Has TSTO jumped the shark?

Has The Simpsons Tapped Out jumped the shark? Let me say upfront… I sure hope not! I personally think TSTO has a bright future (rama). However, everyone must understand that everything changes and TSTO will too. I have been considering this unpleasant thought for a while now. My foreboding has increased since Halloween 2013 started. I’ll give my reasoning for this in a moment, but first I want to say that it makes me feel better knowing that (in the super-friendly global group of TSTO fan-sites that I frequent) I’m not the only one with these concerns 😐

The key issue here is (and always will be) to realize that TSTO is a ‘product’ that is ‘produced’ by a ‘business’ and in business the bottom-line rules. We can all tap, surf, comment and blog until our fingertips are calloused, our egos are satisfied and our brains implode, but in the end………….. buying donuts, from EA 😉 is what will ultimately keep this wonderful game going forward.

To that end, I bought another 900 donuts (that BTW, I could scarcely afford) to let EA know where DrewDabble stands 😀

Now back to my personal reason for concern about TSTO’s future…

Two words: “TIME MANAGEMENT”

I’ve commented and blogged about this for months foreseeing this upcoming challenge; just Google or Bing “DrewDabble”. One major improvement that would seem to be technologically possible is a powerful new character/task management system. We desperately need a more efficient way to task all the current (plus hopefully many more future) TSTO characters on a daily basis. Part one of two (maybe)…

Being A Good Neighbor-eeno

Nearly overwhelmed by ‘real-world’ work and blogging related stuff, my TSTO playing has suffered. My second (100% non-premium) game is forming cobwebs.

Good Neighbor-eeno

My vising of friends’ towns is lagging also. I’m nearly maxed out so that’s almost a hundred.  I haven’t timed it, but it takes a long time to visit them all. It’s giving me flashbacks to Whacking Day, when TSTO became a part-time job. I for one, was relieved to see the laidback pace of Squidport.

Now that we can see who has visited us (except for vandalism) I’m going to try my best to reciprocate with Tappers who visit me. However, with no ability to ‘sort’ or ‘favorite’ on the Friends Screen this is somewhat laborious. Seriously, I’m getting guitar players’ callus on the end of my tapping finger from scrolling back and forth so much.

The best solution would be if EA just automatically sorted the friends that have visited your town to the front of the list on the Friends Screen.

This would give us the ability to manage more friends. Which I’d very much like – because (true story), I’ve been struggling to find a few friends to remove from my Springfield. I had nearly decided on a short list when one of them visited my town.

I’ll end by dusting the cobwebs off my second game and showing it some love. Here’s a screenshot from it. What is the rarest thing one could ever glimpse while visiting someone else’s town?  I’m thinking that would be witnessing a crop of Perfection blooming. I’ve tried several times going back and forth between my two games with no luck. Not sure if it’s even possible with the lag-time involved in syncing with EA’s servers. So here’s one I grabbed directly from my second game. I’m tellin’ ya folks, it’s even hard to make a screenshot and then harvest Perfection before it rots.Perfection Crop Blooming