Blog Post #106 – June 4, 2019

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Hello Pogoians!

Happy June to you all! We’ve got a fun summer planned here in Pogo. Rainy Day Spider Solitaire HD and Mahjong Garden HD both arrive this month, and a brand-new Magic Marathon will begin tomorrow!

Annnnnd… the HTML5 update to the SCRABBLE game is now available! Please check it out and let me know how much you’re enjoying it. I created a thread in the Pogo forums for your feedback. Thank you!

Welcome to the Construction Zone! 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.

Events

  • A new Magic Marathon is almost here, complete with a new look and some great time-saving improvements.
  • Have a favorite dog breed? You’ll be sure to find it in Pogo’s Father’s Day Dog Badge Collection headed to you this month!
  • Claire Hart Classic Badge Marathon will be starting in June as well!
  • Sweet Tooth Town’s first event is live today, June 4th until June 18th! Club Pogo Members can participate in the tower style event for a chance to earn a special badge. Please click here to leave your feedback in the Pogo forum!

Game Updates

  • Jet Set Solitaire – New levels released today! Depart for all-new levels and Badges in Honolulu Extended Stay, Galápagos Islands, and Easter Island.
  • StoryQuest – Enjoy the newly released Sense and Sensibility – Episode 1.
  • Undiscovered World – The Viking Hoard Chapter Chapter 6 is now available.

New Games

  • SCRABBLE is now available! Click here to play! 
  • Rainy Day Spider Solitaire HD will be added to the Pogo HD library in just a few days on June 6! Be sure to stop by the blog on June 6 to read Q&A from Pogo Clement!
  • Mahjong Garden HD is coming to the Pogo HD library on June 12! The original version of Mahjong Garden will go down on June 10, and the improved version will arrive shortly afterwards. This brief outage will allow us to migrate data between the two games.

Website updates:

  • Flash Retirements – Java and Flash, two technologies that have powered Pogo games for many years, are being phased out across the internet. Support for Java has already been dropped from most web browsers, and Flash support will be discontinued by 2020. Pogo and EA have no control over this change in web technology. Because of this, Pogo is retiring some of the older Flash-based games from Pogo on October 31st. For the full list and more information, please click here.

Website updates

  • Coming soon: A new Pogo experience – Click here for more information on how to gain early access.
    Java Game Retirements – With Java and Flash technologies being phased out across the internet, we will be retiring some of the Java and Flash games on Pogo in June and July. Please click here for the list of the games retiring today, June 4. For the July 2 game retirements, click here, and then click here for the list of the games to be retired on July 30.  We know some of you purchased Challenges for these games you have not had the opportunity to complete. If you don’t get them done before they retire, the Badges will be automatically awarded to you shortly after the games retire.
  • Please note that while these games are going away, there is always the possibility some will be updated and brought back later. Keep your eyes on the Pogo Insider for more game news!

Here’s some information about upcoming updates and changes from recent blog articles:

  • Mini Mall – Please note, there will no longer be items added to the Pogo Mini Mall as we focus on bringing new content and updates to other parts of the site. Your wardrobe of Mini items will remain available to you, along with tons of items in the store. 
  • Tokens – As many of you are aware, the current token system will be replaced with a new awards system. As stated in a May 2018 blog, I, and the rest of the Pogo team, know this is a point of contention for some of you. For those of you for whom tokens provide a way to project status and achievement over time, we hear you and we understand your aversion to losing this status. Tokens in the current Flash and Java games will remain and will not be removed. We thank you for your understanding. Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming system. 
  • Chat – We know a lot of you guys love chat and consider it a critical feature. We’re aware of the many requests for chat to be updated and to be returned to the side of the game screen. The team here is looking into it. I’ll give you an update as soon as I have one! 
  • Pogo recommendations and specifications for your computer have been updated as of August 14, 2018.  These are the recommended specifications for playing Pogo games smoothly on your computer. If you are experiencing loading issues, I strongly encourage you to check out the computer specifications listed. Having a compatible computer helps ensure the best possible Pogo experience!

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. Why do you not support certain browsers? I use IE 11 for HD and it works for me.
A. Unfortunately not all browsers work the same for all players and this depends mainly on their computer system and setup. While Pogo may work on a number of different platforms and browsers, we cannot guarantee this will provide the best experience. Therefore, we can only support browsers that we know can provide the very best Pogo player experience. A reminder to look at the system specifications which you can find by clicking here.

Q. Will there be any new Premium Badge Albums coming up?
A. Thank you to all who have been inquiring on Premium Badge Albums. At this time, there are currently no new Premium Badge Albums in the works. However, previous Premium Badge Albums are still available for purchase in Badge Central. Pogo has plenty of new and exciting Badges in the works, with Platinum Badges being the latest example. Check them out in Badge Central!

Thanks again for reading the Pogo Insider. I have the comments open and am looking forward to hearing how you’re enjoying the Magic Marathon and the all new SCRABBLE!

Always remember you have what it takes and you matter. :)

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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203 Comments

  • I joined pogo mainly for euchre and have been a club member for yearsss now its been retired and everyone has went to other sites to play euchre … PLEASE find a way to run it .. if these other sites can so can you … and all the ones that left will come back !!
    POGO is the BEST game site going PLEASE don’t ruin it !

    • Hi OODELSxx,
      Thank you for reaching out. I really appreciate it and I understand you’re sadness at losing your favorite games. Please know that Pogo is working transporting over Java and Flash games. When I have any updates at all I’ll pass them along to everyone in the Pogo Community. Thank you.

  • this may not be your area but if you could pass it along to the correct person it would be much appreciated: I love earning the bonus tokens offered on Thursdays and Sundays (and I’m sure I’m not the only one) but the games haven’t changed in over 5 weeks! Can you guys go back to changing them weekly? Thanks

    • Hi expghr62,
      As you’ve stated, you noticed some recent overlap with recent Triple Bonus Token and Sunday Token Social games. This was not an oversight – it’s an intentional choice as we phase out older Java- and Flash-based titles.

      Thanks and enjoy your tokens!

  • so upset at losing euchre…………..please find a way to bring it back been here long time member and its my favorite.

    • Thank you for your feedback, givemethebeach. I thank you for reaching out.

  • Hi, I have a question.

    Now you have badges for zuma slots at half price and those badges are part of the flash games to be retired but in the October 31 list you have given us zuma slots is not listed as a game retiring. It is not showing as retiring on the zuma slots page either.

    Could you please clarify if zuma slots is retiring?

    • Hi Ranger,
      Zuma Slots is not slated to retire on October 31.
      Thank you for asking!

  • Just had to come in to say that I absolutely love Rainy Day Spider Solitaire HD. It’s very colorful and large and you didn’t change the way it is played which I was afraid of since this is one of my favorite games. Thanks POGO! P.S. Hope Mahjong Gardens goes as well, also a big favorite of mine.

  • Are you phasing out the Tournaments section? It seems Pogo taketh away, but doesn’t update or add anything. So sad.

    • Hi Sweet P,
      That is a good question and I understand how you enjoy the Tournaments here in Pogo. Unfortunately, I do not currently have any information on the Tournament feature. When I do, I will let you all know in the bi-weekly Pogo Insider Blog.

  • Majority of the games I love are disappearing very quickly. My favorite game I Dice City Roller. When I join Club Pogo, Dice City Roller was the first games I love playing. 15 games retiring today are my favorites. Please bring back similar games that are disappearing.

    Please bring out new costumes for Poppit Party!!! I almost complete new games.

    • Dice City Roller was basically the only game I still played. It was IMHO by far the best game that Pogo ever produced. I played in the ‘airport’ room which had a large group of regulars who like myself only played Dice City Roller. We all feel like lost sheep without our beloved DCR. I know if you brought it back you would secure a rather large number of us who would remain loyal to Pogo forever. Please bring back the greatest game ever. Thanx

  • The new scrabble is missing the Master skill level.. My husband has been playing that for many years and finds the new version now too easy and not a challenge to him any longer.. Can the master skill level be added please? He like playing against the robot on a private’s table..

  • PLEASE, bring Crazy Cakes back. I have played this game for over 10 years (under different names) and would love to continue doing so. This is the ONLY game that I play EVERY DAY. Thank you for your time….

  • I like Puck’s Peak

  • Hi Pogo_Llama, I would love to see Crazy 8’s come out to replace a card game that’s leaving. Crazy 8’s is my favorite card game. It would be great to play it on my computer! I hope it is something the game makers would be interested in making.

  • I LOVE the new Rainy Day Spider Solitaire Game….THANK YOU POGO!

    • Thank YOU, Spurt!!

    • spurt81, how did you get your cat’s picture to show on your comment. My profile pic used to show but since pogo is changing so much it doesn’t anymore. Thank you helcatfaust

  • What are your plans for the Tournament now that we only have four games to choose from and it is next to impossible to earn a gold medal?

    • That is a good question and I understand how you enjoy the Tournaments here in Pogo. Unfortunately, I do not currently have any information on the Tournament feature. When I do, I will let you all know in the bi-weekly Pogo Insider Blog.

  • What an outstanding job on the new HD Rainy Day Spider . I just love EVERYTHING about it. 2 thumbs up to our Pogo Devs.

  • Euchre – I’ve been playing it on Pogo for years. Please bring it back! Thank you

  • Can we please get some info on what will happen with the Tournament since most of the games have been removed? Could it be changed up to include new games or maybe a rotating set of games?

    • That is a good question and I understand how you enjoy the Tournaments here in Pogo. Unfortunately, I do not currently have any information on the Tournament feature. When I do, I will let you all know in the bi-weekly Pogo Insider Blog.

  • Hi! I had quite a few badges that I had purchased with gems that I did not have enough time to complete. Will we be rewarded the badges for the Java games that have been discontinued, like in the past? I don’t see any of those badges in my collection.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Purple Passion,
      You will be automatically awarded Badges for any in-progress or purchased Challenges you are unable to complete in time for the Java games.
      Thank you for asking.

  • why did you discontinue deuces wild poker game.
    and you cant change it HD

  • I’m going to miss you, Puck’s Peak. :'(

    Hopefully, you’ll turn into a HTML5 Game.

  • I noticed high stakes poker and golf solitaire are gone what happened to them

  • hopefully dice city rollers is in the makings for new game

  • Love the new scrabble. Can you please give me some hints how to get Bejeweled Twist badge. I read the forum and no help.

    • Hello IadoreyouJesus,
      I did see a few threads on how-to with the Bejeweled Twist Badge in the forum. I know you said you went there, but did you find those posts? Try this post please.
      Pogoians, do you have tips for the Bejeweled Twist Badge?

  • I like Puck’s peak. I was only one rank away from the end. TheQ9999

  • Where have the first Jet Solitare levels gone? When I get stuck and can’t complete a badge sometimes it helps to go back to the original levels to catch up! How can I get access to those levels?

    • Hi bustitbabii87,

      Do you mean the World Tour First Trip? Which trip are you currently playing on?

  • I’m so sad at the loss of so many wonderful and unique Java games last Tuesday. Nine out of the 23 were games I loved to play and most of the others I liked. I do understand why the Java games are being removed from Pogo. Java and Flash are going away and browsers have been phasing out their support.
    Thanks so very much for the games you have converted so far. I never fail to check this blog always hoping and eager to see an announcement of another game being converted, but there aren’t very many announcements this year. I had hoped with the recent retirement of 23 Java games that Pogo would surprise us with an announcement of one of the Java games being converted. It would have helped to soften the blow of losing so many great games. So far this year, there has only been one Java game converted.
    Will there be any more Java games converted this year?
    Thanks for listening.

    • Hi Lindy,
      I will keep you posted when I hear more about new HD games and transfers. Thank you for reading the Blog and staying in the know here.

  • I would LOVE to see Pogo/EA add UNO to the HD games!!

  • You say favorite dog breed I say Yorkie ;)

    • My grade-school best friend had a Yorkie! Her name (the dog) was Lady Kesha Bloomiss. I’ll never forget her. :)

      • XD What a name

        We have a bro and sis this time (had just one for almost 16 years before we got these two) but we keep them in the puppy cut…less maintenance and looks adorable ♥♥♥

        What’s funny is he is twice her size but SHE is the boss LOL

    • My Yorkies name is Lucy . The love of my life

  • What happened to Word Whomp Whack Down and Squelchies and a lot of the other games that aren’t available anymore? Will they return?

    • Hi Sprschevy55,
      For more information on the retirement of Word Whomp Whack Down, and other Java games, please click here.

  • Can you please add new and different mix-n-match completion badges.
    The TOP SECRET one’s are not as unique and they are being dragged through the mud for so long

    • Hmmmm. Nice suggestion. Thank you, CometShower. Do you have any thoughts in mind as to what you’d like to see? Just curious.

      • I’m glad you asked me, i have many ideas. I went through all the super secret mix-n-match badges on badgehungry.com

        I only see a few badges with toothy in it, maybe some new toothy completion badges & tex carter.

        Maybe some grandparents, some flag ones “different countries” and maybe some holiday ones.

        Maybe some badges that honor our fallen & fighting hero’s, maybe some firefighter,cop,emt’s,doctor badges.

        I just wanna see new & different ones.
        Thank you Llama :)

        • Thanks, CometShower. I appreciate your response with ideas. :)

          • also i forgot can we also get season ones?
            and sunsets something like that
            beach sunsets autumn sunsets

            your welcome :)

  • Can you please bring Dcr back as a HD Game there are many of us who absolutely love that game. It is something I played daily for over 13 yrs! Thank You

  • Please bring back Pogo Addiction Solitaire and Squelchies. Two of my favorite games. I had found a browser with Java and had continued playing until you retired it. Losing these two games and Jig-Saw puzzles has been devastating to this 76 year old, home-bound grandmother.

    • Thank you for your feedback, Mary. And thank you for being a part of Pogo.

  • When will you be adding new levels to Quinn’s Aquarium and Poppit Party? Can go for badges because I’m maxed out.

    • Hi Linden,
      New levels to Quinn’s is added on the second Tuesday of each month so the newest content will be out THIS Tuesday, June 11.
      Thanks for being a fan of Quinn’s!

  • I was super bummed out over the removal of lottso and dice roller city they were pretty much all I played then I played new Rainy Day Spider Solitaire Game and wow I loved it!! I’m still hopeful pogo ea will bring back some of our old favorites revamped!! It will make up for this old fogey who enjoyed playing dress up every Wednesday at the mini mall Lol Thanks for everything your doing Pogo >5

    • Thank YOU for everything, brglnash! Your support means the world to us.

  • With all the wonderful & DIFFERENT games that are retiring and what’s made Pogo so fun and unique…..are we now doomed to be playing the incessant badges that are released for Jet Set Solitaire, Solitaire Gardens, Mahjong Escape, Qinns Aquarium and the many new hidden object games? They are so badly done, they’re way too easy and all the scenes and objects are the same – chapter after chapter! I don’t mean to sound rude about it, but the only ones left to play are Big City Adventure (THE BEST), Undiscovered World (2ND BEST). Its really sad to see the quality of so many games that have been redone, and redone poorly, that I’m planning not to renew after my 17 yrs here. There’s just no point so I’ll hold out until the last one goes and then it’s back to a free Pogo account! The badges we are winning these days are another thorn in my side as well! After completing the challenges we get ugly, plain, simple, uncreative and minimal effort put into the artwork, that as of today will no longer purchase. I don’t understand how Pogo and the powers that be aren’t “getting” what many many people are feeling about these same things! I know the technology is going to be gone, that’s fine….it’s just that the new games and the redone HD games are just badly done, period. I just need to vent about this and hopefully it isn’t taken personally, because you’re awesome and do a great job with our blogs! But Pogo? Not so awesome anymore. LOL There now – I feel so much better!

    • Thank you for your feedback, UnderTheNeath, and I’m glad you feel better.

  • any chance of getting new ranks for monopoly slots.

  • why did you cancel pinochle and will you put it back

    • Hi VYNU,
      For more information on the retirement of Pinochle, and other Java games, please click here.

    • I feel lost without pinochle, the main reason I have kept my pogo subcription! I am having serious withdrawl symptons because I miss pinochle so much! Please bring it back!!!!!

  • Backgammon. I really enjoy playing Backgammon but only against the robots. A few years ago, there was some mention to adding a play the robot feature. Are there any plans to add this in the future?

  • Pogo_ Llama,
    Are there plans for a Cat Badge Collection in the near future for us feline fanciers

    • Hiya Spurt,
      Cats, as well as dogs, are widely celebrated here at Pogo. I think the felines would feel awfully left out if they didn’t get their chance to shine at some point. :)

  • I applaud you for allowing so many comments that were disappointed in the new features. You have a tough role to play here.

    • Hi Rmij,
      Thank you so much. I welcome positive and negative comments. If players feel they would like to express themselves negatively, I do ask they are constructive in their thoughts so I can better understand them and their feelings. I appreciate everyone here in Pogo and everyone is welcome to share. :)

  • Is it just me or are the games in the new Magic Marathon extremely dragged out. Each one you have to play at least 50-100 times to win that challenge. It gets very boring and aggravating . I’m sorry but I loved the other Badge Magic much better. You won’t see me buying any extra badges on this Marathon. I can’t finish the free ones. Sorry not liking it.

    • I’m sorry Pogo I donn’t mean to be nasty. It’s just these new marathon challenges are a lot more time consuming then before. I still love you guys

    • Thank you for your feedback on the Magic Marathon.

    • I agree! It took me 3 days on and off to get ONE MILLION points in Sweet Tooth Town. I have four Quinn’s Aquarium badges, and I really dislike Quinns,Not everyone likes every game I realize that, however Quinn’s is just not one game I enjoy. The Magic Marathon badges do seem to take quite a bit of time to complete each one.

  • why cant we play scrabble or Sherlock homes here in the uk

  • Why can’t you add rooms just for passers on “Everyone Loves Bingo.” There are so many people in the rooms that do b/o’s and call names in there that reporting them doesn’t do any good. The make that game so unenjoyable. We have rooms on some games that you have to know a password to join that game why can’t you do something like that. Even when Pogo has blocked them from my account they always have someone backing them up and starting a new feud between others.

  • I can’t figure out how to submit a problem on the Tech Help page, so: Pogo Daily Sudoku seems to have a problem. The “crayon mode” has stopped putting in little red numbers (many per square) and started putting in big black numbers (one per square) even though Pogo recognizes that they aren’t “real” entries (just guesses). Last night I had a 3 and an 8 overlapping (big black ones) in one square. The gopher still comes out and claps when the right number is posted, but I can’t tell the difference between real numbers and guesses. I’m trying to do a Marathon challenge for Pogo Daily Sudoku and have to stop trying until this is fixed. Thanks.

    • Hi deja,
      Thank you so much for reporting this issue with Pogo Daily Sudoku! I’ve let the team know and they will investigate.

    • I had the same problem. Turns out the background of water causes a glitch. Deactivate the background and things will get back to normal.

  • I would also like to see Dice city roller come back. Is your team working on getting them back.
    I also played scrabble and seen the screen is smaller. Is there a way to enlarge it.
    Thank you
    PICKIVICKI

    • Hi Pickivicki,
      I will let you know when I hear something about Dice City Roller. Thank you for asking.
      Have you tried the full screen option in Scrabble?

  • Still hoping and praying that the game I have played everyday like forever which is DCR will be brought back. That was my favorite game of all of them> Come on Pogo bring it back pleaseeeeee

  • I don’t know if I will be paying again for pogo now you cant play a game full screen and for use old people we cant see to play

    • Hello Reannmc,

      Please know all of our HD games have full screen capability. Click here to find out how to make HD games (this one is for Quinn’s Aquarium) into full screen.

      Thank you!

  • I love love love the new Rainy Day Spider. It is so calming and relaxing. This is now my favorite game to play. Thank you so much.

  • I love the new Rainy Day Solitaire. I have been anxiously awaiting this one. And can’t wait for Mahjong Garden, as well.

    Also, would like to see Makeover Madness in the new HD. I love playing that game on the highest level (Holy Cow). I hope if this game is done in the new HD, they keep all the levels the same.

  • Thanks for the dog badges, look forward to playing them! Do hope they are a black poodle one! Also, I too would love to see some cat badges too! I do enjoy the magic marathon, the solitare gardens, its my favorite! as I have purchased all the badges in the marathon, birds states,still working on them! thanks

  • Anxiously awaiting new Jewel Academy levels. Can you give us an estimate as to when?
    Thanks,
    Jett200498