
- Just Rainsticks
- The Itchy and Scratchy Store
- The Frying Dutchman
- Turban Outfitters
- My First Tattoo
- Crypto Barn
- Much Ado About Muffins
July 4th 2013 Event content update was released on June 28, 2013. The update added 4 July themed items, including two new characters, a costume and two buildings.
Rainier Wolfcastle and his mansion.
Sir Putt-A-Lot's and the arrival of Rod Flanders and Todd Flanders.
Springfield Wax Museum and the S.W.A.T. Van. This update was released on August 15, 2013.
The thirtieth content update included Level 34. Chalmers, and Sherri & Terri were introduced as new characters, along with Springfield High School and the Springfield Knowledgeum. This update was released on August 29, 2013.
Spinster City Apartments, Stu's Disco, Springfield Pet Shop and the DMV. This update was released on September 12, 2013.
Treehouse of Horror XXIV Event. It starts with The Ghost in the Machine-based App Quests. Many new buildings, such as the Pumpkin House, Gingerbread House, King Homer's Skyscraper and the Gypsy Fortune Teller Shop were made available, as well as characters such as Kang, Booberella, the Frog Prince, Susane the Witch and Maude's Ghost.
The thirty-fourth content update was released on October 23, 2013. This was during the Treehouse of Horror XXIV Event but was not part of it. It contained two new additions to the Toughies collection; Jimbo and Dolph as well as buildings such as the Noiseland Arcade and Museum of Natural History.
The thirty-fifth content update was released on November 7, 2013. This update took out the ghosts and gremlins from the Treehouse of Horror XXIV Event. Two new characters were released: Luann and Kirk Van Houten as part of the new Van Houtens category as well as three new buildings: the Bachelor Arms Apartments, Cracker Factory, and the Office of Unemployment. Three new decorations also appeared: Golden Calf Idol, Southern Cracker Fountain, and the Fleet-A-Pita Van.
The thirty-sixth content update was released on November 15, 2013. This update released the Thanksgiving 2013 event that included a new character costume for Lisa, Sacagawea Lisa. Also included was Caesar's Pow-Wow Casino with the Tribal Chief. Several decorations were also included in this event.
The thirty-seventh content update was released on December 4, 2013. This update released the Yellow Subterfuge Promotional that included two new decorations. Oscar's Obstacles Truck and the USS Tom Clancy. Oscar's Obstacles Truck was given to Players for free upon completion of the quest Clandestine Nerd.
The thirty-eighth content update was released on December 10, 2013. This update released the Christmas 2013 Event. This is the largest update so far. The prize system from the Treehouse of Horror XXIV Event returned with prizes such as Springfield Mall, Elf Home, and Santa Flanders. The community prize system also returned with prizes such as Ebenezer Burns and the Candy Cane Power Plant. A new minigame was released. the Holiday Wheel, the wheel let players spin for a variety of prizes some new and some from the last Christmas Event.
Some new permanent features were added. A character locate button was added as well as a shortcut button for visiting neighbors. At this time there were the same amount of Levels as content updates.
The thirty-ninth content update introduced the Married to the Blob Promotional. This promotional included a new, never before seen character, Kumiko and a new decoration, Mr. Sparkle Billboard. The Swanky Fish restaurant also returned from the What Animated Women Want Promotional.
The fortieth content update was released on January 16, 2014. It included two characters, Judge Snyder and the Blue Haired Lawyer. Two buildings, Court House and Springfield Grocery Store and four decorations, Lady Justice Statue, Khlav Kalash Stand, Greenpeace Boat, and Knightboat.
The forty-first content update introduced the Super Bowl Event. The Super Bowl Event was a notably small event, and included one new item and two returning items. It is the smallest event ever to be released for the game. The in game update was released on January 29, 2014 in conjunction to FOX's upcoming 48th Super Bowl on February 2, 2014.
The forty-second content update was released on February 5, 2014 and brought the Valentine's Day 2014 Event. This event added the Wheel of Friendship and several item and characters returned from the previous Valentine's Event. Mindy Simmons was the non-premium character while Brandine Spuckler was the premium character. Brandine has a 90 day task that the player can use three times to give birth to Birthday, Dubya, and Whitney.
This update also changed many of the Origin features such as the log in screen and brought back the ability to unfriend neighbors. Neighbors' towns were also rearranged to be alphabetical.
Friend Points to the game. These points are earned by visiting friends and collecting them can earn the player prizes. Prizes include Snowball II, Stampy, Homer's Car, Singing Sirloin and more.
The forty-fourth content update was released on March 5, 2014. This was an in game update and introduced Freedom, a new character in the More Animals and Pets category and GMO Pomatoes, a new crop from Cletus' Farm.
The forty-fifth content update was released on March 12, 2014. This was the St. Patrick's Day 2014 Event. This event introduced a new character, building and a new decoration as well as bringing back all the content from the previous St. Patrick's Day Event.
The forty-sixth content update was released on March 19, 2014. This was a promotional for the episode War of Art. This promotional brought a new character, building and a decoration.
The forty-seventh content update was released on March 28, 2014. This was the Level 39 update. Level 39 introduced two new characters. The premium character Manjula and the non-premium character Sanjay. Three new buildings were added, included a new Friend Point prize. This update also added several Krustyland decorations.
The forty-eighth content update was released on April 9, 2014. This was the Days of Future Future Promotional. Maude's Ghost and the Gypsy Fortune Teller Shop returned from the Treehouse of Horror XXIV Event and the new Friend Point prize was added, the Capital City Goofball.
The forty-ninth content update was released on April 15, 2014. The Easter 2014 Event was a fairly large event that introduced many Easter-themed characters, like Hugs Bunny and the Egg Council Guy, and buildings, like Banana Dictatorship, and the Blocko Store. A new limited time currency was introduced, eggs, which could be exchanged for Easter Boxes, which were also a new prize system. The Easter Boxes seemed to be a mixture of the Holiday Wheel and the Whacking Day 2013 prize system.
The fiftieth content update was released on April 30, 2014. The Level 40 update released three new characters. Miss Hoover, Dewey Largo, and the Cocoa Beanie were all released, along with new buildings like the Ah, Fudge! Factory, and new decorations like the Santa's Little Helper Topiary.
The fifty-second content update was released on May 22, 2014. The Level 41 update released two new characters. The premium character Chester Dupree and the non-premium character Bernice Hibbert along with new buildings like the Vulgari Jewelry Store, and new decorations like the Bloodmobile.
The fifty-third content update was released on June 3, 2014. This was the Stonecutters Event. It was a large event that lasted 4 weeks and it introduced stonecutter costumes for a lot of characters, and buildings like the Stonecutter Lodge, and some decorations. A new limited time currency was introduced: Emblems, and the Conform-O-Meter was modified to show the total bonus from Conformity and Premium Decorations.
The fifty-fourth content update was released on June 18, 2014. The Level 42 update released two new characters: The non-premium character Roger Meyers Jr. and the premium character Lampwick along with the Itchy & Scratchy Studios and a Rocket Car. Mostly, this update focused on getting the hit show in The Simpsons, Itchy and Scratchy, back together.
The fifty-fifth content update, also known as the 4th July 2014 Event was released on July 2, 2014. It added two new characters, Giuseppe and George Washington. And also brought back Rex Banner and All-American Apu, from the previous event, as premium characters.
The fifty-sixth content update was released on July 17, 2014. This was the Yard Sale 2014. It brought back various limited time items released over the span of the games release. All items returned at a premium price, and were only available for a limited time.
The fifty-eighth content update was released on August 19, 2014. This was the Clash of Clones 2014 Event. This event had two different types of currency, Elixir and Gold, that could be earned by attacking other Springfields (with Nerds) and defending your own town. Various costumes and decorations could be won during the event. A new character, Barbarian was introduced. This update also brought new land to Springfield.
The sixtieth content update was released on September 17, 2014. The Level 45 update released new characters (Artie Ziff and Üter Zörker) and buildings (ZiffCorp Office Building, Indoor Tennis Courts and The Hungry Hun).
The sixty-first content update was released on September 24, 2014. The Season 26 Premiere Promotional was released under the name Clown in the Dumps Promotional and included Krusty's Mansion and Tuxedo Krusty.
The sixty-second content update was released on October 7, 2014. This was the Treehouse of Horror XXV Event.
The sixty-third content update was released on October 22, 2014. The Level 46 update released new characters (Greta Wolfcastle and Mrs. Muntz) and new buildings (Preparatory School, Springfield Clamphitheater, Classy Girls Strip Club, and Moonbounce) as well as a new Squidport decoration (Tiki Bar).
The sixty-fifth content update was released on November 12, 2014. The Level 47 update released new characters (French Waiter, Princess Kashmir, and Freddy Quimby and new buildings (Quimby Compound and Florence of Arabia).
Christmas 2014 Event.
The sixty-ninth content update was released on January 21, 2015. This was the The Musk Who Fell to Earth Promotional.
Level 49 update released new characters (Michael D’Amico and Don Vittorio) and new buildings (D’Amico Summer Home, Rancho Relaxo and Old Abandoned Warehouse).
The seventy-second content update was released on February 12, 2015. This was the Valentine's Day 2015 Event.
Superheroes Event 2015.
The seventy-fifth content update was released on March 16, 2015 and introduced the St. Patrick's Day 2015 Event.
The seventy-sixth content update was the Easter 2015 Event. It was released in April 1, 2015.
The seventy-eighth content update (fourteenth major event) was the Terwilligers 2015 Event. It was released in April 14, 2015.
The eightieth content update introduced Level 52 and was released on May 6, 2015. New characters: Lunchlady Dora, Coach Krupt. New buildings: Springfield Slaughterhouse, Springfield YMCA, Vesuvius Pizza. New "Special" decoration: Money Mountain.