App Addiction: When to Tap-Out of The Simpsons
Back in 2009 it seemed as though everyone I knew was addicted to FarmVille. Personally, I never found FarmVille or games like it to be all that appealing. Now fast forward to 2013 and I find myself addicted to a FarmVille-type game. This is all thanks to a childhood family friend: The Simpsons. More specifically it’s all thanks to Springfield’s favorite family’s latest game, The Simpsons: Tapped Out.
This isn’t the first time that I stepped into The Simpsons: Tapped Out. I initially played it back in 2012 only to end up stopping after the Halloween event that occurred in October. For all the candy I collected and friends Springfield cities that I egged I felt as though I did everything there was to do in the game. So with that though I decided that my addiction to The Simpsons: Tapped Out was done.
At least that is what I thought until recently when I noticed that I still had the app on my iPad. Before deleting The Simpsons: Tapped Out from my iPad forever I decided to see if the developers added something that would reinvigorate my interest in the game I once found addicting. Lo and behold the developers of The Simpsons: Tapped Out did in fact add something that I wanted to be in the game when I originally played: the ability to build a boardwalk. By building a custom Simpsons boardwalk on the beach I was able to create the Springfield I envisioned in my initial play through.
While I was happy with the ability to create a boardwalk in order to expand my Springfield city it did cause an unexpected problem: I did not like how my city was constructed. Houses weren’t lined up how I wanted them to be. Business buildings were all over the place and did not make sense with how I built the boardwalk. It does not help that some of the latest updates have added Simpsons related buildings, which makes me reconsider the positioning of all the houses and buildings.
As someone whose childhood was shaped by those first 10 seasons of The Simpsons this latest foray into The Simpsons: Tapped Out has tapped into, no pun intended, what I once loved about that show. The question now is when my latest addiction to sending the citizens to work their 12 to 24 hour days and constantly rebuilding my city will be over.