Originally developed and published by EA Mobile Studios and launched in early 2012, Tapped Out joined The Sims: FreePlay as the two anchor games in the new mobile gaming initiative launched by EA last year that has resulted in successes far beyond their expectations.
In its 2013 Q2 financial report EA revealed that the two mobile titles -- Tapped Out and FreePlay -- generated more revenue via Apples online store than was earned through all other retail outlets, including EA's own digital distribution store, Origin.
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Tapped Out alone is reported to have generated over $50 million net revenue since the release, giving solid proof that mobile gaming has fully arrived as a segment of the games market.
Those figures are not surprising considering the popularity of the game and its addictive and easy to play structure.
Pay for Play?
The focus of the SuperCheats Unofficial Guide for The Simpsons: Tapped Out is geared more towards playing the game WITHOUT spending real-world money, and covers tactics and play styles that allow for advancement on game play alone, rather than spending money to advance your town or earn levels.
It is easily possible to play the game without spending real-world money - but doing so is a trade-off of time, as it takes longer to acquire some elements for your town. The pay-off to that is saving money, of course, but also in bragging rights and being able to create a town and progress through the missions and levels without paying to do so.
The guide is divided into logical sections, each covering different aspects of the game and game play, as well as information that will help play the game from this approach. To make accessing the information easier the structure of the guide is separated into multiple sections.
The Walkthrough Section
covers the actual mission and quest system, from level to level, with an eye towards helping you achieve the goals that are set out by the mission structure as quickly and efficiently as you can without having to spend money. It also provides guidance that helps in navigating through the confusing parts, as well as pointing out build strategies that are more efficient and thus lead to quicker successes.
The Reference Section
covers facts, lists, and data that is useful in both building a better understanding of the game and its contents, as well as for making strategic decisions that will directly impact your game play.
The Trivia Section
covers information you may find amusing and entertaining, but is strictly an optional read - it is there for your enjoyment.
While the game is at this point (Fall 2013) quite mature, even if you are starting out as a new player you will find that you can easily establish a great town and make constant progress with the assistance provided in this guide. Knowledge is power, and one of the most effective secrets to success in playing Tapped Out is to avoid making mistakes that cost you time.
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What this Guide Is
The Simpsons: Tapped Out is what is classically defined as a "freemium grinder" -- which is a new and emerging class of free-to-play mobile platform game of the freemium variety, which means that it is free to play but slow (hence the grinder appellation) and while it is free there are decidedly not-so-free elements to it that firmly encourage the player to spend money.
After all, the whole point behind the creation and publishing of such a game is to make money, and a publisher cannot accomplish that goal when they make things too easy on the player!
In Tapped Out the gamer will find a game that has been very well and even fairly balanced, with the combination of free and paid content being carefully weighed and balanced so that neither is given too much emphasis, and the player therefore need not (and likely will not) feel any resentment one way or the other.
This is an important consideration and it is equally important that we acknowledge that balance, because it is rare in the world of freemium gaming. In fact only a handful of publishers and game developers genuinely seek to strike such a balance.
Finding that balance means offering gamers a mixture of challenges, and as is the case with all games of this type, once that reasonable balance has been found and there is a walkable path for free play, the studio need offer no excuses when it then steps in and creates different mechanisms to speed up game play, and allow for the players to obtain the special (premium) items that radically boost productivity and income as well as harvesting XP.
It is fair to say that in many ways the strategies that are being applied have the player playing the game on an entirely different and uncommon level that is largely outside of the traditional game play system in that the new challenge is to find ways to beat the game maker, as well as the game itself.
In the end the real trick in playing these games is decidedly to find ways to obtain almost all of the benefits available without actually spending real-world money.
In other words your challenge is to find ways to play the game conveniently and pleasantly without spending your real-world money, and when you do that, you win. It is that direction in which this guide points, and it is with that strategy and challenge in mind that it was written.
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Welcome to the updated SuperCheats Unofficial Walkthrough and Guide for The Simpsons: Tapped Out, a freemium video game for iOS, Kindle Fire, and Android that is based on the animated TV series The Simpsons.