By: Chris Buffa August 20, 2012 0 Comments

Who needs the Kwik-E-Mart? How can you score free Donuts? Find out with this guide to Springfield.


For a while, we thought EA Mobile's The Simpsons: Tapped Out was history, following an unimpressive launch earlier this year. Thankfully, the publisher made necessary tweaks, and the game is back on iPhone and iPad, giving iOS users the world over a chance to create their personal Springfields. With this in mind, we created this The Simpsons: Tapped Out cheats and tips guide for beginners to get them started.

Buy More Donuts (Mmmm, Donuts)

As you'll soon learn, Donuts are a player's best friend. These tasty-looking treats prove useful for speeding up tasks and purchasing various items and even characters. They're also tough to earn from simply playing the game. That said, feel free to visit the virtual shop and buy more Donuts.

Dozen Donuts: $1.99
Stack of 60 Donuts: $4.99
Tray of 132 Donuts: $9.99
Truckload of 300 Donuts: $19.99
Store Full of 900 Donuts: $49.99
Boatload of 2,400 Donuts: $99.99

In addition, you can exchange donuts for Money.

5 Donuts: 500 Money
9 Donuts: 1,000 Money
21 Donuts: 2,500 Money
41 Donuts: 5,000 Money
80 Donuts: 10,000 Money
115 Donuts: 15,000 Money

Homes And Businesses Earn Money 24/7

It's definitely in your best interest to build homes and businesses, as these structures not only earn money all day, even when you're not around, but also prove useful for sending characters on missions. For instance, you cannot tell Lisa Simpson to shop at Apu's Kwik-E-Mart if you don't have the convenience store in your town, but come on. What's Springfield without the Kwik-E-Mart? Shelbyville, that's what.

Send Characters On Missions

Each character in The Simpsons: Tapped Out comes with a unique set of goals to complete, and you're free to send them on these missions whenever they are available. Why bother doing this? Because you stand to earn Money and XP. The list of missions includes telling Apu to feed the octuplets, having Cletus brew moonshine and watching Ned Flanders go for a power walk. Just keep in mind that missions range from just a few seconds to complete, to several hours. Of course, you can always finish them instantly with Donuts.

[Editor's Note: Tap characters to see how much longer it'll take to finish the assigned mission.]

Rock The Conform-O-Meter

The Simpsons: Tapped Out keeps track of your accomplishments through the Conform-O-Meter, which lets you earn up to five stars in each category to score a Conformity Bonus of 1.0 percent Money and XP. On that note, be sure to complete the following:

Indolence: Buy houses for families to fight and sleep in.
Consumerism: Buy stores to get suckers to drop dough.
Tree-hugging: Buy plants to make your town greener.
Vanity: Buy decorations to beautify your town.
Obedience: Buy public buildings to keep society docile.
Gluttony: Buy restaurants for people too lazy to cook.
Righteousness: Keep criminals and graffiti off the streets.
Socialism: Make friends and visit them.

[Editor's Note: Check your Conform-O-Meter progress by tapping the five stars on the bottom left corner of the screen. This brings us to the next tip.]

Keep Track Of Your Progress

You can always check how much Money and Donuts you have, current level, points needed to level up and number of available missions via the bottom left corner of the screen. You can even buy more Donuts from there, under the pink arrow that says, "Get More."

Grow Plants On Cletus' Farm

You can grow a variety of plants on Cletus' Farm that'll bring in more Money and XP. Well, except weeds. Those things are useless.

Perfection (Cost- 2 Money, Grow Time- 45 seconds): 10 Money, 2 XP
Tomacco (Cost- 15 Money, Grow Time- 60 minutes): 75 Money, 20 XP
Silvertongue (Cost- 55 Money, Grow Time- 8 hours): 275 Money, 75 XP
Triffids (Cost- 80 Money, Grow Time- 12 hours): End of Humanity
Moonshine (Cost- 150 Money, Grow Time- 24 hours): 600 Money, 150 XP
Corn. Actual Corn (Cost- 9,000 Money, Grow Time- 90 days): 45,000 Money, 9,000 XP

[Editor's Note: You can speed up the growing process with Donuts.]

Visit Other Springfields

Each day, you can visit a friend's Springfield and tap up to three buildings to collect rewards. You will need to sign-up for/log into a free Origin account, and EA will give you 2 free Donuts for doing this.

You Can Always Move Things Around

Don't like where you put something? Move and/or rotate it by clicking the four directional arrows on the lower right. From there, tap the desired (or undesired) object. From there, you can change its direction, move it someplace else, store it in your inventory for future use and even sell it for Money.

Clean Springfield

After purchasing land, have Homer or Lisa clean up all the debris and toxic sludge, as this will net some Money and let you build on that location. You can't build or move something onto garbage.

Roads, Pavement And Rivers Are Free

You don't need to spend money to build roads, pavement and rivers, so always seek to rapidly expand.

Get Free Donuts

As we previously mentioned, signing into Origin will score 2 free donuts, and you'll receive 5 free donuts for inviting friends.

Consider Buying Premium Stuff, Decorations

Spend Donuts to make more Money. That's the Springfield way. These special items imbue the town with lucrative bonuses. To see the current list, click the build icon on the lower right (the saw and hammer), then click the Homer Buddha. Here's a small sampling of the stuff you can buy.

-Orange Tree (15 Donuts): 0.50 percent bonus money and all XP to all Jobs.
-Squeaky Voice Teen (30 Donuts): This character's jobs earn 50 percent more money and XP.
-Lard Land Donuts (110 Donuts): Earns 125 Money and 13 XP every four hours.
-Duffy Brewery (190 Donuts): Earns 200 Money and 20 XP every six hours.
-Mystery Box (6 Donuts): Win Lard Lad Donuts, Tire Fire, Squeaky Voice Teen or Donuts!

[Editor's Note: Not all decorations cost Donuts. You can use Money to buy others.]

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