Hey there readers, I’d like to welcome you to the path of peace on earth, where today I’m going to be talking, not fighting space creatures, about the event that just was, Guys In Black. After 4 weeks and endless invasions to fight off it’s all over but for the poll, and that’s where we will find out if this event saw you feeling out of this world with giddy excitement or if it’s made you feel like you’d fallen back to earth with a bump.
The event certainly started with all the pressure on TinyCo, as this summer’s events had not gone well as they crippled by problems and glitches galore. TinyCo really had to pull a successful event out of the bag with this but did they? I think they did just that with Guys In Black. I thoroughly enjoyed myself over the 4 phases of the event, just a shame a few glitches rearing their head in Phase 3 spoiled some players fun.
I was glad to see this was a 4 week event, I couldn’t have faced anything longer, I personally prefer 3 week events but I can handle 4 weeks if the event draws me in, and this one did.
This event, from the start looked like it old be fun, and I hoped that would continue as we started to play through the 4 phases. And it did, I immediately saw improvements in the event that kept the fun factor going, drops were good even on the dreaded timed characters. If TinyCo insist on having timers on characters at least make them achievable like they were here. It will be interesting to see the unlock figures for the timed characters once the polls done and dusted, I’m hoping if the comments during the event are anything to go by we’ll see improvements on player numbers unlocking the timed characters than in the previous events.
So it really wasn’t long before I was happily fighting off galactic invaders, and enjoying the event immensely. From the start as I said it was obvious TinyCo had based this on 2 other popular events, Kung Pow Quahog and Truth & Justice The Quahog Way. This was an event that was a little kinder to freemium players. I hoped this would be an easier event and an improvement on its predecessors where putting in the time would count for something, as I’m lucky my work commitments never see me separated from my mobile and I’m a member of insomniacs anonymous so I can drop in and out my game during the day & night, this means I play more than most, and it’s good to see that putting in this time is once again as successful as putting in your dime in an event. For a while there pay or play, had become pay or pay!
But I am delighted that TinyCo are showing, at times, they hear what we’re saying, the results of our recent polls and comments made it clear to them they were facing a continuing player exodus if something didn’t change. This event shows that although they are often slow to respond that they are listening. We saw a 4 week event, full of popular new characters and costumes. And we also saw the return of an old character, as well as a chance to get the premium characters from the event at a discount near the end of the game through a mystery box. This is something a few players have suggested previously.
A 4 week event with no major gridlock in the earliest phases, this allowed players to move along, now I’m not saying everyone moved at the same pace, some were slower to get through the 3rd phase, which was probably the toughest and time hungry. It also had to be the phase where the Android glitch struck, hampering many players progress further that week. But outwith this for once progress was mostly down to the amount time you could put in. Yes Arrest Warrants and healing times delayed play a little but it didn’t derail the entire event.
Mainly film/TV franchise characters but popular ones. We saw some animations from previous events being recycled, such as the Giant Beetles. The buildings and decorations weren’t quite as high a standard as we are used to but they mostly end up in storage anyway. It’s a real shame the work these guys put out is sometimes lost into our inventories due to space and memory issues.
With regards to gameplay it was good to see less characters have multiple tasks for different drop items, there was little crossover and drop times for characters used in Battles tended to reflect their healing times. I really think TinyCo got the balance fine in this event, the only early concern was over Arrest Warrants drops, when Phase progress threatened to slow down due to a lack of these, but TinyCo responded in the phases that followed by adding more options to get these, including an exchange option. Other items essential to fighting in the big baddie arena were always drops, so all that work to get them always paid off.
CHARACTERS AND COSTUMES:
What did I like, well we got a mix of characters and costumes as freemium unlocks. Yes some were timed, but if you were looking for an event to increase your character count this was it. Including the returning Little Green Man character there was an opportunity to add up to 5 freemium characters to your Tan Lines, oops, I mean game.
Special mention to the characters of the event for me, The Worms, they are a fantastic and funny addition to the event and were well worth the hard work to unlock.
Also any premium characters and costumes purchased were very useful during the event, more so if you were chasing the Leaderboard, so for those willing to spend clans at least you were getting a bit better value, something you’ve all been asking for.
For the most everything you needed to do in each phase was spelt out early by simply moving through the first few parts of the main Questline but there was an issue in placing the timed characters as a task early in a couple of the Questlines. Players feel this forces them to move at TinyCo’s pace rather than their own. The final week was a bit content heavy especially for those impacted by the Android glitch. Also the Jeeb’s Pawn Shop Exchanges were set up better than in previous events, old items could still be used in conjunction with the new phases material, meaning you needed less of it to get exchanges going once moving from one phase to another.
They seem to be taking on board issues that derailed previous events, and mixing it up a bit. Yes we’ve seen the fighting in 2 previous events but it was made easier this time round, it’s obvious TinyCo had tweaked a few things. And for me characters that were needed for fighting were for the most part kept off any essential drop duties, only the odd crossover there, which let the event flow well.
Now before you accuse me of having had my mind scrubbed and being too nice to TinyCo there are a few problem areas that still seem raise their ugly heads event after event.
There has been a real downturn in this area, the meltdown in the previous events seemed to see the obvious cracks in the support surface again, I’m not sure when or if we will see a recovery. The guys and gals are replying to our support tickets but their hands seem tied to sort our issues most of the time. It makes for a very frustrating situation, and I’m sure this is as equally frustrating for both players and the support staff alike. The over reliance on sending standard responses to players when there is a high volume support issue causes anger, and I wish they would utilise their social media and our site more to get info out to players on mass during these kind of meltdowns. It’s this lack of communication and information that causes a lot of the frustration we see in the comments, and players to walk away from the game.
It’s no mystery what my feelings on Mystery Boxes are, I continue to despair at the way TinyCo implements premium Mystery Boxes in events. Yes, I know we don’t need to buy them but any player whose a fan of Stewie is fed up seeing most of his costumes appear in Mystery Boxes. Yes I’m talking about me here. Also ongoing we see useless materials not only as prize but as repeatable prizes, not good either. And finally 3 mystery boxes in a 4 week event is over kill, yes the final box was full of good content but the clam price was hiked to 180 clams and the Clam Generator was put in this. I don’t like this at all, I really think it would be a real kick in the teeth to players if this was to become the norm, the clam generators are very popular, it would be a step too far by TinyCo to see them regularly used as mystery box bait. Please rethink this TinyCo.
Now the dialogue and tasks were fantastic, no issues at all there, but what I do find troublesome is a character with a timer being essential to completing an early part of a phases Main Questline.
Apart from that my main gripe in this event was the amount of side Questlines that built up due to Bruce and Jerome being needed for most of them, yet she was uber busy collecting Arrest Warrants.
Also please bring in a reward for completing the final Phase Questline, 10 clams or so, an incentive to finish it. We keep asking for it, it’s not a big amount, so make the gesture TinyCo.
The weekly challenges were missing, thank the Intergalactuc Gids for that.
We don’t like them, TinyCo don’t care. Enough said!!!
So fellow addicts, that’s some of my thoughts, I think you can see I personally think in this event TinyCo got a lot right but I want to stress they are just my thoughts, they in no way reflect what Bunny or Lotty felt about the event.
Anyway that’s my ramblings, now I want you to tell me your thoughts. Cause I honestly love to hear them. But please don’t turn this into a What the Deuce post by releasing your fists of fury in the comments as Bunny will explode my head if you do and I can’t regenerate like Jack Jeebs can. Please have mercy on us in your feedback and thoughts.. Tell us what you like, don’t like? What you’d like to see more of, what you’d like to see less off. What your thoughts on this 4 week event? 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 post I’d be very grateful. Please note for those that experience the jump glitch when answering poll questions, there’s a direct link at the bottom of the page that will help you avoid this problem, just keep scrolling to the bottom.
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