I practically grew up watching the Simpsons. The Simpsons fully aired when I was 7 years old, in 1990, after being seen as shorts on the Tracey Ullman show. While many of the newer episodes have become just plain stupid, there are occasionally some good ones.
When The Simpsons: Tapped Out came out on iPhone and Android, I was excited to download it for free. I forgave the games’ slow load time and occassional Origin account mishaps. I’ve been playing it a while and can say that it’s the perfect game or my hectic schedule: spend a few minutes a day, wait 24 hours to collect goodies, then repeat.
Here are some unique and not-so-unique tips on how to get ahead in Simpsons: Tapped out. Some of them are shockers, and some of them are, like, “*facepalm* of course! How could I have missed that???”
1. Choosing tasks
Choose tasks where you know your own schedule. If you have a few minutes in the morning and a few in the evening, choose 8 or 12 hour ones. If you know that you won’t be around for the rest of the day, choose the 24 hour tasks. That way you can maximize the amount of cash you get per task.
2. Choose your buildings carefully
Stores such as the Kwik-E-Mart and others have the ability to earn you higher income but it comes at the cost of time. While you can trigger more tasks at once, they’ll most likely take longer. These are good ones to have as a steady stream of income. I typically trigger tasks when I can and definitely always have tasks running while I’m away from the game. That way I come back to a nice pile of cash the next time I play.
As for houses, aside from the houses you need to get based on tasks early on, the best advice I can give is: stock up like crazy on blue houses. Those collect in 8 hours and give you the best bang for your buck.
Either way you will need to stock up on both as each set of buildings affect your conformity score.
3. Consult the Conform-O-Meter and Optimize your Conformity Score.
That’s right: stock up on decorations, Hail Ants signs for obedience and more. Get Sideshow Bob each time he appears and visit your friends’ lands for Righteousness. Each star you earn is another percentage point added to your cash collection on buildings and more. If you earn 4.5 stars, you get 4.5% additional money and XP for each thing you do. It adds up.
I’m not going to lie, there aren’t a whole lot of ways to get Donuts and Premium Stuff. EA Games really puts a tight lock on this, such that you cannot do things like pushing your phone clock further in time to finish tasks sooner, hacking the game using a third-party Windows app requiring you to give up your phone number/credit card, etc.
4. Hidden items and bonuses
This is a rather easy one and doesn’t require any skill. Tap on Homer so his task list comes up next to him. Now tap on Homer 10 times quickly. Doing this will unlock 10 donuts and a Jebediah Statue. (source: http://bit.ly/1bFfahS)
5. Leveling Up
Leveling up to higher levels will eventually force EA to give you donuts, since there comes a point (level 35 or 36) where the game can no longer give you free goodies.
Also look for holiday promotions. X-mas/New years are prime times for EA to supply you with the occasional free donut.
6. Making/Visiting New Friends
Visiting new friends and doing 3/3 daily actions guarantees you some money as well as 25 XP per friend. If you have enough friends and time this can add up.
Not only that, but when it comes to holiday editions you can get lots of free valentines hearts, X-mas cards, etc. just by visiting your friends. And if they’re active you will be able to get these goodies in your land, too.
As for adding new friends, there are two ways to do so:
a. One way (the obvious one) is to invite your Facebook, iPhone/Android Contacts, and Origin contacts to play with you.
b. The other (not so obvious way) is to request invites through public forums and Facebook groups/pages. Do #2 last as EA/Origin limits you to 90 friends (that’s why I haven’t friended so many other requests, sorry).
The sources I personally used for friend requests (in the comments section) were:
In general, if you Google “simpsons tapped out add me” you will see a lot of resources. Focus on the ones where the posts are most recent.
7. Trees and Items
Items such as trees will earn you XP, which you’ll need in order to level up and unlock other items. While these items don’t earn you cash or donuts, it’s important not to forget about them. Certain characters, buildings, and other items can only be unlocked when you reach a certain level.
In order to level up, you’ve got to collect XP. Adding trees, landscaping, and other items are cheap ways of earning XP faster (source: http://bit.ly/1bFfahS).
I hope this helps anybody looking to get ahead in the game. Again, most of these items are common-sense, and some items (like how to add friends) are not so obvious. Feel free to offer feedback and share this post if you find it helpful!