The Open Air Stage is available as part of the level 29 update and is now officially one of my favorite buildings!
It works just like Channel 6 and Cletus’ Farm – you spend money to make money. But what makes it better than either of these two buildings is that it also gives some of your characters something extra to do.
To unlock a performance, a required character just needs to be free and in his/her regular costume. How much you need to invest depends on both the length of the task and the number of characters involved. Your return depends on the number of characters involved and whether the task is performed in whole or part by a premium character. Here’s a handy chart:
|Lisa’s Sax Solo||60 minutes||Lisa||$25||$145/30XP|
|Krusty Standup||2 hours||Krusty||$40||$240/45XP|
|The Be Sharps||3 hours||Homer / Skinner / Apu / Barney||$175||$1055/245XP|
|Willie on the Pipes||4 hours||Willie||$60||$350/80XP|
|The Skinner Sisters||10 hours||Principal Skinner / Agnes Skinner||$230||$1385/300XP|
|Sideshow Opera||16 hours||Sideshow Mel||$165||$990/220XP|
|Man Being Hit By Football: The Musical||24 hours||Moleman||$220||$1320/250XP|
Lisa’s, Willie’s and Moleman’s performances are pretty much what you see in their regular tasks. But, here are the others (you’ll have to forgive my undecorated park – that will come soon). First, Krusty and his standup:
So, the bottom line on the Open Air Stage is this: it’s well worth the donuts for those who are at level 29; it’s an especially good purchase for those who have Barney, Moleman, and Sideshow Mel as well; and if you’re at a lower level, you may want to hold off for a while until you can really make use of it.
And if you’re easily tempted into additional premium spending, consider this one carefully – it could well be a “gateway” building to more premium expenditure!