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I just came across something interesting in the files – a correction to the Sideshow Bob script that explains why we are seeing him so much more often in our own towns and in other people’s.

It seems that the chance of seeing Sideshow Bob on any given land visit (including visits to your friends’ town) is now 10%. Just beneath this in the game scripts is a note that the chance of seeing him was previously only 1%. Also of interest is that the Sideshow Bob you’re tapping on in a friend’s town is yours – not your friend’s. There’s something in the scripts that allows him to “spawn” in their towns when you visit them as well as appear in yours.

So, if you’ve been seeing Sideshow Bob more often in the game these days, that’s because the chance of seeing him after his initial visit is now much higher than it has been at any time prior to the Whacking Day update.

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Sideshow Bob has been making more regular reappearances in a number of people’s games since the update – it used to be that you saw him once at around level 6, and then never again. But now, in an enhancement unrelated to the Whacking day storyline, he seems to keep on escaping. And, what’s more, he can reappear in your game at any time – even when you’re not actually playing it!

If you do see him, whack him and get a cash and XP reward. And if you see him in a friend’s town, you should probably do the same. Sideshow Bob has an impact on your righteousness rating (this is most definitely in the files) and is a criminal you need to keep off the streets, so you’re doing yourself and your friend a favor by capturing him. Sure, your friend won’t get the reward if you capture him in their town – but they won’t get a hit to their righteousness rating either.

At this stage, it’s difficult to say whether he’ll ever be a permanent character – I think it would be great and there’s certainly scope for an entertaining quest involving Sideshow Bob and Bart. In the meantime, though, don’t let him get away.

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As many of you have noticed, Sideshow Bob is making a reappearance in the games of players at all levels. He returned, finally, to my game today after not having shown his face since level 6:

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My theory on this is that it’s for the benefit of the Android players just joining Origin. That’s because if you don’t tap on him and collect the reward it will have an impact on your Righteousness rating – and the Righteousness rating is something Android players are having to manage for the first time. However, a scan of the files also suggests that we may be seeing more of him in the future, although it seems not as a permanent character.

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