Guitars, Saxophones and the Harp of Death

Hi guys.
Well it’s been on the cards for a while now to repost some information of the past. Rather than to copy it word for word, due to copyright laws I have fully rewritten this post myself however, I have inserted 2 quotes from Mr T (the previous owner of tstotips) and all the credit of this post goes to T as it is his information which I am just retellimg to you.

“It was once fixed but now the powerful, mighty curse has returned.”. – Mickus 2013

It has come to our attention by darthderriphan112 on our ideas page here, that the return of the Harp of Death has come upon us. So what is this Harp of Death? you say. Well, it something that you wouldn’t wish upon anyone, not even your worst enemy. When going into the bonus level, it freezes your game and leaves you stumped, stressed and horrified and a splash screen with a continuously spinning donut. The “Harp” was the background noise during the valentines day event when it first started occurring.

It seems to occur when you are moving on the bonus round and you collect experience in a frenzy, that is to say, too quick and although you’re only winning 1-3 donuts, it becomes to much for the game when it is pushed. This is for people who are already on the highest level moving onto the next level, which currently doesn’t exist.

So, this begs the question, “How do I fix this?” Well, I was going through all of T’s old posts and out of all of the posts on the Harp, (and there were a lot) I never found an answer for android users. However if you are using the iOS system, its best to use either an iPhone 5 or the latest iPad devices. So from the advice from T’s posts, here’s what he used to do.
Note these are T’s words not mine and I do believe that he solved a lot of problems this way.

“Turn off the auto-lock and plug it in. Then log in as normal. It should take about 15-20 minutes to break the harp. You’ll need to tap the bonus level game at least 3 or 4 times to be sure that the harp is broken, then close the app. Log in again and everything should be fine.”

There apparently has also been cases for an iPhone 4s to fix the problem but it would be a better bet to use the newest device available. Unfortunately, there have been no cases of iPods fixing the problem.

According to Mr T, he never found a way to fix for android as his solution was with iOS. He also said that there have been cases where the harp has gone away all by itself. However, he also stated that there was more than one type of harp and because I have never had it, and I don’t know a great deal about the subject matter, again I quote from Mr T.

“Are there different kinds of harps?
Yes, there are. The first time you get it, it’s usually a single strum and quite easy to break. The second and third time, you get a double or triple strum and breaking it is much harder and takes longer – 40-60 minutes on an iPhone 5. It also behaves differently when you break it – the bonus level flashes briefly making you think you’re back into the game. It then goes straight to the Bart screen. The trick then is to “Try again” three or four times and look for the game to synchronize. If it does, close the app completely in the multi-task bar, then open it up and log in. You should be able to play. Keep half an eye on your device, though – if you leave the Bart screen up too long, you’ll need to start all over again.”

The bottom line is that its not like the chicken pox where you can only get it once, if unlucky, twice. You can get it a multiple amount of times and you are at risk whenever you are closing the bonus level.

The easiest way to prevent it is: when you are coming close to hot the bonus level, collect slowly. Collect the experience one at a time and more importantly, don’t build buildings or place decorations.

For those who don’t know what the bonus round is, its the level beyond the current level and it looks like this.

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I hope this makes more sense and as I will repeat again, rather than to refer you back to the old tips site i have rewritten this page with my own words with the exception of two parts. Those two parts were both from Mr T and are taken and quoted straight from him.

I must say, thank you again to Mr T.

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41 thoughts on “Guitars, Saxophones and the Harp of Death

  1. Mine started two days ago And I don’t have a iPhone to fix it does anybody else have one

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    1. Contact EA and ask if they can login on an iOS device for you. Same login as your game http://help.ea.com/en/contact-us/new/

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  2. I now have encountered the Harp of Death. I do not have an iphone5 and am on a kindle. I cannot get it to break. Am very sad.

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    1. Contact EA right away, same login as your game http://help.ea.com/en/contact-us/new/
      This is not suppose to happen! The most basic requirement for any game is that it is playable.

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  3. So after the xmas update ended I have been getting yhe harp of death. It’s been 2 weeks and I miss my town. I’m on an android and just seeing if anyone has a cure. EA said they were working on it a week ago since then I can’t get any info from them.

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    1. 😦 Sorry. I loath this! Not able to play when you want to! EA needs to fixs this, like last year!

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  4. Does this happens on ipod 5g?

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  5. Love the title,

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    1. Thanks. The idea was that Lisa can play the guitar and the sax and she has played the harp. I cant remember which episode but i do remember her learning how to play it.

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  6. I’ve read many posts in the past regarding THOD and crossed my fingers that I’d never be personally introduced to it but I think I may have heard it when Cookie Kwan appeared in the Level Up. I heard a “strum” and then CK appeared. It didn’t sound like any noise I’ve heard before when leveling up. Could I have possibly heard it at that time? Or was it something else? Should I be worried?

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    1. It could have been. Did it allow you into the game? Normally it happens when you collect too much experience when pushing through into the bonus level.

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      1. Yes, it allowed me into the game after a brief pause.

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        1. You should be ok. It could be the server connecting. Normally the donut will stop spinning for a second and then start again for about 5 seconds before entering your Springfield. The same thing for Krustyland only its a pie not a donut.

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  7. My game has been crashing for the past 5 days. Can’t get in . I’m on android. I dont know if I caught the harp. But I’m very frustrated.

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    1. It sounds like the harp. I wouldn’t suggest giving anyone your login details but maybe if you have a friend with iOS you could try fixing it on their device. Otherwise you’ll just have to wait it out. I would definitely contact EA to let them know that it still exist.

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      1. I had a friend try that (on android and ipad) it crashed on him too. I tried EA , 14 days till i hear from them. I even tried the reinstall twice
        Thanks

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      2. Not trying to doubt you, but I just want to try to narrow down possible issues. One good way to determine if it’s your game’s problem or do you juts need a better device is to see if your friend can visit your town. If your friend can visit your town, then it usually means you need a “better” device. If your friend cannot visit your town, then it means your game save has been corrupted and almost always only EA can help you fix it.

        As for device, I’m not trying to doubt you, but how “powerful” are the iPad and android you tested on? I know from the general EA TSTO forum, people are having trouble playing the game on the 1st generation iPad, so I just wanted to see if there’s a possible solution without going through EA because by the time they fix your account, it will be months later unless you get lucky.

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    2. Did you try turning off your device, then turn it back on? Did you close all other running applications? The game has been a bit unstable lately, and those with low specs on their device does have problem connecting and staying connected. I have trouble staying connected for more than 5 minutes this past week, so that’s why I’m asking. I don’t think it’s really the harp because if it was, you’ll be hearing it much more often in this blog and other forums.

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      1. Yes I tried that. I started a new game (sigh) and I have no problems so far. I was lvl 33 waiting for the update. Now I’m starting over. I don’t know if EA will be able to save it. Thanks

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        1. Its worth a try to send an email to EA explaining your situation ASAP because it may take then 1-2 weeks to reply. Best to get it sent before the next event so you don’t miss out.

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  8. Android users is pretty much the same as ios users: find a machine that’s pretty powerful in specs and just wait it out. Although, I saw his post too and I’m curious if it’s really the harp of death. Judging by the time he posted and his description, it just sounds like he has trouble connecting and staying connected (I had that issue too around that time frame). We all know how EA servers are not in their best shape.

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    1. The post i was reading was actually when it first started occurring and this was what T was doing for other people at the time.

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  9. Since you’ve mentioned his name so many times, I gotta ask… Has anyone heard from T? Do we know his side of the story about ‘the event’? It’s not like saying beetlejuice 3 times and he’ll appear is it? 🙂

    Thanks for the post, I’ll save it just in case this happens to me…

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    1. I speak with Tony regularly. In fact he offered to write for me on a limited basis but we’re waiting for the smoke to clear first.

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      1. That’s great to hear Mike, sounds like a good plan.

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      2. thelittleprince 08/30/2013 — 22:52

        Would love to hear his side of the story as to what happened to his site. How it all went down left a bad taste in my mouth. He needs to issue an apology for doing what he did, intentional or not. Hope you can relay this to him even if this post is not approved to be seen publicly. Just needed to get that out of my system.

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        1. He owes no one any apology. It would be nice to get a some kind of statement but he’s legally barred from doing so right now. He’ll always have my support regardless.

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        2. If you want the story go to tstotipshelp.wordpress.com

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      3. I don’t know what happened with it all, and it doesn’t really bothered me too much any more, but I do feel for all the writers, and Mr T. If anyone is here that was at ‘tips’ from the beginning (I wasn’t there from day one, but the early stages) when he used to post regularly and pretty much run the whole thing by himself, you will know he is an extremely genuine, hard working and even caring person. I don’t know what happened but I know whatever he did, he had his reasons and I respect that. The man doesn’t owe anyone anything, he did everything for free, and without him, I don’t believe the game would be what it is, and the whole tsto community would not be what it is. He got a lot of negative comments from people for a long time, long before the zino drama, and I am sure, felt under appreciated by a lot of people. All he ever did was try to help and share the love of the Simpsons and tsto. I would be very careful about coming back Mr T, as although I for one would just LOVE to read a post from him again, I know he would get a lot of questions and comments, not all of them positive. He has been through so much already, and it must have taken its toll, and I just wouldn’t want him to put himself into that position again. If you do come back Mr T, rest assure there are readers out there like me that would welcome you with open arms! But just be careful OK? I don’t mean to sound horrible, and I am not trying to be, I just know how some people operate. I will always be grateful to Mr T, he is a legend in the tsto community in my eyes! Post over lol

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        1. I agree. To show how big of a problem the harp was , there were about 15 posts within 2 weeks stretching from the end of February (valentines day event) to the start of march (st Patrick’s day event).

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      4. thelittleprince 08/31/2013 — 14:04

        If you think that he owes no one an apology for abandoning his site with nary an explanation and the post by whoever took over his site recommending that other hacking site for profits which made his regular readers think it was from him causing undue distress, confusion and loss of money to others who did business with the site thinking it was from him, then I don’t know what to say. It’s a matter of accountability. Just my opinion.

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        1. Lets put this to rest. Mr T is a great person and for many months helped people in distress. Even me at one stage. Whether or not he owes an apology well, lets just say that we all have our views but this site is tstotopix not tipssoldout so keep any gamezino or tips opinions to your self and talk about the game otherwise i will delete them.

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      5. Ok, I’m sorry, but although that I don’t believe Mr T. owes an apology all that much, you saying that ANY comments relating to what happened with the old site or that damned gamezino will be deleted by you makes me want to avoid this site as well. What happened with them happens to be a major TOPIC of what’s happening with TSTO at the moment. If he returns and you delete every negative comment about him, that makes you no better that the sensoring d-bag who took over the old site. Since this is many people’s only resource or outlet to say “hey, I got screwed by gamezino and I feel its Mr t’s fault”, they have a right to be heard. On a side note, I myself did not get duped by the scam. I just can’t stand hypocrisy.

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        1. Keep beating the dead horse if you want to. Not passing any comments, good or bad, about ‘you know what’ is an attempt to put this behind us and move on. It is not a way of shielding or silencing or censoring and as we are not affiliated with scamsites, we have no more info about ’em than you do. We want to concentrate on the Game, not the Drama surrounding it thus not passing those comments. However, it seems like some just won’t let go, so I’ll pass this in hope that now that one more voice have been heard it will stop! (Not holding my breath, though)

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        2. No. We won’t censor comments unless they contain foul language or are threatening. Everyone has the right to their opinion but this site is about our favourite game “TSTO” not about gamezino and continual taking bad about them is just lowering ourselves to their level.

          We have out up the post “Let it be” and like Paul and John say, it is time to move on. No more grudges and time to think forward. Any comments mentioning the scandal or “how T owes (or doesn’t owe) everyone an apology” will be removed unless they are aimed to help others. I know what you are saying but walking around moping wont get us anywhere. Lets just leave that to Lenny.

          Im sorry for what happened but even though i wasn’t duped by them, I am losing interest for the game along with other people because of this constant conundrum.
          I hope you can understand. Lets look to the future, not the last. 😃

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    2. Go to tstotipshelp.wordpress.com for the story.

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  10. I had the harp of death for a week during vday. Nothing worked for me, ios user, so beware all!

    One day, i was just able to get back in. I was able to get the choo choo chose me train and then the event ended.

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  11. I was a victim of the first harp of death. After a little research, I let the harp playing in the splash screen for 10 or 15 minutes, as told in the post. After a while, the game finally load and the bonus level apear on the screen. I picked up my donuts and pressed ok. But then, the bonus level apear again, and again, and again… When it was finally over, and the game itself load, I had almost 1200 donuts! I saved the donuts for months, to see if they stay there, before spent them all, a few weeks ago.

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  12. I hated the Harp of Death! It froze me out for Four Days! and the fix from EA was only 2 donuts! Now I hear the first chord of the Harp every level up. It freezes my blood and paralyze me. The game starts after only half a minute but it takes me hours to get warm again.

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    1. I got it earlier today. I quit out straight away and loaded it again and it worked. I think its much better than it used to be.

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