Testing Android phones for reviews and playing with apps it’s often easy to find games that are quite addictive and you keep on coming back to. Simpsons Tapped Out is one of the games I’ve reviewed recently and I have to admit it’s quite addictive. As I said in the review with the selection of Simpsons characters it keeps you wanting to play, but of course there are shortcuts to the game.
The initial game is free, but the idea behind it is to push you to pay real money inside the game to purchase donuts. These donuts give you a shortcut to make time progress quicker so that you can build your version of Springfield quicker and thus have more fun. Some people though want to play the game for free and not have to buy the donuts, is this possible?
Having Patience Re-creating Springfield
The answer is yes, it’s possible but you have to be very patient. At the start of the game it’s quite simple and the time to make houses and buildings won’t be that long. As levels progress though and more characters are added to the game you’ll find that suddenly you’ll be waiting for about twenty four hours to get the next building to build and get the next character, the same will be with the missions.
How can you make the time go faster? The simple answer to this is to of course buy donuts and you’ll get the buildings and missions completed in seconds. It’s not that expensive really and it will get you through the game quicker, but that’s not what I chose to do and I’m sure others won’t either. What I chose to do instead was to build cheaper houses collected together to build up money fast and make more money. This won’t make buildings grow any quicker but it will mean that you level up quicker and gain money faster, which is just as important.
If you are into the game for the long haul you won’t mind that houses will take hours to build, and can take over days. After about seven days I managed to get characters such as Krusty the Clown, Apu, Lisa, Milhouse, Ned Flanders and Seymour Skinner who of course comes with his school. Finding these characters means waiting, being patient and of course the constant hints that you are trying to find Bart. The constant tease to buy donuts though is always there, as you’ll find that if you have some you can purchase the science lab with Professor John Frink, and gain some more incentives by making the purchase.
The whole point of games like Simpsons Tapped Out is to try to make you pay to make progress in the game, but also make it possible to play the game for free, though it’s designed to test your patience. I’ve found that through using basic city management game principles you can make good progress, but you will always be looking at days of waiting to make progress so if you get tired of games like these quickly, then maybe you should just pay a little to buy a few donuts. Just know you can progress without making these payments, you’ll just have a little wait.