Electronic Arts released the Simpsons Tapped Out game a few years ago. This game has spawned a number of city building clones, such as Family Guy – Quest for Stuff. The premise of the game is Homer inadvertently destroying Springfield in a nuclear disaster. Your job is to rebuild the city in any image you see fit.
Simpsons is the longest running cartoon in history and has a copious amount of characters, storylines and witty humor to draw upon. Characters you get from leveling up will allow you to do quests to earn money and experience. You may use the cash to buy buildings and season specific vanity items.
The virtual currency Simpsons Tapped Out uses is called Donuts. You earn donuts by leveling up or completing big story arc quests. If spending money is more your style there are tiers of them you can buy to get one of a kind buildings or characters.
One of the reasons why this game is so compelling is the amount of time you need to invest. Whenever there is a major holiday, like Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day or a major event on the television show you have quests and speciality buildings you can unlock. If you miss an event, there is no way you can buy this building again, ever. This promotes playing often to be able to get every single building or speciality character in the game.
In the end, Tapped Out will appeal to people who love the Simpsons as source material. You don’t need to pay to win either, you can get 90% of all buildings, characters or vanity items by just grinding it out.
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