Blog Post #66 – March 6, 2018

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Hello Pogians!

Happy Tuesday to you all! It is raining here today and I cannot think of anything more I’d rather be doing than writing this blog and talking to you all.

 Do you have a favorite US state? I ask because Pogo Limes just dropped by the Pogo Insider Studios and told me about some NEW badges that’ll be coming your way in mid-March. They are Mix-n-Match badges called State Badges and you’ll be able to collect all 50 of them very soon.

This is what Pogo Limes has to say about these fabulous new badges:

“Each State Badge will feature the State in the background and include one key item from the state. Our team had a lot of fun putting together the list of what item to go in each state, too. We really wanted to capture the fun collectible element such as state coins or state stamps with this Collection, and we hope players really enjoy them.”

Well, I definitely enjoy them, and will continue to do so while I collect them. Here’s a preview with my favorite state….You guessed it – Wisconsin!

 

Question for you

Last week, a fellow Pogoian asked what the highest score ever reached in Sparks was. This had me thinking, well, wondering, really, and now I want to know the highest score in Sparks YOU have reached. Please comment below.

 

Phlinx II

Thank you for your reports of the Diamond Badge in Phlinx II not saving progress, and that the January and February Chambers of the Past are not available. The Pogo team is aware of these issues and they are currently investigating it. I will keep you all posted here on the blog when I have more information. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Welcome to the newest section in the Pogo Insider. Here is where you will find the latest on game updates. What is currently “under construction” on Pogo? As often as I can, I’ll sit down with the Pogo team and get the latest info on which games are being worked on and what’s coming. I will always post more details when I have them available. Please understand updates are subject to change.

Please understand that unless an announcement comes directly from EA and/or Pogo, we cannot endorse it as true. All games and updates reported here in the Construction Zone have been given the “go ahead” and are on track to come out. Anything else that is reported is speculation right now.

 

Game Updates

Jet Set Solitaire – New levels being planned.

Poppit! Party – I have relayed your many awesome requests for more costumes in Poppit! Party to the Pogo team. As of right now, however, I do not have an update for you on this request.

Jewel Academy – 40 new levels in March.

Phlinx II – 2nd Dynasty coming in April.

New Games

Crossword Cove – The team has heard your feedback regarding the style of puzzles and knows that you prefer the US style. However, the US style puzzle format does not work with the current Flash Crossword Cove. As such, the Pogo team has begun the development of Crossword Cove HTML 5. There is no timeframe at this time. This is (still) the very latest information I have on Crossword Cove.

A Way with Words – New word game coming in April

Claire Hart Sequel – New Hidden Object Game (HOG) coming in early April.

Quinn’s Aquarium – New story-based Mahjong game coming in April.

Known Issues
None at this time

Website Updates

New Pogo Sign-In Experience – (No new update). New Pogo sign-in experience will be starting to roll out in March and end in August.

Chat – (No new update). We’re reviewing new chat solutions. I thank you for your feedback these last few blogs on your Pogo chat experience! I’ve collected the feedback and alerted the Pogo team.

 

Every week I answer a non-technical question related to Pogo. We get lots of questions every week, so I try to focus on common themes or the same question coming from different folks. Please ask your non-technical related question in the comments section of the blog.

(For technical issues, please go to Pogo’s Help Page.)

Insider Question

Q. How do you select which blog comments to approve?

A. (I originally answered this on August 29, 2017 and wanted to remind you all that while I love your comments, I’m unable to answer all of them. Here’s why.) I love reading the blog comments; it makes me so happy to receive them, and I take care to pass along feedback you give to our team members, too.. As a self-defined fan of your comments, I try to approve all of them, but I cannot always do that. Comments that come in and are counterproductive to fostering a positive environment are not approved. However, comments that disagree with something can, and often are, approved so long as they are constructive. If you have a complaint, I’m grateful to hear it, but please also continue with why you feel this way exactly and what you think would make it better. Be mindful and constructive and your comment will most likely be approved.

Q. Is pogo now selling our e-mail addresses for money???? What would be another purpose??

A. Pogo is not selling anyone’s information, including email addresses. Pogo already has your email on file from when you registered, all we are asking is for you to log in using email instead of screen name. The changes are being done to improve the security of your account. EA does not share personal information that directly identifies you with third parties without your consent. For more details, take a look at the EA Privacy & Cookie Policy.

 

Well, what goes better with rain than some tea and my favorite Pogo games?! That’s where I’m headed off to. Have a wonderful day and enjoy your week on Pogo!

Cheers,

Pogo_Llama

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NOTE: Comments may take some time to be approved. Those which are off-topic or counterproductive to fostering a positive environment will not be posted. Thanks for reading the Pogo Insider!

If you’re having troubles loading or getting into a Pogo game, please go to Pogo’s Help Page. Unfortunately, I am unable to help out with any technical questions via the blog. Thank you!

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420 Comments

  • Hi, I love the new hidden object games but they are hard to see.
    any plans to make them full screen?

    • There is a way to make Vanishing Trail and Grub Crawl full screen. I hope the following steps help.

      1. click on the icon with the 3 lines located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      2. Click on the icon with the 4-way arrows located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      3. To return to your game with a full screen, click the arrow pointing left located on the top left hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      4. To exit out of full screen, push the ESC button on your keyboard.

      Please let me know if you need more clarification. Thank you.

  • plz add ranks to spades or an album of spades plz and ty

    • YES! More ranks! Are you gonna make Spades HTML5 or do we lose it, like so many other games which are NOT HTML5?

  • I am having terrible problems with the new HOG games even running them full screen. Grub Crawl is good example. Full screen plus 125% magnification was able to find chef knife but absolutely no sign of salt shaker. Some of the objects are so tiny that even with my resizing I cannot find them. I am a long-term HOG player and love the older versions to the point where I have downloaded Undiscovered Worlds Incan Sun and Amazing Adventures.

    • There is a way to make Vanishing Trail and Grub Crawl full screen. I hope the following steps help.

      1. click on the icon with the 3 lines located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      2. Click on the icon with the 4-way arrows located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      3. To return to your game with a full screen, click the arrow pointing left located on the top left hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      4. To exit out of full screen, push the ESC button on your keyboard.

      Please let me know if you need more clarification. Thank you.

  • My highest score on Sparks Game is 1,609,827, it is one of my most favorite POGO Games to play!
    My second highest is almost 5,000,000, & I am still trying to beat my highest score each time I
    play Sparks.

  • SORRY I JUST THOUGHT OF A GAME I LOVE WHICH IS ON MSN CALLED TEXT TWSIST AND TEXT TWIST TWO
    HAS POGO EVER HEARD OF THEM AND CAN THEY GET THOSE GAMES. SORRY MY COMMENT WAS SO LONG BUT HAD TO BE TO GET IN EVERYTHING ABOUT BADFGES AND GAMES.

  • Even on large screen…it’s very hard to find some items on Grub Crawl; why so hard?

  • I have enjoyed Pogo for many years and love the quality of the games. That is why I am so upset with “grub Crawl” And “Vanishing Trails” The quality is way below the standards I”m used to and I really object to having to pay for games to play the Wednesday Challenge. I won’t be playing them at all. On another note, it’s good to see Daily Crossword back.

    • Hi blhp13,
      We’re working on some improvements for the VT and GC images. Thank you!

      • Thank you. I’m sorry, I miss spoke about the graphics on GC. They are fine But, object to paying for a Wednesday Challenge. However the “find the difference” on VT has no variety, every game is the same. And the graphics are, I don’t even know how to describe them. I look forward to the improvements and more free episodes.

    • @blhp13,
      I don’t pay for any episodes in order to do the badges. I play the same episodes over and over… after a while, you can almost play them in your sleep, LOL! It may seem a bit monotonous, but it makes it easier and faster to find all the items.

      • I do that on some games, but VT is just too bad to even do that. I know what you mean about doing them in your sleep sometimes. LOL

    • blhp you don’t have to pay to play on challenge week, just play the free one over and over till yo get your badge :) that’s what i do I hope this helps

  • Hi Pogo_Llama.

    Love to see the State Badges coming back & My State to be Represented again.

    Thank You Pogo for Our Two New Badges we receive today, Finish Grub Crawl, on to the next one.

    The game I like to play most often and on rainy days is New updated World Class Solitaire.

    Thank You
    Donna

  • When will you be increasing the size of the last two hidden games? They are so small that I have to use a magnifying glass just to see them.

    • There is a way to make Vanishing Trail and Grub Crawl full screen. I hope the following steps help.

      1. click on the icon with the 3 lines located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      2. Click on the icon with the 4-way arrows located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      3. To return to your game with a full screen, click the arrow pointing left located on the top left hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      4. To exit out of full screen, push the ESC button on your keyboard.

      Please let me know if you need more clarification. Thank you.

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE TURBO21. I can’t stop playing it. Good job Pogo.

  • I was rather surprised to notice my high score in Sparks is 1,461,950!

    On another matter, there are old Wednesday Challenge books that I can’t complete because they contain uncompleted challenges from obsolete games such as Snood and also uncompleted challenges from the recently upgraded Turbo 21 (I suspect that as more Java games are upgraded, examples of the latter will increase).

    We have separate books for special award badges and game milestone badges, so why not create a book to house badges from obsolete and upgraded games? This would allow those who have won the badges to keep them and those who haven’t to at least complete what remains of the books, thus benefitting both veterans and newer players.

    • Congrats on the great score in Sparks, Gunjabaginggoiks!
      The Pogo team made it so that players do not have to do the Snood Badges in order to close the album out so there is no need to delete them or anything in order to complete the album. The same should be true for all of the recently upgraded games. Thank you for asking.

    • That’s a really good idea!!!

  • the new game is way too small to find objects I have to go to 150% and I still have trouble seeing items so dark and so blurred otherwise it would be a fun game GRUB CRAWL

  • Love the idea of the state badges.
    Hubby is from Tn. I’m originally from Fla.
    We collected the state quarters.
    I also collect the state spoons, have all 50 + middle daughter went to the Bahamas and brought me back a spoon from there, and youngest daughter, went to Vancouver Canada, and she brought back one from there.
    I “know” Fla. will have a dolphin, as “most everything” from there has it.
    Tn. will “probably” have a guitar or a banjo, as we are “known” for the “country”, Nashville, and “hillbilly”, mountain area, Knoxville, music.
    Looking “forward” to the new word game.
    GBU all.

    • Sounds like you have some fun state collections. The State Badges will be a nice addition! :)

  • And my high score in Sparks is 937,632

  • I do not like the way the new hidden object games are designed (Grub Crawl, Vanishing Trail and others). Many of the hidden objects bear no resemblance to an actual item by any stretch of the imagination and my 70+ mind experiences difficulty in finding items. Also, Pogo needs to offer more free episodes of game when it is for a weekly badge.

    • Thank you for your feedback, Ellie.

    • @EllieRay45
      I play the same free episodes over and over… after a while, you can almost play them in your sleep, LOL! It may seem a bit monotonous, but it makes it easier and faster to find all the items.

  • My high score in Sparks is 2,792,077 which I got on April 22, 2017.

  • My question is :
    For the weekly challenges there are badges I haven’t had the chance to get, for example badges in the new HD games.
    I was wondering when those will become available to get or will they never be available?
    I would like to complete the albums.
    Thank you.

    • SuperFlyGemini,
      Thanks for your question and yes, you can play those challenges again after just over a month. They will be part of your Personal Challenges which you can find by going to Badge Central and clicking on Challenge Archive.

  • I wish you would make Free Cell full screen. I know its an old game but I love to play it.It would be easier on the eyes. :-) Thank you RobertelloT

    • Just increase your zoom in that game. I do this for several games that do not have full screen and it works great.

  • After reading your remarks about Crossword Cove and the UK and US versions of crosswords, I decided I should try to rank and earn a few more of the rank badges before it’s converted to HTML5 and they were no longer available. I did notice when I played that Pogo was using the UK version of crosswords, but I remember way back when it was released (and I played it more), that it had been using the US version of crosswords. When did it change versions and why?? I am glad to hear it will be returning to the US version of crosswords (not that I mind either). I am just interested in why it had changed in the first place? Thanks and have a good day.

    • Hiya WackyE68,
      Crossword Cove was changed from the US style to the UK style in August. Please read this article for more information. Thank you.

    • After trying to play Crossword Cove and completing several weeks worth of puzzles on the calendar, I noticed that I am not earning any rank progress. I have tried to turn the timer on and off, change difficulty, and other options without success. Despite using the calendar and playing different days (not repeating any) I had no luck making any rank progress. The rank progress stayed the same. It did not change or add even one letter to the count required for the next rank. I’m disappointed I could not try for further rank badges before it changes to HTML5. :(

  • Just went to play Tri-Peaks Solitaire & a “Did you Know…” came up that said yearly subscribers get one month free & 100 gems. I remember a few blogs ago the question about gems at yearly renewal was asked & I seem to remember that they were no longer given. I know I did not get mine with my recent renewal. So something seems a bit contradictory. Would you please let us know which is correct. Thank you.

    • Hi owllady,
      Yes, if you renew your subscription, you will automatically get 100 Gems. If you did not receive them, please contact customer support by clicking here. Thank you.

    • its only on auto renewal….i get mine each year as i use paypal and it automatically renews…

  • I do not like the new grub crawl game because you cant see anything and can’t full screen. Will not play it.

    • There is a way to make Vanishing Trail and Grub Crawl full screen. I hope the following steps help.

      1. click on the icon with the 3 lines located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      2. Click on the icon with the 4-way arrows located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      3. To return to your game with a full screen, click the arrow pointing left located on the top left hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      4. To exit out of full screen, push the ESC button on your keyboard.

      Please let me know if you need more clarification. Thank you.

  • What might be the high scores in each of the levels of the Pogo Sudoku? Or is a Perfect Score the ultimate achievement in all the levels? Great game! Just curious how well I am doing in it…

  • Still waiting for the music to stop in Poppit Bingo…any idea when that might be happening? It’s truly unbearable to have to listen to the same music over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over…well, you get what I’m saying. Even if it was good music, it’s just too loud, and overcomes the bingo caller. Thank you.

    • Hi darla,
      That fix was released February 27 so you should not be experiencing that anymore. Thank you.

      • I too still had music when I tried this evening but I found the fix. I must have missed it when you told us how. Please explain it for us all. You do it so much better than I do. Thanks for being here for us Pogo Lama. You are a gem.

  • Hi Pogo_Llama,
    I love all the great work you do on the blog, especially the Construction Zone. I sometimes cannot get it and all the comments read before you have closed the comments, so there are times that I wish I could have posted a comment or question. Since the forum area for general Pogo_Llama-type questions is no longer available, is there anywhere else to present questions or comments? Or do we just need to wait until the next week’s blog and try to submit it there? Thank you.

    • Hi nla8712,
      Thank you for reading this blog and enjoying the Construction Zone in particular. For questions, it is best to post under the weekly blog when the comments are open. Thank you.

  • Hi Pogo_Llama,
    I apologize for making multiple posts, but I frequently miss the timeframe in which to post.

    I am wondering about mini items which have a “raining” object, e.g., right now in the Mini Mall, there Many Macarons and Raining Smileys! When the “rain” is fast, it really hurts my eyes. Once in awhile Pogo has had “rain” which is slow or medium speed. Those are much better. If possible, can they put the same item in the mall twice so that there is a fast one for people that like that and a slow or medium-fast one for people like me?

    • Hi nla8712,
      Thank you for the suggestion. I’m not sure if this can happen but I shall ask. Thanks.

  • Hi Pogo_Llama,
    Someone else asked about having to go through so many game screens on the newer games in order to repeat a game or advance in the game. I’m ok with that most of the time and just click through. However, the one exception is Pogo Sudoku. It continually requires that we enter the level of difficulty on every single game. Can’t they please make it like other games, for example, Word Whomp, Mahjong Garden, or Poppit, where the level of difficulty is stored and you don’t have to do anything unless you want to change difficulty, such as for a particular badge. That would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

    • Thank you for your game flow comment. I’ve forwarded this on to the team.

  • Hi Pogo_Llama,
    I like the idea of state badges. My state is New Mexico where I’ve lived nearly my whole life. I would like to see a roadrunner on our badge. It is the state bird and very common here. Please, under no circumstances, should there ever be a saguaro cactus on a NM picture! They are in Arizona and maybe California, but NEVER in New Mexico, no matter what you’ve seen in TV and movie Westerns, LOL… we have lots of cacti, but not saguaros. Also, NM is the unknown state; many people throughout the U.S. do not know we exist (they think it means part of Mexico). Our New Mexico Magazine even has a page entitled “One of Our 50 is Missing”, wherein the public submits comments about their experiences with people who don’t know NM is a state. It’s really quite funny! Thank you and all of Pogo for the hard work you do.

  • Don’t know if this has been asked yet. The non-awarding of tokens in the newest games makes the features of the games that transitioned from the flash version meaningless.
    In World Class as an example, it makes no difference if the multiplier is 2, 3 ,4 or 5. It gets you more points but without the tokens that go with it, so what.
    In Turbo, losing points for busting, the 3 levels, etc, all meaningless if the only thing that counts is the # of 21s made.

    Just because the jackpot spinner is gone does not mean that tokens can’t be rewarded. Look at Poppit Bingo for example.

    • Hiya wharfrat9534,
      Thank you for your question about tokens. On February 16, I posted this article referencing the Jackpot Spinner. Please understand that we are aware of the communities desire for tokens. As the Pogo team is working to replace the Jackpot Spinner, this also goes hand-in-hand with tokens. Why is this, you may ask? As stated in the article, our #1 focus is to make the Pogo experience better for everyone. I will be keeping you posted on the latest developments here in the Pogo Insider.

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who worked on the new World Class Solitaire. It might take me a year to get through all the ranks, but I will enjoy every minute!

  • Is it possible to be able to store more snapshots? Friends send me lots of gifts and I buy lots, I change my mini often and like to keep ones that really like for later use. Thanks for considering…I hope!

  • Hi Pogo_Llama.

    Welcome back! My best score on Sparks is 1,050,000. What is your best score?

    • What a great score, mookermom! I’m impressed.
      My high score? Haha…..;)

  • A help rep had once told me to post in forums about game suggestions, etc. Now forum mod tells me to post to you. Hope this is right this time.

    I love the game Turbo 21 and so glad it was updated, but some things need attention. Maybe I just don’t know where all the old things went??? Like a lot of others, I miss the High Score list and tokens, but, after playing the new version and trying to adjust, some things are just hard to dismiss:

    New Game button used to be on front console. Now it’s buried on the menu after clicking the gear, but you need to start a game before clicking the gear or you don’t see the New Game button.

    Turning Sound Off takes too many clicks. Used to be on front game console, not buried. Would be nice to save settings. Same tune over & over is extremely annoying and I like this game better silent anyway.

    Dead Space on lanes. Meaning, when click nothing happens and need to aim for center of lane for click to count/add cards. Didn’t have this with old version.

    Why are all old Chat Room Names gone? I miss my favorites: Lucky 7’s, Eleven Heaven, Pedal on Metal… It was nice to be able to choose from game oriented names. Would be great if players could suggest and vote on new room names.

    Are there secret rooms somewhere? It states there are 58 people playing but looking at all rooms I only count about 22 playing. Where is everyone else? Are y’all teasing me with hoping my old rooms are still out there somewhere?

    Cards too big and slow in speed round. More difficult to view. Used to get 16 or 17, now the norm is 13 or 14 tops.

    The movement of cards is also hard on the eyes, especially for those prone to optical migraines and seizures.

    Stats page too large. Wish they would consider shrinking font or rank graphic to fit on page instead of needing to scroll.

    Instead of Weekly stats would rather see Current wins and losses.

    Again, very glad to see this game updated, love it, just hope they will consider changes.

    • Howdy hi Dove4777,
      Yup yup. I am here to relay your comments to the rest of the Pogo team. Thank you for putting this all together. I’ll let you know if they have any further questions for you but I think you summarized everything very well. Have a great day in Pogo.

  • As one of many long time players of Pogo Texas Holdem Poker we would love to hear that the game will be upgraded from a java game. Will we see an upgrade in the future?

    • Not sure, bmw. I’ll keep you posted in the blog under Construction Zone if I hear anything.

  • My high score in Sparks is 3,230,453.

  • ss not looking forward to jet set. it is so hard to get enough stars to get to the airplane for me.I play for hours over and over .I haven’t completed to many countries . Maybe I don’t have the right technique.

  • Suggestion regarding new version of Crossword Cove. In my opinion, the US style used too many words that are used as insults, particularly regarding stupidity – like dimwit, idiot, and so on. That may be part of the culture of crosswords, but I don’t think it’s a good one. The subtext seems to be that since stupid people aren’t doing crossword puzzles, we can say what we want about them. It may feed the ego of the player, but not in a good way.

  • MY HIGHEST IN SPARKS 1,041,408

  • Hi Pogo_Llama

    With your instruction I was able to make the scree larger in Grub Crawl so I purchased 5 episodes, Thank You.

    Also Phlinx II is working, Thank You Pogo Community

    Happy Happy Happy

  • my high score is 3,419,124