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Free items vs. Premium items (Hell on Wheels)

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  • modebhoy67
    61 posts
    edited March 2014
    With every game I play, there's always those people with the entitlement mentality and think everything should be free. I guess a lot of people don't know basic economics: a company's product has to generate revenue to continue making the product.

    Yes, but basic economics (supply/demand etc), suggests that if something is cheaper more people will buy it... Doughnuts are overpriced. If they were cheaper, more people would buy them, and hence, more profit...
    Maybe they should spend some of our money on decent servers.I have spent loads on this game and now I cannot access my town for more than 20 seconds before it freezes.Not happy! :evil:
  • CBonez89
    54 posts
    edited March 2014
    sonny1618 wrote:
    Bump for truth.

    I think the value of the donuts could be re-thought somewhat as some things seem out of whack, but the general philosophy you outline is correct and it works. It's perfectly possible to play this game endlessly, have loads of fun and build a great town without spending a penny or seeing any ads. I personally think they'd sell more donuts if they made them a little cheaper or re-worked their value in the game r.e. certain items, but as it is it works pretty well. At least they make the game of such a high quality that it's actually worth considering giving them your money.

    There are two things that I'd like them to concentrate on: number one is stability and reliability of the game. Not just crashing and speed (which is just a minor annoyance), but the danger of losing one's town entirely, which should never be a factor. It's not happened to me, but I'd be devastated if it did. They really should implement a backup system to prevent this ever happening.

    The second is just to keep releasing updates, more content, more characters, buildings and items, more seasonal specials that sort of thing. I'm sure they will, there's plenty of room for improvement across the board. I'd like them to develop the social side of it a little more too; it would be nice to be able to 'vote up' or 'like' other people's towns for instance or leave them notes or messages or have a more detailed notifications centre.

    playing since 2012 and your best mystery box is the lemon tree?!!?!? the lemon tree must be worth more than 30 donuts. ive been playing for a month and hit the 30 donuts. I think I got 10 once too or something.
  • Deadshot_DCU
    6345 posts Moderator
    edited March 2014
    I've gotten 30 donuts and 10 donuts on occasion here and there. But the Lemon Tree is still the best seeing as it's an exclusive item only obtainable through the mystery box
  • Deadshot_DCU
    6345 posts Moderator
    edited March 2014
    Updated with the Saint Patricks Day 2014 content

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    3 free items
    2 premium items

    O'Flannigans Pub with Tom O'Flannigan - re-release
    Shamrock Cafe with Yupperchaun - new
    Wishing Well with Leprechaun - re-release
    Shamrock Topairy - re-release
    Leprechaun Statue - new
  • steven1493723
    8 posts
    edited March 2014
    level 25. uses daily! ADD ME! steven1493723
  • adriannacele
    6 posts
    edited March 2014
    I got 5 free dounts for checkin my tapped out on * patricks day!
  • Deadshot_DCU
    6345 posts Moderator
    edited March 2014
    Updated for the War of Art Episode Tie-in

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    1 free item, 2 premium items

    Character
    Pokey

    Building
    Guinea Pig Rescue Center

    Decoration
    Strupo Statue
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  • ElectroString
    238 posts
    edited March 2014
    why is Fleetapita krustyland listed under free in OP? Imo one needs the cracker factory which is not free...
  • Deadshot_DCU
    6345 posts Moderator
    edited March 2014
    Updated with Level 39 content

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    10 free items, 2 Premium items

    Characters & Buildings
    Sanjay's House with Sanjay
    Apu's Apartment with Manjula
    E.A.R.L. Lighthouse

    Decorations
    Bumblebee Man's Tacos
    Dizzy Duff Topairy
    Edgy Duff Topairy
    Queasy Duff Topairy
    Remorseful Duff Topairy
    Sleazy Duff Topairy
    Surly Duff Topairy
    Tipsy Duff Topairy
    Shiva Statue
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  • brickevand408
    1822 posts Member
    edited March 2014
    Have it all now, just waiting for 5000 FP (E.A.R.L. Lighthouse) and 16h more to have Sanjay's House

    To bad its only 1 item on FP :-( and no ground for sale...

    And now i'm buying land on Krustyland
  • mgrooms85
    4 posts
    edited March 2014
    I hate that Manjula is the premium and Sanjay is the freebie. It should be the other way around.
  • Deadshot_DCU
    6345 posts Moderator
    edited March 2014
    mgrooms85 wrote:
    I hate that Manjula is the premium and Sanjay is the freebie. It should be the other way around.

    There's plenty of characters that we have gotten for free

    1. Fat Tony - when he was re-released they could have made him premium. But they didn't.
    2. Legs & Louie - they could have made one free, one premium. But we got both of them free. same with Patty & Selma, Lou & Eddie, Rod & Todd, Carl & Lenny and so forth.
  • lyle_catcliffe
    1266 posts Member
    edited March 2014
    Have it all now, just waiting for 5000 FP (E.A.R.L. Lighthouse) and 16h more to have Sanjay's House

    To bad its only 1 item on FP :-( and no ground for sale...

    And now i'm buying land on Krustyland

    Yes, but as soon as we collect E.A.R.L. by visiting friends, we can get 'round to scooping up free donuts!
  • Bravewall
    4244 posts Member
    edited March 2014
    Personally I find Sanjay way more interesting, because we don't really know much about him. He can be more creatively written than Manjula, which is why he is probably the free character. The premium characters are usually just a side story. It is kind of unfortunate that even though we are starting to get more women, they much more often than not, are premium characters. Maybe not Patty and Selma, but wives in general are typically the premiums.
  • Deadshot_DCU
    6345 posts Moderator
    edited March 2014
    Bravewall wrote:
    Personally I find Sanjay way more interesting, because we don't really know much about him. He can be more creatively written than Manjula, which is why he is probably the free character. The premium characters are usually just a side story. It is kind of unfortunate that even though we are starting to get more women, they much more often than not, are premium characters. Maybe not Patty and Selma, but wives in general are typically the premiums.

    True although I can see other women being released down the line as free.

    Miss Hoover
    Helen Lovejoy
    Martha Quimby
    Bernice Hibbert
    Jacqueline Bouvier

    Now I can see these women being added as premium

    Belle
    Sherri Bobbins
    Titania
    Princess Kashmir
    Lurleen Lumpkin
  • anngeeh6
    39 posts
    edited March 2014
    mgrooms85 wrote:
    I hate that Manjula is the premium and Sanjay is the freebie. It should be the other way around.

    I think Sanjay is one cool dude.

    I understand why Manjula was made a premium character - she is a better known character and more people want her (and will pay to get her). Most people wouldn't pony up to have Sanjay.

    Great list, btw!
  • Deadshot_DCU
    6345 posts Moderator
    edited April 2014
    Thank you and yes Sanjay is definitely one cool dude :thumbup:
  • Parnethrius
    14 posts
    edited April 2014
    Today was my 5th day in a row logging in, so I received a Mystery Box. I was incredibly overjoyed to find a Homer Buddha inside that Mystery Box. I was then astonished by my fortune when I found another Mystery Box inside that Homer Buddha. To my surprise, inside the 2nd Mystery Box was a Tree. This seems to be the extent of my luck in most cases. It's amazing how things line up to not actually pan out at all. Don't consider this a complaint, it's merely an attempt to share my experience with others who may or may not understand the irony, if only for a hint of a smirk.
  • Deadshot_DCU
    6345 posts Moderator
    edited April 2014
    Updated for the Days of Future Future episode tie-in

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    2 free items, 1 premium , 2 re-released

    Characters/Buildings
    Capital City Goofball - 3000 FP
    Gypsy Fortune Teller Shop with Ghost Maude Flanders - 150 donuts

    Decorations
    Homer's Grave
    Cremo Bot - 30 donuts
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  • Deadshot_DCU
    6345 posts Moderator
    edited April 2014
    Updated for the Easter event content update

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    20 Free items, 6 Premium items

    Characters
    Shary Bobbins
    Father Sean
    Hugs Bunny
    Egg Council Guy
    Chirpy Boy & Bart Jr.
    Bunny #24601
    Crazy Cat Lady with Crazy Cat House - 180 donuts
    Mojo the Helper Monkey - 65 donuts

    Buildings
    Blocko Store
    Johnny Fiestas
    Banana Dictatorship
    Fireworks, Candy & Puppies - 60 donuts

    Decorations
    Easter Gate
    Easter Fence
    Easter Tree
    Easter Pond
    Easter Egg Pile
    Easter Banner
    Easter Float
    Pastel Picket Fence
    Beach Towel & Umbrella
    Kang Topairy (can also be bought for 15 donuts)
    Kodos Topairy (can also be bought for 15 donuts)
    Samatran Century Flower - 40 donuts
    Frink-thetic Egg Generator MK I - 40 donuts (one will be given free during the quest line)
    Frink-thetic Egg Generator MK II - 75 donuts
    Natural Faberge Egg - 100 donuts (can also be won by chance through bunnies)
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