Do you ever feel like you’re on a losing streak at Springfield Downs? Do you sometimes think that the only good thing to come from the track was Santa’s Little Helper? Then you’re probably not alone – because most players regard Springfield Downs as a bit of a loss-making venture. And the information available in the files supports that, because the odds of winning anything aren’t particularly good.
Some people bet according to the name of the dog – but the game doesn’t work that way. The dogs switch around and are accorded different odds each time they race. Instead, your chance of coming up a winner is tied to odds attached for the current race to the dog you’re betting on.
So, here are your chances of coming out ahead whenever you’re tempted to gamble away your $5000 game dollars at Springfield Downs:
And if you lose, you get what the game terms 50 “consolation XP” – which is not that much consolation, really. Just as well it’s game dollars you’re being asked to gamble away and not donuts!
With St. Patrick’s Day still around in Springfield, here’s a quick one before it all disappears…
About a week ago, I wrote a post explaining that there’s unfortunately no cash or XP bonus when you tap on the Leprechaun when you see him in a friend’s town (and you can see that post here). But there’s still a little fun to be had. And that’s because Tapping on a friend’s Leprechaun has the same effect as tapping on your own (only without the money and XP) – he curses unintelligibly, then runs away.
So if you want to leave a friend with some erratic Leprechaun behavior as you pass through their town, give it a try. It’s not instant, which means you won’t be able to see it right away if you’re sitting next to your friend, but it’s a nice random little surprise. And you’ll still be able to do this even when St. Patrick’s Day is just a fond memory.
…and apparently you can do the same with Santa’s Little Helper and the Funzos.
Santa’s Little Helper has been part of the series since very near the beginning, first appearing in the Christmas episode Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire. And that’s why it was appropriate that he first appeared in the game as part of the Christmas update – and until the Christmas event finished on January 10, 2013, you could buy him for 1500 gold coins. Since then, he’s been available as a premium character worth 150 donuts.
Here’s a couple of reasons why you should think about buying him:
1. He completes a small set of 1 – the animals and pets set – which means you get the set completion bonus.
2. The Simpson’s family really isn’t complete without him (but where’s Snowball? Oh, that’s right… “She died, she died…”).
Unfortunately, there are a few very good reasons why you may want to spend your donuts elsewhere if you’re on a donut budget:
1. He really doesn’t do anything except bark, run in circles, and beg. He has no tasks and no characters interact with him.
2. Because he has no tasks, once you’ve bought him and he’s part of your Springfield, he doesn’t earn you any extra money or XP.
3. He’s quite expensive compared to characters that have buildings and tasks.
So, I hate to say it, but Santa’s Little Helper probably shouldn’t be at the top of your list of characters to buy with donuts.