What REALLY Grinds Your Gears?

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Lots of events and content updates have been bombarding us all lately, so there must be something that has ground your gears to dust at some point!

We have started the Valentine’s event, has there been anything in particular that has almost made you tap that uninstall button?!

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We would really like to hear what was grinding your gears – is it how you need to follow the couples around? Is it because you aren’t sure what you need to collect as the prizes haven’t been released? Whatever it is, we would love to hear what has been grinding your gears in the last week!

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40 thoughts on “What REALLY Grinds Your Gears?”

  1. I am tired of collecting money and not having anything to spend it on. I have 2.2 million dollars but the only thing you can spend is clams that cost real money. You should be able to convert coins to clams, even if it was 100:1 ratio it would be better than buying clams out of pocket.

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  2. I want to be able to play the game on the computer via Facebook. It really sucks that I only have access to a tablet two days a week and can never get very many of the timed characters and buildings. Other games have done it and a lot more people would play the game if it wasn’t so limited. Why hasn’t this been done a long time ago?

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  3. I am a damn fool! I thought I’d try the game since they fixed a bug. of course it keeps crashing. BUt the worst part is I finally got enough “love” for peter’s chocolatier house and before I can place the prize BAM the game crashes. I log back in and it has reset me back to 47 hearts and of course the stupid couples don’t show back up. To heck with this.

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    1. I’m definitely complaining to tinyco now and lowering my game rating on play from 2 stars to 1. This game is turning insto a stinking pile of crap.
      I’ve spent couple hundred bucks probably on this game. not anymore.

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  4. the whole valentines event really grinds my gears. it’s like they want to intentionally piss everyone off. I say everyone should just stop playing for at least a day. that would get their attention. if everyone just stopped playing until Valentine’s Day, they might realize how badly this whole thing sucks

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  5. I started this in the next post, but I wanted to go on a bit more about it here, because it really is the one nagging problem I have with this game; the use of arbitrary time limits within an already limited-time event.

    Though I knew what I was possibly getting into, I started collecting hearts without knowing what Joe’s prizes were going to be. As it turned out, I did end up getting the one i wanted the least. This wouldn’t have ever happened though if the game did not have its players perpetually under the gun by putting additional time limits on everything.

    Think how much more enjoyable the game would be if you were allowed to set your own pace during events. You wouldn’t miss out on any of the jokes that were written, you’d be able to focus on the things you want rather than the things you NEED before the time limit is up. Of course, then I guess you wouldn’t have to spend clams to rush things for fear of missing out on future event content. So that’s clearly not going to be an option.

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  6. What grinds my gears is that I collected hearts for the first two prizes as I could clearly see that they would generate income, however after that I couldn’t see anymore prizes it was just ????? So I continued collecting hearts in hope of saving up for hot Meg (final heart prize), well now i see there is no point…
    I had over 150 red hearts then my next lot of PDA couples arrived, and I instantly got Joes Bumper Cars, its a huge building (bigger than James woods high) but its purely decorative, and worse still, now I can see that the purple heart prize was a liquor store which would have produced income!!
    And that’s what really grinds my gears!!
    Not gunna save the hearts now till I can see what the prizes are or I’ll just end up with random objects taking up hard earned space.

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  7. You know what really grinds my gears? All the characters past Peter griffin in the affection meter are locked so I can’t see whether I want to go love or hate. I’ve been collecting nothing but love , because they’ve been buildings . Well I magically hit a 100+ love amount and was rewarded with a fc$&ing decoration instead of a building . I would had gone for hate had I know that it was a building . That really pisses me off. Show me the goddamn prizes already !

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  8. guessing if i need to be love or hate for next week. I ended up just flipping a coin since i have no way to prepare otherwise. but that is minor knowing that they will make you choose something not to get so I can get a hot meg skin that i will use when she has no tasks to do.

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  9. I’ve actually gotten used to the couples now. Just delete enough roads then 3 mins should be long enough, although stalking them is still annoying.
    Only 2 tasks for handbags for Ida is also a bit harsh but I should still get her in time.

    However what grinds my gears the most is the combination of lack of space and gigantic buildings. First of all they should release land with every event like they do for districts, then make smaller buildings that fit into the grid for roads. They actually released a 10×10 building, someone please tell me how this can be justified? It’s a square so it can literally be any size, even 4×4. It’s almost as stupid as 4×5 buildings, which make us have to use up an unnecessary large square of land.

    It’s a shame that I have to rant about land in every event, so either GIVE US LAND OR SMALLER BUILDINGS! It’s not hard to do that, is it?

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  10. What grinds my gears is shelling out clams from premium characters such as Jake, Consuela, Buzz, and the horse and then have them do virtually nothing for any quests. They should always have a task to do even if it’s 24 hours for a rare item like the irritatingly rare tap handles. It should be a bonus for those of us who bought them and would likely entice others to buy them if they were actually useful. Also this interminable wait with the blimp. If they weren’t planning on having a timely conclusion, they should have held off on releasing it. 6 months with no updates is maddening.

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  11. It grinds my gears when a “building” like the Beach Gym comes out in a new event, and characters that logically would have tasks in the new building don’t. We just earned Phineas and Barnaby in the previous event. Wouldn’t it make sense that these characters have tasks at the new gym? I know it is early in the event and things can change, but it seems that we earn characters only to see them never used again or used very sparingly after the event is over. Also bought Human Rupert, and he has no tasks in the Beach Gym or anywhere else for that matter.

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  12. What grinds my gears is I’m tired of tearing up my town for every event that comes along! Had to tear up all the roads in this one to create a lot to capture the PDA’s in. I have a big well laid out town and trying to chase them down behind buildings is ridiculous. Plus having to shift to add event buildings. I wish TinyCo would give us the option to save versions of our town like in Clash of Clans you can save different bases and switch between them. This way we could have an event town, so we wouldn’t have to tear up our normal town, and maybe something fun like our favorite theme towns.
    Also the fact that the next prize isn’t available to view yet. I don’t trust TinyCo to follow the same formula for buildings that help being in love side vs decos that are worthless in hate side or just resetting the meter when the next prize event starts making all the collecting useless.

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  13. During the Christmas event I had minions on my screen constantly because I didn’t have the stuff to clear them. Knowing that the couples will get lost in three minutes is a big improvement in my book. Even if it is a pain to figure out which ones need to get popped. I feel kind of bad for killing off all those happy couples while letting the domestic abuse ones continue breathing. Just saying

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  14. I’m trying to unlock Ida and for Herbert he is dropping beer bottles instead of the item I need for Ida which is beyond frustrating, especially if a task is timed. Also I’m barely getting the common/uncommon items to drop. Really starting to grind my gears and hope this gets fixed

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  15. I am just collecting as many red hearts as possible because the more I have the bigger head start I have on the next phase and then the next phase I will have tons of red hearts and a head start on hot meg( my favorite of all the costumes)

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  16. I haven’t really experienced as bad as crashes as others, but it is frustrating when it happens. My Nexus 7 tablet seems to crash a lot more since I got the Lollipop upgrade, and not just on FG. Everything seems slower and freezes more often, so maybe that is one of the problems.

    Back to the couples, I have to agree that the fact you have to follow around the couples is a right royal pain in the proverbial, but at least TinyCo have now increased the time they are available, so it kinda lightens the load so to speak.
    Looking at the prizes I am going Love, Hate, Love Hate – well I am unless there is a prize I really like.

    I haven’t repaired the Ida bench yet, and wont until I have a lot of the stuff needed, then the 4 day time limit should be OK.

    New to this blog so be gentle with me – Giggity!

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  17. Ida is giving me troubles. How is it possible to have everything collected except for the Handbags? All the rare Hormone Pills were collected in a couple days but these handbags, must be Gucci’s or something 😐

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    1. I’m worried thats how I’m going to end up too. I’m at 2/12 7/12 7/10 after almost 24 hrs. The problem is theres not enough options for handbags like the ribbons. Only 3 compared to 6, one of which is a premium building skin. Why not give Peter or even Arnold another task for the other uncommon item Ida needs? This isn’t even greed, this is just stupidity. I wish I could quit this game sometimes

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  18. I’m done… I just tried to check my game at work while on break twice. Both times it crashed on me while in the middle of a couples timer. The first time it reset everything I had done, and started over. the 2nd time it didn’t it reset some things but not couples timer so I only got half of them. I’m not going to even try for a while. I am done.. Maybe when they start to work on the quality of the game instead of new features I will start to play again.

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  19. I don’t like how they do the couples with the timer… If you want hearts, and the couple just smacked each other you have to follow them around for minimum 10 seconds before they kiss each other to get the heart. Can’t do this though, because if you did you’d run out of time before you got half the couples.

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    1. Wait…you mean the couples change? I’ve been trying to tell when they’re happy or not and zooming in to see the little hearts around them. Most of the time I see no hearts around them at all so I just get rid of them all which I guess gets me nowhere? But if I wait and they will all emit red hearts I can deal with that!

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  20. In one word: CRASHING. I had to step away from the game for the majority of yesterday because I just about hucked my phone across the room. Every update they claim it’s going to get better, but it never does. And like everyone else, annoyed we don’t know the next prizes so I’ve just been ignoring the couples as well.

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  21. Actually, I like this type of Lovers method, as I didn’t really like where you had to collect Bombs and THEN bomb the Minions. But really, I just got the second prize this morning, so it’ll be good for me to relax and unlock Ida. (Almost There)

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  22. I’ve mostly liked the valentine’s update so far but not knowing whether to collect love or hate hearts now that I’ve unlocked Peter is annoying. I might just ignore the couples for the next few days rather than collect the wrong thing

    We’ve been doing events constantly for a couple of months now which is getting tiresome. They always seem to throw too much content into their events too, you never have time to fully enjoy the events and just have fun since you’re always rushing to unlock everything in time.

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  23. “Is it because you aren’t sure what you need to collect as the prizes haven’t been released?”

    YES! That’s exactly what it is… And I just can’t figure out why they are doing this…

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  24. Waiting 20+ seconds for the couples to stop, and then to loose them behind a building!!

    I’ve managed to get the first two prizes and now as you mentioned don’t know which hearts to save up for as the other prizes haven’t been released.

    Someone at tinyco must get a kick reading these comments.

    I know its just a game!

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    1. Next prize is Joe’s, either a liquor store (earns XP and HV) with purple hearts or a bumper car building with red hearts (which is decorative)… Wish I’d known before I kept saving red hearts.

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  25. Nothing really. I would like to know if the meter will reset when the next person unlocks. I have about 30 love in it right now. Would really suck if I wanted the hate prize and it doesn’t reset. I haven’t been clicking the couples anymore.

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      1. It is a hate building.. I was doing the same thing, only to get Joe’s bumper car building… And its decorative. The hate building is a liquor store, obviously earns XP and hv. Sucks how they didn’t show the prizes, in was hoping to save up for hot Meg, but the hearts go back to 0 once a prize is gained.

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