The rivers are still running green in Springfield, but it won’t be that long before they turn blue again. Exactly when things get back to normal is anyone’s guess (it could be anywhere between now and Thursday afternoon US Central time). But, whichever way you look at it, there’s very little time left to use your donuts on the limited-time Wishing Well and Leprechaun.
As you can see, readers of this blog were a little more evenly divided over this than they were over Fruit-Bat-Man:
In the end, 51.03% wanted to add the Wishing Well and the Leprechaun to their towns and the remaining 48.97% wanted to hang onto their gold…er…donuts. All the way through, the voting stayed as close as a US presidential election.
There’ll be a new poll next weekend (or earlier if an update doesn’t come quickly!).
The Leprechaun and and Fruit-Bat-Man are both limited-time items, so if you want them, you’d better decide quickly. That’s because Monday, 18 March is quite possibly the day they’ll no longer be available in your premium store.
St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, 17 March and we’re all assuming that the event will wind up sometime on Monday. After all, it’s not really a big event, and there’s no reason for it to be around much after the day itself. You’ll get to keep everything you’ve acquired once the event is over, though. But the quest will probably end and nobody new to the game will be able to get Tom O’Flanagan, O’Flanagan’s Pub, the Wishing Well, or the Leprechaun. That means you’ll need to hurry through the quest so that you can get the Shamrock Topiary before the event ends if it’s still going on for you.
Fruit-Bat-Man is part of an episode promotion and, if the past is anything to go by, this costume for Mr. Burns will also no longer be available after Monday, 18 March. If you’ve bought it, it’s yours for the life of the game – but new players and those that haven’t bought it will no longer be able to do so. They’ll also be wondering how you got the Fruit-Bat-Signal.
When on Monday will this happen? For international players, we’re taking Monday, 18 March in the US – and exactly when on Monday is anyone’s guess. Again, based on past experience, updates seem to come through in the afternoon or the early evening. But it could be any time.
If you haven’t voted in the St. Patrick’s Day poll, please cast your vote. Will you be buying the Wishing Well and Leprechaun – or will you be saving your donuts for Mount Carlmore (and we don’t know yet whether Carl will come with it as a premium character or be a regular character in the game)?
Once you’ve voted, take a look and see what other readers of this blog will be doing! At the moment, the results look like something you might see in a US presidential election.
No – no pattern at at all. It’s completely and utterly random.
For those of you who haven’t spent your donuts on the limited time Wishing Well and Leprechaun, tapping on the Leprechaun gives you a base of either 2XP or $5 every time you tap (more with a higher bonus multiplier). You can tap as many times as you like with a few seconds gap in between taps.
But occasionally, you’ll get lucky and score a base either 20XP or a $20 (again, the higher your bonus multiplier, the more you’ll get). Unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing when you’ll get the extra amount. It’s completely randon, there’s no pattern to it, and you’ll get it or you won’t. In fact, I’ve only got it once in hundreds of taps – other members of my household seem to get it with annoying frequency. I’m as lucky with this as I am at the Scratch-R, which is not very lucky!
So, I hope you get luckier than I have been. Have fun trying!
While the Wishing Well seems to be a building that comes with a character, it behaves very differently from other character-associated structures. In fact, the Wishing Well itself is much more like a decoration than a building.
When you add the Wishing Well to your Springfield, you get a 4% boost to your cash and XP collections (in the same way the Police Car, the Ambulance, and Burns Limo work). But it doesn’t give you a regular income in the same way that your buildings do. The added value, however, comes from the Leprechaun, who you can tap as many times as you like (with a few seconds in between) to collect extra cash and XP.
You can read all about the Wishing Well and lots of other information on the St. Patrick’s day event here.
The St. Patrick’s Day event has given us a new premium building (although a very small one) and a new premium character (very small, too!) – the Wishing Well and the Leprechaun. They cost 150 donuts and are only available until the event concludes, somewhere just after St. Patrick’s Day (March 17).
You’ve probably already read my reasons for making the purchase (and if you haven’t, you can find them here) – but what are you going to do? Or, if you’re like me and bought them on the first day, what have you already done?
So, this week’s poll has just 2 choices – will you be buying them or will you be saving up your donuts for something else? Take a moment to vote, and keep checking back to see what others are doing. And, as always, please feel free to give your reasons for your decision in the comments section.
The short answer is “yes”. I know it costs 150 donuts, but there are lots of reasons why the Wishing Well and the Leprechaun are a good use of your donuts. Here are some of them:
1. It’s a limited-time item character and item set – and that means that when the St. Patrick’s Day celebration is over, you’ll probably never have the opportunity to buy either the Wishing Well or the Leprechaun again.
2. Although the Leprechaun doesn’t say anything particularly intelligible, he is a character with a voice.
3. While the Wishing Well doesn’t earn you a regular income, the Leprechaun does. Every time you tap on him, you earn $5 or 2XP (and the higher your bonus multiplier, the more you get). The way it works is this – you tap, he giggles or curses and runs away, and after a few seconds, you can tap him again. You can do this as often as you like! And occasionally, he gives you $20 or 20XP or more, but that seems entirely random and perhaps you’ll need a bit of Irish luck to get that extra bit of Leprechaun gold.
4. The Wishing Well does, however, give you a 4% cash and XP bonus on your cash collections and character jobs.
5. The Leprechaun completes the Irishmen character set, which means you get the set completion cash and XP bonus.
6. All your friends will be a nice shade of St. Patrick’s day green with envy.
And here are some reasons why you may decide to save your donuts for something else:
1. The Wishing Well is kind of small, as you can see here:
2. The Well itself doesn’t earn you a regular income (although, the Leprechaun really takes care of that).
3. For such a small item, it’s really very expensive.
4. The Leprechaun doesn’t have any quests or tasks.
5. You can’t trust Leprechauns.
The fact that it’s a limited time item was enough for me to buy it, though. And the Leprechaun is good for hours of mindless fun!
My guess is that it will run until just after St Patrick’s Day on March 17 – which means that you have until then to complete the quest and decide whether to buy the Wishing Well.
The quest seems to be quite a long one (I’ll be posting on the first part of this soon as well as on why you should spend your donuts on the Wishing Well!). And those mysterious decorations mentioned in the update information come as part of the quest – you won’t be able to find them in your decorations store.
My advice then is – don’t use your donuts to speed through the quest, because I think that’s all we’ll be getting for another week or so.
The St. Patrick’s Day update gives you 2 new characters for your game – Tom O’Flanagan, who runs your new pub, and the Leprechaun. Together, they make up the Irishmen set.
Tom is easy to get – he’ll appear when you complete building O’Flanagan’s Pub to kick off the second part of your St. Patrick’s Day Quest.
The Leprechaun is a premium character and comes with the Wishing Well. He costs 150 donuts and has no tasks or Quests – but every time you tap on him you collect cash. It’s a base of $5 a tap (although, the higher your multiplier, the more you’ll get).