Hey there readers, with all the fighting come to an end, it’s time for us to put some ice on our knuckles and relax, and what better for us to waffle on about than the event in general. Yes, Rocky Times In Quahog saw us spend 3 weeks training and sweating, and to be honest I’m not sure I enjoyed much of it.
It all started with a reveal in our App Store game information that the upcoming event would have a boxing theme. Immediately many of us thought of Boxer Lois & Deirdre Jackson, however although they would both appear at the end, the main theme was built around the Rocky franchise.
And I have to say as someone with no interest in the Rocky movies and even less interest in Boxing I immediately thought, yeah an event where I can sit back and take it easy, and of course stockpile my clams as I decided this would be a freemium outing for me.
And this decision played out fine during the event, I at no point felt pulled into the event, not even a load of Russian buildings and decorations could spark this event to life for me, the theme just wasn’t for me. And hey that’s fine, not every event will be a hit for every player, and I was glad to see in the comments for many of you this event did indeed pack a punch and you were enjoying the content. As long as someone is having fun that’s the main thing.
However I have to say I did enjoy the new mini-games with the punchbags. They were a little bit of fun, I’d like to see them stay, with a little change that behind the odd target you clear you might find a clam or two.
I think the one big positive was it only lasted 3 weeks, which for me was probably 2 weeks too many but better than 4/5 weeks. I’m just not sure events around sporting content work for me, but hey I’ll play along.
This event also seemed to bring about some nostalgia, just like the Power Rangers event. Rocky fans were excited to see the franchise hit Quahog. So as much as I wasn’t jumping for joy, other players were.
I also as I said decided to play a completely freemium strategy in this event, after splashing clams in the last few events and it didn’t impact my progress as I unlocked all the freemium characters and costumes, including Ivan Drago, with time to spare. So this event was one where putting in the time worked.
But now let’s take a more in-depth look at the event, and yes I will say this from the off, a lot of players got frustrated when things got tough very quickly.
A 3 week event that once again had a dreaded timed character, TinyCo must surely realise boy now these timers are alienating players. If they insist on having them put a warning pop up before you repair or place any item that has a timed character attached. Easy coding, and then no player feels a fool for not realising and activating a timer before they were ready. I did enjoy having no weekly challenges, it removed a little of the Monday madness they bring into our lives. Monday’s are tough enough without them, lol. Again I’d like mention TinyCo they need to remember the players who are completing events, so there needs to be a reward, a little something for completing the final Main Questline, it was a very popular idea when put forth in our recent poll.
Movie tie in, vague Family Guy history for the Rocky content, but definite Family a Guy connection for Deirdre Jackson and Boxer Lois, so that was good. But as I said the sport themed events just don’t seem to capture my imagination. Now you know I’m going say I was happy to get some Russian buildings and decorations, just got to decide what part of town is going to become Little Russia!
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I liked the new gameplay of the mini-games, they were fun, I’d love see more of this.
With regards to gameplay it was good to see less characters have multiple tasks for different drop items, I know there was still some crossover but that will always happen as core characters that were unlocked in the early Districts are used in events to allow newer players to join in events. I really think TinyCo got the balance quite well in this event and used a good ratio of characters and buildings with drops.
What did I like, well we got quite a couple of new freemium characters as opposed to just a whole lot of costumes. Although we got them too. Didn’t like that they used timers again. Ivan Drago seemed impossible in Phase 2 but by Phase 3 TinyCo gave us a fighting chance of getting him. However Fight Promoter Cleveland was impossible from the comments players made, be interesting to see if anyone who didn’t have him got him during this event. Also worth mentioning here is some of the unlock requirements are getting a bit over inflated by TinyCo and are causing players to fall behind early in the event, sometimes they then just give up or struggle to enjoy anything that follows. Not liking the way premium characters needed to complete FaceSpace sets.
TinyCo promised us some new gameplay and we got it in the mini-games, keep it coming TinyCo.
There has been improvements in this area, TinyCo response to the error with Clubber Lang was very fair, can’t fault them on their customer service on that matter. Personally I had no reason to contact them this event so can’t give a personal opinion this time.
It’s no mystery what my feelings on Mystery Boxes are, I’ve long despaired at the way TinyCo implements Mystery Boxes in events. But in one way they seem to be responding to concerns by putting returning characters in as potential prizes rather than too many useless decorations. But they also still have too many repeatable resources and it’s a bit annoying most of Stewie’s guises are a Mystery Box gamble.
Ivan Drago seemed impossible when he appeared in Phase 2 but TinyCo seemed to hear our calls for help, and when Phase 3 dropped, some help came with it. But it will be interesting to see how many unlocked the Ivan Drago character.
No real issues arose in these.
Rare drops on an item for a timed character should be banned! As should random drops you can’t control on a timed character. Especially when losing out on those timed characters impacts your future event progress. These really are errors that shouldn’t be being repeated 3 years after the game’s launch.
So fellow addicts, that’s just some of my thoughts, and I want to stress they are just my thoughts, they in no way reflect what Bunny or Lotty felt about the event. Maybe one day I can tempt one of them to do the review so it’s not always my opinion. We’ll see!!!
Anyway that’s my ramblings, now I want you to tell me your thoughts. But please don’t turn this into a boxing match, where blows are traded in the comments or Bunny will send me to Siberia with no vodka for company. Please give us your feedback and thoughts in a fun in the sun sort of way. Tell us what you liked, didn’t like? What you’d like to see more of, what you’d like to see less off. Share with us everything and anything you think would improve FGQFS, as TinyCo do read this blog and of course Bunny also takes your feedback to TinyCo. And if you can please take a minute to complete the end of event poll at the end of this I’d be very grateful.
And just incase you can’t see the poll or find it jumps about when you’re trying answer, here’s the direct link:
~ Russian Tigger