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As longer-term players know, Gil Gunderson, Springfield’s hapless salesman, occasionally appears to offer an unbeatable deal on promotional items. He’s appeared 4 times so, but we haven’t seen him since February (and, for newer players, here’s his deal history.) For months, we’ve all been expecting him to appear again, but he’s resolutely stayed away from New Springfield. If he does appear, though, what might he have up his rather capacious sleeves?

There are 7 deals in the files that we haven’t seen yet. Five of them are for donuts:

The Observatory plus the Tire Firefor 75 donuts
The Aztec Theater, a Homer Buddha, and Lard Lad for 150 donuts
A Broadcast Dish and a Burning Bush for 30 donuts
Otto’s Bus and $5000 for 75 donuts
A News Van and a Mystery Box for 30 donuts

There are also 2 that are a bit odd in that they have cash prices attached to them rather than donut prices:

Squeaky Voice Teen and a Mystery Box for $4.99
The Duff Brewery and the Springfield Sign for $29.99

So, when will he next appear to offer any of these? Honestly, there’s no indication yet of when that might be. The Observatory and Tire Yard is the next deal on the list after the ones that have already appeared, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the next one we’ll see. But I hope he’ll be back soon – and that EA are busily preparing some slightly less resistable deals that include some of the more recent premium items.

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I have a soft spot for limited-time premium premium characters that come with buildings, even when they happen to be quite expensive, as Lugash and his Gym is at 175 donuts. Is he worth the price, though? Read on and see if you come to the same conclusion that I do…

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Here are some reasons why he’s worth the 175 donuts:
1. Lugash and his building come together, and a premium character with a premium building is always a tempting combination.
2. His tasks all earn the premium rate of at least 50% more than regular characters for tasks of the same length.
3. He has a quest (and there’ll be a separate post on that) – and it certainly raises a smile at least.
4. If you have Lugash, you’ll also get a couple of extra stages to the Gymnastic Lisa quest at the third prize level (the quest still completes, but it’s shorter without Lugash – more on that soon, as well).
5. He’s a limited time character, which means that there’s a very good chance that if you don’t buy him during Whacking Day, you won’t ever be able to buy him again.
6. He has a task to attend anger management classes at the Adult Education Annex, which means that Lenny is no longer alone in using that particular building.
7. He’s a voiced character.
8. He is Lugash!

And a couple of reasons on the other side:
1. The price is probably the main reason to give you pause. He’s one of the more exepensive offerings in the premium store.
2. You can play your game and the Whacking Day event perfectly well without him – like all items in the premium stores, he adds to the game and not having him doesn’t affect your progress in any way.

As you can see, I’d certainly recommend buying Lugash – if only to be able to have a character that you can make intimidate children and confiscate their pets!

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The Whacking Day Guide that you can find by hitting the “i” next to your snake and egg count on the main screen of your game tells you how the event works. One of the things it says is: “Some snake eggs contain donuts!” But has anyone actually found any of these?

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I’ve cracked a couple of thousand eggs now and have yet to see 1 donut – and many people commenting on other posts have had the same experience. But one theory is that there are no donuts inside the regular eggs – they’re only inside the eggs available for 3 donuts in the premium store.

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Honestly, I’ve been wondering why these are there at all – why would you spend donuts on something that you always seem to have more than enough of, except as a way to gift donuts to friends? Lee, a regular reader of this blog, tested out this theory with a real-life friend, though, and there were no donuts to be found in the premium eggs he bought and dropped off. Now it may simply be that the odds of finding a donut even in the premium eggs are quite low (I’ve heard but can’t confirm 1%). But if that’s the case, that doesn’t make them a very attractive purchase – even at the low, low price of 3 donuts!

The other theory is that the donuts containing eggs appear at a later stage of the event. At the moment, I have no information on whether or not that’s the case. The Whack Boxes that appear after you reach the top prize level certainly contain donuts (or the chance to win them) – but the Whacking Guide doesn’t seem to be referring to those.

So, if anyone has found any donuts in any eggs, please let us all know. Otherwise, I think it might be time to stop looking – unless, of course, you’ve found donuts and can give us all hope!

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Many people play the game successfully without buying a single donut, while others want every building, character or decoration that the game has to offer. So, if you do decide to go down the premium route, just how many donuts will you need to get one of everything there is?

Let’s break it down a bit. I’m going to look at what’s currently in the game and ignore the limited-time premium items that are no longer available:

– At moment, there are 11 premium characters (that come with or without buildings). These will cost you 1200 donuts.

– There are 4 buildings that come without a character. These will set you back 335 donuts.

– There are 3 big decorations – the Springfield Sign, Mount Carlmore and the Tire Fire. Together these cost 330 donuts. (Thanks to Kaitylyn and warlach!)

– There are Santa’s Little Helper and the Funzos – characters that essentially do nothing except run around your town. If you want these, you’ll need to spend 330 donuts.

– There are 17 smaller premium decorations. To buy one of each, you’ll need to spend 352 donuts.

So, based on the premium items that are currently available, you’ll need to have 2,547 donuts on hand if you want one of every item. That’s a lot of donuts – even for Homer.

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I’ve posted on this before, but for newer players who may well have been hurrying through tasks to get to a possible update, the answer is absolutely not – never, ever waste donuts on speeding up tasks if it can be at all avoided (and it usually can be).

Donuts are precious – and the great thing about the game is that there’s no requirement for you to use them to move ahead. They’re best saved for the premium items (especially anything that’s limited time) – they add value to the game and earn you more money at the same time.

Level 27, at a normal rate of play, should probably have taken 10 days to 2 weeks – EA certainly seems to have planned it that way, as there were some quite long tasks early on. Speeding up tasks or builds with donuts on new levels just means, at the higher levels of the game, that there’s a lot more down time before the next new thing happens.

And for lower level players, the game is at its most enjoyable once you adjust to its rhythm. Take the scenic route, rather than the expressway and you’ll enjoy it far more!

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One frustration that many players have with the game is that there is no way of getting back any donuts you accidentally spend – and accidentally spending them is so easy. But the fact it was an accidental tap makes no difference at all, because once those donuts are gone, they’re gone for good.

An update we’re all looking for is a confirmation button on any donut purchase. But until that happens, you just need to be careful. And that’s because if you accidentally buy a premium character (whether it’s Dr. Nick or a Funzo) or anything at all from the premium store, it’s yours for good. There’s no way to return it and get those donuts back.

The lesson, then, is to tap carefully, particularly if you’re playing on a smaller screen. Never be in too much of a hurry when you’re on the build menu or in the premium store because it always pays to think before you tap – and often costs you if you don’t.

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I originally posted this about a month ago, but as the blog has attracted lots more readers since then and there have been quite a few questions recently about this, I thought a repost would be helpful.

Buying premium items and keeping your Conform-o-meter (the stars at the bottom left of your screen) high helps you to maximize the cash and XP bonus you get on the rent from your buildings and the jobs you give your characters. The conformity bonus is a maximum of 5%, so it’s easy to see. But if you have premium decorations in your town, it can be quite difficult to see the bonus impact unless you have a love of numbers and calculations. So, is there an easy way to work out what your current bonus multiplier actually is?

Yes, there is. The easiest way to see your current bonus multiplier is to pay close attention when you collect your rent at the Gulp ‘n’ Blow. Since it gives you exactly $100 without taking any bonus into account, anything you get above that is your bonus multiplier.

The screenshot shows the cash I collect from my Gulp ‘n’ Blow. As you can see, I currently collect $138 dollars on it. That means my bonus multiplier is running at 38% – and each time I tap to collect from a building or a character, I’m getting 38% above the going rate. (You’ll need to click on the picture and enlarge it to see the numbers in white – I collected on the XP first to make the numbers easier to see.)

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See what yours is next time you collect. And, if you want to, let everyone know here.

The Homer Buddha has come up a lot in search terms hitting my blog – and that’s probably due to the release of the Springfield Buddhist Temple. That means it’s probably time to update this post from a couple of months back:

The Homer Buddha is not an object you can place in your town and has nothing at all to do with the Springfield Buddhist Temple. What you get for your 15 donuts is really a Mystery Box that gives you a premium item every time, as the information says:

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You’re much more likely to get some great buildings and characters from the Homer Buddha than you are from a Mystery Box. People have reported getting Hans Moleman, the Squeaky Voice Teen, and Frink’s Lab. But you’re just as likely to get a picket fence (worth 1 donut), a dumpster (worth 10 donuts), or a burning bush (worth 20 donuts). There’s no guarantee of exactly what that premium item will be.

And you’re also likely to get a Mystery Box, which is itself a premium item. And while the Mystery Boxes themselves are premium items, the things they contain usually aren’t. That means it’s more than a little disappointing when you buy a Homer Buddha and it contains a Mystery Box that contains a Brown Fence, a Dumpster or a Newspaper Dispenser.

Basically, the Homer Buddha, like the Mystery Box, is a gamble. You may get something good – but you may also get something you don’t want and don’t need.

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The question was: Will you be spending your donuts on the Fruit-Bat-Man costume? So, here’s what readers of this blog decided to do about the Fruit-Bat-Man outfit for Mr. Burns:

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That’s 59.67% who decided that Springfield was safe in Chief Wiggum’s hands, and only 40.33% who decided that their super Springfield needed a superhero.

Fruit-Bat-Man is likely to be available in the game for only a few more hours. In the meantime, if you want to know more about him, take a look at the collected Fruit-Bat-Man posts here.

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I posted this back in the early days of the blog, but with new players joining all the time, I think it’s worth a slightly revised re-post…

The elusive Lemon Tree is only won from a Mystery Box – you can’t buy it with either cash or donuts, which is why you can’t find it in any of your stores. It gives you a cash and XP bonus every six hours when you click on a basket of lemons.

Until October 2012, if you saw a Lemon Tree in a friends’ town you could steal it from them and plant it in your Springfield. Then, after 24 hours any of your friends could steal it from you!

As of 15 October 2012, however, the Lemon Tree was disabled and couldn’t be stolen. EA describes this as a glitch and say that they hope to get this ability restored in the future, although they also say that they can’t estimate when that may be. I suspect that, as the only way you can get a Lemon Tree is through a Mystery Box, and a Mystery Box is a premium item, no longer being able to steal the Lemon Tree might have more to do with players complaining that something they paid good money for was stolen from them than any technical issue!

Personally, I’m glad this aspect of the game is gone. I like my Lemon Tree. It took months to get, and I would hate anyone to steal it!

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Here’s a post that’s only good for the next day and a half…

Fruit-Bat-Man has proven to be a bit of a controversial offer – an episode promotion that costs you 90 donuts. We haven’t had a promtional item we’ve had to pay for before. All the other episode promotions to date have been free (The Duff Racer, Fat Tony, the Cool Brown House with the Cool Homer Costume, and Gorgeous Grampa). This is the first one we’ve had where we need to buy the main element.

So, is Fruit-Bat-Man worth it? Here are a few reasons why you might consider spending 90 donuts on this limited time costume for Mr Burns:

1. When Burns is wearing the costume, he behaves like a premium character, earning premium chracter rates for each of his Fruit-Bat-Man tasks:
– Pose in front of a mirror (60 minutes – $105 and 26 XP)
– Fly like a decrepit superhero (4 hours – $200 and 55 XP)
– Rehearse heroic one-lines (8 hours – $420 and 105 XP)
– Practice punching out a crook (12 hours – $600 and 150 XP)
– Sooth his welts and bruises in Burns Manor (24 hours – $1000 and 225 XP)
2. His Fruit-Bat-Man quest is quite entertaining and, while it’s not the longest quest we’ve had, at 5 parts it’s still a nice addition to the game. You can read about his quest here and here.
3. It’s fun to watch him to try to fly.

As you may have noticed, I’m a little shorter on reasons to buy him than I usually am – and, as regular readers of this blog know, I’m a big fan of the game’s premium offerings. So here are the reasons on the other side:

1. It’s a costume not a character, which makes it quite expensive at 90 donuts (the same price as a character like Dr. Nick).
2. When Burns becomes Fruit-Bat-Man, he may earn like a premium character – but you’ve also taken your regular Mr. Burns out of the game. That makes Fruit-Bat-Man a far less useful addition than Dr. Nick or any other stand-alone premium character.
3. Fruit-Bat-Man’s quest is quite short (probably due to his limited-time availability and the fact the costume promotes Sunday night’s new episode) – and there’s a missed opportunity to use the Fruit-Bat-Signal as part of his storyline.
4. To complete the quest, you need to have Burns Manor, which is almost enticing players to use donuts to speed up the game (which, we all know, is a really, really, bad idea) just to get to level 26.
5. Newer players can’t even buy the costume until they build the Cooling Towers and unlock Mr Burns (for some reason, this costume operates differently from the Gorgeous Grampa freebie of a few weeks ago). Given its short period of availability, this seems to be encouraging very new players to use donuts to speed up their game as well.
6. Fruit-Bat-Man only has 5 tasks – and three of these are indoors.

I have him and many other readers of this blog have bought him, too. But I’ll admit to being a bit disappointed by both the price and his tasks. I’m not alone in my assessment, either, as you can see by the current voting in the poll.


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Just a reminder that there are two polls happening on this site at the moment, both to do with whether you’ll be spending your precious donuts on the limited time premium items that are currently available – and they both close in the next couple of days.

The first is for the Wishing Well and Leprechaun. If you haven’t voted, please do so and see what others have done, are doing, or are planning to do (the voting has been very close on this one):

The other is the Fruit-Bat-Man poll – and it seems that many readers of this blog are not so convinced by this offer (particularly as it’s a costume that costs the same as a stand-alone premium character). Again, please vote if you haven’t done so yet:

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The Leprechaun and and Fruit-Bat-Man are both limited-time items, so if you want them, you’d better decide quickly. That’s because Monday, 18 March is quite possibly the day they’ll no longer be available in your premium store.

St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, 17 March and we’re all assuming that the event will wind up sometime on Monday. After all, it’s not really a big event, and there’s no reason for it to be around much after the day itself. You’ll get to keep everything you’ve acquired once the event is over, though. But the quest will probably end and nobody new to the game will be able to get Tom O’Flanagan, O’Flanagan’s Pub, the Wishing Well, or the Leprechaun. That means you’ll need to hurry through the quest so that you can get the Shamrock Topiary before the event ends if it’s still going on for you.

Fruit-Bat-Man is part of an episode promotion and, if the past is anything to go by, this costume for Mr. Burns will also no longer be available after Monday, 18 March. If you’ve bought it, it’s yours for the life of the game – but new players and those that haven’t bought it will no longer be able to do so. They’ll also be wondering how you got the Fruit-Bat-Signal.

When on Monday will this happen? For international players, we’re taking Monday, 18 March in the US – and exactly when on Monday is anyone’s guess. Again, based on past experience, updates seem to come through in the afternoon or the early evening. But it could be any time.

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Unfortunately, and rather unusually for the game, the answer is no.

With Gorgeous Grampa, you got the costume whether or not you had Grampa Simpson. It stayed in your inventory until you unlocked Grampa Simpson – and I’d assumed that Fruit-Bat-Man worked in the same way. However, probably because it’s a premium item, the rules seem to be slightly different – because if you don’t already have Burns, you can’t get Fruit-Bat-Man for love or donuts.

If you don’t have Burns yet and try to buy Fruit-Bat-Man, this is the message you get (but only after buying donuts):

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So, new players, if you really want Fruit-Bat-Man, you’ll need to play a lot this weekend and keep your game moving so that you don’t miss out.

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As an episode promotion, Fruit-Bat-Man is a bit unusual. This new costume for Mr. Burns is a premium item, and only available for 90 donuts. When Burns is in the costume, though, he behaves like a premium character, earning 50% more cash and XP by carrying out the Fruit-Bat-Man tasks.

So, the question is – given that the costume is a limited-time item and probably only available until Monday, will you be buying it? Is it worth adding to your game or do you think it’s a waste of perfectly good donuts? Cast your vote here.

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Fruit-Bat-Man is a limited-time premium costume for Mr. Burns, rather than a new character in the game. As with most costumes, you’ll need to have Burns free to be able to use it.

Once he’s free, open up his task menu – you’ll now see a choice of costumes. Swipe to the Fruit-Bat-Man costume – Burns will put it on and his tasks will be available (and his quest should begin).

If you’re not sure where to look to get Burns to put on his Fruit-Bat-Man costume, here’s a screenshot:

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I can’t wait to make him fly!

It’s the premium items that pay for the game and its development and many people don’t mind paying for these when the game has given them months and months of enjoyment. That means, though, that free premium items are hard to come by in the course of the game.

Sadly, the only free premium items given away in the game are the three burning bushes, worth 20 donuts each, that you get through land purchases. If you imagine your town as a grid, you’ll find them in D1 ($610), A7 ($35,000), and L10 ($95,000). And apart from the occasional premium character or item in a Mystery Box, that’s all there is.

I doubt whether we’ll ever see any more than this – it’s part of the freemium nature of the game. I do hear that Gil will be back soon with some much better deals, though!

P.S. Thanks to daan for reminding me that I hadn’t mentioned this before.

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Buying premium items and keeping your Conform-o-meter (the stars at the bottom left of your screen) high helps you to maximize the cash and XP bonus you get on the rent from your buildings and the jobs you give your characters. The conformity bonus is a maximum of 5%, so it’s easy to see. But if you have premium decorations in your town, it can be quite difficult to see the bonus impact unless you have a love of numbers and calculations. So, is there an easy way to work out what your current bonus multiplier actually is?

Yes, there is. The easiest way to do this is to pay close attention when you collect your rent at the Gulp ‘n’ Blow. Since it gives you exactly $100 without taking any bonus into account, anything you get above that is your bonus multiplier.

The screenshot shows the cash I collect from my Gulp ‘n’ Blow. As you can see, I currently collect $128 dollars on it. That means my bonus multiplier is running at 28% – and each time I tap to collect from a building or a character, I’m getting 28% above the going rate. (You’ll need to click on the picture and enlarge it to see the numbers in white – I collected on the XP first to make the numbers easier to see.)

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See what yours is next time you collect. And, if you want to, let everyone know here.

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