Some time ago, I wrote about the Conform-o-meter and how it works (you can read the posts here and here if you missed them). It’s an important part of the game because getting it to the maximum 5 stars will boost the cash and XP you collect from everything in the game by 5%. And this week, I dug deep into the files to look for a definitive answer on which building contributes to which rating:

  • Part 1 from the beginning of the game up to Moe’s Tavern is here
  • Part 2, from Jakes Unisex Hair Palace up to the Skinner House is here
  • A post on the premium buildings is here
  • A post on the limited-time buildings here (Duff Stadium, the Springfield Coliseum, and the Sleep-Eazy Motel can be found here as they were all limited-time at the time – however, their contribution status did not change with the Yard Sale update!)
  • A post on the points needed in each category at each level is here

You can open up your Conform-o-meter and check where you currently are with your Consumerism rating by tapping on the stars at the bottom left of your main screen.

You keep your Consumerism rating high, and help to maximize your conformity bonus, by having enough shops for your town (or, as the game says, by buying stores for suckers to drop dough). And every shop, whether it’s regular, premium or limited-time, contributes 10 points towards the rating. So what can you build that will help you boost your Consumerism rating? Here’s a list:

Regular Shops:
– Kwik-E-Mart (and the Kwik-E-Mart Franchises)
– Android’s Dungeon
– King Toot’s

Premium Shops:
– Try ‘n’ Save
– Sprawl-Mart

Limited-time Shops:
– House of Evil (Halloween event – no longer available)
– Mapple Store (Christmas/winter event – no longer available)
– Howard’s Flowers (Valentine’s event – no longer available)
– Sir Putt-a-lot’s (Valentine’s event – no longer available)

I was a little surprised in putting together the list – Springfield doesn’t have as many stores as I’d thought it did! And that means that players who missed out on the limited-time buildings or who don’t want to buy premium buildings may have to buy a second or third Kwik-E-Mart to take their rating to its maximum.

But just how many shops do you need to get that 5-star rating at each level? Fortunately, the answer is “not many”, although the release of level 29 raised the bar a bit. Here’s the breakdown:

Level Points Shops Notes
1-6 12 2 You’ll need 1 premium shop to maximize your rating
7-11 36 4 Even with both premium shops, a 5-star rating isn’t possible
12 48 5 You can add one or more Kwik-E-Mart Franchises at this level
13-16 60 6 Even with the premium buildings, you need 3 Kwik-E-Mart franchises
17-28 72 8 If you don’t have most of the limited-time shops, you’ll need at least 1 Kwik-E-Mart Franchise
29 96 10 Even with all the premium and limited-time shops, you’ll need 1 Kwik-E-Mart franchise