I’m just starting to get my head around this Krustyland (KL) thing. It’s a game within a game. While a little confusing at first, I get it now. EA has to design content that takes a reasonable amount of time for players to consume. Plus that content must introduce new and unexpected twists to keep us Tappers interested (and more importantly buying donuts).
Whacking Day achieved this by being grueling, but in the end – I really enjoyed staying with it everyday and strived to get all the prizes. Squidport [aka Snailport 😉 ] achieved this in a much more laid back fashion with its long boardwalk ‘Make’ times. Now the trick with KL will be to manage 2 sets of quests/tasks going back and forth between your KL and your Springfield.
This will require plenty of planning. Walkthroughs (WTs) will be very helpful. I will (as time permits) be posting my ‘Nearly-Spoiler-Free’ WTs here on my blog. Each quest name in the WT is also a link to my Flickr site which has an archive of compact yet full-res screenshot paste-up pics containing all the ‘dialogue’ from that quest/task. BTW: I have an ulterior motive for doing this. I’m a word-geek and want to have time to savor this in-game dialogue. There is (just like the TV show) some cutting-edge writing in them.
Plus they are the only source of game play instructions directly from EA. A good example is the following explanation of the Krust-O-Meter that I would have just blown through a couple of months ago…
Then there’s the cool new friends’ menu-screen. It now shows Krustyland and Squidport status. Although the verdict is still out on how accurate it is. Accuracy aside it’s still a very cool upgrade IMO. (Please note: Since this is a public blog, I’ve partially blurred their Origin IDs in respect of my TSTO friends’ privacy)
But wait, there’s more! You can now tell what friend tapped what item in your town. When you tap a shaking-hands icon the Origin ID of whatever friend tapped it appears and floats upward. However, at least in my Android game it doesn’t show who tagged (vandalized) your buildings. Which is fine with me, because graffiti is perfectly within ‘the spirit’ of the TV show and it’s supposed to be a sneaky activity anyway 😉 I haven’t tested what your friends will see after you clean graffiti in their towns. If anyone knows, please comment.
Finally, an interesting observation about the KL Shuttle. It can’t be rotated…