It’s October, which means Halloween is around the corner both in the real world, and in our virtual Springfields in The Simpsons: Tapped Out on mobile devices. EA Mobile has released the game’s latest Treehouse of Horror update, which sees players defending their town from an alien invasion. To do so, players will squish adolescent aliens wandering around their city’s streets, visiting friends for additional rewards, and even go trick-or-treating to collect crafting materials.
Players start this event with a free new character, the alien Kang, and a new building, the Make-a-Thing Workshop (think “Build-a-Bear Workshop”). From there, they complete quests that see aliens start to spawn on their streets. Tapping on these gives players probes, a specific type of currency for this event. By collecting these probes, players have access to some of the limited edition awards in this event.
These probe rewards include decorations, animals and candy bags, with candy bags also being earned by sending children characters trick-or-treating. After the first 11 days of this event, a second currency will replace probes, and will include its own set of prizes. After 22 days, a third and final currency will replace both of these, and again, will include its own set of prizes.
Candy bags themselves can contain additional currency or crafting materials that are spent in the Make-a-Thing Workshop. Here, players can create projects that include themed pumpkin houses, the Hugo character, a Spooky House, Spooky Wall pieces and a Human Test Subject item, among others. Users can spend premium currency to instantly unlock the collectibles needed to craft their favorite items.Elsewhere, the store has been updated with themed premium content, including the Springfield Cemetery (which includes a zombie character), the Pet Cemetery (which includes a pet character), the Gypsy Fortune Teller Shop (and a ghost character) and more. While more aliens will spawn automatically over time, players can also purchase the premium Portal to Rigal 7, which spawns six aliens every eight hours.
As a social event, users are encouraged to visit their friends’ towns and spend their actions on squishing aliens. Users can also commit friendly sabotage on their neighbors by deploying Grem-Aliens in their towns, a cross between the gremlins from last year’s Halloween event, and this year’s aliens. Users receive points for both sending and squishing these Grem-Aliens, and can track their progress against friends on the in-game leaderboard. A single Grem-Alien can only be active in a player’s town for four hours, after which point it will return to the sender with free currency. If the Grem-Alien is squished before this happens, the player receives some currency of their own.