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

  • The new tiles in Mahjong Garden HD were not easy for me to adjust to, but I found being able to turn off the timer a big help. I don’t care much about the actual minutes and can see some progress when my time bonus gets bigger.

    • Thank you for your feedback, Igor. That’s a good tip for players who may be experiencing a similar issue.

    • I am still having a devil of a time getting used to the new Mahjong GArden HD…My eyes feel like they are going to pop out of my head…..I am not playing it as often now.

      And, The Aquarium game….why is it so DiFFICULT to advance on it? Man, I have been stuck for what seems like ages. And, I love the game.

    • i like it the only thing about this one is that the winter seson is so bright it hurts my eyes

    • I TOTALLY AGREE~it is SO MUCH Harder than the original tiles! I realize I don’t like change, but this is horrible pogo

  • Hi Pogo Liama…

    Fantastic news about Pogo Addiction Solitaire!!
    Thanks so much!!

    I agree with SoCalSailor’s post, I love alot of the same java games. :)

    Have a great day,
    rckgirl1

    • Thank you rckgirl!

    • Same here! Thanks for bringing Pogo Addiciton Solitaire back! Please continue to bring my other favorites as you can. Thanks!

  • hiya pogo LIAMA JUST A QUICK NOTE TO SAY SO EXCITED TO HEAR ABOUT THE NEW POGO ADDICTION GOING TO HD,AND ALSO LOVING THE NEW MAJGONG GARDEN GAME SO MMUCH FUN,KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK,HAAVE A FUN & SAFE 4TH♥♥.ANY IDEA WHEN THE NEW ITEMS WILL BE IN THE MINIMALL?

    • It is an exciting time here especially with Pogo Addiction Solitaire!
      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, however.

  • why cant you get a bridge game on pogo. so sorry it is gone. work some magic- you can do it
    thanks

  • Hiya there Pogo_Llama,

    I would like to say THANK YOU for the awesome news about Pogo Addiction Solitaire HD coming to Pogo. I totally loved this game. Although I know tokens will be a thing of the past, I do hope the FUN of the original will be looked at and possibly brought over to the new HD version (I liked clicking the squelchie, hitting the mouse, opening the book, touching the turkey trophy, and obviously the Tiki Brothers Volcano… those were fun and cute things. I look forward to hearing more info when available. I know I can be a little blunt and straight forward sometimes but always am grateful for this site being here and want to say thanks for keeping things going.

    • I totally agree! One of my all-time favorite games! I played it almost daily! Thank you!

  • I understand the need for the HD games, however the new Mahjong Gardens is terrible on the eyes. The graphics need to be re thought please. I have tried all the tile options and each is worse than the next. Getting eye strain from the visual. Even on full screen I find myself squinting. Makes me dizzy playing it, hard to see matches on every set. Something needs to be corrected on this please pogo team.

    • Thank you for your feedback, Joy.

      • Yes , please. do something about the light intensity , maybe and bring back the animal icons , in mahjong Gardens. you have almost ruined my eye sight , so spoke the Dr. I had to go to about eye pain and stress. He said it was the light and size maybe. Loved the old BABy Dragon better. All the new games hurt my eyes. Thank you —-

    • I agree with you… it is definitely not eye-friendly! I also get a bad case of eye strain.

    • I AGREE TOTALLY! I struggled through one game and will not be back until tiles are changed!

    • I AGREE

    • TO HELP WITH JOYoJOY ABOUT MAHJONG TILES. I SETMY GAMEON 150 AND THEN GAME TO FULL SCREEN. THIS CAN BE DONE ON THE TOP WHERE YOUR BROWSER IS TO THE FAR RIGHT. I ALSO FIND IT HELPFUL TO USE THE GEOMETRIC TILE SET, THEY ARE MUCH CLEARER AND EASY TO FIND. I HAVE BAD EYES BUT THIS SETTING HELPS! GL JOYoJOY!

    • I agree. Having a really hard time with this one.

    • I totally agree with what JOYoJOY said about the graphics. The eye strain it causes is awful. :(

    • I also agree that it is hard to see the tiles. They are too small for my eyes.

    • I feel the same way JOYoJOY

    • I agree,very hard. Please bring backold TILES, Thanks

    • I Agree JOYoJOY

    • I AGREE WITH YOU.

    • I agree, would like to see the old tiles too

    • I have the same problem. The new “easier” tile set is not better. The problem is the colors are too bright and the pictures tend to run together. There is nothing to distinguish one image from another without staring at the pieces for several seconds, which hurts my eyes. I have found the only set I can use at all is the animal set. The pictures are at least darker and after some time using it I am getting accustomed to the individual pictures.

    • I found the number tiles work best for me. I have eye trouble along with age.

    • Joy0Joy Sorry I spelt your name wrong I agree with you

    • If you use the magnifier on your computer, it makes it easier to see. Sometimes I have to manuver the screen to see everything, but I do better time wise.

  • Happy Fourth of July Pogo_Llama!!! Like a lot of folks, I enjoy playing with my mini as much as I play the games on the site. To me, it’s what helped to differentiate Pogo from the other game sites on the web. It was also a major factor as to why I chose Pogo. I miss the Hall of Fame and the camaraderie that was always present amongst the participants. It was truly special. I’d like to know why there is such hesitance in re-releasing previous issued mini items. There are many I never bought and now wish I had. It would be a wonderful way to get users to deplete their tokens and move into the future of Pogo. Please pass this on to the powers that be. Thank you for keeping us abreast of the comings and goings on Pogo, you’re doing a fantastic job.

  • SoCalSailor said it very well! I already miss Lottso, Penguin Blocks, Spooky Slots, and many more. Sure hope you can bring most of these “quirky” games back!!! Thanks!

    • I also love penguin blocks and spooky slots, it would be great to see them brought to HD. Thanks pogo for everything you working on for all of us.

    • And Pyramid Solitaire, please please please. I’m sure missing that one!

    • I agree…and loved Dice City Roller and Thousand Island Solitaire and Crazy Cakes to that list

      • Yep. I’ve been missing Penguin Blocks, Makeover Madness, & Crazy Cakes for a very long time. Hope they can come back.

  • I am really sad to see a lot of the Java games go. I know there is no choice. But at least I can look forward to crazy cakes coming back all new!! Also I wish Pogo would do Makeover Madness. I was getting really good at that one and could play it on the Holy Cow level. Please bring that one back in the new HD.

    Thanks Pogo

  • Can you please tell me if Jungle Gin is going to be in HD im loosing my site and all these games inHD please please convert it for us im not the only player with sight problems

    • Hi Taffy,
      If I hear anything about Jungle Gin, I will let you all know in the Pogo Insider’s Construction Zone section.
      I’m so glad to hear Pogo has been there for you with your vision problems. Take good care.

  • Wooo Hooo pogo addiction solitaire, tyty, can u also do the thousand island solitaire, and jigsaw treasure hunter, I been reading some others, i agree i dont like pogo sudoko daily either, i like the first one u came out with better,

    please have a great 4th. thank you

    • Yes Please bring back thousand island solitaire and jigsaw treasure hunter, they were great games.

  • Hi pogo Llama:) so glad 2c a lot old games going out n new ones coming in! also,kp those marathon gms coming! u don’t have to rush n play them just to earn a badge! play them whenever u want! also,i hope that pogo has no intentions of ever getting rid of CLUE!!! it is one of my favorite gms n LOVE to play it. kp those marathon and special badge games coming!! thank u and have a very safe 4th of July!!:)

  • Does Mahjong Garden no longer award tokens for playing each animal?

    • Hello Atilla,
      Please understand that the Pogo HD games do not award tokens.
      Thank you!

  • The beginning of next July, you might have a badge that would commemorate Canada Day, July 1st; and Independence Day, July 4th. You might have both flags on it or maps of both countries

  • Hi, Just curious. Is there any talk about maybe making tumble tiles in HD. Was one of my favorite games on here. Went through levels in a day so sure do miss it. Brat, thank you for listening.

  • Please bring to HTML the following games: Golf Solitaire, Dice City Roller, Lottso, Perfect Pair Solitaire, Boardwalk Seaball, Casino Island Blackjack, Hearts, Cribbage, Spades, Dominoes, Canasta, Solitaire Gardens, Jungle Gin, and Who Has The Biggest Brain.

    • And Shuffle Bump, Risk, and Battleship NC. Also the Monopoly games! Please?

    • I love Canasta, Jungle Gin, Solitaire Gardens, Spades, Dominoes, and Jigsaw Treasure Hunter. These are classics! Jigsaw puzzles are a nice variation to other games offerred.
      BTW I love the new treasure challenge!
      Thanks!

  • As just one of many devoted, passionate Qwerty players, I’m hoping it too will be reconfigured and come back to us. We are lost without it. And Jigsaw Treasure Hunter as well!

    Thank you for many hours of fun…and getting our old beans sharp.

  • I would like to say that thank you for giving us credit for badges purchased that have not been finished.
    But I also think we should get credit for the ones in the book also for weekly challenges.
    Because now there is no way to complete a book from years for people who just joined or others who have been with you from day one. Like in the stater books also.
    Also games that we have gone in to try and play like swashbucks.
    Not getting credit for winning the game. So it just sits there.

    Thank you

  • Hope this isn’t too technical of a question. I’m not all that techie, so I never know.

    I know that rooms in Poppit Bingo don’t correspond to the room you’re playing in. Are there any other games – not necessarily just11 HD5 – where this is true?

    I also miss my old set of tiles in Mahjong Garden. Wish I could remember the name.

    Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

    • Hi Marko,
      As far as I know, this is not the case in any other HD game. :)
      Happy 4th!

  • I would like to thank all the staff at Pogo EA for all the thoughtfulness and, especially, the dedication exhibited in renovating games to HD. Without you folks there would not be anything for us to enjoy while waiting for some more of our favorites to be updated. I have really enjoyed Mahjong Garden’s graphics. Every time I finish a game I cannot help but smile at the adorable dragon.

    • Thank you so much, meowlynne. Your kind words made me smile as you are enjoying Pogo so much.

  • Hi Llama can you ask the team to make more space in block senders list its very annyoying that its reached its point where all you can do is put it in the other room i get tired of players adding with out asking so i block them thank you for listening hope they can add more space or tell me how i can get rid ot all of it..

  • Just read that Pogo Addiction Solitaire HD is coming !!

    Thank you so much for that !! Hugs

  • I am happy pogo addiction solitaire is coming back, even if it is HD. I wish the actual game portion of the HD screen was larger, the graphics/art can be overdone, and to me the game effects just aren’t as nice as non-HD. Any idea when new costumes will arrive for poppit party HD? I hope someday the mall will reopen, even if it isn’t for a year or two.

  • I have to tell you that the art work on mahjong garden hd is beautiful and I love the more challenging game. thank you

  • Love! Love! Love! Treasure Chase. Please pass on kudos to whom is ever responsible. It is a great concept and helps us move forward to receiving no tokens for badges. Again, thank you for not only making my mind think, but at the same time giving me a lot of enjoyment.

    • I can’t even solve the first clue for Treasure Chest. I am a senior so that is probably the problem lol. Would you please help me as I am disabled and playing the games is a source of enjoyment. I would truly appreciate it. Thank you.

  • I’m going to love PASHD (short for Pogo Addiction Solitaire HD).

  • SO MUCH FUN MY TIME IS ALL POGOS

  • I wish the Pogo team would stop pushing certain games on us–like Daily Sudoku and Quinn’s Aquarium. I prefer the other Sudoku game–which is much easier to play–but nope they just keep shoving this one at us. I like mahjong in very small doses–so having Quinn’s play such a large part of every single challenge we have been given just grates me. It’s bad enough that we have Escape challenges but this one is just too much mahjong. And hooray for Pogo Addiction Solitaire coming in HD!!! Thank you for that one!

  • You all are very special people. Thank you so much for ALL the time you are putting in to make POGO so enjoyable. I no longer have any problems when I play…which is daily. I am really having fun with the new games and new versions. I wish I could meet you ALL and give you a big HUG….but just know that ALL of your efforts are truly appreciated. Thank to my Precious POGO Angels! ;-)

    • Thank you, pattiecake246. Those are very kind words and we thank you for being a part of Pogo!

  • Is there any way I can get the recipes from Crazy Cakes?

  • Cheers, backgammon now gone, any chance it will return in the future? You have the best site for the game. Many people would love to see it back at its best with help of pogo/ EA .Please make it happen. Backgammon is one of the earliest games played, going back to going back to AD 476. Thanks for reading.😊

  • Hello Llama, could we have a delete button 2 remove Badges in our collection we don’t like or play? I have bought many badges as I try 2 pick the ones I like 2 play & fill my books up with what I like, pogo keeps adding badges into the books I pay gems for , then it messes my collection up that I don’t like and don’t want. My books are a loss and cannot complete & enjoy my badges. Thanks, Help please.

  • any chance fortune bingo can be brought back into HD? I am just curious. Thanks.

  • I was very disappointed that the dog bundles opportunity ended so soon. can you please give us the chance to buy the bundles again?

    • Hi Shdow!
      They will return at some point. The team is aware of the request. Thank you!

  • I love the new puzzle challenge. Thanks POGO good job

  • I love High Stakes Poker….any chance it will be back in some for or another. Also, any chance you may have “Three Card Poker”. Am a night owl…loved playing High Stakes Poker with my other night owl friends. Please give me an update ! JaZZ5700

  • I love High Stakes Poker. Any chance it will be back ? Am a night owl…loved playing for many years. I do miss my other night owl friends. Please give me an update.

    Also, love playing “Three Hand Poker in Casinos. Any chance you may have this Poker game?

  • I cannot find Pogo Addiction Solitaire HD in my Game List. How can I play?

    • Hi dappy,
      That game will be coming within the next few months. Thank you!

  • First – Thanks for bringing back Addiction Solitaire. (I would love to see Thousand Island Solitaire, Penguin Blocks and Dice City Roller come back from the dead as well. Would that make them zombie games?)

    Second – I am getting used to playing Mahjong Garden with the traditional tiles again (tried the others but they all seemed too busy, or too many of the same color), but I really miss the geometric tiles I used to use. A couple of maybe nitpicky things though – the flower tiles are very hard to distinguish from each other visually. And why oh why is the leaf on the autumn tiles green??? Besides not being an “autumn” leaf, it is hard to pick out from the other tiles.

  • Good morning Pogo Llama. Happy 4th of July..
    I hate to complain, but I am sick and tired of hidden object games.
    There are far to many.. Bring back games like Penquin blocks, pihchole, keno, more of the
    older games.. Thank you for having a good ear. Was a Pogo fan for years. Left for awhile
    and now I am back to stay.. Thanks again… Rufsgirl.

    • I would like to see Penquin blocks , Pinchole , Spades,Canasta , Dominos & some other older games also . Have a great day everyone.

  • Howdy Pogo_Llama! I love the game Poppit Party and look forward to new costumes showing up. However, I suggest that maybe Collection #2 has handheld items disappear as chests are open and other things, just like in Collection #1. It looks like the Superhero is thrashing that poor kitten with his shield Now I admit, since it’s not a real kitten, that the dark side of me thinks this is hilarious. Yes, I am ashamed lol.

  • I LIKE SOME OFTHE NEW HD GAMES BUT,THEY HAVE CHANGED THE ROOMS SO WE CANNOT PLAY W OUR AGE GROUPS.PLEASE BRING THIS BACK, I DO NOT WANT TO PLAY WITH KIDS…HUGS AND GOOD LUCK WITH THIS AND PUT CHAT BACK ON THE SIDE BY AUGUST 1ST PLEASE SO I DON’T HAVE TO PAY MONTH BY MONTH.
    THANKS,
    XOXO BEEPS XOXO

  • Thanks to all who thought up the new idea for the Treasure Chase badges…….Makes me use the old brain… :-)

  • HAPPY BELATED 4TH OF JULY. Hope it was a safe one for you, it was for me. I really look forward to play Pogo’s Addicted to Solitaire. I loved that game. Now just hoping that Shuffle Bump comes back.

  • Hi Pogo Llama, I got my mini ready for the birthday collage and I followed the directions. I usually have a dog that looks like the one I lost a number of years ago (even though the dog I had was a Labrador Retriever and the dog I use is a Golden Retriever) but I took the dog out in the mini for the collage.

  • I hope that Harvest Mania turns into a HTML5 Game because it’s my #1 favorite game.

  • Due to illness I left for almost a year, but I’m back. So enjoying the HD games. Thanks muchly for bringing back Addicted to Solitaire. Looking forward to playing it again. Admire all the wonderful work that is put into making all the games enjoyable for everyone. We all have our favorites.

    • Thank you for coming back to Pogo and I’m really happy to hear you are doing well again for a year of being sick. Take good care, Dale.

  • Hello Happy 4th wish you could get more ranks in yahtzee love that game i probably sound like a broken record ty have a great weekend pogo llama from Js4629

  • OMG yes yes Pogo Addiction Solitaire is coming back. Thank you 100 times over!

  • I love all the new changes that Pogo is doing and I can’t wait to see more keep up the good work.😊