By Megan Farokhmanesh on May 30, 2014 05.30.14
The Simpsons: Tapped Out, a mobile game from Electronic Arts, features a new character not yet seen in the long-running TV show, according to the game's official Facebook page. Tapped Out's newest character is named Chester Dupree, and he appeared with the game's level 41 update. Chester is the brother-in-law of Springfield's most well-known doctor, Julius Hibbert, and has only been mentioned by name in The Simpsons. In the game, he's considered an unemployed slacker. On the game's app page, the Level 41 update features a special highlight on Dr. Hibbert and his family. "Dr. Hibbert felt his wallet lighten and knew Bernice Hibbert was back at level 41," the update reads. "Plus a brand new character! Springfield isn't as cosmopolitan as she prefers, but she can always drown her...
By Jenna Pitcher on Aug 07, 2013 08.07.13
Plans to develop a role-playing game based on long-running TV series The Simpsons was in discussions at one stage, series writer and executive producer Al Jean said in an interview with Gold Derby. "We've talked about it and it's a really complicated thing to do, especially because you have to write a number of possibilities for each current [character]," Jean said when it was pointed out that a game based on The Simpsons could translate well as an RPG. "There's an unbelievable history of videos games that have come off the show, you know, the variety. I think that kind of thing is not going to stop, in fact, it will just increase." When asked if there are any new The Simpsons-based video game projects in the works, besides Tapped Out, Jean responded with "we've talked about it, I...
By Dave Tach on Jul 23, 2013 07.23.13
Electronic Arts reported financial results today for the fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2013, showing an increase in digital net revenue and a decrease in packaged goods compared to the same quarter last year. GAAP digital net revenue was $482 million, compared to $342 million in Q1 2013, while revenue for publishing packaged goods and other net revenue was $452 million, down from $592 million in Q1 2013. Total net revenue was $949 million, compared to $955 million in Q1 2013. EA singled out several games that performed well during the quarter, including The Simpsons: Tapped Out, which recorded its highest revenue in a quarter since its launch last year. Digital net revenue for FIFA 13 was more than $70 million (non-GAAP) in Q1 2014, which represents a 92 percent increase versus F...
By Jenna Pitcher on Apr 11, 2013 04.11.13
20 years after its TV debut, a Whacking Day episode-themed update is now available for The Simpsons: Tapped Out for iOS and Android until May 2. The update features a new mini-game where players can earn currency and prizes by whacking snakes with a baton and two new quests: defeat the Serpent Menace and save the snakes from Whacking Day. New episode-significant structures include Fort Sensible, Lugash's Gym, Duff Stadium and the Springfield Coliseum. Additional characters featured from the Whacking Day adventure include Ninja Homer, Miss Springfield, gymnast Lisa, Drederick Tatum and washboard abs Willie.Miscellaneous Whacking Day-themed items include shirts and colorful practice snake sticks.The Whacking Day update is available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play. ...
By Dave Tach on Mar 15, 2013 03.15.13
Electronic Arts plans to have 16 titles available for the Samsung Galaxy S4 when it launches this April, according to a press release from the company. Games include The Simpsons: Tapped Out, Real Racing 3, The Sims FreePlay, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Monopoly, Plants vs. Zombies, the recently announced Tetris Blitz and Bejeweled Blitz. "We're delighted to be partnered with Samsung to bring some of our fans' favorite mobile gaming titles to the Samsung Galaxy S4 in time for launch," said Glenn Roland, vice president of new platforms and OEM at Electronic Arts. "The device's higher resolution, larger screen and increased processing power will give our games an opportunity to look even more beautiful for Samsung consumers." Revealed yesterday, the Android device will sport a...
By Michael McWhertor on Jan 30, 2013 01.30.13
Publisher Electronic Arts sold more than 12 million copies of its soccer sim FIFA 13 during the holiday quarter, a 23 percent increase in sales of the franchise from the previous year, the company announced today. Sales of the latest FIFA game and more than $100 million in digital revenue from the title helped contribute to quarterly earnings at the "high end of our guidance range," according to EA CEO John Riccitiello. For the company's current fiscal year, EA says it has generated more than $230 million in digital revenue from its FIFA titles, including EA Sports FIFA Online 2 and FIFA World Class Soccer. EA posted $922 million in revenue and a $45 million net loss for the three-month period ending Dec. 31, 2012. During the same quarter from the previous year, the publisher posted...
By Dave Tach on Dec 21, 2012 12.21.12
The Simpsons: Tapped Out's Winter Update is the subject of a trailer released today that showcases the game's free Christmas-themed additions. Released earlier this month, the Winter Update brings new characters like Barney and Sideshow Mel, new buildings, Christmas lights and more to Electronic Arts' free-to-play iOS title, according to the game's listing on iTunes. You can check out Santa Homer passing out iPads in the Winter Update trailer above.
By Tracey Lien on Nov 08, 2012 11.08.12
After celebrating Halloween last month with a Halloween-themed Treehouse of Horror update, The Simpsons: Tapped Out for iOS is now getting a Thanksgiving theme. Players can use the in-game currency of donuts or cash to purchase parade balloons. So far five balloons have been confirmed: Snowball 2, Santa's Little Helper, Itchy, Blinky and Scratchy. According to users on the game's official forums the balloons are only cosmetic. With the latest updates also comes new decorations like a "Hail Ants" sign, a volleyball court and graffitied walls. The update goes live on Nov. 8.
By Dave Tach on Oct 04, 2012 10.04.12
By Samit Sarkar on Aug 14, 2012 08.14.12
The Simpsons: Tapped Out, EA Mobile's Springfield-building game, will be back on the iTunes App Store this week, Electronic Arts announced today during its Gamescom press conference. It is already live on the German App Store, and will arrive globally this week. The game originally launched in North America on March 1st, but was quickly taken down due to overwhelming demand. EA's chief operating officer, Peter Moore, came out on stage and announced Tapped Out's return with an image of Bart writing, "I will not under-provision servers," over and over on a blackboard. In The Simpsons: Tapped Out, players rebuild the town of Springfield after Homer causes a nuclear meltdown, earning experience points and currency.