So, who exactly is Shauna? She came with the Valentine’s Day update as Bart’s love interest, but she’s certainly not one of the front line cast of characters. If anything, though, adding her to the game shows just how rich and deep the choice is and gives you some idea of the range of characters we can expect to see added to the game in the future.

Shauna is Jimbo’s ex-girlfriend and is a bit of a bully (in one show, Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney had to impress her by throwing a duck’s baby into the air). The love storyline in the game, though, is inspired by the episode “Beware My Cheating Bart”, where Jimbo orders Bart to keep an eye on her while he and his friends do things that don’t interest her. Bart stands up for her, she falls for him, and they briefly date. They break up after a confrontation with Jimbo, and Lisa helps Shauna realize that she is better off without either Jimbo or Bart.

So that’s her back story. Why should you spend your 90 donuts on her? Here are 5 good reasons:

1. She adds to or completes a very small set of Toughies (with Kearney and Nelson Muntz) and if you’re a bit of a completist, that’s probably reason enough.

2. She’s only available for a limited time and it may well be that, like Mr Plow and Kang, she’s gone once the event is over.

3. She’s a premium character so her jobs earn 50% more money and XP (but that’s true for every premium character).

4. She has a good storyline that gives Bart a few new (but temporary) things to do (and I’ll post this tomorrow).

5. She teases ducks, which means you get to have ducks in your town as well as the birds Grandpa Simpson feeds.

And here, to be fair, are 3 reasons why you may want to let Bart “fly solo” this Valentine’s Day:

1. She is another “no-voice” character.

2. She doesn’t come with a house or a cool building.

3. She has no 1-hour or 4-hour tasks

4. If you don’t have either Bart or Milhouse yet, you won’t be able to get very far with her quest

5. She introduces “inappropriate love” as another use for the Brown House. You may prefer not to explain this to the kids! (Although, for some, that might be reason enough to get her!)

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