Something occurred to me the other day as I was working to change all my houses to their Christmas facades, how these little decorations were introduced during last year’s Halloween event, had a bigger role in the Christmas event and then were seemingly just abandoned. It brought me back to when facades were first introduced and I imagined the fun that could be gained from them. Similar to the costumes they would allow for a refresh of the buildings we see day in, day out but with the added benefit of allowing for some variety around the town rather than countless buildings looking identical. Here are a few buildings that I think could make good use of the facades if they were ever reintroduced.
This seems like quite an obvious choice for the facade idea as Moe has changed his tavern at least 9 times to appeal to new audiences, with temporary success usually followed by crushing failure leading to him putting everything back to normal.
The first facade I would suggest is Flaming Moe’s, from the episode of the same name. Homer invents a great new drink called the Flaming Homer, which Moe steals and gets rich off of. The bar becomes the most popular place in town, featuring apparently daily performances from Aerosmith and requiring a guest list to get in. The outside of the store gains a flashing sign featuring a flaming drink and a rope line, when people are inside the sign could flash as it does in the show and it could come with a quest line where people come to Moe’s to drink, ending with Homer sabotaging it all, which would actually explain why people stop visiting there afterwards.
The second Moe’s facade I would suggest is actually much simpler and really comes from my desire to see some more gay characters in Springfield. In the episode Flaming Moe, Smithers comes to Moe with an idea to revamp the bar by making it into a gay bar that doesn’t discriminate on appearance, with the other bars only letting in chiseled hunks. They change the sign to say Mo’s, add a rainbow flag and the transformation is complete. To fit in with his clientele Moe pretends to be gay, with the patrons suggesting he runs for a position in government so that their voice can be heard. This storyline is ripe for adaption, maybe if they changed it to him running for Mayor they could bring Quimby into things. They could also introduce one of the other gay characters into the game, I would recommend Grady who appears in both this episode and the one where Homer moves in with two gay men after a fight with Marge. He could come with some fun tasks such as going partying and trying to woo Homer.
The last one I would suggest is Uncle Moe’s Family Feedbag, Moe’s attempt to transform the bar into a family restaurant with a nice paint job and new sign adorning the outside. It could also come with a great costume for Moe, as pictured below, with tasks like ‘struggle to be nice to children’. They could also use M, the postmodern bar that Moe’s becomes in Homer the Moe. I do wonder if they could incorporate many of these facades into one story where Moe attempts to make the bar successful through various different makeovers, maybe making one premium (I’d go for Mo’s which would come with one of the gay characters). A premium facade would presumably also change a regular building into a premium as costumes do, allowing them to earn more money. The quest line could end with Moe realising that all he needs is his beloved regulars, resetting the bar to normal once again.
This one is really more of an issue with the fact that to be at consumerism level 5 you need to have a lot of Kwik-E-Marts, a hell of a lot if you don’t buy premium buildings that boost it. However there are only really two times the Kwik-E-Mart has changed on the outside, both of which are from the same episode.
The first and most prominent is the Freak-E-Mart. When Jasper froze himself in the store’s freezer so that he could see the future, something that has already been shown in one of Jasper’s tasks, Apu decided to transform the store into a full on freak show when people wanted to pay him money to see Jasper. Their isn’t much of a major change to the outside of the store except for a banner covering the old sign rebranding it the Freak-E-Mart and some posters on the windows advertising the ‘amazing’ sights to behold inside. It isn’t much of a change but would create some variety around the town as opposed to having identical Kwik-E-Marts everywhere.
The next facade comes from the end of that episode, when Jasper defrosts the freak show can’t go on any longer but Apu doesn’t want to go back to the regular store so he rebrands it again, as the Nude-E-Mart. Featuring a flashing sign and advertising ‘topless dancers! Bottomless coffee!’ With an apparently nude Apu and Sanjay on the door. I can’t see them really doing this one due to the brief time it appears on the show (about 3 seconds) and the adult nature of a strip club but it would be a fun way to spice up the old store. Hey it could even come with a ‘nude Apu’ costume, ok now I’m just going too far…
These are just a few buildings I could think of that would benefit from a paint job, they could also make use of facades to offer more appearances for the houses so that I wouldn’t have dozens of identical blue houses around my town. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that facades are full of untapped potential (sorry I had to), are there any buildings you think I’ve overlooked? Let us know in the comments.