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Feb
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Good Lord, The Simpsons has been on the air for twenty-four years. There's nothing that America's animated nuclear family can do on TV that they haven't done before. Maybe that's why Fox seems to insist upon thrusting them into other mediums, most notably video games. The latest destination for the jaundiced citizens of Springfield is The Simpsons: Tapped Out, a shameless ripoff loving homage to the city building genre typified by Sim City.

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The gist is that Homer has, through the fault of free games with in-app purchases, destroyed Springfield in a nuclear blast. You're in charge of re-assembling the town and finding its residents, all of whom are voiced by the original voice actors. The game is interspersed with bite-sized snippets of Simpsons animation, most of it lampooning mobile gaming in general. Note that while the opening cinematic highlights the ridiculous nature of in-app purchases, you can still spend ungodly amounts of money on the "donut" in-game currency.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out is currently available to EA's "Rest Of World" region, which usually means everywhere the Google Play Store works except North America. That's a bit strange, since the iPad version of the game has been available in the US for a year. I'd expect to see a US release sooner rather than later.

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Update: It looks like Android users all over the world are being denied access to the game at present. If you've managed to download it, please drop us a line in the comments with your location and device.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Glenn Blair

    Not compatible with my Note2 or N7... good job EA!

    • Spittie

      It installed on my Nexus 7 running 4.2.1

      • Glenn Blair

        Weird it's showing as not compatible for me, and there is no reviews in the market from any device running higher than 4.1.0

        • http://twitter.com/andrewr91 Andrew

          Are you in the US?

    • http://twitter.com/Raul_GJS Raul G JS

      I live in Mexico and I could download it to my Note 2 n7100 using "all apps in play store" tweak from xposed framework, of course you have to be rooted http://www.villainrom.co.uk/forum/forums/xposed_framework_mods/ google the thread on xda for more explanation.

  • http://twitter.com/andrewr91 Andrew

    Aww man, way to get my hopes up with the first half of your sentence!

    • No Remorse Mutha

      Don't worry. Just find a pirated copy and download it for free. No remorse. If they want to be that stupid, just let them be.

  • Michael Sheils

    Not available in the uk.

  • Gre Gor

    This item cannot be installed in your device's country.
    Seems "Rest Of World" doesn't cover Slovenia.

  • Simon Berry

    Not my country (UK) either it would seem, shame as I've looking forward to a play on this.

  • ProductFRED

    If you don't give people the chance to buy it, they will pirate it. I'm not promoting piracy, but this is [one of] the reason(s) people pirate.

  • Shadowchaser

    This item cannot be installed in your device's country. - Czech Republic

    • Andrea

      Guess what? It cannot be installed in Italy too.

    • Francisco José Marín Pino

      Not in Spain either... "Everywhere except the US" is a bit misleading.

    • http://www.lastfm.pl/user/gasz Artur Pietkiewicz

      Also in Poland..

    • Pedro

      Neither in Portugal

    • GigiAUT

      Can't install in Austria :/

  • wheineman

    Could someone kindly point me towards the APK? Its not pirating if the game is FREE!

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      Not to get off on a tangent, but wouldn't it still be technically pirating?

  • Alex Krijanovski

    Not available on any of my devices in the UK.

    • Rob Parker

      I can confirm this same issue. So the title should at least now say "Except the US and UK".

      • Aaron orwin

        No luck with my uk s3, nexus 7 or zoom either.

  • http://twitter.com/xplodwild Guillaume

    Not available on my French devices either...

  • moelsen8

    i'd settle for the multiplayer arcade game from the early 90's.. that'd be freakin' awesome.

    • http://papped.webatu.com papped

      the ps3 version with online multiplayer is awesome...

  • Cody Lusk

    This app is incompatible with all of your devices.
    What's new. No love for the Galaxy S 3 i747M.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cblasko Chris Blasko

    Everywhere expect the US? Didn't realize that Canada was a US state now.

    • http://twitter.com/winapp2 Robbie Ward

      America's hat. :)

  • Kevin

    Not available in Belgium yet.

  • Ivo Veide

    I think not available everywhere

  • nope

    By the looks of it, you can't download it anywhere.

    • Contest Geek

      I could

  • toliyn

    not availablein Russia too

  • http://twitter.com/kepley kepley
  • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

    If it is not available in many countries, then how come it already got 3000+ reviews ?!? where did those install it from ???

  • Ahmad Fakhrurrazi

    i am able to download here in Malaysia

  • Þór Sigurðsson

    Not available on any of my devices in Iceland.

  • dirtyid

    Doesn't support origin login so iOS users can't import existing Springfield. Doesn't appear to have the monthly special events either or visit neighbouring Springfield for extra loot. Hope it's just a development milestone issue, otherwise blatant cash grab for iOS users who has spent months building up their cities or paid for in excessively overpriced in game items (donuts).

  • Alex K

    The editor in me must say: the plural of medium is "media" not "mediums."

  • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

    Geez, this game came out like a year ago on the iPhone.

  • Christian M. Z.

    Working on this end (Singapore). Managed to download from Google Play, and it downloaded another 74MB worth of files on initial startup.

    Samsung Galaxy S II I9100, running on Revolt JB 3.1.0 ROM.

  • Dan

    Working here on Brazil for a couple of days now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

      Thanks, I used "Marker Unlocker" to set my device to Brasil Telecom, and now I can install.

      Earlier I tried a bunch of European countries but none worked...

  • http://www.facebook.com/Variousme Roy Juarez

    downloaded Kepley's apk, installed and working on galaxy tab 2 10.1 US model. and its currently updating ....

  • NemaCystX

    If you look at the page, it says its by "Electronic Arts Nederland BV" Its probably coming to the US it just has to makes it rounds on each region.
    Edit: It looks like "Electronic Arts Nederland BV" is responsible for all EA games on Android.

    I got an idea, AP, why don't you contact EA for comment? Maybe they can sort out the issue

    also, while your at it, ask them if Bejeweled Blitz is still coming to Android, they said they were working on it last year but have been silent about it since on the official EA Bejeweled Blitz forums.

  • Mack Jones

    Downloaded an app called android market enabler off internet then installed, changed region to Australia and there it was in google play! Have been playing for two days on rooted S3

  • Agus

    Available in Argentina. Nexus 7 compatible :)

  • Daniel

    It is available in New Zealand at the moment.

    • NemaCystX

      Thats a good sign, Temple Run 2 debuted in New Zealand first then 24 hrs later, here in the US. Could be a release date thing since its already 2/6/2013 over there

  • http://twitter.com/Michael97F Michael Fordham

    No Nexus 4 support? I thought to myself, what dafuq?

  • Solexia

    Indeed it says Electronic Arts Nederland BV. But the funny thing is we got the same problem in the Netherlands. Can't download it in our country even though the publisher is the Dutch version of EA

  • dg

    Available in Argentina

  • teddymonz

    No available french and not supported samsung galaxy s3 4g alias s3 lte.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ottermann Jason Heiken

    Hah! I have it, and I've been playing it for weeks! Months, actually.
    Oh wait.....I have it on my iPod.....
    Let me just type "Simpsons" into the Play store.....
    Hmm...ringtone...soundboard...trivia....Wait! Who the farkle is Cody Simpson? Is that Lisa after realizing she wasn't really a girl?

    • lumpia91791

      Once again it's about App selection and choice. ICS, pure Android means shit if even a crappy free to play game ( btw FarmVille not simcity) can't even make it to the Playstore in a timely manner. This shows that the App Store is still the king of the mountin in regards to games. At this points meh for iOS users lol.

    • Robb Nunya

      Sigh... /goes to run my SNES emulator on my non-rooted phone...

  • Seraph

    Not avaible in Portugal :'(

    • Seraph

      available

  • http://twitter.com/janijokela_87 jani jokela

    cant download in finland

  • chandradithya

    Available in India

  • funem
  • Yobo

    It is available in Uruguay, Galaxy S I9000 CM 10

  • Sandro

    Free to play is just rubbish!

  • Natan Moraes

    I've managed to download it and I've been playing for two days with any problems.

    I'm in Brazil, using a Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.1 (which I believe is the international version, not the brazilian one)

  • http://twitter.com/mrjayviper Jayel Villamin

    EA must hate android. this game has been available since last year on iOS.

  • Andrew matthews

    The game isnt ready yet, origin isnt intergrated and there are a number of glitches. This is probably why the game isnt officially out

  • Alan Ramos

    Downloaded successfully and ran

    -Singapore Galaxy Nexus

  • tltan86

    Downloaded. :)

    - Singapore Galaxy S2 (I9100)

  • Alejandro Segura

    Available right now on Mexico

  • SoWhy

    Not available in Germany

  • james

    I got it 2 days ago. Australia/Galaxy tab 2

  • nope

    this is hilarious. The dutch market version is a literal copy-paste from the Iphone page.

    it says "Maar wie wil nou zo veel tekst lezen op een iPhone-scherm?" (who wants to read so much text on an iPhone screen".

  • DoubleP90

    Doesn't work in Italy, and doesn't work in US (using market enabler)
    From what i've read it's available in New Zeland

    I used market enabler and set it to 53001 which is vodafone new zeland and i am installing it right now

  • teddymonz

    the appli update but not available in french and not supported s3 lte ans nexus 7

  • Ian

    It's live in the US Play store now, just downloaded for my Nexus 7

  • Sootie

    Works for me i9100 on cm10.1 in australia.

    Also yay, the ipad version was to hard to cheat on when your not allowed to jailbreak works ipad

  • :)

    Downloaded using my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in Malaysia. It downloaded and ran without a fuss :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/alfuen00 Alberto Fuentes

    Working in México, galaxy note2 in Telcel.

  • Nicola Mela
  • franceiam

    Successfully installed it - Philippines... Please add me - franceiam

  • teddymonz

    Always nothing for french(frence)

  • http://twitter.com/maxtarkhov Max Tarkhov

    Still can't download in Ukraine :/ EA sucks, as always.

  • Anne Droyd

    I'm sitting in a hotel in Westborough Massachusetts and just installed it on a Nexus 4 I bought through Google, here in the US, only a week ago. I go to Google Play on my US model Asus TF700T tablet and it says it is not available on any of my devices, and lists the Nexus 4! Really, this is a joke!

  • AAAEDookie791

    I have been able to download, install an play on the Galaxy Tab 7.7..... HOWEVER, i am un able to log into my origin account there is not even an icon for it. Life fail.

  • sam

    I have this app and in the UK but won't let me go on origin. Don't get the option too. Never have :s

  • rumpy

    No installation in India either

  • http://twitter.com/ElijahMetcalf Eli(jah) Metcalf

    my gf dl'd it but cant sign in to the orgin account she had going... anyone know anything about this?

  • p*ssedorf

    Not available for my device either -uk

  • scott2013

    Hi I have a samsung galaxy II and I live in Australia. I have been playing tapped out for months grinding away and building my Springfield up, I got an update message today and got told at the google play store that now it's not available in my country. What is EA doing? Lucky I didn't invest any real money in the extra content.

  • fran

    I can't download the update in Australia on a g Samsung galaxy nexus

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarafina.handy Sarafina Handy

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  • subb

    Hey! I was struggling for a few days with getting an update (as all the rest of us).

    !!!!!!The solution is as simple as that:
    Go to GooglePlay in search field type in: simpsons taped out

    It opens a app page (in right corner you see install & update, just tap on update :))

    It works just fine!!!!

    Lithuania

    Samsung Note 10.1

    Android 4.1.2

    HAVE A NICE TAPING !!!