The Simpsons: Tapped Out: Top 8 tips, hints, and cheats for donuts, cash, and XP!

The Simpsons: Tapped Out: Top 8 tips, hints, and cheats for donuts, cash, and XP!

Definitive Simpsons: Tapped Out guide: How to get more donuts, more cash, and more XP faster!

Simpsons: Tapped Out can take over your life and replace it with a Homer Simpson and donut filled cartoon replica faster than you can say "D'oh!" But if you're going to spend all your waking - and some sleeping - hours helping rebuild Springfield, we're want to help you do it as fast, as easily, and as cheaply as possible. So, I've collected some of the very best tips, hints, and flat out cheats I could find, and loaded them up here. So, keep reading, and get ready to take your Simpsons: Tapped Out gaming from "haha!" to "woohoo!"

1. Hidden items and bonuses

This is a rather easy one and doesn't require any skill. Tap on Homer so his task list comes up next to him. Now tap on Homer 10 times quickly. Doing this will unlock 10 donuts and a Jebediah Statue.

2. Choosing tasks

When choosing tasks for your characters to perform, it's good to be mindful of how long they take and what the reward is. Typically longer tasks come with a higher dollar and/or donut amount attached to them. It's good to choose these tasks before you're about to put the game down in order to let your characters achieve these while you're away.

If you're actively playing the game and building things out, it's good to assign your characters to perform shorter tasks. The monetary amount may not be as much but you'll get to interact with your character a lot more. Those little tasks can sometimes add up to decent amounts of cash or donuts rather fast too.

3. Collect money and XP in less taps

If you're tired of seeing all the XP and dollar signs floating around the screen but don't want to tap on each individual one, there's an easier way to collect all of it. Simply tap on one stack to expand it and then close or open your task book. After about five to ten seconds you'll see all your XP and money whisk into your account without the need for you to tap on any more of it.

4. Choose your buildings carefully

When it comes to adding on to Springfield, it's good to choose what you'd like to build carefully. Each property has the potential to earn you money and XP but how much?

Commercial spaces such as the Kwik-E-Mart and others have the ability to earn you higher income but it comes at the cost of time. While you can trigger more tasks at once, they'll most likely take longer. These are good ones to have as a steady stream of income. I typically trigger tasks when I can and definitely always have tasks running while I'm away from the game. That way I come back to a nice pile of cash the next time I play.

Residential properties will earn you income tax on a pretty regular basis but it isn't a ton of cash. You can supplement this by checking on the houses and making sure there aren't any other tasks you can perform. For example, at the Flanders you can send Lisa to babysit. These kinds of residential tasks take longer but earn more cash.

5. Level up faster

Items such as trees will earn you XP, which you'll need in order to level up and unlock other items. While these items don't earn you cash or donuts, it's important not to forget about them. Certain characters, buildings, and other items can only be unlocked when you reach a certain level.

In order to level up, you've got to collect XP. Adding trees, landscaping, and other items are cheap ways of earning XP faster.

6. Consult with the Conform-O-Meter

By tapping on the star rating in your left bottom detail view you'll be shown the Conform-O-Meter. There are many different areas that are dictated by star ratings. The higher the star rating you have in each category, the faster you'll rake in bonuses on top of the XP and money that is paid out for each task. For example, planting more trees will cause the tree hugger portion of your conformity score to climb, therefore increasing the bonuses you can collect for performing tasks in that category.

7. Buying donuts vs buying cash

Tapped Out gives you the option to buy donuts and cash via in-app purchase in order to accelerate how fast you can beat and unlock new objectives and items. When it comes to buying cash or buying donuts the better option is normally buying donuts.

The reason I recommend buying donuts over cash is that donuts allow you to finish objectives faster by rushing them. This in turn gives you cash quicker. In essence, you're really accumulating both faster in turn giving you more money to buy items faster and increase your XP by rushing tasks.

8. Your tips and tricks!

If you play Tapped Out regularly, what tips and tricks have you found that either help you accumulate more items or clear objectives faster? Let us know either in the comments or through our forums. There's already a Tapped Out tips and tricks thread going so if you know anything you think other iMore readers and forum browsers would find useful, be sure to add it in!

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Allyson Kazmucha

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The Simpsons: Tapped Out: Top 8 tips, hints, and cheats for donuts, cash, and XP!



This game is addicting but frustrating how to get everything you'd have to spend hundreds of dollars on donuts, the in app purchase system has allowed many iOS games to make console games look cheap..

So i am a broke unemployed gamer, I had already spent hundred on EA and couldnt afford more. Wanted free donuts but after going to a bunch of forums, readit and whatnot, filling forms and waiting in vain for days, I decided to try tappedoutdonuts . com and boy am I glad I did! I got more donuts than homer can eat, plus all the items I did not have! Super happy now! Check them out.

the trick to lots of cash is to build hundreds of houses as if they were suburbs. they become cash cows. set them off to the side and then create your city however you want.

Does the Jebediah Springfield statue thing only work once per app coz I did it on my account called simpsonssasuke (don't bother adding me it's dodged up so that I can't accept friend requests on that account) and I can't do it on my other two accounts(which I will not name coz I don't want loads of requests)

Thanks for all the adds! My boyfriend also plays the game religiously. Add him if you need more neighbors too! UnrealFox

You don't need to open or close the task book to pick up cash and XP, any stuff left lying around will automatically get picked up after a while. You just have to pop the reward first, obviously.

There used to be a neat bug where you could make Lisa and Homer teleport after cleaning up but it's been fixed. :( Was great to save walking time in large Springfields.

The math on your task advice is off. Simple addition will show you that although the shorter tasks appear to give you less than the longer, repeated shorter tasks will pay more than a single longer task. For example, if you managed to do eight one hour tasks efficiently for eight hours, that will pay more than a single eight hour task. Three eight hour tasks will pay more than one twenty four hour task. And premium character/skin tasks always pay more than non premium tasks. Perhaps add stuff up before you give advice lacking thoroughness. The game does this to encourage more frequent visiting.

What are XPs and how much is each house worth? I understand that XPs are earned from developing scenery but what does XP stand for? I am trying to develop strategies and want to know how much each house is worth. Also, please add me, c5anons. I need friends.

xp is what you need to level up. xp means experience, and for the houses the payouts are listed in the build menu. what you need to determine is how often you are playing. ie buy the purple houses if you plan on playing every 3 hours.

I play somewhat and my town is horrible (haven't bothered to actually uncluttered everything) and I hope I can accept friends as I know one person who can see and visit my town but I can't go to his. :(
But my ID is moarbunny if anyone wants to try inviting, it's nice having friends. :)

Add me please :( jamiegarzo943 I tried adding the other ppl up here but my friend request fail, please help I play all the time.

Hey add me hannah168. Add my brother craigdbake147. And add my mum juyoujudit257. Thanks we will help you out daily so youll get the xp thanks xx

Hi! Nettemonahan here. Thanks to all who accepted.or the Simpsons game. Please request my fiance. his oricon IS is: jkozacki
thanks! See you in alternate Springfields! :)

Add me hannah168. And add my mum juyoujudit257. Thanks we are daily users and my mum doesnt have many people so please add her as well. Tah guys xx

Thanks for all the requests!! I'll post again if I need more but I don't think I'd habe time to pkay my game if I added any more town :D

Good tips! Also, you can sometimes get donuts from the "clean up springlfield" action. I have not found any yet, however, my husband has dug up about 5 from this. I could use some more neighbors as well: JudithStic875.

Thanks for the tips! Just started playing this week and I need neighbors - please feel free to add me meli6570.

Damn game keeps booting me out when I try and sign in with my old username so I had to start a brand new Springfield :( This means I've lost all my neighbours etc so I NEED MORE!! Please add me: cah4dec - Thanks :)

I have 99 slots left for neighbors
ID is aayushtandon

I am also experimenting on a trick someone on the internet posted.... will let you know if it works...!

Please add me:









I just keep telling myself...
Don't buy any donuts...don't but any donuts.. : (

Some new neighbors would help though!!

Please Add me


Is there a limit to the amount of neighbors you can have? How do you delete neighbors who no longer play to make more room? My game Id is Kasey2480679

Does anyone still play this game? My husband and I play and we need friends,
By the way, thank you the tap Homer trick worked.
Our origin names are

Nelson tells me I have wasted months of my life on this game.

Also In need of friends - Mickyd63

See you in Springfield....Ha ha!

Hi feel free to add me an my gf's accounts snoopp86 and xtreme4life also I found if you have around 20-30 brown houses an have a bit of time to spare there great to build money up fast :)

Please add me as when I add people they show as my friends but not as my neighbours so please add me I'm hoping this works my origin ID is dandadda83
Thanks in advance

so everytime ive tried to add someone here as a neighbor it tells failed to send invite please retry and everytime i try it gives me that please help meee!!
my user name: hutchnsuch566