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Free items vs. Premium items (Updated: Blargsgiving & Black Friday 2020)

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  • lissarv68
    5588 posts Member
    edited September 2013
    lissarv68 wrote:
    I'm so glad you are still doing this. It's a great resource. I couldn't remember the title of it to bump it up for you. Hmmmm....I think I may sticky this actually.

    Yea I enjoying doing it. I have it bookmarked. So it's easy for me to find it when I need it.

    But a sticky would be great :mrgreen:

    Check your PM box.
  • craighk01957
    149 posts Member
    edited September 2013
    HsueEEE wrote:
    I would also like to mention, its hard to find a free game with no advertisement...

    100% agreed. And appreciated.
  • garyluisi
    100 posts
    edited September 2013
    To pay devils advocate the cool stuff costs and if your one of those gotta have it all people look at it this way for example disco stu costs 180 doughnuts it's roughly what 10 bucks for 100? So your spending what twentyish bucks on graphics granted you don't have them already through other means..I can understand the fustration but it is a freemium game..take what you can..you also left out a lot of the whacking day characters and buildings my friend. ? good post nonetheless ?
  • Lewiement1
    4 posts
    edited September 2013
    This is true atually never thought about it like that add me (Lewiement1) :)
  • hasanmohamma
    1801 posts Member
    edited September 2013
    garyluisi wrote:
    To pay devils advocate the cool stuff costs and if your one of those gotta have it all people look at it this way for example disco stu costs 180 doughnuts it's roughly what 10 bucks for 100? So your spending what twentyish bucks on graphics granted you don't have them already through other means..I can understand the fustration but it is a freemium game..take what you can..you also left out a lot of the whacking day characters and buildings my friend. ? good post nonetheless ?

    Did you read everything thing ? because he has all the whacking Day buildings and characters in there.
  • allnghtr
    103 posts
    edited September 2013
    My main issue would be that we should be given more opportunities to "earn" donuts in the game. Say have special tasks every once in a while that would reward us with *some* donuts..
    I understand the premium items and why it adds to the gameplay, but for dedicated players, I wish EA would make it easier to earn your premiums somehow.. you know?
  • Deadshot_DCU
    6259 posts Moderator
    edited September 2013
    allnghtr wrote:
    My main issue would be that we should be given more opportunities to "earn" donuts in the game. Say have special tasks every once in a while that would reward us with *some* donuts..
    I understand the premium items and why it adds to the gameplay, but for dedicated players, I wish EA would make it easier to earn your premiums somehow.. you know?

    There are ways to earn free donuts. Through the weekly mystery box, leveling up, finding them in debris, playing sideshow you, through various quests & even on occasions EA has given us free ones through promos & special events. This may not be enough for you or for a lot of people. But hey, at least it's something & it's better than nothing at all.
  • garyluisi
    100 posts
    edited September 2013
    allnghtr wrote:
    My main issue would be that we should be given more opportunities to "earn" donuts in the game. Say have special tasks every once in a while that would reward us with *some* donuts..
    I understand the premium items and why it adds to the gameplay, but for dedicated players, I wish EA would make it easier to earn your premiums somehow.. you know?
    if you have money farm krusty burgers gulp and blows and white houses..get a lot of money buy and sell weather stations bonus levels.. I said nothing this message will self destruct in ten seconds.
  • lissarv68
    5588 posts Member
    edited September 2013
    This game is more generous with giving out donuts than other similar games. I play about 4 games that are similar and they are very stingy, it's close to impossible to make any of their "donuts".

    They are also very generous with the number of free items, again when compared to other games that are similar.
  • cs307
    39 posts
    edited September 2013
    Some people on this board are always complaining regarding the premium stuff and this topic is to show all those people about how they are not able to get xyz character or building or item. That EA does in fact give away so much stuff for free that you don't have to spend any money whatsoever. The free stuff outweighs the paid stuff by LOADS. If EA makes no money whatsoever on this game, then it's bye bye game. Simple as that. How do you expect a game company to keep developing content for the game, yet not get paid for it. Would you work for free? I doubt that. Lets take a look at just how evil and unfair EA & the devs of Tapped Out are...

    * = things that are no longer available
    Dam, you got time.

    Free Buildings & Characters
    Simpsons House with Homer & Lisa
    Flanders House with Ned Flanders
    Van Houten House with Milhouse
    Cletus Farm with Cletus
    Muntz House with Nelson
    First Church of Springfield with Reverand Lovejoy
    Krusty Burger with Krusty
    Nuclear Power Plant with Mr. Burns
    Gilded Truffle
    Kwik-E-Mart with Apu
    Androids Dungeon Comic Shop with Comic Book Guy
    The Java Server
    Jakes Unisex Salon
    King Toots Music Store
    Skips Diner
    Town Hall with Mayor Quimby
    Luigi's Restaurant with Luigi
    Springfield Retirement Castle with Abe Simpson
    Bart's Tree House with Bart
    Moe's Tavern with Moe & Marge
    Springfield Elementary with Principal Skinner
    Willie's Shack with Groundskeeper Willie
    Gulp-n-Blow
    Springfield Library with Martin
    Police Station with Chief Wiggum
    Springfield Penitentiary with Snake
    Springfield Downs
    Krabappel Apartment with Edna Krabappel
    Brown House
    Blue House
    Pink House
    Purple House
    White House
    Orange House
    *Springfield Cemetery
    *Pet Cemetery
    *Super Collider
    *House of Evil
    *Bad Dream House
    Channel 6 with Kent Brockman
    Springfield Post Office
    *Cool Brown House with Cool Homer skin
    Hibbert Family Practice with Dr. Hibbert
    Springfield General Hospital
    *Mapple Store
    Burns Manor with Smithers
    Pimento Grove
    *Phinneas Q. Butterfats
    *Howards Flowers
    Sir Put-a-Lot's
    Escalator to Nowhere
    Popsicle Stick Skyscraper
    Wiggum House with Ralph Wiggum
    El Chemestri
    *O'Flannigan's Pub with Tom O'Flannigan
    50 Foot Magnifying Glass
    Springfield Buddhist Temple with Lenny & Carl
    Adult Education Annex
    *Fort Sensible
    Legitimate Businessman's Social Club with Fat Tony
    Fat Tony Compound with Legs & Louie
    Skinner House with Agnes Skinner
    Herman's Military Antiques with Herman
    Zesty's
    House Boat with Captain McCallister
    The Frying Dutchman
    Itchy and Scratchy Store
    Malaria Zone
    Just Rainsticks
    Turban Outfitters
    My First Tattoo
    Much Ado About Muffins
    Crypto Barn
    *Nighthawk Diner with Rex Banner
    Wolfcastle's Mansion with Rainier Wolfcastle
    All Night Gym
    Calmwood Mental Hospital
    Springfield Wax Museum
    The Sunsphere
    Springfield High School with Superintendent Chalmers
    Springfield Knowledgeum
    Spinster City Apartments with Patty & Selma Bouvier
    Springfield DMV
    *Three Eyed Sushi

    Free Characters
    *Evil Krusty Doll
    *Burns Monster
    *Pet Snake
    Human Statue
    Rod & Todd Flanders

    Free skins
    *Mayan Homer
    *Devil Flanders
    *Gorgeous Grampa
    *Gymnastics Lisa with Balance Beam
    *Bare-Chested Willie
    *Respectable Moe
    *All -American Apu

    Free Building Facades
    *Heck House
    *Christmas Simpson House
    *Christmas Flanders House
    *Christmas Van Houten House
    *Christmas Muntz House
    *Christmas Krapabble Apartments
    *Christmas Brown House
    *Christmas Frink's Lab
    *Christmas Volcano Lair
    *Christmas Willie Shack
    *Christmas Cletus' Farm
    *Christmas Pink House
    *Christmas Orange House
    *Christmas Blue House
    *Christmas White House

    Free Decorations
    Jebediah Springfield Statue
    Trees (different kinds)
    Shrubs (different kinds)
    Bench
    Wooden Fence
    Kiddie Pool
    Parking Lot
    Garbage Bin
    Small Hedge
    Large Hedge
    Newspaper Dispenser
    Blue Dumpster
    Trash Can
    Planter
    Snapdragons
    Parking Meter
    Gazebo
    Phone Booth
    Flowers (Different kinds)
    Barrier
    Angel Topairy
    Chain Fence
    *Duff Racecar
    Broken Down Washer
    Broken Down Dryer
    Pylon
    Gas Pump
    Patio Table
    See-Saw
    Stop Sign
    *Mayan Artifact with Mayan God
    *Black Hole
    Iron Railing
    Barbed Wire Fence
    *Spooky Tree
    *Pumpkin Patch
    *Jack-o-Lantern
    *Dead Tree
    Weather Station
    Volleyball Net
    Lawn Chair
    Hail Aints Sign
    Red Brick Wall
    Graffiti Wall
    *Scratchy Balloon
    *Blinky Balloon
    *Santa's Little Helper Balloon
    *Holiday Tree
    Lamp Post
    *Marge Snowman
    *Lisa Snowman
    *Maggie Snowman
    Fountain
    *Rose Bush
    *Valentine Tree
    *Love Planter
    *Rose Arch
    *Valentines Pond
    *Cherub Topairy
    *Cozy Hammock
    *I Choo-Choo Choose You Train
    Swing
    Rabbit Hedge
    *Shamrock Topairy
    *Fruit Bat Signal
    *Springfield Falls
    *Whacking Day Banner
    *Whacking Day T-Shirt Stall
    *Whacking Day Mug Stall
    *Whacking Day Stick Stall
    *Wind Sock
    *Snake Statue
    Springfield Park Entrance
    Cobblestone Wall
    *Devil Donuts Cart
    *Laramie Vending Machine
    Training Dummy
    Bomb Shelter
    Squidport Entrance
    Squidport Fence
    Squidport Tree
    Squidport Lamp Post
    Fried Dough Stand
    Boardwalk Bench
    Lemonade Stand
    Coffee Kart
    *American Flag
    *Liberty Bell
    Carved Ice Sculpture
    Monkey Bars
    Krustyland Shuttle Bus
    S.W.A.T. Van with Officer Lou & Officer Eddie
    Training Wall
    Chalmers 1979_ONDA
    Minnow Pond
    Camp Fire
    World's Largest Zirconia
    Popsicle Stick Patty & Selma
    Popsicle Stick Disco Stu

    Krustyland Free Attractions
    Krustyland Entrance
    Dipper Flipper
    Duff Paviliion
    Haunted Condo
    Itchy and Scratchy Gift Shop
    Krustyland Hotel
    Krustyland Krusty Burger
    The Food Needle
    The Tooth Chipper
    Viking Boat
    Wet and Smokey Stunt Show
    Sleeping Itchy Castle
    Radioactive Man the Ride
    Death Drop

    Krustyland Free Characters
    Poochie Mascot

    Krustyland Free Decorations
    Garbage Can
    Krustyland Cotton Candy Stand
    Knock over the Fuzzy Guy
    Krustyland Bench
    Krustyland Fence
    Krustyland Tree
    Pavilion Tent
    Ring Toss
    Sideshow You
    Strike Three
    Wheel of Chance




    Premium Buildings and Characters
    Volcano Lair with Hank Scorpio
    Frink's Lab with Professor Frink
    Springfield Tire Yard
    Lard Lad Donuts
    Duff Brewery with Duffman
    Aztec Theater
    Springfield Observatory
    School Bus with Otto
    *Mausoleum
    *Ray Gun with Kang & Crashed UFO
    Krustylu Studios with Sideshow Mel
    Barney's Bowlarama with Barney Gumble (free during Christmas 2012)
    *Santa's Village with Santa Homer skin
    Try-N-Save (was free during Christmas 2012)
    *Swanky Fish
    Lugash's Gym with Lugash
    Duff Stadium (was free during Whacking Day 2013)
    Springfield Coliseum with Drederick Tatum (free Whacking Day 2013)
    Sleep-Easy Motel with Miss Springfield (free during Whacking Day 2013)
    Asia de Cuba
    Open Air Stage
    Sprawl-Mart
    Springfield Community Center with Jasper
    Planet Hype
    Ferris Wheel
    *Lincoln's Cabin with Abraham Lincoln
    Film Set with McBain skin for Rainier Wolfcastle
    Kamp Krusty with Kamp Bart skin
    Stu's Disco with Disco Stu
    Springfield Pet Shop with Jub-Jub

    Premium characters
    Squeaky Voiced Teen
    Hans Moleman
    Kearney
    Bumblebee Man
    *The Raven
    Dr. Nick
    Blue Funzo
    Purple Funzo (was free during Christmas 2012)
    Pink Funzo (was free during Christmas 2012)
    Santa's Little Helper (was free during Christmas 2012)
    *Shauna
    The Rich Texan
    *Lumpy
    *Frink's Robot Dog
    Handsome Pete
    Mime
    Fiddler
    Juggler
    Fire Eater
    Arnie Pye
    K9 Officer
    Sherri & Terri

    Premium skins
    *Witch Marge with Cauldron
    *Mr. Plow
    *Fruit Bat-Man
    *Ninja Homer with Red Practice Snake

    Premium Decorations
    Springfield Sign
    Homer's Hammock
    Lemon Tree
    Apple Tree
    Orange Tree
    Tire Swing
    Burning Bush
    Flower Planter
    Green Dumpster
    Bench with Towel
    Picket Fence
    Piece-of-crap Car
    Butterfly Tent
    Channel 6 News Van
    Broadcast Dish
    *Itchy Balloon
    *Snowball II Balloon
    *Reindeer
    Cannon
    Ambulance
    *Homer Snowman
    *Bart Snowman
    Burns Limo
    Police Car
    Brick Tetherball
    *Gorgeous Grampa Billboard
    *Wishing Well with Leprechaun
    Mount Carlmore
    *Snake Speakers
    *Green Practice Snake
    *Yellow Practice Snake
    *Purple Practice Snake
    *Red Practice Snake
    *Snake Rocks (can also get one for free through Whacking Day 2013)
    *Snake Stump
    *Hollow Snake Trunk
    Hot Tub
    *Limo
    *Excellence Prize Statue
    *Inflatable Gorilla & Baboons
    *Frinksonic MHV
    *Giant Grasshopper
    *Duff Partybus
    *Duff Barney Blimp
    Miniature Nuclear Warhead
    Hot Dog Stand
    Popcorn Stand
    Basketball Game
    Boardwalk Fountain
    *Lisa Statue of Liberty
    *Pinwheel Firework
    *Box of Fireworks
    Radioactive Man Billboard
    Left-handed Roadster
    Little Lady Justice
    Robby the Automaton
    DMV Limo
    *Hi-glow Waste Barrels

    Krustyland Premium Attractions
    Eyeballs of Death
    Mt. Krustmore

    Krustyland Premium Characters
    Itchy Mascot
    Scratchy Mascot

    Krustyland Premium Decorations
    Clown Garbage Can
    Krusty Fountain
    Whack-a-Mole

    So tell me again how EA is unfair?
  • marco_rosa833
    366 posts
    edited September 2013
    As someone who doesn't spend money on video games, I have to add that I also find the Simpsons: Tapped Out amazingly generous with free items.

    I mean, yeah, some of the cool stuff are "donuts"; but, there's a lot of very good stuff that are free as well. For example, 3 Eyed Sushi we got really recently was a very attractive addition. Other games you get all the bad looking stuff free and only the cash stuff looks good.
  • Beatslayer
    3 posts
    edited October 2013
    Wow. You guys got all that stuff for FREE?? I had to build houses and farm cash to buy all of my "FREE" stuff...

    Maybe better terminology is in order?
  • datasurgeon
    1878 posts Member
    edited October 2013
    Beatslayer wrote:
    Wow. You guys got all that stuff for FREE?? I had to build houses and farm cash to buy all of my "FREE" stuff...

    Maybe better terminology is in order?

    You are correct! so how much real money did you pay for that in game cash?
  • carcher09
    7 posts
    edited October 2013
    please add me lvl 35 -- carcher09
  • bluyoshi88810
    1455 posts Member
    edited October 2013
    Add me bluyoshi88810.
  • Beatslayer
    3 posts
    edited October 2013
    Beatslayer wrote:
    Wow. You guys got all that stuff for FREE?? I had to build houses and farm cash to buy all of my "FREE" stuff...

    Maybe better terminology is in order?

    You are correct! so how much real money did you pay for that in game cash?

    No real dollars, it just costed many virtual dollars. Either way, it wasn't free. Homer was free at the beginning. That's free.
  • carcher09
    7 posts
    edited October 2013
    add me lvl 35 - carcher09
  • Deadshot_DCU
    6259 posts Moderator
    edited October 2013
    Now updated with the Halloween 2013 content

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  • cdepast
    2463 posts Member
    edited October 2013
    you have to keep the perspective that 1) a console game costs $70 and 2) kids put loads of quarters into arcade games that last for 2 mins. If you are playing this game for hours upon end, and consider the above factors, than you shouldn't take issue with putting money into the game to enhance the experience.
  • Bradley2010
    2 posts
    edited October 2013
    I am all for the donuts being spent and agree they have to make their money somehow. All the free to play games I have stuck with I have purchased some premium currency to show support for the game and to do my part to ensure its survival.
    My only concerns is the shear price of some of the items when you look at the real world cost of the donuts. Between $15 and $20 of real money for a building in a game?!! I think there is revenue and then cashing in on people that may be easily addicted to games. I think more or us would spend the real money if it were realistically priced. A couple of dollars for a premium building not $20.
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