Blog Post #108 – July 2, 2019

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Hello Pogoians,

With a new month comes a new Game of the Month. The star of July is World Class Solitaire HD! Be sure to activate your new Badges and jump in.

I’d like to take a moment to remind you to please play safe here in Pogo. Pogo is a very secure site, but unfortunately some still fall prey to scams. We don’t want that happening to you! Please click here to read some best practices for staying safe while playing on Pogo. 

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

  • The first-ever Treasure Chase begins tomorrow on Club Pogo! Stay tuned to the blog for more information.
  • It’s time for Big City Adventure to shine later in the month with its own Big City Rush Badge Marathon.
  • It is the 16th Anniversary of Club Pogo on July 23!
  • And Pogo turns 20 on September 1! Two whole decades of Pogo, can you believe it?

Game Updates

  • Cookie Connect – New levels and Badges on July 16.
  • Jewel Academy – New levels and Badges are out now!
  • Mahjong Garden HD – New accessibility tile sets became available as of June 24.
  • Mahjong Escape  = New levels were added yesterday, July 1.
  • Jet Set Solitaire – New levels and Badges are out now!
  • StoryQuest – A new episode is out now!
  • Quinn’s Aquarium – New levels will be added on July 9.
  • Solitaire Gardens – New levels will be added on July 15.
  • Pogo Daily Sudoku – New Badges and levels will be released on July 30.

New Games

  • From France with Love (a hidden object miniseries), Pogo Addiction Solitaire HD (Yes!), and Bookworm are all slated to hit the Pogo HD airwaves!

Website updates:

  • Internet Explorer 11  is no longer supported for HTML 5 games. Please note the messaging on the HTML 5 games. It reads like this:
  • Flash and Java 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 31. For the full list and more information, please click here. Please click here for the list of the games that retired on 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.)

Insider Question:

Q. How can I play with a friend in the new Scrabble game?

A. If you’d like to play a game of SCRABBLE with a specific person, first, make sure you they are on your Friends list here on Pogo. From there, you able to create a private game and have it show up in the “find a table” section. For information on other ways to play Scrabble, please click here for the “How to Find Games” article.

 

Thank you for reading this week’s edition of the Pogo Insider. If you reside in Canada, I’d like to wish you a belated happy Canada Day! If you are in the US, happy upcoming 4th of July!

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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265 Comments

  • Any word on a HD lottso I really miss it . lost a bunch of good friends

    • I really miss it, too. I’m really hoping it’s returned. Please?!!!!

  • Such an exciting and innovative time in Pogoland! I can guess how hard you all have been working for us to find more vibrant and original graphics! A note to anyone having trouble in Mahjong Garden: If you darken your screens a bit, it is much easier to see both the tiles and the seasons. I know how bright the Winter season can be. I found that when I darkened the screen, I could actually see Everything better! You might also, if you can, change your “Contrast” setting on your computer. It took me a bit, but since the “Easy” tiles were introduced, I’m having a blast! Beautiful Seasons and Sounds! I had to draw on my patience, but it’s been worth it!

    I know everyone has given their choices for HD remakes, so I’ll put my two cents in! I vote for Makeover Madness, Crazy Cakes, Qwerty, and Jigsaw Detective. I look forward to the new HD conversions, and I know you’ll make many people happy when you rerelease them! Thanks for Everything, Pogo_Llama! Hugs to you all, but especially you for keeping us in the loop. The connection to the goings-on at Pogo are important to me!

    • Thanks so much for your positive comment. Hugs to you and thank you!

    • Yes I agree Makeover Madness and crazy cakes love both of them as well and thanks for tip on mahjong

  • I’m so glad Pogo Addiction Solitaire is coming back. I would love to see Makeover Madness come back as well.

  • I was sick but now im better everyone came over for my birthday keep up the good work looking forward for new games

  • please leave the hidden objects games its food for thought amazing games ty

  • on majong escape ihe time machine is hard for old people who has troublewith their bad eyes and cripple hand we love out on the badge we cant aii get some to help us

  • I do have a few comments about the new Mahjong Gardens. First, it is very pretty. However, the tiles are SO hard to see; I think that if red were used on the tiles instead of pink (on the sets of traditional ones), it would be so much easier to see them. Also, sigh, I miss knowing if my dragon is eating peaches or flying!!

  • for those of u, that are having a hard time seeing, use the number tiles, so much easier on the eyes, and they are bigger

  • Please bring back Keno Pop!!!!!

  • I am currently working my way through the flower badges. They are beautiful, but most of the challenges are too easy. I would love to see a badge bundle, perhaps a Platinum Bundle, of more difficult challenges.

  • The new spider solitaire gives me a migraine. It’s the rain that comes across like flashing lights. It’s really not necessary. Thank you.

  • Several yrs ago when I was switching from desktop pc to smaller device eg laptop,I did a very extensive search for a device that was 100% compatible with Java games and not just a pogo app. I ended up purchasing the Microsoft Surface. It was considerably more expensive than most other laptops on the market at that time, but the only one allowing me total access to the complete pogo list of games. I am truly saddened at the pogo changes and I am now limited once again and have already lost most of my favorite games. I do realize technology is constantly progressing but should allow us the freedom of choice. I guess after all these changes are done I will start looking for another laptop at a reasonable price. Just needed to voice my opinion and concerns.
    Respectfully

    Suzanne31347

    • Thank you for your comment Suzanne and I understand your frustration. Unfortunately, Pogo is not the owner/creator of Java or Flash so there’s not much we can do in this situation.
      All the very best to you.

  • bring back dice city roller

    • I love playing that game I do wish they bring it back. I miss play it.

  • I no undurstand English I speak only french then I no possible of read the news ty Put the news in french also merci ty

  • I am looking forward to the new updates. Addiction Solitaire is one of my favorite games and look forward to its return. Probably going to be a minority voice on this but hope that my favorite games return.

    Stellar Sweeper and Lost Temple Poker those were my first two games I ever played on Pogo and with the phasing out of old technologies these two are lost to me, probably forever :(

    As for gripes (probably another minor voice in this) is that I hate Sweet Tooth Town and the only reason for that is, its limited moves. I can’t solve games like that and am hoping maybe in the future there will be a relaxed version.

    Thank you Pogo_Llama for the updates and news.

  • I love your games. I recently retired and looked forward to playing even more games. I love the hidden games and slots. I bought a badge for one of the slots for 8 gems and I played one of and got the badge. I took a break and came back to get the other and could no longer play it. But that is ok because it only cost 8 gems. I love Pogo and will continue to buy badges.

    • Hi Effie,
      Thanks for joining Pogo. Can you tell me what the Badge was called please?

  • Will they ever add more ranks to Boggle Bash or change it to HD

  • Yikes I’m late XD Been so caught up in badges I haven’t had time to read and even missed the back from the vault sale (probably had most if not all anyway so no big…they’ll be back again)

    Boy so much exciting news where to start? LOL

    I’m loving the Treasure Hunt…it’s such a fun idea and better than the endless marathons…though I do like BCA so this mini marathon will be fun this time

    I’ve also had a chance to try Spider and MG and all I can say is WOW

    ME has such beautiful graphics and while the Animal tiles take a little getting use to they are beautiful….think the only thing it’s missing is the old Flash had a right click to undo feature that was nice

    Spider – again stunning graphics and love the new scratch cards….the team just forgot the rainbow after the rain ends ;) lol…my only real complaint is that annoying rule about filling all 10 cells before drawing cards…I mean the point of the game is to clear foundations and having to take them apart just to fill the cells is beyond annoying especially in harder levels…to me it’s like saying you have to stack all the cards in normal sol from King to Ace before you’re allowed to put them into the foundation from Ace to King

    So excited Addiction is coming back and really hope my other favorites do too….Seaball both Jigsaws and especially Spooky Slots just to name a few

    An idea for the Jigsaw games and even Penguin Blocks why not turn them into “monthly update games” like others on here? I think it would be fun to hunt for new treasures solve new cases and renovate a new restaurant every month like we get to visit new cities in Jet Set beat new levels in in Jewel Academy and episodes in HOGs and renovate new exhibits in Quinn

    Well I hope everyone out there is doing ok with the recent quakes in CA…I’ve noticed a major lag in bonus badges being awarded….still waiting on the ones from the Magic Dragonfly badges from June

    An early happy 20th Pogo!…I’ll be out of the country but will see if I can pop on to at least snag some of the surprises if they don’t last all September…if they will stick around that long I can get them when I come home and join the fun the ;)

    • Thanks for your comment, doglvr. Congratulations on catching up on all the badges. I like your idea for the jigsaw games as well. :)
      Have a great and safe trip!

      • Thanks 8) we’ll be off to China and Japan and I can’t wait

        And thanks about the badges….they were crazy this time (need to contact CS though)

        I LOVE puzzles and there are so few online and in apps that it would be nice to see.those come back and Addiction returning renews my hope these games can return one day

  • Thank you so much for all the free badge challenges! I know Pogo is busy with the new updates and I just wanted to say how much I appreciate you thinking of us with lots of fun challenges besides the weekly ones. I see a few players gripe in chat about how “hard” it is doing them all, and I tell them to be thankful that they are not having to pay for all these great challenges. I personally think it is generous and wonderful!! I look forward to them all every week. (they keep my mind sharp!LOL)

  • I really want to see dice city rollers and crazy cakes back. I ranked out but enjoyed them both.

  • i like see more cards games. like hearts, skip-bo, uno, and etc.

  • please bring back pino and high stakes pool.. MANY of the members joined because POGO had the best for pool. ITS MISSED!!! Pino was a very popular game as well. My friends and I miss qwerty and pool and pinocole

  • if any way possible could you look into bring back checkers and high stakes pool was 2 of my favorite games..thank you so much

  • Kudos to your art department! The stunning colors, artwork, graphics, etc. are enough to lure anyone to the games and challenges. Great “eye candy” :)

  • PLEASE bring back Pinochle…I can’t find replacement site that even comes close to the quality of the POGO version.

  • I Love The New HD Games And I’m So Happy Your Putting Pogo Addiction In HD An Book Worm So Awesome! Please Bring Keno Back In HD. And Lottso Back In HD…Stella Sweeper Could You Put That In HD also…. And Golf Solitare In HD… Thank You!