Fat Tony was launched into the game for a brief period in November 2012 to promote the episode Penny Wiseguys. He was only available for a week or two through an in-game update – so if you missed him then, you won’t be able to add him to your game. And, unfortunately, being at level 25 doesn’t help.

During the first half of the current season of The Simpsons, these promotional additions to the game happened a few times. The Duff racer, a free limited time decoration, was added to promote the first episode of the new season. In late November, the Cool Brown House and the Cool Homer costume suddenly appeared as free gifts to promote the episode The Day the Earth Stood Cool. And, of course, there was Fat Tony.

None of these buildings, characters, or decorations are available anymore – even for donuts. Each one appeared in the game for only a week to ten days, essentially as a reward for frequent players – which means that it’s always a good idea to check into your game regularly as it now has a track record of occasionally offering free-but-limited-time updates to promote upcoming new episodes.

So, keep an eye on the Simpsons Wikipedia page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Simpsons_(season_24) and make sure you check into your game a couple of days before each new episode is scheduled to air in the US – just in case.