The Simpsons: Tapped Out is a village simulator that was first developed for iOS on February 17, 2012. It was then later exported to Android on January 29, 2013. The game was developed and published by Electronic Arts.
The premise of this game is that the player must help Homer Simpson rebuild Springfield after a meltdown at the Nuclear Power Plant causes the entire city to be destroyed, stripping it bare of all buildings and citizens (excluding Homer and a huge heap of radioactive waste). As you progress through the game and avenge iconic Springfield locations, such as the Simpsons' family home and the Kwik-E-Mart, you also unlock more of the townsfolk, e.g. Ned Flanders with the Flanders' home and Principal Skinner with Springfield Elementary.
The game incorporates the use of experience points, with which the player can level up and gain access to more characters, decorations and buildings, and in-game currency that enables the player to purchase said items. Also included is premium currency, in the form of donuts, that the player can purchase with real money in order to gain access to exclusive (and sometimes limited time only) items that enhance gameplay.
The game requires an internet connection to play, as there are regular updates available for the app that are either automatic, or require manual installation.
This game provides examples of:
- Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: Those boardwalks for the Squidport pier. Not only does the price go up each time, but so does the length in time it takes for the game to cough them up.
- For a time, there was a glitch that allowed collecting multiple boardwalks once you're done building if multiple neighbors tap on it when visiting you. This greatly eases the pain of waiting days for a single section to be built. This was patched in the Valentines 2014 Update.
- A God Is You: Some of the characters refer to the player as one during in-quest dialogue.
- Alternate Self/My Future Self and Me: In the Sci-Fi 2016 event, you don't earn costumes, but characters from the future instead. Specifically, Mooch Bart, President Lisa, Rockstar Maggie, Robo Burns, and Doggy Smithers. Meanwhile, the plot of the event involves Homer gathering five alternate Homers from other dimensions — Barbarian Homer, Strongman Homer, King Size Homer, Cool Homer, and Evil Homer (and if the original Homer is wearing a costume matching the first four, he would have special dialogue).
- Ambiguous Clone Ending: The conclusion of the Sci-Fi 2016 event had Springfield sacrifice the alternate Homers to seal off the black hole, but Evil Homer sneaks off and disguises himself as the regular Homer. The two Homers fight until one of them throws the other into the black hole, sealing off the black hole for good. When asked which Homer he is, the Homer who won reveals he got Trauma-Induced Amnesia during the fight. Bart asks him if he wore the monocle Evil Homer wears, Homer responds, "I always wear a monocle. Or do I...?"
- Amusement Park: A while in, the game granted the player access to a secondary location known as Krustyland, which, despite being geographically located elsewhere in the in-game universe, has still met the same fate as Springfield at the start of the game. Explained as it was abandoned for a long time and thus needed to be rebuilt.
- The Itchy And Scratchy-land Event involved Krustyland being demolished all over again and both having to be rebuilt. And with the Moe's Ark Event, you had to build a zoo. There is also Duffland, and Praiseland, both being smaller parks.
- Anachronic Order: A one-week prelude to a major time-travelling event in 2017 features the start of a questline called "The Time Travelers Wife" (in which an orange-skinned Homer from the future appears), which unusually begins with Part 2. During the "Build Like an Egyptian" questline in the Egypt portion of the main event, Homer becomes interested in Egypt's religion and starts staring at the sun for hours, which leaves him with orange skin. Cue Part 1 of the questline "The Time Traveler's Wife", which shows Homer travelling back in time in the first place.
- And the Adventure Continues: In "The Buck Stops Here, The Work Also" (the last non-premium quest when the game first launched), Homer leaves Mayor Quimby to lead the rebuilding efforts of Springfield, with the following dialogue occurring:Homer: Don't worry, there's plenty more of Springfield to create... including brothels and sleazy motels.
Marge: No, NOT including those.
Homer: Okay, not those. But there's a lot more to build and do... as long as those lazy game designers are still on the ball. I give it 50-50.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: Some of the updates include alternate costumes for different characters that give them access to an alternate set of tasks. Though most characters don't get any, many do, including Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge, Abe Simpson, Flanders, Skinner, Barney, and Comic Book Guy.
- Invoked with the Stonecutter update, as any character shown in the episode to be a member of the organization was given an alternate Stonecutters skin (the robe).
- Anti-Climax: The final level update is treated as this in the game. The characters anticipate who the final character is going to be, hoping it would be someone special. It turns out to be the Wise Guy, a recurring bit-part character so obscure that Milhouse thought he was made up for the game. The Wise Guy himself is excited about how memorable the level will turn out... but it turns out that all he ends up doing is odd jobs, just like in the show.Wise Guy: After years waiting to get in this game, THIS is my big moment? I'm barely even in this update!
- Anti-Hero: Homer, in the sense that at the start of the game, he does not want to avenge Springfield, and even after building the Simpsons house and unlocking Lisa, he suggests that the two of them relocate to Miami.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The four evil mooks in the Halloween 2015 storyline are snakes, skeletons, zombies (albeit the disco kind)... and bunnies.
- Artistic License Paleontology: In the Time-Travelling Toaster 2017 event, Lisa refers to a sauropod in the Dinosaur Lake decoration as a Brontosaurus, but it is clearly a Brachiosaurus since it has a domed head and its forelimbs are longer than its hindlimbs. And then there's the typical paleontological errors as a raptor with not enough feathers, frilled Dilophosaurus, a baby Tyrannosaurus rex that looks more like an adult, and a Pteranodon that is a typical Ptero Soarer. And the "Flying Brachiosaurus" from the Moe's Ark 2018 event looks nothing like a Brachiosaurus (but ironically would have been better passed off as a Brontosaurus).
- Ascended Extra:
- Rod and Tod Flanders only ever appeared in the game during the Christmas 2012 storyline, when the player would give Ned Flanders the 10-hour seasonal task of Take the Kids Snowmobiling. At Level 33, the player can unlock the Flanders children by building Sir Putt-A-Lot's (assuming the player hadn't already obtained it during the Valentine's Day storyline).
- So much so that Lisa's 8-hour task Babysit Rod and Tod now requires the two kids to be available. If one, or both, of them are busy doing another task, Lisa's task is greyed out and is unable to carry it out until they are finished.
- The same thing happened with Brandine Spuckler and Cletus's 8 hour task - Help Brandine give birth to another Spuckler. This task is replaced with something else and Brandine gets a whopping 90 day task to birth up to three more Spucklers. They don't have any tasks but they do give you money. Or you could skip the task with donuts, although that kind of defeats the point of the characters being free.
- Mr. Teeny is now available through friendship points. You get more money for doing Krusty's task Walk Mr. Teeny.
- Maggie Simpson only appeared in Marge's Take Maggie for a Walk task until Christmas 2015, when Maggie was finally made into her own character (to the point where Marge's portrait was revised so that she's no longer holding Maggie), and Maggie's earlier appearances were Handwaved as actually being a sack of flour in a blue onesie.
- The Assimilator: The tiny Rigellians of the Halloween 2014 promotion, once finding a host to bite into, seem to absorb some of the physical characteristics of that particular character.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Superheroes 2016 update ended with a boss battle against a giant Evil Clone of Homer's pet lobster Mr Pinchy.
- The Halloween 2017 update features Springfield being attacked by giant trolls, dragons and other magical beasts. The monsters can be enchanted to your side, then used to battle giant Montymort at the end of the event.
- Back from the Dead: It's implied through various characters' dialogue that everybody got killed in the explosion (except Homer). Characters who make reference to this are Herman, Lenny, Carl, Rod and Tod.
- The ghost of Maude Flanders becomes available as a character during the Halloween 2013 storyline.
- Frank Grimes also comes back with the level 51 update.
- And Mona Simpson for Valentine's 2016.
- Dr. Marvin Munroe has returned to offer cut-rate psychiatry.
- The 2017 Jazz Festival update offered Bleeding Gums Murphy as a premium character.
- Lyle Lanley is an unusual case— it was implied that he may have been beaten to death by the angry residents of North Haverbrook in "Marge vs. the Monorail", but we never got any sort of confirmation. He pops back up mysteriously when you unlock the monorail quests, then mysteriously vanishes not long after.
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Chief Wiggum is too lazy to do much about the crime in Springfield, and has Lou and Eddie do the dirty work for him. Further implied when, during the storyline for level 33, he has the entire town arrested for petty crime.
- Bare Your Midriff: Barney and Comic Book Guy, both large men who wear t-shirts a little too short to cover everything.
- Beach Episode: The June 2013 update allows you to further expand the size of your Springfield by turning the edge of the map into a beach, upon which you can build the Squidport pier.
- Big Bad: In some events, examples including Mnsther in Halloween 2015, Montymort in Halloween 2017, Mecha-Hawking in the Sci-Fi event, Dr Crab in the first two Superheroes events, and the Scout Master in Superheroes 2017.
- Big Boo's Haunt: The Bad Dream House, exclusive to the Halloween 2012 storyline.
- Black Is Bigger in Bed: When you unlock Lou, tap on him.Lou: Aside from my gun, what makes me feel like a man is my enormous genitals.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Homer does this a few times. Setting him a task (such as Clean up Springfield or Plant Shift) may cause him to respond "Aw, work, I thought this was a game!" or "I wish this was a shooter game."
Homer: "Hello, giant finger!"
- Also, repeatedly tapping on Homer will cause him to laugh, giggle and acknowledge that the player is poking him.
- The Christmas 2013 splash screen actually shows, instead of the usual Homer being chased by the giant finger, him walking alongside it! He's lost his fear of the player, it seems.
- Some of the quest dialogue will also make mention of you, or the game-world ("all my money is fake" , "we've received complaints that it's difficult to locate characters" , "they pay whatever we ask them to whenever we need a new building" etc.)
- Breakout Character: While many of the minor characters can be unlocked, particular note goes to the likes of Miss Springfield, Lugash, Hank Scorpio, Tom O'Flanagan, Herman Hermann, Rex Banner, Drederick Tatum, Shauna, Arnie Pye and Booberella, who either don't make many appearances in the series, or have only appeared in one episode.
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: Players can purchase premium content by purchasing donuts using real money. These donuts can also be used to purchase in-game money and complete tasks instantly for experience. There are only two ways to succeed in this game: a buttload of time, or a buttload of money. Even mini-games invented specifically to earn one or two donuts at a time have long countdowns.
- Brutal Honesty: When you unlock Rod and Todd Flanders, one of your early tasks is to have Lisa babysit them. She encourages them to play and they get a splinter. Ned panics, and takes them to Dr Hibbert, complaining that other children are so different, but Hibbert simply tells him that it is his children who are different, and they should go and play with other children and go to normal school. Ned reluctantly relents and you get a number of tasks with them learning to play.
- Bumbling Dad: The premise of the game is caused by Homer not paying attention at work.
- Butt-Monkey: Strangely enough, a building serves this role. The Brown House suffers break-ins, paintball matches, copper wire thefts, and Mayor Quimby's sexual liaisons. Otto sleeps there, Homer (before Marge's return) uses their well-stocked fridge to feed the fridge, and everyone uses it as their go-to place for undesirable activities, from mob hits to human sacrifices. Lampshaded a LOT.
- Canine Companion: Santa's Little Helper, Frink's robotic dog and the K9 Officer.
- The tie-in with the episode "Every Mans Dream" adds "Homer Dog"◊ to the list.
- The Casino: The Casino Event in February/March 2016 has several, most notably Burns' Casino.
- Every Casino pitched to Mr. Burns during that episode is available, including Hail Brittania. Homer and Ned's "Vegas wives" were also offered as premium characters.
- Celebrity Star: In a fashion. Players could unlock premium character Abraham Lincoln during the 4th July update.
- An in-universe example is the inclusion of Krusty the Clown, Kent Brockman, Wolfcastle, Arnie Pye and Booberella.
- The list now includes George Washington, and Teddy Roosevelt for some reason.
- Weird Al Yankovic was unlockable during the Jazz Festival event in 2017.
- Matt Groening himself! His dialogue reflects his own attitude towards his celebrity with lines such as "pull my beard, I've heard it's good luck!" and "Sure, I would love to draw you a sketch!"
- Chekhov's Gag:
- In an episode tie-in, Comic Book Guy says "Well, I don't have a Japanese girlfriend yet — SPOILER ALERT!" 9 months later, Kumiko is brought into the game, and dates (and later, marries) him.
- In the level update that added Gina into the game, near the end of her questline, she bids farewell to Bart, saying "Until level 97, my love." Months later, the final level update was released, and upon reaching Level 97, Gina reminds Bart about what she said, and a new task to make Gina force Bart on a date becomes available.
- City of Everywhere: The St. Patrick's Day update allows you to build O'Flanagan's Pub, which in the Simpsons universe, is originally located in Ireland. Blarney Castle was also added in the Thanksgiving 2015 mini update. Additionally, the Volcano Lair and the Cool Brown House were originally located in Cypress Creek, and a later event made several more buildings from Cypress Creek available.
- Pushed even further during the Destination Springfield 2017 Event, when major landmarks from France, Tokyo, and Brazil can be built in Springfield, including the Eiffel Tower and Mount Fuji.
- Cool Helmet: Carl wears a viking helmet while performing his Honor his Icelandic heritage task.
- Cool Train: Reverend Lovejoy rides a small one for his 6 hour task.
- Continuity Porn: Everywhere. From alternate costumes to their actions the game is filled with nods to the series.
- Cosplay: Comic Book Guy's twelve-hour task.
- Creator Cameo: Matt Groening himself appears as a character in the game. He is unlocked by placing the Writers' Building.
- Creepy Doll: One of the purchasable "characters" from the Halloween update is a Krusty Doll. Also, in the Christmas update, you can buy three different Funzo dolls which, like the Krusty Doll, wander around Springfield, will speak when tapped but will otherwise serve no actual use in the game.
- Cross Dresser: Chief Wiggum dresses up as a woman when performing his Go on a Stake Out job.
- During the Halloween update, whilst doing his Trick-or-Treating task, Martin would dress as a fairy. Another outfit has him dressing like Elsa.
- Chalmers' "Break Character" task has him walking around while dressed in a frilly pink ballgown and spinning nunchucks.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The Space Mutant from the Halloween 2014 event is grotesque, but he is actually a peaceful, intelligent being, and the point of his quest chain is to prove to Springfield that he's not the mindless killing machine movies portray him as. Though he does get a bit...rampage-y when hungry.
- Demonic Possession: When a poltergeist encounters one of your townsfolk, they will become possessed and will be seen floating around with their pupils dilated. Much like the zombies from the previous Halloween update, tapping on them will return them to normal.
- Developers' Foresight:
- Backing out of a premium purchase at the last minute? Be prepared to face the consequences.
- If you tried to use donuts to speed up a character's task BEFORE they've arrived at the place they need to go to carry it out, it would tell you to wait.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Invoked in the 2016 Halloween update. Every four hours characters could attack Muenthster, a straight example of an Eldritch Abomination.
- Discount Card: Gil will occasionally appear in your Springfield with offers for discounts on premium content.
- Dummied Out: It was planned for each of the buildings to randomly drop bonus items that resulted in rewards for collecting all in a set, however this was dropped.
- Homer has a 'character unlock' image, complete with a quote, that cannot be seen in the game, as Homer is the default starting character.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Kumiko was given in the January 7th 2014 in-game update to foreshadow the episode she's appearing in, "Married to the Blob", which aired five days after the tie-in.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Burns Monster from the Halloween 2012 update, and also the Frog Prince from the Halloween 2013 update.
- Muenthster from the 2016 Halloween update is a straight example of this trope. His minions were smaller versions of his tentacled, multi-eyed self.
- The Ending Changes Everything: "The End of the Beginning", the final set of quests in the main quest line, sheds new light on the incident that lead to Springfield's destruction.
- Evil Costume Switch: As part of the Halloween storyline, you can unlock Marge's witch costume and Ned's Devil costume.
- Experience Points: The game allows you to level up, thus gaining access to new characters, buildings and decorations. Lampshaded frequently, including in cutscenes and at level-ups.
- Eye of Newt: Marge's alternate costume gives her a one-hour task of purchasing this.
- FaceHeel Turn: Fallout Boy pulls one in the Superheroes 2017 event, incited by the Scout Master. He goes back to normal once the Scout Master is defeated.
- Fem Bot: R.O.S.A., the Robotic Offspring-Sitting Automaton, is a robot nanny who works at the nuclear plant's daycare center. Her job is to give children incentives to perform manual labor and reward them donuts for completing their tasks. The ultimate goal of the final main quests is to recover her parts and rebuild her in order to learn the truth behind the plant's meltdown.
- Ferris Wheel Date Moment: Parodied in "Fantastic Ferric Wheel" from the Squidport update. Mr. Burns wants to ride the Ferris wheel, but is concerned his lack of body weight will cause him to fly off, so he asks Mr. Smithers to ride with him and hold him. Smithers reacts accordingly.
- Five-Finger Discount: A number of unsavoury characters have some form of robbing from various stores.
- Fixing the Game: The mini-games in the 2016 Casino event have two cheating mechanisms each:
- In the slots game you can (a) kick the machine until you get the top prize or (b) if the left and right hand slots show drunk Barney but not the middle you can stick a crudely-drawn Barney over it to get the top prize.
- For the dice game you can (a) claim the game is fixed and that you actually picked the number showing on the dice during your third roll or (b) switch the dice for a pair of blue-starred ones.
- Lastly, the card game has (a) Homer regressing to being a blackjack dealer should you drive five cards with a sum total of 21 or (b) draw five red cards to get The Royal Sampler.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: Wolfcastle, especially when one reads his unlock message.Wolfcastle: "I just had a nightmare that my every action was controlled by a nerd."
- Freemium: Actually, whatever EA's telling you, it's not Freemium, as there's no Premium 'mode'. There are plenty of Microtransactions to be had though...
- Full Motion Video: There are six main cutscenes presented this way: "Kaboom!" (which sets up the game's premise), "Home Alone" (after Homer finishes a plant shift for the first time), "Treehouse" (when Bart's treehouse is rebuilt), "True Love" (after Moe's Tavern is rebuilt), "Maggie" (after the Play-Dough Factory is rebuilt), and "The End of the Beginning" (when Homer cracks R.O.S.A.'s password at the game's climax). 2015's Superheroes event featured two exclusive FMV cutscenes: "The Death of Radioactive Man", and "The Return of Radioactive Man".
- Geographic Flexibility: Invoked, even more so than in the show itself. The player decides where buildings are located, and can move them around at any point for strategic, aesthetic, or boredom-fuelled purposes. Frequently lampshaded.Homer: One time our house was built next to a prison so I could make a joke about how we lived next to a prison. Then five minutes later, no more prison. Weird, huh?
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: During quest dialogue between Seymour and Willie, Willie calls Seymour a bastard.
Bart: "This camp was crap! Can I say crap in this game? Guess I just did."
- Lampshaded by Bart after you unlock his Kamp Bart costume.
- Also, see the Black Is Bigger in Bed entry above.
- In a similar vein as the above, Miss Springfield has the task to spend the evening with the Mayor at the Sleep Eazy Motel. Which, despite the name, lasts only three minutes.
- Before the game gives you the task to build a Krusty Burger, Homer says how he misses Marge and that as a man, he has certain needs. While it turns out he was talking about Marge making him dinner, Lisa's reaction of "EWWW!" makes it clear she thought Homer was referring to having sex with Marge.
- Ghost in the Machine: Lampshaded in the 2013 Halloween story arch, in which your Springfield is overrun with poltergeists who possess your townsfolk and buildings. The title of the initial set of quests is even called The Ghost in the Machine-based App.
- Good Costume Switch: As a limited time unlock, Mr. Burns can become Fruit Bat Man.
- Grand Finale: "The End of the Beginning" is this for the main quest line, but of course, the game's more expansive than that, and as long as updates continue...
- Guilt-Based Gaming: If you stop playing the game for a long time, you might get a notification, accompanied by Homer yelling at you for neglecting the game.
- Also, if you go to purchase donuts, and then cancel when the iTunes store asks you to confirm, the game tells you that you made Maggie cry.
- Historical-Domain Character: The annual Fourth of July update usually introduces at least one new historical U.S. President into the game as a premium character. So far Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Richard Nixon, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan have been added. Stephen Hawking was added to the game as part of the 2016 Sci Fi event.
- Holiday Mode: Depending on the time of year, there are various limited time storylines, tasks, characters, decorations and buildings that can be purchased, including Halloween, Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day and Thanksgiving.
- Holiday Volunteering: Santa Flanders' one-hour task is to Serve the Poor.
- Hollywood Atheist: All of Jack Frosts tasks are right out of a stereotypical playbook.
- Ignoring by Singing: Lisa does this in "Rod And Todd Prelude" when Bart mentions he wants to cherry bomb four toilets at once at Sir Putt-A-Lot's.Lisa: La, la, la, can't hear you! Not an accessory!
- Instant Costume Change: Some of the characters' tasks allow them to change costumes, for example, Ned and Mr. Burns will suddenly don exercise gear for their tasks Power Walk and Brisk Constitutional, respectively.
- In-Universe Game Clock: This game uses real world time, therefore if you set a character to do a 24-hour task, they will do it for literally 24 hours.
- Lampshade Hanging: A great deal of which is aimed at the game's 'free-to-play', Bribing Your Way to Victory model.
Apu: Yeah, about that...
- Part of the game's tutorial requires you to spend some premium donut currency on a mystery box, only find even more donuts inside. Lisa remarks that it's "probably beginner's luck", to which Homer replies "The only way to find out is to buy a hundred more of those boxes!"
- When Apu starts selling Golden Scratch-R tickets, which will win you donuts instead of standard game money like normal Scratch-Rs, Homer excitedly proclaims that he doesn't care how much they cost and will spend any amount of "fake game money" on them.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the opening scene of the game, Homer plays another city-builder game on his tablet and gripes "You tap and wait and tap and wait, and for what? So your pretend town can have more pretend flowers than your pretend friends? What a colossal waste of time." And then he turns around and buys $500 worth of premium currency.
- Loading Screen: The image will vary depending on updates or seasons. However, almost all will depict Homer running away from a giant finger.
- Loads and Loads of Loading: If you have a particularly poor connection, this can (and most likely will) happen.
- Man in a Kilt: Willie when performing the Play the Bagpipes task.
- MayDecember Romance: Agnes has a 2-hour task that allows her to go on a date with Comic Book Guy.
- Which can become strange if you also happen to have Kumiko as a character.
- Meta Guy: Homer.Homer: "I wish this was a shooter game."
- Missing Mom: Marge and Luann, until you unlock them. Could also apply to Agnes Skinner, except Seymour wasn't exactly missing her as such.
- Morton's Fork: Early in the Sci-Fi 2016 event, when you are given the task, "Make Homer Do 37 Experiments for Hawking", Homer reacts by declaring he's going to refuse to perform tasks from now on. Then a "Make Homer Refuse to Do a Task" task appears, and Homer of course refuses. Cue the "Collect your reward!" screen for "completing" the task (though you don't actually get anything).
- Moving Target Bonus: Sideshow Bob will occasionally appear in your Springfield, and tapping on him rewards you with money and Experience Points. Also, as part of the St. Patrick's Day update, you could purchase a Leprechaun that randomly gives you small amounts of money or experience points if you tapped on him.
- Many seasonal updates create swarms of characters or critters that yield event currency when tapped, such as Halloween zomibes, Whacking Day snakes, or members of the Order of the Stonecutters.
- No Fourth Wall: While it was occasionally broken on the show, the characters make jokes of this nature much more frequently here.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: Ned Flanders in his Devil costume.
- No, You: Courtesy of Nelson in "The Krusty-est Place On Earth Pt. 31". Since it's actually a compliment, Lisa reacts accordingly.Nelson: I don't like ghosts. If you try to punch one, your hand goes right through it. How does one bully that which cannot be pounded upon?
Lisa: Huh. That's actually a very insightful answer.
Nelson: Shut up! YOU'RE an insightful answer!
Lisa: Why thank you.
- Only Sane Man: Ironically, (or not, if you remember the twist of his debut episode) Hugo is easily the most "normal" and level headed of the Simpsons.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: One of Luigi's tasks is Practice Fake Accent. Also Bumblebee Man has a task called Attend Lessones Espanoles.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Tapping on the poltergeists will get rid of them, and they will always drop Plasma. However, on the rare occasion, they will also drop a Gremlin or a donut.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Zombies appear as part of the Halloween storyline. Human zombies would spawn from Springfield Cemetery, while pet zombies would emerge from the Pet Cemetery. If any type of zombie came into contact with a citizen, that character would instantly transform into a zombie. To get rid of the zombies, the player only needs to tap them once, and would be rewarded with experience points and either Halloween candy, eggs or toilet paper.
- Parental Abandonment: Martin and Sherri & Terri's parents are not yet in the game. Lampshaded when Milhouse tells Bart (prior to building the Skinner House) that he misses his parents, and that he wants to build a pillow fort in the hopes that it will make his parents appear.
- Power Floats: The townsfolk can be seen floating around your Springfield once they are possessed by a poltergeist.
- Randomly Drops: Purchasing a Mystery Box or Buddha Homer will result in a random premium content item being added to your inventory. This could range from a simple common decoration, or a premium content building or character.
- Reality Ensues: Declan Desmond's storyline has the people of Springfield finally learning that not only was Homer responsible for the initial destruction of Springfield, but he's also responsible for the town's new zany layout due to receiving "bribes" from the Sky Finger. Needless to say, they are not happy.
- Referenced by...: Tapped Out itself has made a few appearances on the show:
- In "A Tree Grows in Springfield", Homer, enjoying his new MyPad, tells Marge that it has awesome games like "Tapped Out", which he tries to bring up, only to see an "unavailable" screen featuring a repairman staring at a computer.
- In "Labor Pains", Homer opens an app called The Simpsons Tapped Out, and he gets an "Your credit card has been charged $300" notice.
- During the closing scene of "The Musk Who Fell From Earth", Elon Musk has the game displayed on a computer.
- Remember When You Blew Up The Sun: After the Ayn Rand School for Tots is built during "The End of the Beginning" quests, Homer starts repeatedly boasting about blowing up the town.
- Rewarding Vandalism: When you go into a friend's Springfield, you can complete up to three tasks a day, in the sense that you can collect money and experience points from houses and shops. When you click on the Moe's Tavern, Springfield Elementary, Police Station or Town Hall buildings, however, you can vandalise them in exchange for the usual money and EXP.
- In the 2012 Halloween update, you also had the option of vandalising the houses with eggs and the trees with toilet paper, each and every single one offering Halloween candy in exchange.
- In the Whacking Day update, any snake eggs you collected in your own Springfield could be planted in your friends' towns instead.
- Bart, Milhouse and Shauna each have a 2-hour task called Paintball in the Brown House, while Nelson has a 30-minute task of Shoot car with B Bs. Nelson and Kearney, being school bullies, both have a 10-minute task of Dump spoiled coleslaw in the Van Houten House. During one of the storylines, Martin shared the task to Paintball in the Brown House.
- The 2013 Halloween update lets you possess friends' houses, and you can drop gremlins in their town to steal GOO.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Instead of menacing Bart and Lisa, Lord Montymort from the Harry Potter parody in Treehouse of Horror XII is now the arch-nemesis of Springfield's Harry Potter equivalent, Angelica Button.
- Screw Destiny: Essentially what Abraham Lincoln says during his 4th July storyline when told he must return to his own time.
- Shaped Like Itself: When certain tasks are finished, Homer will simply say "Push Notification" in monotone.
- Shirtless Scene: Homer performing his Relax in the Pool task.
- Also, when the Fat Homer skin does the "Get some Sun" task. He actually strips bare, and the game thankfully puts a pixelated square over his groin.
- Shopkeeper: Apu, Comic Book Guy and Herman. Sideshow Bob in his Wes Doobner skin.
- Sibling Team: Twins Sherri & Terri are treated as one character.
- Socialization Bonus: One of the first tasks you get when playing the game is to add your friends as neighbours. Acquiring the required amount to complete the mission will reward you with money and experience points.
- You can also visit your friends' Springfields and complete up to three actions a day in each one.
- Something About a Rose: Martin has a ten-minute task called Smell the Roses. However, the flower Martin is actually seen holding when doing this task is a snapdragon.
- Something Completely Different: While past Christmas events were Christian-centric, the 2016 event took a more non-denominational approach, inspired by the pagan festival sequence in "The Nightmare After Krustmas".
- Spit Take: During "The End of the Beginning" quest set, when Homer is informed that the Maggie he was watching over was actually a sack of flour, he gains an exclusive task: Spit Take. This simply takes six seconds before the storyline progresses. Later in the quest, when Mr. Burns delivers a Wham Line to Homer, Homer once again has to do the Spit Take task to continue, only this time it takes ten hours.
- Stuff Blowing Up: The premise of the game is that Homer caused a meltdown that resulted in Springfield's destruction.
- When you set Wolfcastle a task that requires him to occupy his mansion, the animation for said building changes from idle to a constant supply of grenades being thrown out of the front doors and exploding at the end of the path.
- The Ghost Bombs that were made available during the Halloween 2013 storyline. Using one would create an explosion that would eliminate all poltergeists in your Springfield at that moment.
- Teleporters and Transporters: As part of the beginning set of tutorial tasks, Professor Frink from the Other Springfield neighbour city teleports into the player's Springfield to explain how to visit neighbouring Springfields.
- The Internet Is for Porn: In the Smells Like Mean Spirit questline:Lisa: First we need a name for our channel. Were devil-may-care women taking on the academic establishment, so maybe Naughty School Girls. Type it in.
Janey: *gasp* Not that. How about something more innocent, like Sparkle Pony Squad?
Lisa: *gasp* The Internet is a filthy place."
- 3/4 View
- Unexpected Character: For the second Superhero event, people were surprised that Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl's little sister, Bouncing Battle Baby, was added into the game, mainly because Bouncing Battle Baby originated from the comic book series rather than the show.
- The Voiceless: Characters that aren't voiced by the main six cast members of the show do not have any audio lines, with the exception of Matt Groening (voiced by himself).
- Urine Trouble: One of Reverend Lovejoy's tasks is to deliberately let his dog pee on Flanders' lawn.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Sideshow Mel. Also, in their alternate costumes, Abe Simpson and Willie.
- Weapons That Suck: In the 2013 Halloween update, Marge and Mr. Burns both use vacuum cleaners to suck up ghosts.
- Wham Line: During one part of "The End of the Beginning" series:Homer: Mr. Burns! I demand a raise... as well as paid time off for Homerka, Rosh Homershana, and Simpsom Kipur. Keep in mind that I'm that guy who blew up the town, and that will make you say yes to me for some reason.
Mr. Burns: No, youre the man who THINKS he blew up the town. The truth is you had nothing to do with it.
(Cue a TEN HOUR Spit Take from Homer.)
- What Could Have Been: Bender was supposed to be a character, but couldn't because of rights issues.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: In the Gil Deal based on "The Great Phatsby", Jay G is selling his mansion as a result of a divorce from Praline. If the player buys the mansion from Gil for 225 donuts, Jay G interrupts Gil's celebration with an announcement:Jay G: I've decided not to sell. Praline and I reconciled after we spent a romantic weekend together looking at lawyers' bills.
Gil: But I already booked on sale! I used my commission to buy a cemetery plot in Scottsdale — golf-course view. Old Gil could finally afford to die!
Jay G: I'm afraid you've got to keep living, you said old white man. I brought the real estate company and voided the sale — that means you're behind your monthly sales quota!
Gil: That's okay. I'll just start working the phones — the first step is finding a payhone that takes I.O.U.'s.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Marge, Milhouse, Chief Wiggum, Kirk, Luann, Roger Meyers Jr. and The Blue Haired Lawyer.
- Krusty's hatred of, and attempt to discriminate against, blue haired characters formed a large part of the plot for Level 42 following the addition of Roger Meyers Jr. to the game.
- Zombie Gait: After turning into zombies, your Springfield characters move around much slower than normal.