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A few people have commented on the Open Air Stage glitch over the last week. The glitch affects the performances of Willie and Lisa, but can go on to have an impact on the performances of other characters:

From linzdrabble:
Noticed this glitch just now. Had sent Willie to play the bagpipes came back and the stage was flashing but he was standing in front bare chested. Clicked the stage and it’s still showing the task.

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And from Jason, who also identified the solution:
If Willie is in his Bare-Chested costume before you select him to perform on the Open Air Stage he will just stand in front of it and do nothing, nevertheless you will still get your $ and XP, but the next time change his costume back to default before selecting him to play in the open air stage.

It seems that for your Willie and Lisa to successfully carry out their Open Air Stage task in a glitch-free way, you need to make sure that they’re in their regular costumes when you send them to perform. So, if Lisa is in her Gymnastic Lisa costume or Willie is in his Bar-chested Willie costume, the performance is likely to glitch. That’s because their performances are tied to tasks that they only carry out when they’re in the regular clothes.

And while we’re talking about the Open Air Stage, here’s a comment and a request for help from CruisyBoy:
Is it just me or does anyone else find that rotating the Open Air Stage doesn’t achieve the desired effect? The reason I say this is because I can’t position the bench seats to face the stage to create an open amphitheatre type of environment. Any suggestions would be great.

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A little bit. This is the dialog from the beginning of the Yard Sale for those who tapped through it too quickly:

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Homer: Except for Apu and Manjula’s octuplets, who age for some reason. Didn’t they used to be younger than Maggie?
Lisa: So, this is our season finale – a fourth wall joke?! Aren’t there any characters or quests? (Note: see here for the Wikipedia article on the fourth wall)
Homer: Well, I guess you could make Lovejoy ride his train for the finale – that kind of fits. And for the episode before it, you could have Carl honor his Icelandic heritage… if you had Carl.
Lisa: I know! What if we sold a bunch of cool premium items from this season’s episodes?
Homer: Pfft. What kind of idiot would want to buy that junk?

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The Yard Sale is likely to run through until Monday at least, although it could be longer. I’ll be going into the files soonish to see if I can find out exactly when. Remember, too, that the period after a big event is usually time to take a breath for a week or two before the next big thing happens. So, now that Whacking Day is finally over, go and reintroduce yourself to your families.

I last posted this just before Whacking Day but it deserves a repost, particularly with all the new players joining the game with the Whacking Day update and the comments on the donuts in eggs post a few below…

As long-term players know, free donuts are hard to come by (and that’s why, new players, you should never spend your donuts on speeding up tasks!). You get 70+ throughout the game (depending on how many times you hit the bonus levels at the top end of the game), and a number of those are hidden in the trash – and that makes it a good enough reason to send Homer or Lisa to clean up your trash rather than piling it up in a corner somewhere. But just how many are there?

Nobody really seems to know for sure. I’ve been hunting for a definitive answer on this for a while now and, according to people who have acquired all the land, it seems that for most people the trash piles contain a grand total of 4 free donuts.

But comments posted on this blog say that for some lucky souls, 4 is really on the very low end of what’s possible. Take this comment from Renosis:

I would say I have gotten between 10 and 12 donuts from trash piles. I don’t have all the property bought yet either. I would say I have almost an 11×11 grid right now.

And here’s something just in from Rood:

I have been fortunate enough to receive close to 30 donuts or more while cleaning my Springfield but my wife hasn’t found a single one other than the one you get from the tutorial. Will she ever get them or what do you know about it?

So, exactly how many donuts are there hidden in the trash? Well, apparently, there’s a 2% chance of finding a donut in any given trashpile, which means that it’s just a matter of luck! And that means it’s worth keeping Homer and Lisa on regular cleanup duty.

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When we left Agnes and Seymour at the end of the first part of the walkthrough (here), Seymour has escaped to the school to spend 12 hours monitoring the halls for a bit of peace and quiet. With Comic Book Guy and Agnes free when he finishes, here’s what happens next:

1. The Odd-Looking Couple Skinner gets home and there’s a knock at the door:

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Skinner: Mother, it’s the Harold to your Maude. (Note: See this Wikipedia page for more on this reference.)
Agnes: Comic Book Guy! I can’t believe there’s enough room in this tiny town for your fat behind.
Comic Book Guy: Agnes, is that you skin, or did the Magna Carta loan you its dried up parchment?
Agnes: Don’t wait up for me, Seymour. And don’t come into my room in the morning without knocking first.
In a joint task, Agnes and Comic Book Guy go on a date for two hours.

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2. There are Winners and Skinners Part 3 Perhaps the date with Comic Book Guy has mellowed Agnes a bit…

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Skinner: I was planning to do one of the many exciting activities I often do, like bird watching or going to the Kwiki-E-Mart or stargazing, if that’s an option for me yet.
Agnes: I guess this new Springfield is just like the old one – full of you disappointing me.
Skinner: *sigh* Fine, Mother. I’ll stay.
Agnes: Pfft, Momma’s boy.
Definitely not mellowed, then. Agnes and Seymour stay in for silhouette night, which is probably 12 hours of torture for him. Keep Martin free to kick off the next stage of the quest – and you’ll need Lisa, Bart, Nelson, Ralph, Milhouse, and Mrs. Krabappel free as well.

3. Mad with Municipally Funded Power The action moves to Martin, who’s has a bit of a shock:

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Milhouse: I got one too.
Lisa: It looks like the whole school did.
Skinner: And with the whole school in detention, both Mrs. Krabappel and I will have to stay late to supervise you. Very late.
Edna: You monster! You can’t do this tonight!
Skinner: I’m not. I’m doing this for the next several nights.
And he’s serious. Martin, Lisa, Milhouse, Bart, Ralph, and Nelson all have to serve detention 3 times each at 6 hours a time. Mrs. Krabappel and Principal Skinner will need to host detention twice at 12 hours a piece. Keep Agnes free as he finishes.

The walkthrough continues…

The Open Air Stage is available as part of the level 29 update and is now officially one of my favorite buildings!

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It works just like Channel 6 and Cletus’ Farm – you spend money to make money. But what makes it better than either of these two buildings is that it also gives some of your characters something extra to do.

To unlock a performance, a required character just needs to be free and in his/her regular costume. How much you need to invest depends on both the length of the task and the number of characters involved. Your return depends on the number of characters involved and whether the task is performed in whole or part by a premium character. Here’s a handy chart:

Task Time Character(s) Investment Reward
Lisa’s Sax Solo 60 minutes Lisa $25 $145/30XP
Krusty Standup 2 hours Krusty $40 $240/45XP
The Be Sharps 3 hours Homer / Skinner / Apu / Barney $175 $1055/245XP
Willie on the Pipes 4 hours Willie $60 $350/80XP
The Skinner Sisters 10 hours Principal Skinner / Agnes Skinner $230 $1385/300XP
Sideshow Opera 16 hours Sideshow Mel $165 $990/220XP
Man Being Hit By Football: The Musical 24 hours Moleman $220 $1320/250XP

Lisa’s, Willie’s and Moleman’s performances are pretty much what you see in their regular tasks. But, here are the others (you’ll have to forgive my undecorated park – that will come soon). First, Krusty and his standup:

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Here’s Sideshow Mel:

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And here are the Skinner Sisters:

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And, finally, the Be Sharps:

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So, the bottom line on the Open Air Stage is this: it’s well worth the donuts for those who are at level 29; it’s an especially good purchase for those who have Barney, Moleman, and Sideshow Mel as well; and if you’re at a lower level, you may want to hold off for a while until you can really make use of it.

And if you’re easily tempted into additional premium spending, consider this one carefully – it could well be a “gateway” building to more premium expenditure!

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post highlighting that certain decorations give your characters additional tasks. The limited time Limo available as part of the Respectable Moe episode promotion is a good reason to update it and try to produce a definitive version.

Decorations not only make your town look nice. Like Moe’s Limo, they sometimes give your characters extra tasks to do, as well. So, what are those value-adding decorations, and which of your characters get those extra tasks?

Regular Decorations:

Decoration Character Task Length
Kiddie Pool Homer Lounge in the pool 6 hours
Tree Skinner Go Bird-watching 24 hours
Tree Lisa Read a book 45 seconds
Shrub Moe Spy on Midge 12 hours
Snapdragons Martin Smell the roses 10 minutes
Bench Grampa Simpson Take a nap / Feed the birds 6 hours / 8 hours
Dumpster Cletus Dig through garbage 12 hours
Gazebo Lisa, Martin, Principal Skinner, Comic Book Guy, Sideshow Mel, Professor Frink Attend a Mensa meeting 3 hours
Lawn Chair Kent Brockman Relax 1 hour
Water Shauna (no longer available) Tease the ducks 8 hours
Water Legs and Louie Interrogate a squealer 1 hour

Premium Decorations:

Decoration Character Task Length
Limo (limited-time) Moe Fun in the Limo 1 hour
Hot Tub Fat Tony Relax in the Hot Tub 10 hours
Piece of Crap Car Nelson Shoot B-B gun 30 minutes
Cannon Sideshow Mel Shoot from a cannon 30 minutes

It’s also worth mentioning that the Channel 6 News Van and the Worldwide Satellite Dish give extra tasks for Channel 6.

If there’s anything I missed, let me know.

Update: I haven’t included Gymnastic Lisa’s Balance Beam or Ninja Homer’s Practice Snake as they come as part of a set with the character (although buying more Practice Snakes gices Ninja Homer even more snakes to acrobatically whack).

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As part of the Whacking Day event, Lisa, Willie and Homer all have side-quests that take them away from their snake-generating tasks. Many readers are asking whether it’s worth doing these and whether they’ll still be there once Whacking Day is over.

Honestly, that’s hard to say. In the past, event quests have disappeared once the event is finished. The only exception is for Barney – a Christmas character that became a premium character. His quest was still available once the Christmas event was done, but possibly only because he stayed around. In recent times, the Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day quests have all come to a halt at the end of the event, even if you have all the necessary buildings and participants.

At the moment, there’s no way of telling what will happen at the end of the Whacking Day event. Certainly, you’ll still have all Gymnastic Lisa and Bare-chested Willie’s tasks to play, but whether or not you’ll still be able to carry out their quests is another question altogether. Given the Whacking Day references for these two in particular, it seems unlikely. It really may depend on whether they’re still available for donuts at the end of the event, and that’s just not clear at this stage.

My advice, though: if you’re only just on or behind the snake collecting target, keep them in snake-earning tasks for now – it won’t affect the progress of your game. Only send them off to their side-quests once you’re closer to your target prize level.

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About 10 days ago, I posted on how you can be a good neighbor during Whacking Day. Here’s an update that includes the advice from readers that came through in the comments:

1. As far as possible, visit your neighbors regularly. While once a day isn’t always possible for busy people, try to cover everyone as regularly as you can.

2. Plan to visit when the town is ready for its 3 daily actions – that way you can help your friend as well as help yourself).

3. Don’t just go into whack snakes and leave. Remember to tap on buildings, leave graffiti, or clean up any graffiti you see. All of these help your friend in some way (although many people hate the graffiti). Give as well as take!

4. If you’re tapping on buildings, tap on the most expensive ones you can see (those highest on the build list). It helps them regenerate faster in your friend’s town.

5. If you see any Snake Stumps, Rocks or Logs, tap on those – it helps them regenerate faster in your friend’s town, and that will help your friend’s whackable snake count.

6. If you’re whacking snakes in someone’s town, consider leaving them, at the very least, the eggs that come from those snakes.

7. Send Lisa to the Other Springfield to release snakes rather than a friend’s town to avoid reducing the number of snakes any of your friends have – after all, it’s so time-consuming to collect them that it’s really disheartening to see those numbers go down.

8. Use Lisa’s task to see which of your friends really need your help – monitor the numbers and see who is struggling and who is on or above the daily targets. Make big egg drops for those who are playing but struggling (if they have won Fort Sensible and Gymnastic Lisa, they probably fall into this category).

9. If you see a friend has all the prizes, don’t bother leaving eggs. They don’t need them, so give them to someone who does.

10. Try not to hide eggs unless you’re sure your neighbor also enjoys combining Whacking Day with an egg hunt! Place the eggs in the open and avoid putting them behind buildings or decorations.

11. If you have made an egg buddy agreement, keep to it. Be honorable about any arrangements you make.

12. If you have a heavily decorated town or a housefarm, clean it up a little (at least temporarily) to make it easier for your friends to find the snakes they’re trying to whack. Those snakes can be really hard to find in crowded towns once they spread out.

13. Make your town look like you’re playing the Whacking Day event – put up a banner or two and consider buying a stall so people know that you’re open for egg drops!

14. Keep your non-Whacking Day characters on indoor tasks as much as possible to de-clutter your town (that said, I find this one very difficult to do as I set tasks to the time I’ll be away from the game and some of those are inevitably outdoors!).

Is there anything else that you think needs adding? Let us know.

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After criticism that the Valentine’s event was too easy, EA and the studio seem to have gone completely the other way and given us an event that sometimes feels more like work than work does!

A number of readers have been giving some great advice on how to make those targets (and you really should read all of Robert’s comments!). Here’s some advice from L.A on how you can get to the top prize levels:

For people who are struggling, I have a few tips to give WITHOUT USING ANY DONUTS WHATSOEVER:

1. Add a lot of people and visit them at an organized schedule everyday

If you have more friends, then that obviously means you have more snakes to whack. A good tip for whacking your friends’ snakes is that you should set a time of day to visit your friends’ towns and whack snakes, tap buildings, leave eggs, etc. What I mean by this is that you will use your time better if let’s say you have 88 friends, you visit 22 of them at 11:00 in the morning, you visit the next 22 at 3:00 in the afternoon, the next 22 at 6:00 in the evening and the last 22 at 9:00 at night. This way, you won’t have to get on the game all the time and watch if a friend or 2 is going to time up their 24 hour clocks so you can visit them and whack snakes.

2. Have an egg buddy

I have many egg buddies, friends in real life that I divide most of my eggs to everyday, and vice versa. I give 85% of my eggs I gain everyday to each of them equally, and they follow the same ratio. The rest of the 15% I give to the rest of my game friends, following the formula of 1 egg + any eggs I gain whacking snakes at their place. Also, if a friend has more than 15 unopened eggs at their Springfield or if they already obtained all 10 prizes (excluding whack boxes) through the lazy usage of donuts, I skip on placing eggs in their towns.

3. Make an account so that can be your personal egg farmer (very cheap way that I’ve devised!)

The day the Whacking Day event started and I had Homer and Lisa do their 24 hour tasks, I created a separate account that was to be my egg farmer. On that account, I harvest around 100 eggs per day that I give to my main account. (Note: You can do this on the same device, but you need to set it up with a completely different email address and ID.)

4. Hold off any quests and tasks that don’t have to do with Whacking Day.

Homer, Lisa, Flanders, Milhouse, Cletus, Apu and Willie all have their own respective tasks that gain you snakes. Have them do those tasks back-to-back-to-back until the event is over.

Using these tips I have provided, I guarantee that you will obtain at least the 10 main prizes of the event. Good luck everyone and last but not least, enjoy Whacking Day (or specificaly, month)!!!

-L.A.

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As I mentioned here, the Gymnastic Lisa quest comes in two varieties – a short version and a longer version involving Lugash. Now, you don’t need to have Lugash to complete the quest – if you haven’t bought him yet, the quest finishes with Lisa’s dream of getting an “A” in gym class coming true. In the Lugash version, however, something a little different happens after her dream and there are a few extra steps she needs to go through before she gets that top grade.

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Lugash: To be great takes total dedication. All time invested in training. Until when mind think of losing, it also think “I AM DYING! THIS IS DEATH!”
Homer: If you’re promising to take up all of my daughter’s time with grueling psychological torments, then I think we have a deal.

Here, then, is a walkthrough of the additional parts that Lugash brings to Lisa’s quest:

1. Little Girl in the Big Ten Part 5 Lisa wants to talk to Lugash, but he cuts her off mid-sentence:

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Lisa: I just wanted you to sign my petition against Whacking Day.
Lugash: Petition cannot stop Whacking Day – only gymnastics can stop it. By celebrating it! By doing gymnastics!
Taking his advice, Lisa goes to spend the next four hours training at Lugash’s Gym while Lugash trains children.

2. Little Girl in the Big Ten Part 6 Lisa doesn’t find training with Lugash a totally positive learning environment:

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Homer: Sorry, we already paid for the lessons.
Lisa: But I saw a girl set her own broken leg in the middle of a somersault.
Homer: Wow. Next time that happens, film it and put it on YouTube. I’m tired of watching videos of cats.
So Lisa goes back again to spend another four hours in training and Lugash spends another four hours training children.

3. Little Girl in the Big Ten Part 7 Surprisingly, Lugash is impressed:

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Lisa: Thanks Lugash. I still hate this, but thanks. So you think I can get an A in gym class?
Lugash: If gym class is balance beam, yes. God gave you greatest gift. Big head. Like beach ball made of bone. Give you perfect balance. Go home now. Rest your giant head. You will now pass gym examinations. I am certain of this. I am Lugash!
Lisa is so happy, she spends an hour doing cartwheels.

And it seems to have all worked:

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Homer: Woohoo! Wait, I mean D’oh! Now what will distract you from getting all moral and judgement-y about Whacking Day? There must be more quests to keep you busy.It’s not like we constantly have nothing to do as we wait for another set of tasks to fill up our time.

So, Lugash adds an other layer to the Little Girl in the Big Ten storyline, which may make it worth you spending your donuts on him. It’s worth remembering, though, that if you want to keep Lisa in snake-earning tasks, you should be able to save this quest until later on in the Whacking Day event, although whether or not it will be available after Whacking Day is another question altogether.

As you gain the buildings and characters that come as prizes, there are also quests that come with them. Some of them are short and some are long and most of them don’t give you opportunities to earn extra snakes. The Gymnastic Lisa quest is one of those.

The Gymnastic Lisa quest comes in two versions – a short version and a long version. You’ll only get the long version if you’ve bought Lugash, though, and not having him won’t affect your ability to complete the quest in any way – he just makes it a little more fun.

In this post, I’ll walk you through the short version which involves Homer and Lisa, although only Lisa needs to be free.

1. Little Girl in the Big Ten Part 1 Whack 1000 snakes and win Gymnastic Lisa and the Balance Beam.

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2. Little Girl in the Big Ten Part 2 Lisa is pretty happy about the new outfit and the Balance Beam, but Homer had an ulterior motive in getting it for her:

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Place the Balance Beam anyhere you like.

3. Little Girl in the Big Ten Part 3 Lisa doesn’t really care – the Balance Beam will help her pull up her grades in gym class and that will mean perfect grades. With that thought as inspiration, she spends a good 12 hours walking the Beam.

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4. Little Girl in the Big Ten Part 4 Homer’s impressed, but Lisa thinks that his genes are stopping her from doing as well as she needs to. And that means the only way she’ll pass gym glass is to dream that she will. So, off she goes to spend 24 hours dreaming of success.

In the short version of the quest, this is enough for her to get the grade she wants. But in the long version, she needs the help of Lugash – and I’ll post on that tomorrow.

Note: If you prefer to keep Lisa releasing snakes from the Other Springfield, it’s quite okay to save this quest until later.

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With level 28 here and new quests and tasks already begun – as well as those still to come for the Whacking Day event – this is a walkthrough I need to finish (and you can read the earlier parts on the Whacking Day page, here). It looks like, unless there’s something coming later, there are only two more parts though. For this part, you need Lisa, Principal Skinner. and Willie.

When we left off in the last part, Skinner had gone into hiding from Lisa for the second time. Keep Lisa free as he comes out of hiding again.

1. Whacking Day Part 12 Lisa realizes that Principal Skinner is avoiding her and comes to a decision:

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Off she goes again to spend 5 hours releasing snakes from another town – and remember to send her to Other Springfield to do this (it’s all about karma after all!). Keep Principal Skinner and Willie free as she finishes.

2. Whacking Day Part 13 Skinner catches Willie doing something he really shouldn’t be doing in the vicinity of a school:

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Willie: Snake venom. It makes you strong, according to the ancient Scots.
Skinner: I wonder why you never hear people talking about “the wisdom of the ancient Scot?”
Willie: Probably because they were idiots who were wrong about everything. Now shut up and let me inject myself.
Once you’ve built Willie’s shack in the regular quests, you can then send Willie to inject himself with snake venom for the next 12 hours.

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That seems to be the end of the Whacking Day quest – but if anything else comes along, I’ll let you know.

A few people have asked this question, and the point is a very, very simple one – it’s all about variety and a bit of fun! The prizes add to that fun by giving you Gymnastics Lisa as the third prize and Bare-Chested Willie as the eighth prize.

In those long gaps between levels and events where nothing much new happens in the game, it’s nice to be able to send characters off on different tasks of the same length rather than sending them on the same ones over and over again. Even after Whacking Day is over, you’ll still be able to make Lisa walk the Balance Beam or Willie wrestle snakes and bring a little bit of variety to their otherwise fairly monotonous routines. They’re not premium costumes because they didn’t cost you donuts – but they do give your characters something a little different to do even after Whacking Day is over.

And as a side note, while Lisa’s costume doesn’t earn you snakes, Willie’s does!

P.S.: Just in case you missed it, there may be one more costume appearing soon – a new suit for Moe for promote the episode Whiskey Business, currently scheduled to air on May 5!

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As the post below says, you need 3017 snakes in your inventory by the end of Thursday in the US to be on target to get all 10 prizes. While it does get easier (particularly when you win the Snake Rocks), a number of people are worried whether they’re every going to make it without staying home from work or school until May 9.

Robert has made a brilliant suggestion that I can take absolutely no credit for that involves all of us helping each other to get there. Not only is it so simple, it makes use of the information you get in Lisa’s “Release snakes” task to actually help your friends (particularly the ones you’ve made through here) rather than hurt them!

Here’s what Robert says:

I think we may be missing the point of her releasing egg tasks: KARMA (remember you just got a Buddist Temple). It shows you which of your friends are really struggling be it a glitch of lost eggs whatever. Go through your list and find those who need enough donuts to get a whacking permit or need some more to get the rock. Help them and you help yourself.

So, Lisa’s task lets you see how many snakes your friends have in their inventories. Next time you send her on this task, take a look at the numbers for each town. Jot down the IDs of any of your friends that seem to be playing but also seem to be struggling with hitting snake targets. Then send Lisa to Other Springfield to carry out her task – DO NOT send her to a friend’s town!

When you come to visit your friends, make sure you visit the people who are having trouble hitting their targets and make a generous egg drop. It’s not an egg buddy thing, or anything that you would necessarily expect that friend to return – it’s just something to help out a friend and maybe they’ll pay it forward (if your friend also reads this blog, there’s a good chance they will). And if we’re all doing this, then maybe all the readers of this blog will reach those snake targets and win every prize.

Thanks Robert for suggesting this and coming up with a way to use Lisa’s task positively.

Note: While some people are reporting “Other Springfield” as Lisa’s only option, most people can still see all their friends.

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This is the third part of the Whacking Day quest waklkthrough – you can find the first two parts on the Whacking Day page here.

This stage of the quest involves Ned, Lisa and Principal Skinner (although he’s misspelt as Principle Skinner). In this stage, each character needs to be free for his or her task to come up – and you finally find out what Skinner’s 24-hour “Hide From Lisa” task is all about!

Just one point to note before getting on with the walkthrough – there are three 24-hour tasks coming up. While you may want to use your donuts to speed them up get through them and see what’s coming, be like Ned and resist the temptation. There are far better uses for those precious donuts.

1. Whacking Day Part 9 Ned steps up to protect Milhouse who, when we left him, had just finished getting bullied by snakes:

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And that begins another 24 hours that Ned will spend sending the snakes back to Hell. Keep Lisa free when he finishes.

2. Whacking Day Part 10 Despite being academically gifted, Lisa has a little spelling issue. This may simply be due to her assuming that Principal Skinner is on the same wavelength as her regarding Whacking Day. His principles differ slightly, though:

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Principal Skinner: Certainly Lisa. My door is always open. How about…
Lisa: We need to STOP this dreadful snake massacre immediately. It’s cruel.
Principal Skinner: …next Wednesday at 11:30pm?
Lisa: But that’s way past my bedtime!
Principal Skinner: Sorry Lisa, gotta run.
If you’ve just started playing the game, you’ll need to get to level 10 in the regular game and build Springfield Elementary before you can continue the quest. If you already have Principal Skinner, you’ll need to send him to hide from Lisa for the next 24 hours. Keep Lisa free as comes out of hiding.

3. Whacking Day Part 11 Lisa is convinced that Skinner is trying to avoid her. Skinner denies it, of course:

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And back he goes into hiding for another 24 hours.

The walkthrough will continue with Lisa and Willie…

Where we left of in the first part of the walkthrough, Apu was just recovering from what was probably the most ill-judged in-store promotion in the entire history of in-store promotions (you can read about that here). When he finishes cleaning up, though, the quest continues.

Just a reminder: this quest doesn’t seem to work like the others we’re used to. Except at a couple of points, the characters don’t need to be free for the next stage of the quest to appear. In fact, for each of the parts below, the dialog boxes will come up without a character walking around with an exclamation mark over his or her head to tell you that he or she has something to say. The quest then sits in your task book ready to begin when the character is free.

Homer needs to be free, though, to begin the next stage of the quest and it’s also a good idea to try and keep Lisa free at each key point. Quest progression is a little glitchy at the moment, so the ease with which all this has happened for me may not be your experience:

1. Whacking Day Part 5 Homer wants Ned to get involved in all the Whacking Day fun:

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Ned: Oh I couldn’t. Killing defenseless animals is wrong.
Homer: Just pretend you’re Ehud, and the snakes are Eglon, king of Moab.
Ned: I don’t know where you got such an obscure Biblical reference, but it works for me.
And Ned goes off to spend 24 hours sending the snakes back to Hell.
2. Whacking Day Part 6 Cletus is the next to get involved:

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Homer: If you need a weapon, what about that shotgun in your back pocket?
Cletus: Doesn’t seem very sporting…
Homer: Oh, Cletus. Whacking Day is just like any other beloved tradition: the point is to murder as many snakes as possible. By any means necessary.
Cletus: Well said, fat man.
So, Cletus takes Homer’s advice and spends the next 12 hours shooting snakes.
3. Whacking Day Part 7 Lisa isn’t taking any of this well:

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Homer: They also committed the crime of being slimy. And the crime of scaring Indiana Jones.
Lisa: Those aren’t crimes!
Thoroughly appalled, Lisa goes off to spend the next 5 hours releasing snakes from another town. And if you really want to be a good neighbor, send her to Other Springfield for this, rather than reducing the hard-won snake count of any of your friends.
4. Whacking Day Part 8 It’s Milhouse’s turn next, and despite being bigger and stronger than the snakes, he spends 12 hours getting bullied by them (Note: If you’ve just started the game, though, you’ll need to reach level 8 and build the van Houten House in the regular quests before you can get Milhouse to carry out this particular task).

Ned will need to be free for Part 9 of the quest to appear, and you can read about this when the walkthrough continues…

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The Whacking Day quest is quite long and should keep you going for several days. It seems to operate differently from the quests that we’re used to in that, except where indicated, the characters don’t need to be free for you to get the next stage of the quest. if they’re not free, the quest seems to come up, but they start just as soon as they’re ready. That means you don’t need to use donuts to speed anything up (and, honestly, you should never hit that donut button to skip or get through a quest anyway – it really is a waste of donuts).

For people just joining the game, none of the great Whacking Day stuff appears until you complete Whacking Day Part 1. When Homer and Lisa are done, the world of Whacking Day is miraculously revealed, and you’ll be able to whack away to your heart’s content. Until then, though, you’ll just have to do what the game tells you to do and wait patiently for the 24 hours it takes Whacking Day Part 1 to complete.

So, on with the walkthrough – it’s going to take several posts:

1. Whacking Day Part 1 Homer notices that something’s up with Lisa:

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Lisa: It’s Whacking Day.
Homer: Woohoooo! the greatest day of the year!
Lisa: but Dad, killing snakes is eveil.
Homer: You know what snakes are, rght? Slimy, slithery guys? Always up to no good? Deserve a good solid whacking?
Lisa: Just try to whack quietly, please, so I can get some work done.
So, for the next 24 hours, Lisa does next week’s homework while Homer runs around Springfield on a snake hunt. As soon as they finish, you’ll see the Whacking Guide, letting you know that Whacking Day has begun!

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2. Whacking Day Part 2 With Whacking Day in full swing, the next part of the quest is easy. 50 snakes are slithering around your Springfield. You just have to whack and collect them all following a conversation between Ned and Homer.
3. Whacking Day Part 3 Apu is never one to miss out on a chance for some extra cashflow. The Kwik-E-Mart is now the official Whacking Day headquarters, and he has an idea for a promotion:

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Apu runs the Whacking Day promotion for the next 24 hours. It doesn’t end well, though.

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4. Whacking Day Part 4 Realizing he should have put more thought into his promotion, Apu now has to do an 8-hour shift to clean everything up.

The walkthrough will continue…

For people losing snakes, here’s some advice:

1. Visiting Friends
On some of your friend visits, you hear a hissing sound. And on some visits you hear an extra “hiss” – the same hiss you hear when snakes are spawning in your own town. But in a friend’s town, it means that snakes are released from your inventory – and that all the snakes you see in your friend’s towns are all yours. If you have a Whacking License, you’re able to tap on them – and that’s in addition to the snakes you’re able to tap with your license. Although you may get some eggs back, you’ll get most of your snakes as well as the 5 or 10 you’re allowed to tap. Also, tap on them all in one visit and don’t go back in again, because if you lost them once in that town, you’re almost guaranteed to lose them again.

This really means, if you don’t have a Whacking License yet, it’s better to hold off on visiting friends until you do.

2. Lisa’s Task
For Lisa’s “Release Snakes from Another Town” task, if a friend chooses your town it removes snakes from your inventory (it seems to be 5 rather than 3). BUT although you lose 5 snakes, there are also 5 new snakes are available to be tapped in your town. Again, although you may get some eggs back, you can still re-tap these snakes and put them back in your inventory.

That also means that if you really want to be a good neighbor, send Lisa to the Other Springfield to release the snakes!

Thanks to kD1909 for this.

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That’s the big question of the day – and I think that it is feasible to geo all the way without spending donuts, but with a caveat.

The question comes about because you need to have collected 12,500 snakes to get to the 10th prize level:

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New snakes spawn in your town every 8 minutes or so, until you reach your maximum snake capacity of 50. So, approximately every 6 hours, you have at least 50 new snakes to whack. For people who check into their games only twice a day, that’s 100 new snakes to whack (although some of them will turn into eggs).

You can also keep 6 of your characters regularly engaged on Whacking Day Tasks. Making some allowance for lost time and other quests, let’s assume that you can keep Homer, Lisa, Apu, Ned, Cletus and Willie earning 10 snakes for you each day for 20 days – that’s at least 1,200 snakes earned through character tasks throughout the event. The important point with character tasks is that they only earn you snakes – you won’t get eggs.

Once you have a Whacking License, you can also visit friends and whack 5 snakes in their towns (although only if the town is ready for a visit if you want to avoid a penalty for whacking outside the season). If you only visit half your friends (50), that’s still 250 snakes to whack each day (of course, some of these will be eggs as well).

That totals up to 11,000 total snakes to whack throughout the event for moderate but daily players. The numbers change, though, if you check into the game 3 times a day for 28 days, and visit all your friends every day – that’s 20,000 snakes. Allowing for a percentage of these to be snake eggs, that’s probably enough for you to hit your targets without buying premium items. And all of this is assuming that your friends completely fail to leave you any eggs.

So, it’s feasible, but it will certainly take a lot of regular play to get to the top end of the prizes without resorting to buying premium items.

P.S.: I welcome any corrections to any of these calculations – I’m a words person rather than a numbers person! 🙂

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Many players who moved quickly into the Whacking Day event had a shock yesterday when they noticed that their total whacked snake count dropped throughout the day. There are a couple of reasons for this, but the most significant reason is Lisa’s Whacking Day task. It turns out there’s a less friendly side to the Whacking Day event (and before you go deleting friends, please read all the way to the end – because there’s a really good reason why you shouldn’t!).

Lisa’s Whacking Day task to “Release Snakes from Another Town” runs for 5 hours and earns you 3 snakes and 50XP. When you tap to start the task, this is what you see:

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The screen gives you a choice of towns to send her too – and the choice comes from those of your friends who have got through Whacking Day Part 1 and started to whack snakes. And the important thing is to look at the numbers below each town. As the maximum number of snakes that can be randomly slithering around someone’s town is 50, this has to refer to the number of snakes that your game has registered your friend as having whacked. Now, these are not necessarily the actual numbers your friend currently has as everything to do with the social part of the game can take from 1-3 days to update – but for the purpose of this part of the game, it’s seen as close enough.

The town you send Lisa to will lose snakes if you send Lisa there – the 3 snakes that are added to your own total actually come from that other town. Lisa, essentially, steals someone else’s whacked snakes and gives them to you. Again, due to server delays, you may not see the impact immediately – and, indeed, all those visits may even come through at once and register as a dramatic drop in you snake count.

So why were so many players affected so dramatically? Because not all of your friends had started to whack snakes yet. In fact, 24 hours ago, I had a choice to send Lisa to the Other Springfield or the towns of only 2 other friends – as of 30 minutes ago I have a lot more choices (and it may be why the friends list is random, rather than alphabetical – to avoid players at the start of the alphabet from losing lots of snakes just because their name is on the first page of your friends’ town display!). As more players join the event, then, it’s likely that you won’t feel quite so victimized. It also means that one way to be a good neighbor during Whacking Day is to send Lisa to the Other Springfield if you choose to send her on this task (which always seems to keep its 20 snakes).

So why not just delete friends and avoid the social game altogether? That’s because when you get to 400 whacked snakes, you get a license to whack snakes in friends’ towns – and using the license doesn’t appear to have any impact on your friends’ available or whacked snakes. More on that soon – but it’s this that will really help you meet the prize targets.

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