Blog Post #67 – March 13, 2018


Hello Pogoians,

What a fun week it has been here on Pogo. Ok, well to be honest, I think it’s ALWAYS super fun, but it has been especially fun this week because of the Jet Set Solitaire Badge Marathon. Did you finish, or did you just begin? Are you in the middle?! Remember, you have until March 15th at 11:59 PM PST to complete all 5 badges. If you complete all 5 badges by then, the very glorious Jet Tour Victory Badge will be added to your Badge Collection within a few weeks after the Marathon ends. I was 5/5 as of Friday evening!

 The Pogo artists have been working on catching up on Super Secret badges and I have a preview of some of them! Here’s a sneak peek of two of them that’ll be available in April.



Pogo Rachael shared a pretty egg-citing Mini Mall preview with me today- here it is! This preview is for the release coming this Thursday, March 15.


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
Phlinx II – Progress for Diamond Badge fixed and January and February added to Chambers of the Past.

Vanishing Trail and Grub Crawl – Visual updates being worked on. As things move forward, I’ll have a better date of release for you all.


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.)


Q. I really enjoy the Hidden Object Games; however, I find the graphics in Find-o-vision & the new Vanishing Trails as well as Grub Crawl are not very good for one with poor eye sight as these games do not appear to have an expanding option. Is there any chance this could be rectified?

A. Thank you for the super great question about the recent HOG game graphics. The answer is….yes! Well, partly. Find-o-Vision will not be modified as it’s a Flash game. But I’ve been reading the community’s thoughts about the two newest HOG games (Vanishing Trail and Grub Crawl) and I can confirm the Pogo team is working on making the graphics much more pleasing to the eye. In fact, I added that to the “known issues” part of the Construction Zone. As always, I’ll keep you posted here on the blog (in the Construction Zone) with updates.


Thanks you for reading this week’s Pogo Insider. If you have any topics you’d like for me to cover in the blog, feel free to let me know in the comments below. Have a great and fun week in Pogo!


Pogo Llama



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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  • i love all the new things being planned an I’m anxious to do more in Jet Set Solitaire. Can we also get new hands in Solitaire Gardens. We nee the third set of 60 hands on the last land and it would be nice to see a new one very near on the horizon. Thank you for all you do !! I’m 5/5 in the Marathon and loving the new challenges!!Keep up the good work!

  • In the Vanishing Trails and Grub Crawl games, there is a way to expand the screen. Go to the little circle in the upper right hand part of the screen that has little lines on it and click. in the same place on the screen that pops up, there will be another circle with 4 arrows in it. Click on it, hit the arrow on the to\\other side of the screen to back to the game.
    I don’t know how to get this o the person with the poor eyesight so I wrote to you instead. I hope this is acceptable and you can relay the information to whoever wants it.

  • I Like the Church window like Background and the Egg Hunt with all the Pogo Gang in it
    Happy to hear you are working on a fix for the New HOG for us folks who no longer have
    20/20 vision it will be very helpful. also Like the Look of the 2 New Super Secret Badge
    Completion badges Have so many album I will not be able to complete though
    Still wish there was a way Pogo Could Create a New Album and Place i8t next to
    the Game Award Album and the Limited Edition Album and Place all the Badges for
    Marathon and Site Wide Challenges there do not get me wrong I enjoy some of the free ones we get But in games I do not play this means a M&M album will never be Completed :(

  • I was wondering if there was any chance that 6th Street Omaha Poker will eventually be updated? It is one of my favorite games and I personally think it is much more fun to play than Texas Hold Em. Thank you for any input you may have about this.

    • Hi base2judy,
      I haven’t heard anything regarding 6th St Omaha Poker, but I’ll put in a good word. :)

  • Thanks for all the hard work Pogo. I love coming here to play and relax! Always something exciting going on! Thank you! Thank you!

    • I love being a part of the team here at Pogo. It makes me happy to ready our comment. Thank you, Teresa777772002.

  • was there going to be a mini mall contest for st patrick day

    • There will not be an Amazing Mini show for St. Patrick’s Day. But….Thank you for asking. I know you all enjoy them.

  • please please have scrabble a for couple challanges have a great day

  • Thank you for the badges of all fifty States! I have nearly half of them done and have made Mississippi my favorite. I highly appreciate all the hard work you all do for us.

  • Grub Crawl and Vanishing trail both have an expansion option top right of page click the 3 bars then u will see the expansion in the top right corner click it then the arrow top left to go back to game

  • Glad to hear about the “new and improved” Grub Crawl and Vanishing Trail coming. I was too late to comment last week but many of the item are too small for me to see. So I guess I don’t need to comment this week.

    Or maybe I did need to…lol!

  • Hi!
    Hope you are enjoying pogo as much as I am!
    I am wondering if the A Way With Words is like scrabble but with a few changes? Also you mentioned that the games would have something else besides jackpot spins. Is there anything new that you can share? Like what it will be instead? lol Loaded question!! SS
    Thanks again for all you do and all staff!

    • Hiya Nort,
      I do not have anything to share but I will keep you updated here on the blog when I do. :)
      Thank you for playing Pogo and being a part of this community.

  • Love the state badges – have already worked 3 – and it looks like we can do many fairly easily. Suggestion — how about doing like the US Mint did with the quarters – with the 6 extras for a) District of Columbia b) Guam c) Puerto Rico d) Virgin Islands e) Northern Marianas f) American Samoa? That would be a super way to really honor all our states, capital and territories.

  • Pogo_Llama. How come a lot of the newer games you can’t get tokens on?

    • Hello drstuu1,
      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.

  • Why do you not get any tokens for playing/winning in the 2 new hidden object games the food one and the one with Jennifer. Why play if you get nothing

    • Hello verkytwo,
      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.
      Regarding your question on why to play: sooo many reasons, but my favorite is for the fun that is here in Pogo. A fun time within the Pogo Community. Thanks for asking, Verky. I do love having you here as part of the Pogo Community!

  • Are there no tokens for Turbo21HD?

    • Hi Blu,
      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.

  • Wow!!!! I love the new bundles for the 50 state’s.. I bought them al!. Thank you for the VIP badge…keep up the good work POGO..

  • Hi Pogo_Llama
    Thank You Pogo for the New VIP Badge I open today


  • Hi Llama:

    World Class Solitaire the new HTML version has a glitch I do believe. I have read in the forums and other players are having the same problem as me. When I hit new game it comes up with the next button, but when I click on next, nothing happens. The screen just sits there and I have to go back out to Home and start again. This is frustrating to go back to Home and go in again after every new game.

    Please pass this info on to whomever can fix this game. I played the old version forever and never had this problem. The new version in not very friendly.

    Thank you for any help that can be given to all our Pogo players regarding this game.

    Have a great rest of the week and thanks for being here for us.


    • Yikes! Thanks for letting me know. I’ve reported it to the team. Thanks, Shoobee!

  • i love the idea of collecting the 50 States badges but i can’t afford to spend 128 gems per bundle… would it be possible to buy each state individually ? this way i can take my time and collect gems to get them… thank you

    • Hi cricketsbratt,
      Thank you for your feedback on the State Badges. Yes, you will be able to purchase each state individually in the future. When will this happen? That information is not available at this time. But, of course, when I know, I’ll let you know. It’ll be many months from now at the very least.

  • Talking about organizing…how about some sub categories for our mini mall closets. Especially in the areas where holidays are concerned. It would be nice to go to subcategories like…Christmas – Easter – 4th of July – Thanksgiving – etc. etc. without having to go through pages and pages of items looking particular things to use in our mini pictures.

  • GA I was wondering whats going on with Poppit Bingo. I thought the music was going to be
    shut off. I havent playedl in a while and noticed today it was still on. Just wondering.
    Really would like to hear just the numbers being called. Thanks.

    • Howdy Kayaker,
      I have good news for you!
      If you go into the sound options in Poppit! Bingo, you will have the option to turn off the music and keep the caller’s voice.

  • I just love the new hidden object games, and all the improvements to the site, and the free badges and marathons,and the html games, and reading your blog. Thanks

  • I may have missed this somewhere, Turbo 21 just went to HTML5 and you had mentioned that the mix and match badges and premium badges that you had would be awarded to you if they were not finished. Was there any mention of the Wednesday challenge badges that you have not worked being awarded?

    • Hello Vlbr2005,
      Yes, the Wed Challenges that were not completed, but were activated, would have been awarded. Please read more on this subject by clicking here.

  • I really enjoy playing all the games. And I thank you all for working hard on making playing on pogo an awesome experience. I do have a question or request please. When playing multi player games such as pinochle, spades, etc.. card games, and you have a player that stalls the game for whatever reason. When I played on yahoo games, there was a way to boot the player for stalling. Is there a way pogo could have a way to do that too? It gets annoying whether I am winning or losing to be playing and a player gets ad or whatever and stalls the game. Please help with this. Thank you all!!

    • There is not a way to boot the player now but we know this is needed for the future. Thank you for letting us know your thoughts.

  • Pogo_Llama,
    Thank you for putting us in badge heaven this week. Can’t believe, not only for the additional badge for the next two weeks but unveiling the 50 state badges. You all are the greatest!

  • I saw some comments on here about not getting tokens on some HMTL 5 games. I had ask this question before about World Class Solitaire not getting tokens when you play it. What does Jackpot Spinner have to do with it? I thought that was the JPS (Jackpot Prize Spinner) unless they are 2 different things. But I feel that it is not fair that we are not getting tokens exp. for World Class Solitaire and Turbo 21 because we used to get tokens on those games even though they were a FLASH game. Not here to argue, but a lot of people include myself are not happy about this.

    • Hello Dolphingirl,
      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.

  • Thanks for the info😄

  • So glad adjustments are being made to Vanishing Trail and Grub Hub I thought my eyesight was going south. I found, even with 20/20 vision, that the contrast gave me a severe headache. I had vowed to never attempt to play those two games again. I love the other hidden object games and can’t wait for new episodes to be released. Thank you

  • Could you pass my favorite games on to the team to see if they could transfer them to html?

    Hangman hijinks
    Pogo bowl
    stellar sweeper
    mini golf madness
    jigsaw treasure hunter
    ride the tide
    shuffle bump

  • May I make a suggestion, please. When converting Backgammon to HTML5, would the developers consider adding an option to play against a computer opponent?
    I cannot count the number of times I have played a human opponent who quits before the game is over (so that a loss does not affect their point ranking).
    Thank you very much for this forum in which we know that our questions and concerns are being acknowledged.
    PS, also maybe make the computer players in Bridge at least as intelligent as the ones in Spades. ;)

  • Boy it’s been busy…hope this gets approved in time LOL

    WOW where to start?

    I flew through the marathon in a couple hours…but we just had a Jet tour back in Jan…why a repeat?

    The upcoming release looks so….Eastery….lol not sure that’s a word but I like the look of it 8)

    What I don’t like is not getting a free pie item in the mall for today….it’s Pi day (3/14) XD lol

    I was able to try Grub Crawl for last week’s badge and I like it…some items are hard to see but I have my magnifying glass

    I did notice it’s the same setup as Vanishing Trails though…not that it’s a bad thing but hope the new games due in April have a little more variety than just theme

    BTW anyone else hear “Margaretta Ville” in their head while ♪ searching for my lost shaker of salt? ♪ LOL (some of those were HARD to find along with the knives…but that makes it interesting)

    I checked out the State badges today and have to say I have mixed feelings…I really like the badges and may wind up getting them…but I’ve seen a few comments and have to say their points are valid…

    Celebrating the US is AWESOME…but there are a lot of players from other countries counting Canada who play so the appeal may or may not be felt by everyone…that and the icon is the state abbreviation not the item from the state…I can go either way but do agree the icons for each state are beautiful and would be more fun to look at in chat than the letters

    Also the bundled price is nice BUT a PBA with 10 ANIMATED badges costs less than these 10 STATIC badges and I noticed you can buy 2 starter bundles of 5 badges each for 8 gems less than one of these (the bundles mostly go for 60 gems for 5 badges so 120 for 10)

    I get the thought of giving us 8 for the price of 10 but 640 gems is a lot for 50 badges that don’t even move when you can pay 430 for 5 animated PBA AND get a bonus animated badge for finishing the album (basically 5 extra badges for free)

    Speaking of bonus badges I can’t wait to see those new secret badges…it’s been eons since i took the time to finish an album but have over 100 Mix & Match books so I hope I can still get the ones out there (a friend said she hasn’t gotten any past her 120th album..I’m not there but with all these marathons and surprises it won’t be long)…and that one…I’ve seen North By Northwest so I get the reference lol

    • Hiya doglvr,
      Thank you so much for your well thought out and presented comment. I appreciate all of the feedback and am glad you’re enjoying most of Pogo. :)

  • Is there way way to find out how many zodiac badges a player has completed? I would like to skip solitaire gardens because I absolutely hate the game, but want to complete the eight required.

    • If you go to your Pogo profile and click on the “badges” tab, you can take a look at all the badges you have earned. Count up the Zodiac Challenge badges and then you will know for sure.

  • Can you please tell us when Jewel Academy will have the new ranks?

  • Jewel Academy…March ?…soon?…love the game!!

  • Pogo_Llama, I too want to thank you for your hard work. I know first hand that you care about the Pogo community. You helped me with an issue and the problem is solved. Thanks again.