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Earlier this week we reported that EA had finally ported the Simpsons-themed Sim City clone Tapped Out to Android. Unfortunately, they decided to hold off on a North American release in favor of a "rest of world" rollout, perhaps to iron out the bugs. Well good news, neighborinos: Tapped Out is now available to North America, and the device access issues seem to have been ironed out.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out starts with Homer predictably destroying Springfield via a manipulative fremium game, so the player has to re-assemble the town with familiar landmarks. 42 Evergeen Terrace, the Kwik-E-Mart, Moe's, the power plant, they're all here, as are the original television voice actors playing their parts. Once you find these characters, you can send them on quests with hilarious results. The game is interspersed with bite-sized pieces of Simpsons animation, and if EA follows the iOS version, there should be seasonal content updates as well.

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Of course, the writers weren't joking when they touched on the danger of free-to-play games. While most of Tapped Out's content can be accessed with in-game currency, the oh-so-rare donuts are required to get the bigger and better items. You can grind away and find them in-game, or shell out some real cash to quickly advance. D'oh!

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.
  • scuttlefield

    Been playing for the last hour or so. Game is pretty fun. A shame that you can't play the same game across devices though.

  • Vikram Mohan

    Still not available in the UK :-(

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Even the ROW version (Rest Of the World)?

      • Jamie Sidford

        afraid so. Web version of play store states unavailable in your country (UK) for both my Nexus S and my TF300T

      • http://twitter.com/xplodwild Guillaume

        Yup, none of the versions are installable on my French devices either. Installed manually the APK found on the Web, and it works fine, it's even translated in French. No idea why they messed up with the Play Store.

        • http://www.facebook.com/rafaelzanetti Rafael Zanetti

          The APK is avaliable at XDA.

    • Paul

      Neither in Germany.

      • Nonobot

        Neither in France

        • http://twitter.com/pgr3master Asa

          Am in the UK and its available!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1025940490 Vivian Lobo

            Strange, as I checked just now...and still no luck

  • http://twitter.com/andrewr91 Andrew

    Now if only they'd integrate Origin like the iOS version. I played it for a couple months when I had an iPad, and I don't really want to start all over again. Plus the visiting friends worlds thing was fun.

  • http://www.steveedson.co.uk Steve Edson

    The iOS version was updated a week ago, it removed the seasonal Christmas Content and added valentines day stuff, the Android version launched and was immediately out of date. Plus, EA didn't add the option to visit friends towns etc. Hoping that all of this gets fixed soon.

    • Ant2206

      Mine ditched the snow today. It's only about a week behind, so assume the Valentine's Day update isn't far away either. Not sure about the visiting friends thing though.

  • Yaffle

    Not available for me either in the UK.

  • Zaatour36

    this game is freaking me out!!

    pops up in the notification with updates(i know I can disable it in Jelly Bean), but even sound when something finishes!!!

    pretty annoying, and without the option to disable :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1025940490 Vivian Lobo

    What did we do in the UK, we love the simpsons... (This item cannot be installed in your device's country.)

  • Solexia

    Still not available in the Netherlands either

  • Wayne Randall

    Must be connected to the internet to play plus an extra 175 MB download.. Why won't EA just fix SimCity?! Oh right, EA is king of Android Trolls.

  • Joey Niolet

    Needs a way to turn off notification sounds. I can't have Homer all of a sudden shouting from my phone in the middle of the night, or while I'm at work

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

      D'oh!

    • http://twitter.com/vbm78 VBM

      Here's what I did: Click the build icon (bottom right), in the context box in the top left there is an exclamation point, click it and you can alter volume levels. I turned the BGM and SFX all the way down, restarted the app another time and haven't been woken up Homer since!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Araiza/1449517964 Chris Araiza

    I just got it ! nexus7/california

  • Mike

    How is this not compatible with the Nexus 7 or Nexus 4. They are flagship android devices.

  • boobster

    How do you get the purple house? iOs version needs Lisa to complete the babysit Rod/Todd quest. Having her doing next week's homework?

  • TechGuy21

    wont work on my S3 or nexus 7. nice one

  • Alex

    Isn't the address 742 Evergreen Terrace?

  • Andrew

    Not sure if it's unavailable in the UK, or if it's incompatible with the Transformer Prime & GS2. Sad, I've been wanting to play this for a long time.

  • Peter Gabriel

    Working from the UK now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/SantaClaw Andreas Henriksen

    So, how the fudge do you turn of the EXTREMELY anoying notifcations by homer ?

  • DERPY-DERP

    I can't get this on my Kindle Fire HD :(
    Anyone know a way to get it? If even possible?

  • Houdini

    This used to be one of my favourite games. Then the new update came...
    It constantly asks me to update, but when I click on update it says that the game cannot be instaled in my country?! WTF?!
    EA games sure are the biggest fags on the planet.
    BTW I'm from Bulgaria

  • Will

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