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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.



This post has been significantly update – see here:

I posted this a while back, but here’s an updated version. I’ve revised this a bit to take into account some new information that surprised me.

According to your Conform-o-meter, to boost your Obedience rating you need to have public buildings to keep your people docile!

Keeping the Obedience rating high helps move your Conformity Bonus to its 5% maximum, giving you extra cash and XP every time you tap. Now, it can be quite challenging to improve at lower levels, as most of the public buildings you need to unlock to boost this rating arrive at later stages of the game.

So, what are the public buildings? Well, they’re the buildings that have piles of cash above them and include:
– the Library
– the First Church of Springfield (and its Heck House variant)
– the Police Station
– the Post Office
– Springfield Penitentiary
– Springfield General Hospital
– the Hibbert Family Practice
– Springfield Observatory (a premium building)
– the Springfield Subatomic Collider (a limited-time item available at Halloween)
– Springfield Cemetery (a limited-time item available at Halloween)
– Springfield Pet Cemetary (a limited-time item available at Halloween)
– the Mausoleum (a limited-time item available at Halloween)

Those are all obvious enough. But here’s the surprise – they also include O’Flanagan’s Pub, Barney’s Bowl-a-rama, the Volcano Lair, the Android’s Dungeon, the Bad Dream House from Halloween, Burns Manor and the Wiggum House. And so are the Christmas Tree and Santa’s Village from the Christmas update! And they don’t include the Springfield Elementary School or the Town Hall – these buildings have an impact on your Righteousness rating, as does Moe’s Tavern.

That’s not the full story, though. Like all the other elements of your Conformity Bonus, the Obedience rating seems to drop when there’s a new level or when you expand your land area. Fortunately, you can also improve it by putting up signs – and planting lots of the Stop Signs ($385 and unlocking at level 22) and the Hail Ants Sign ($450 and unlocking at level 23) can give it a significant boost. Exactly how many you need, however, will depend very much on the size of your town. And, if you’re a donut-user, police-cars help, too, although they’ll set you back 40 donuts each.


When I first started playing the game, I bypassed the buildings without characters in favor of the buildings that have them and the standalone characters. But there are some good reasons why you should look at them again if you have some donuts going spare. So, here are some reasons why the Springfield Observatory deserves your attention:

1. It earns you a base of $350 and 35XP every 16 hours by observing …. Neptune (the dots are in the game, indicating the obvious joke).
2. It’s another building for your city and, as a public building, contributes to your Obedience rating.
3. It gives Principal Skinner and Martin a 6-hour task that, at $350, earns more than their $275 8-hour task. For those who have Frink, he also gets an additional task.
4. At just 75 donuts, it’s one of the more affordable premium items.
5. It looks great near the mountains (and even better if you have the Springfield sign, too).

Really, the only reasons why you wouldn’t want to buy it are these:
1. You’ve just started playing the game and don’t have Principal Skinner or Martin.
2. You just don’t buy premium items.
3. You think Neptune is kind of boring and which it would observe something completely different (a comet, for example).

So, think again about the Springfield Observatory again if you’ve overlooked it until now.


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