A couple of General FAQs (Guest Post)

This is a post by Alissa the Amazing. I thought her basic FAQ thread was so good that I asked her if I could post it here 🙂 so more Tappers could benefit from her wisdom and she said “yes”! So here it is:

These are just a few of the FAQs I’ve noticed come up a lot with TSTO, and some that are just fun facts to know.

How many characters have been introduced in TSTO to date?

As of Level 32/Krustyland Expansion there are 80 Characters that have been introduced to the game at some point, either as a limited time character or a permanent addition. These include characters that have no tasks and only walk around.

The breakdown is:
-40 Characters are permanent non-premium characters.
-27 Characters are permanent premium characters.
-13 Characters are limited time characters that were introduced as part of a limited time quest line, and are no longer available.

When I visit my friend’s town why are some of their characters dressed differently than mine?

From time to time EA introduces a costume for a character already in the game that will open up a whole new quest line for that character. Sometimes these costumes come out with a big event (like Christmas and Halloween) and other times they’re introduced as part of a promotion for an upcoming episode of the Simpsons.

As of Level 32 there are 15 total costumes that have been introduced. Out of that 15, only 2 of them are permanent additions (McBain & Kamp Bart), and they both cost donuts to unlock.

Some Costume Stats:
-Homer currently had the most costumes released (Mayan Homer, Cool Homer, Santa Homer, Mr. Plow & Ninja Homer) they were all limited time and no longer available.
-With the level 32 update all 5 main Simpsons characters were given costumes, however only Bart’s is still available.
-Flanders, Apu, Moe, Willie, Mr. Burns & Wolfcastle are the only other characters to have costumes in the game.

What about Chief Wiggum? Doesn’t he have a costume? Sometimes I see him walking around my neighbors Springfield in a dress.

Chief Wiggum does not have a costume, however if you use his 24 hour task (Go on a Stakeout) he will walk around Springfield in a dress and blue wig. (Note by Em- Other examples are Barney’s 4h task, sobering up and Kent’s 24h task.)

How many buildings have been introduced in TSTO to date?

As of level 32 (not including Krustyland) there have been 98 buildings released, between permanent additions, limited-time, and premium.
Some Building Breakouts:

-27 buildings are considered homes. Of those 27: 6 can be purchased multiple times, thus leading to house farming (Brown, orange, blue, purple, white and pink houses), 6 are premium (SleepEazy Motel, Lincoln’s Cabin, Santa’s Village, Volcano Lair, Frink’s Lab and Otto’s School Bus) and 4 were limited time and no longer available (Cool Brown house, Santa’s Village, Lincoln’s Cabin, Bad Dream House)

-18 buildings are considered stores. Of those 18: 5 are premium (Mapple Store, Sprawl-Mart, Try-N-Save & Barney’s Bowlarama), 3 are limited time and no longer available (Mapple Store, Howard’s Flowers & House of Evil), and 1 was at one point limited time and has been rereleased with level 32 (Sir Putt-A-Lot’s).

-18 buildings are considered restaurants. Of those 18: 4 are premium (Planet Hype, Swanky Fish, Asia de Cuba & Lard Lad Donuts) and 4 are limited time and no longer available (Nighthawk Diner, Swanky Fish, O’Flanagan’s Pub & Phineas Q. Butterfat’s).

-3 buildings host sporting events: Springfield Downs, Duff Stadium (premium) & Springfield Coliseum (premium).

Do all of the buildings earn money?

No. While almost all of the buildings earn money there are a handful of buildings that do not earn money but have other tasks. Cletus’s Farm does not earn money as the other buildings do instead it earns money through growing crops, Channel 6 earns money through news broadcasts and Open Air Stage earns money through characters performing. Springfield Downs earns money through betting on the Dog Races.

Town Hall, Moe’s Tavern, Springfield Elementary and the Police Station do not earn money. However, your neighbors can vandalize those buildings with spray paint while visiting and you earn money from cleaning up the spray paint.

Finally, Springfield Retirement Castle is the one building that does not earn money, has no tasks to earn money, and cannot be vandalized. However, it’s a building you must purchase in order to get Grandpa Simpson.

How large can I expand my Springfield to?

Including the water and shoreline Springfield is a 16×13 rectangle.
Krustyland is a 10×10 square.

How much would it cost to purchase all the available land in Springfield?

To purchase all of the land in Springfield, 208 squares, it would cost $9,727,040 game dollars.
To purchase all of the land in Krustyland, 100 squares, it would cost 469,000 tickets.
(Note: calculations might be incorrect)

Thank you again, Alissa the Amazing!


32 thoughts on “A couple of General FAQs (Guest Post)

  1. Maybe I missed this. I had tsto on my tablet, it was linked to my fb account. My tablet broke and when I reinstalled the game it took me back to the beginning. I got to the part where it asked me if I would lime to make this new town associated with my fb. Is there a way I can get my old game back? I have spent a lot of time building up my town and do not want yo start over. Please help!!!!


    1. oh ouch. facebook link is not a login perse. the login was with origin not facebook.
      did you have a origin login? you need to use that one to login and get your town back.
      if you didn’t the data was lost since it was only on your phone


    2. FB shouldve saved it but as FB is not primarly made for gaming it couldve been lost.
      The ones to contact is FB to see if the game can be retrieved, unless you have written down the Mayham so EA can identify the game. http://help.ea.com/en/contact-us/new/ only disclose mayham to EA – not on forums and blogs.
      Mayham ID is unique for every game. Keep it on file if you cant access the game.
      Buildmenu. Popup top right: cog. Info. About. The long number above contact info.


  2. Perhaps I missed it, but was the power plant discussed here? It’s a building that took three parts to create and characters have tasked assigned with it. The plant is also special in that it cannot be vandalized and it also doesn’t generate any money on its own.

    On another note, glad to see you all back and running again. I stopped visiting the other site for about a month and came back to see that the community had nearly imploded on itself. 🙂


    1. No, the Power plant was not mentioned and yes it does not generate any money on its own. It mearly supply electricity to Springfield and is necessary for unlocking mr Burns 🙂


  3. It’s great to see more authors. I always felt this was an odd limit in the past. Any chance we might ever see RCSprinter or Werdna again? I like this article because it also reinforces the point that the limited items started around Halloween.


    1. RCSprinter is already here! Yey! Werdna is still on holiday, according to Mickus.
      I loved this article so much that I begged Alissa the Amazing to let me post it here 🙂
      She’s working on a complete premiumguide now on tapped-out.co.uk click the TSTO Q&A in the post to get to her Page


  4. woah this game has gotten really big! i mean 80 characters and like 50 buildings, i think tapped out has more content then some console games! btw great FAQ, it was very informative 🙂


  5. Im sorry if this is the wrong place but i really need some help 😦 someone has gone into my springfeild and spent over 600 of my donuts and 1.7 million in game money 😦 please what should/can i do?


    1. contact EA and explain what has happened and ask if you can either get your money back or get new donuts and game cash. Or contact apple or google play to get your money back.


  6. comedygold24 08/12/2013 — 05:21

    Great FAQ, I just noticed a couple little errors. At the section about homes, Santa’s Village is time limited not premium, and at the section about stores, Mapple store is listed twice (should be time limited). And, as another user commented, the Retirement Castle does have tasks. Would it be possible to get a full list of all the homes, stores and restaurants? That would be really helpful! Keep up the good work with this blog, really enjoying it!


    1. Santas village and mapplestore was both limited And premium, so they fit both catagorys. The retirement castle is utelized in tasks but does not generate money on its own or function as a taskgiver as the farm, open air stage and channel 6.


      1. comedygold24 08/12/2013 — 05:57

        I understand, but since this FAQ is mostly for new players I think it makes more sense to clearly state that Santa’s village and Mapple store are no longer available (or they might wait for it to become unlocked for a long time), this is more relevant than wether or not it was premium at the time. Just a tip, do what you want with it 🙂


        1. Every available building/decoration is listed in the building menu either with a price or marked as locked. The limited items that has passed their limitation are no longer listed in the menu so there is no reason for new players to wait for unlocking things that are not there, unless re-released.


      2. franoccitanes 08/12/2013 — 15:03

        Hello, so happy to see that site, the mapple store wasn’t premium at the beginning


    2. Santa’s village is limited time as well as premium and it’s listed as both in that section (although not accounted for twice). It’s no longer available, but when it was available it was a premium item (I believe it was around 200 donuts).
      This is also the case for the Mapple Store. It’s listed as both limited time and premium in the store section (during Christmas it could be purchased for Santa coins, but after the holidays it was available for purchase for donuts (90 donuts I believe)). Both buildings are listed in both categories but not accounted for twice. It’s more to give the reader an idea of how many buildings were at one point premium, but I also wanted to make it clear that they were in fact limited time (which is why they’re listed under both headings).
      Since the question topic is “how many buildings have been introduced to date” I wanted to ensure that all buildings were covered, including ones that could no longer be purchased. It’s more a factoid than anything. 🙂


    3. And yup the retirement castle has character tasks but it does not have income tasks (like Cletus’s Farm, Open Air Stage & Channel 6). It falls under the question of what buildings generate income, not which buildings are utilized by characters.
      It’s an FAQ for all players. I wanted to ensure it not only addressed common new player questions, but also interesting things players that have been playing for a while might not know (or realize). 🙂


  7. Veey useful information. Im on level 32 but dont think of got 40 fremium characters. Going to have to check.

    Am I correct in thinking grandpa also has a costume that has not been mentioned? Gorgeous grandpa?


    1. It was said that all of the Simpson family have costumes and Grampa is a Simpson, so yes, you are somewhat correct. The others, not specified are Witch-Marge, Gymnastic-Lisa and Kamp-Bart


      1. Ahh good point. I was forgetting grandpa simpson as being a simpson. I was counting maggie as the 5th character for some unknown reason


  8. Mike Dixon, BFA (sbsweaty429) 08/12/2013 — 04:05

    There are tasks at the Retirement Castle. Grampa, Snake, Lisa and Skinner’s mom all have tasks there.

    Unless you’re talking about ‘tasks’ a la Channel 6 or Cletus’s Farm, then I retract my statement.


    1. Yup it’s meant to be money tasks (similar to Open Air Stage, Channel 6 & Cletus’s Farm). Basically it’s a building that does not generate revenue of any kind.
      Yes, characters use it for tasks but the topic it’s covered under is more about generating income then what’s utilized by characters to complete their tasks 🙂


  9. elenacraciun88 08/12/2013 — 03:12

    Great post! Really fun and informative at the same time. It really helped me figure out why setting tasks for all my characters is taking forever nowadays. At one point a few days ago I tried to count all my springfielders, bit I gave up at one point :-P.
    Wish they would make the game more fast with an idle character finder. Best wishes!


    1. The easiest way to count is to look in the figure collections, the button with the Homer statue, bottom left (after hitting either the 4arrow or building one, bottom righ) 🙂


  10. That’s too funny! I was in the middle of making a YT video and was counting all of the characters, buildings etc up. Low and behold, now I don’t need to. Awesome. lol. 🙂


  11. 80 characters really? Wow! Those of you who have everything must take forever getting everyone off on a task. I struggle with my 40ish characters right now!


    1. 22 of ’em are not playable 🙂 like the mascots and boardwalkers, but yeah it takes awhile.


      1. I could only count 21, what am I missing?


        1. Probably the leprechaun 🙂 or Handsome Pete


      2. doryphoros84 08/12/2013 — 10:47

        Sorry, but I think the notplayable “characters” shouldn’t been counted as characters, they are decoration, walking decoration, but nothing more.
        Or would count the costumers in Krustyland as characters?

        I’m so happy with this site, after the tragic death of our beloved other site.


        1. Characters are those that can be viewed in the sets, playable or not. The Homerstatue button (bottom left if you first tap the building button) lets you see the character sets. If they were decorations you would find them in the decoration menu. The Krustyland roamers can not be seen in any of these sets and are therefor not characters.


      3. As a FAQ, I think it’ll be more helpful to point this out in the article itself, since when I first skimmed through it, I was like “wait, there are 80 characters with tasks?” But either way, the character count has been getting large and it’ll just keep growing (no complaints here)


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