It seems like once a year or so, I post about The Simpsons: Tapped Out, also known as my favorite mobile time-waster. Other games come and go, but I’ve been playing this one for nearly four years now. While the Simpsons is what draws you into this freemium game, it’s the way Electronic Arts has continually released themed content and new levels that keeps it interesting. The latest update is a doozy, with superheroes like Homer’s Pieman battling the likes of Krusty’s Clownface and his rainbow-wigged henchmen, complete with comic book-styled intros and narration.
EA has done a great job of keeping things interesting in the virtual Springfield. Besides tying content to TV episodes (there have even been a few Tapped Out references show up in Simpsons episodes, which is very meta), themed events have continued to arrive like clockwork and frequent system downtime seems to be a thing of the past.
My kids tend to create their own Springfields, then lose interest over the space of a few weeks (tapping an iPad every few hours is far less appealing than blowing stuff up on the Xbox), but they always come back and play for a while after the updates. Meanwhile, the casual pace works just fine for me. My wife is a fan, too.
If you haven’t checked in to the virtual Springfield for a while–or you have yet to download EA’s genre-mocking freemium title–now is a great time to do it. We’re just a few days in to one of the biggest thematic updates yet, with super villains and super heroes, evil henchmen lurking around the city, and transition screens done comic book-style.
Late to the game? Don’t worry, you have nearly a month left (until March 24 according to EA) before the capes, masks, and superhero/super villain hijinks is over.