The massively popular, "life-ruiningly fun" The Simpsons: Tapped Out [Free] iOS game continues its near-monthly tradition of updates, this time with a Christmas update full of holiday goodies. Let's jump right into what's new. First off, presents and gift bags can now be found spread around Springfield offering goodies with a tap, and you can collect spin tokens to take a shot at winning even more prizes in Krusty's Non-Denominational Holiday Giveaway. There's some new holiday characters, like Ebenezer Burns, Mr. Costington of Costington's Department Store fame, and Barney as the infamous Plow King. There's new buildings too, like Springfield Mall filled with holiday shoppers, the Helter Shelter homeless facility, an Egg Nog Bar, and loads of Christmas decorations from ClausCo. Finally, you can now build the Happy Elves ride at Krustyland, you know, for kids. The Christmas update includes a new quest storyline to play through too, which sees Springfield residents rolling in the virtual cash of gift cards due to a clerical error. How come stuff like that never happens to me?

Personally, I've tried several times to get into The Simpsons: Tapped Out to no avail. The free-to-play elements really ruin it for me, which is a shame as I'm a huge Simpsons nut and the fan service in this game is fantastic. I'm sure others feel the same as I do, however, there are many, many, many thousands of people who do enjoy Tapped Out for what it is, and for those people, the folks behind the game have done a wonderful job updating and maintaining the game since release. If you're among those who can't get enough of The Simpsons: Tapped Out, head on over to the App Store and grab this latest holiday update.

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  • androphene

    Bring us a Futurama edition!

  • NOEN

    Been playing this since if was first released. Something about it keeps bringing me back. I still haven't spent a dime either.

    • vicsark

      "playing" ? I fell into this nicely done Simpson trap for a few weeks until I realized logging in and tapping/visiting friends was just a chore for me, and there wasn't any fun in it.
      Don't get me wrong, the fan service is good : the graphics and animations are beautiful, as the voices, iCloud works...But it really lacks any game/optimization/strategy feature.
      I guess as far as 'Ville "games" go, this one is not the worst but still, it could be so much better if it was not a business model disguised as a game (a lot of the collectibles are only IAP accessible, as donuts are very scarce, and insanely priced)

      • curtneedsaride

        I completely agree with everything you just said... But then they went and put Christmas back into it. And I still remember watching that first episode of The Simpsons (Roasting on an Open Fire), and every since The Simpsons and Christmas were connected for me. So, just like last year, I downloaded it, and am tapping away while watching old episodes of The Simpsons. But without any mini-games, I'll be deleting it again come January.

      • NOEN

        Yea, it WOULD be nice to have some sort of mini games or even unlockable episodes or something. Either way, I'm still kind of hooked. I guess it's the whole city building aspect of it. I haven't found another city builder game that's been worth playing yet.......Unless somebody out there knows of one???

      • curtneedsaride

        Yeah, I seem to play a few that are all tied to franchises I like. It's kind of getting frustrating though, because I don't want to ONLY play city building games. Like The Hobbit only has a city builder. Thankfully, for The Simpsons, they have the arcade game too!

  • Jake7905

    They really shouldn't tittle a freemium game "Tapped Out".

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  • rewind

    Where's the article on the new Candy Crush dreamland levels

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      ...Not sure if serious...

      • rewind

        I actually am. They added a whole new gameplay mode to Candy Crush, which is noteworthy if a Christmas update is.

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  • MaverickX12

    This game is great use of a license but I never really get to take advantage of the majority of update features because I'm far behind. It's almost impossible to advance if you don't spend money. Too bad...

    • bardstine

      At Level 37 and did not spend a dime to advance. Did spend some on a few buildings and such, but it is the one game where you can move up without spending any "real" money,.

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