iOS Game: The Simpsons™: Tapped Out

The Simpsons: Tapped Out has been out for a while, since March of 2012, but I’ve only started playing it a few months ago. Over the years my game playing has dwindled significantly. These days I tend to read more books and articles and spend less time with gaming.

Ten years ago gaming was a big part of my entertainment time. I used to have LAN parties with friends and we’d play for hours and hours. Some of our favorite games were Medal of Honor: Spearhead, Half-life multiplayer, Quake III Arena, Team Fortress 2 Battlefield 2142 and Battlefield 2.

I can’t really play the first person shooter games anymore because I’ve gotten slower and younger players much better and faster than me. Usually within seconds of spawning in a Call of Duty game I get killed and that happens over and over which discourages me from continuing to play. So I stick to strategy games like Sim City, Civilization V.

All of those games I used to play were on a computer with a keyboard and mouse. That’s the best way for me to play FPS’s. I don’t even attempt to play FPS games on the Xbox because I cannot be as efficient with the joystick controllers as I am on a computer.

With that said, I’ve never really been a gamer on the iPhone or iPad; that is until I started playing The Simpsons: Tapped out.

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This is not unlike Sim City and I like that. The premise is that Homer is goofing off at the power plant and it has a meltdown blowing up Springfield. Your job is to rebuild it.

Basically you place buildings, do jobs and tasks to grow the city. You earn experience points a cash and donuts. The XP helps you level up, the cash is used to rebuild and the donuts can help speed things along or buy premium content. The game is free to download and play, but the donuts are in-app purchases. You start off with some donuts and usually earn a donut every time you level up.

You can also make friends with other players and visit their Springfield’s and help each other earn cash and XP. Plus they can help you do the same. EA also does seasonal themes with special tasks and jobs to accomplish. Some are personal goals and others are collective community goals. Both help you earn special items which you can place in your town. Since I started playing I’ve seen a Halloween, Thanksgiving and currently a Christmas theme.

I mostly play on the iPad Mini with Retina Display and sometimes on the iPhone 5s when I’m mobile and have down time.

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I’ve been having plenty of fun playing in my spare time and only recently began making friends which I wish I would have done sooner. You can get some excellent gains in earnings by playing with other people. I found this website where people go to invite each other to their Springfield’s. http://www.tappedoutfriends.com If you’re a player of the game and am looking for a friend, look me up in-game as SandboxGeneral. UPDATE: I am at my “friends” limit and cannot accept any new friends in the game. I guess EA caps you out at 100 friends.

Update #2 03-01-2014: I dumped several folks from my Origin friends list due to extended inactivity, so if you’re looking for an active player, send me a request!