EA dropped a small in-game update today bringing everyone’s favorite, down-on-his-luck cowpoke Gil to our Springfield’s. A Wild West Gil Deal is now underway and good ol’ Gil has a pretty decent new item offer. No, it’s not one of those good donut package deals as some of you were hoping but a really cool new item is on offer.
The following guide is a breakdown of Gil’s offer, detailing every aspect of it followed by my personal opinion of whether Gil’s Deal is a must or a bust. Some of the details of the offer have been covered already in LetsplaynintendoITA’s announcement post here.
Gil Deal Info
In-Game Menu Tile:
The Bandit Fort is a non-canon item meaning it has not appeared in any story line in any episode of The Simpsons and was created exclusively for Tapped Out. Gil calls it a “stronghold of hoodlums” and the immediate benefits of this item are to aid in collecting Wild West currency. It generates Bandits for your tapping pleasure and does so twice as often as any of Bandit generating location.
***Available until May 4, 2016 at 9:00 am***
- Reach Level 5
- 5 Bandits
- Every 2 hours
Income Action Quote:
- “Preparing for a Raid”
Placement: Grass | Pavement | Beach | Dirt
Size: 14 X 12 squares
- The Three Compadres Parts 1-4
Characters Involved with Quest:
- Comic Book Guy***
- Sea Captain***
*If you do not have Martin the first task will be to build Springfield Library and obtain him.
**Database is not required to complete due to it requiring Level 44.
**Not required but involved in it as “Vigilantes”
- Martin – “Assault the Bandit Fort” – 8 hours – 420 / 105
- Milhouse – “Assault the Bandit Fort” – 8 hours – 420 / 105
- Principal Skinner – “Assault the Bandit Fort” – 8 hours – 420 / 105
- Database – “Assault the Bandit Fort” – 8 hours – 420 / 105
- Skinner – “Assault the Bandit Fort” – 8 hours – 420 / 105
- Comic Book Guy – “Assault the Bandit Fort” – 8 hours – 420 / 105
- Sea Captain – “Assault the Bandit Fort” – 8 hours – 420 / 105
- Generates Bandits and generates them faster to help obtain event prizes
- Will be a cash generator after Wild West event
- Comes with a quest
- Unlocks a permanent job for SEVEN characters rather than sit unused
- Hefty price tag. 200 donuts is not cheap.
- Item is non-canon and has nothing to do with The Simpsons
- Cannot be sold
- Is huge and takes up significant land. Not good for those with limited space.
Deciding whether to take ol’ Gil up on his deal or not really depends not only on what type of tapper you are but also what type of Simpson fan you are in my opinion. What I mean by that is, many players whether premium, freemium or a little of both, put great weight into the fact that an item is canon or non-canon when making premium decisions. To many, it doesn’t matter one bit if an item has appeared in the show at any point in the 27 Seasons that the show has aired, but to a large portion of the tapper population this is a big deal. I myself prefer canon items as not only is my town my best attempt at a fully functional civilization but it is also my very own digital museum of The Simpsons history.
Add the fact that the Bandit Fort comes with a large 200 donut price tag, many of you couldn’t fathom shelling out that much for an item that has zero ties with the show. I buy every item offered simply for purposes of this site and also a raging OCD diagnosis that will not allow me to not have everything. A completitst is the popular title for people like me.
This is a tough one because the non-canon tag is really the only major con for this item, well aside from the price. The boost to Vanity isn’t all that rewarding and one can get double that on items far cheaper than the Fort but I believe the big selling points for this item are the fact that it generates Bandits, which if you’re paying attention, without using oodles of donuts it’s quite hard to legitimately collect enough resources on a regular basis to obtain not only the daily prizes but also the 10 Personal Prizes, so anything that aids in collecting more event currency regularly is a huge plus. Also the permanent tasks that this item adds to not only one character but 4 is huge. This alone excludes the Bandit Fort from joining the large list of insanely expensive items that sit in the digital boneyard forever unused. Not only do you get to interact with the Fort for the initial quest but also at ANY time you choose for the life of the game. The “in-use” animation alone makes me want to send my characters to the Fort all of the time now.
All of these points have led me to the same troubling spot that almost all Should I Buys have led me when determining whether to buy or pass, with the inability to firmly stand on either side. Should you buy the Bandit Fort or should you send Gil packing? Yes. Yes you should. That is my opinion and I’m sticking to it ; )
Hope this helps! Feels good to just be back publishing on a somewhat regular basis.