The Simpsons: Tapped Out and the popular world of currency hacks

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The Simpsons: Tapped Out is very popular on both iOS and Android. The brand alone was enough to earn EA millions of dollars in revenue. EA made this kind of money by littering the game with in-app purchases. Donuts, which serve as premium currency, are integral to progressing in the game in a reasonable amount of time. Donuts decrease quest and build times, and they’re used to purchase the best items. Simply put, you won’t get your ideal Springfield without buying donuts. The problem is donuts can get expensive. 12 donuts costs $1.99, 60 donuts is $4.99 and 2400 donuts is $99.99. The way this game is set up, you’ll be burning through donuts (and your money) like crazy. This has led to an uprise in hacks. These hacks are especially popular for Android since they’re quite easy to implement. iOS devices can also use these hacks.

Item and currency hacks are facilitated by applications such as Game Guardian. This application can’t be found on Google Play or iTunes, and only works on rooted Android or jailbroken iOS devices. Game Guardian lets users change specific numeric values within free-to-play games. For example, someone who only has 11 donuts, can use Game Guardian to get 30,000 donuts. That’s enough to buy every single premium item the game offers with thousands of donuts to spare. This app can also be used to acquire an unlimited amount of in-game dollars, instantly increase levels and pretty much alter any numeric value the game has. Unfortunately for EA, there’s little it can do about it.

EA can update the game to block hacking applications, but enterprising hackers will almost certainly find a way around that. As of yesterday’s update to The Simpsons: Tapped Out, currency hacks still worked. Even with currency hacks, The Simpsons: Tapped Out will continue to be profitable because the majority of players don’t root their devices or sideload applications that aren’t in Google Play.

So besides wanting things for free, why do apps like Game Guardian exist? Here’s a description of Game Guardian from its website:

Without it, you are played by games; with it, you play games in your own rules!
“Game Guardian” is a game hack/alteration tool. With it, you can modify money, HP, SP, and much more. You can enjoy the fun part of a game without suffering from its unseasonable design.”

Game Guardian is right about one thing. Many free-to-play games these days do suffer from “unseasonable design.” The Simpsons: Tapped Out is an offender of this. EA only gives away a negligible amount of donuts as a reward for raising your level. This generosity is offset when EA raises the amount of donuts needed to complete a task. Some things can take six donuts to complete instantly. When the game first released, two donuts could be used to speed up the majority of tasks. The Simpsons: Tapped Out is not a player-friendly game. It’s a money pit that takes advantage of Simpsons fans.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not right to use currency cheats, but EA is also guilty of cheating players by charging them an exorbitant amount of money to make very little progress. I don’t think any side is completely right in this situation.

What do you think? Do you use Game Guardian or a similar application?

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  • Cali

    You’re definitely right.. but I definitely will use every cheat I can possibly get! Haha, I mean, technically the game is free. You don’t need any of the premium items in order to advance the story & or accomplishments, but the nature of the games design makes you WANT them very badly.
    Especially when you see other peoples towns who obviously are doing much better than you are both aesthetically & probably financially. Considering EA is making the game whether people are paying or not, & people are paying, in DROVES, so they’re making money hand over fist & are clearly, as you mentioned, the party that is taking advantage of the circumstances in this equation, I have no problem taking advantage right back.
    If they’re developers aren’t savvy enough to block our ability to cheat, than as far as I’m concerned those cheats are as much a part of the game as any other donut acquisition is. :)

  • Andy B

    Has anyone ever been billed afterwards for doing the hack?

  • Jen

    Does anyone know what a good amount of donuts is to try this with? Everytime I search in gameguardian using the number of donuts I have, it comes up with thousands of results. I’ve tried buying and spending donuts but haven’t yet found a number that yields anywhere close to a manageable amount of lines to change when I search for it. help?