EA removes The Simpsons: Tapped Out from the App Store due to server capacity issues

EA has severely underestimated the popularity of any game that involves characters and voices from the hugely popular animated TV series The Simpsons. After releasing its latest game called The Simpsons: Tapped Out, it has now embarrassingly had to remove it from the App Store as its servers are being slammed and user experience is being badly affected.

To make sure you current players have the best possible experience, we’ve temporarily removed The Simpsons: Tapped Out from the App Store. Yes, as a current player you can keep playing -- and things should only get better as we make improvements to connectivity. Once we have a solution, we’ll return the game to the App Store so new players can join in the fun. Meanwhile, thank you for your patience and support.

The game is still playable if you already managed to grab it; but it is no longer listed in the App Store. The game involves rebuilding Homer’s home town of Springfield after a nuclear explosion. Players rebuild the city and gain game currency which is measured in donuts by completing tasks along the way; players can also buy donuts through in-app purchase to advance more quickly through the game.

EA hasn’t said when the game will be back in the App Store but we will keep an eye out for it and let you know as soon as it does!

Source: Facebook via MacRumors

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Freiteez says:

I have it and I cannot play it. Always pops up with "server errors, trying again in 60 seconds" and then it counts down...and repeats. Lame.

Resqgal says:

Does the same thing to me.

Randy says:

It wasn't just the server issues...but the insane amount of bugs the game had. Like every EA game, it failed at multiple levels. Severely disappointing. I hope they fix the bugs before they break it back. Embarrassing is the right word here.

Lt_Solorna says:

I played it and it shut-down twice near 742 Evergreen Terrace. I then got the wait 60 seconds. I hope they fix this along with the Rock Band games so I can purchase music without Network Connection issues.

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Jeff says:

I downloaded the game the first day it was available and played - still can play it. I launched it a few minutes ago and no "server error" message showed up, however every time I tried yesterday and for about a week now, it came up. Usually after the timer is done, it launches fine.

CP says:

So, is it safe to say that EA... "Tapped Out"?

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Deksden says:

Ha!) Just play this game when US is sleeping!) my timezone is GMT+7, so I m fine))

Raja says:

It being pulled from the elhsves. Why? Here is a rundown of the iPad:-It doesn't have an SD card slot or USB slot. You want to load all your photos on it? You need to buy a special dongle and attach it to the iPad. Ah yes, that's convenient and cost-effective.-You need to lay it flat and look straight down at it to type on it. It's not like a netbook or laptop where the keyboard is flat and the screen is in front of your face.-You can buy a keyboard accessory you can spend extra money to turn a low-power netbook-type tablet into a non-portable desktop computer. Meanwhile there are products like Lenovo U1 Hybrid where you can slip the tablet into a netbook shell and turn it into a portable, foldable laptop.-Apple wants to say it will be great for reading books and magazines, but it has a bright, glossy LCD screen. Meanwhile, electronic book reader devices use an electronic ink technology that doesn't strain the eyes and can be used in the sun.-You cannot multitask. You can only do one task at a time. If you want to surf the web and type into a document, you can't. You need to exit one and then open the other.-No flash support. Enjoy the web without much of its content!-It costs $500, minimum, and has a 1 ghz processor. Products with similar specs and abilities cost less than that.My netbook has a 1.6 ghz Atom processor and cost me $200. And my netbook has an SD slot so I can make the hard drive space as large as I want. And my netbook has USB ports. And I can do multiple tasks on my netbook. Fact is, tablets have been around forever and the mainstream market didn't want them. Just because they've slapped an Apple logo on it, should people suddenly want it?

TomKet says:

Still, i think it´s great that i get reminders like "It´s been a while, time to check your Springfield" even though the entire freaking game is down!!

Michelle says:

Hi
I am a member of the game but my bf accidentally removed it so how can I download it so I can play it?

laneisha says:

When you download apps there saved onto your itunes account so go to the app store then go to updates at the top it should say purchased then click that and search for the app and you should find it

Lt_Solorna says:

This is an update: After visiting Springfield Prime the game goes back to the opening animation over and over... .

Swapnali says:

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Kameyou says:

Who is still playing? Add me as friends....my username is Kameyou

Paul says:

Who ever still plays add 19pdh89

Player says:

For Current players it works fine now
PLEASE ADD:
FairyxTail
i play everyday =D
(adding more 'friends' = more experience guys)

DarknessGilead says:

Hello, still playing, add me: DarknessGilead
:)

Shawn says:

My wife and myself have the game and works find , we did have problems at the start but all good now , but have notices that there is no Mr Burns lover ( Smithers ) ?

Barbara says:

the game keeps closing down mid play on my iphone!! is there a fix??

Gazza says:

Still playing??Add me: gazzagoolie

DarknessGilead says:

Still playing, add me: DarknessGilead

DarknessGilead says:

Hi,
I'm Still playing, add me: DarknessGilead