Blog Post #110 – July 30, 2019

 

Hello Pogoians,

Happy Tuesday to you all and welcome to the Pogo Insider, the biweekly blog for all things Pogo!

How do you like my new shiny updates to the blog?! I’d like to thank Pogo_Josh for spiffing up the place and updating the blog images! 

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

  • Get ready to embark on the Summer Vacation Challenge Quest, coming tomorrow!
  • Pogo turns 20 on September 1! In celebration, we’ll be bringing the party to you with loads of celebration. The fun will include a Birthday Challenge Party, many sales, and special community events. More details to follow as the event draws near. 

Game Updates

  • Sweet Tooth Town – New levels  and a Shop update today. Please click here for more information.
  • Pogo Daily Sudoku -New Badges and levels released today, along with a new Expert Difficulty setting and free Time Freeze Power-Ups awarded every day. You can have up to 3 free power-ups on your account at any given time. Use ‘em up to get more the next day!

New Games

  • Mahjong Sanctuary will be released today! Keep watching the blog for more information.
  • More new games are on the way including a new hidden object miniseries called From France with Love, plus Pogo Addiction Solitaire HD and Bookworm HD. Stay tuned for more game announcements as they become available. 

Website updates:

  • We’re offering you more opportunities to play Challenges in the games you love! Starting tomorrow, July 31, Pogo will be increasing the amount of Daily and Wednesday Challenges! Club Pogo Members can expect three Daily Challenges every day and three Wednesday Challenges every week. We hope you have an extra fun good time! Click here for more information.
  • Chrome Flash update –  A reminder! An upcoming Chrome browser update is bringing big changes to how Flash works. Click here for more information if you play Pogo Flash games using the Chrome browser.
  • 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 of games and additional information, please click here
    • For games that retired on June 4, please click here.
    • For games that retired on July 2 please click here.
    • To see what games are retiring today, July 30, please click here.

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!

 

A great reminder!

  • For the best possible gaming experience, please follow the Pogo recommendations and specifications. Having a compatible computer will help ensure games run smoothly. If you are experiencing loading issues, I strongly encourage you to check out the computer specifications listed. 

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 I know if my favorite Java and Flash games will be made into HTML 5? Where can I request it?

A. All game updates are posted on this blog in the Construction Zone section. This blog, the Pogo Insider, is published every other Tuesdays at 11AM PT. You can get all the latest information on which new games are coming right here. If you’d like to tell me which games you’d like to see ported to HTML 5, please leave a blog comment below.

 

Thank you all for reading this edition of the Pogo Insider. I really appreciate you being here and a happy 16 year anniversary to you Club Pogo members. You mean so much to us and we’re so glad you’re here. 

Take good care and remember you matter!

Cheers,

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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292 Comments

  • Could you please tell me is Claire Hart Secret in the shadows Not give tokens when you buy them . l have bought all the last ones and did not get one token from any of them . Thank you .

    • Hi HelenfiveP,
      You are correct that Claire Hart does not award Tokens. The current token system will be replaced with a new awards system in the future. I will keep you updated here in the blog when I have more information for you all. Thanks for stopping by and reading the Pogo Insider. Have a great and fun week here in Pogo!

  • I used to live for every Wednesday when a new Claire Hart episode was released. Now I am waiting for weeks wondering when and if the next one will appear? Is there some new schedule or are they just posted whenever they are available?

    • Hi, irnrn3! Claire Hart: Secret in the Shadows is now on a quarterly release schedule, which means we’ll be putting out batches of episodes four times a year. We’ll be announcing upcoming release dates in the Pogo Insider Blog, so it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on it! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy it!

  • Is there any chance Texas Hold ‘Em Poker will be changed to HD? My husband has always loved to play it.

    • Hi there,
      There’s always a chance and I appreciate your suggestion and feedback. :) Thank you to you and your husband for playing on Pogo.

  • I would love to see Spooky Slots (also with a new storyline), Big City Adventure, Peggle Slots, Trivial Pursuit, Clue all converted to HTML 5! I will really miss these games if you didn’t at least consider converting them!

    • Thank you for the game suggestions, bccolmanca!

    • yes, Spooky Slots with a new story would be great!

    • I love Spooky Slots, especially in October!

      • I love Spooky Slots too. I met so many great people playing it. Hope it continues!!

      • Spooky was where I met many of my current friends! Loved it.

      • Yes, I’d love to see SPOOKY SLOTS converted to HTML, it was such a wonderful Pogo tradition in October. Also another suggestion is the popular POGO BOWL…It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the Turkey pins, and Christmas would be missing something without the Elf pins…

        • I agree with Spooky Slots and Pogo Bowl would be nice but it’s so hard to see where to place the ball to get that elusive 200+ score I’d love to see an improvement and even special rooms that echo the old download game Way To Go Bowling

      • I loved the game so much I ranked out in it early this year , But I will still miss it , to me it was the old pogo , I always looked forward to playing around Halloween.

    • I love Trivial Pursuit.

    • I agree! And the Holidays would not be the same without Spooky Slots & Pogo Bowl!

  • Can you turn Thousand Island Solitaire to HTML5 and create new badges? I loved that game and finished all the badges for it already.

    Thanks!!

    • Hi insuranceguru!
      Thank you so much for your suggestion to create Thousand Island Solitaire into HD! I appreciate the feedback and congratulations on finishing all the Badges for that game, that is quite amazing!

      • I also like Thousand Island Solitaire.

        • I too dearly loved playing Thousand Island Solitaire and would definitely like to see it as HD so I can play it again. I miss it.

        • Thousand Island Solitaire was one of the first games I ranked out in and I used to play it every day before work. I would be elated if it came back!

      • great idea… there are so many things you could do with thousand island… it was the first game I ever completed all the way through.

      • I would also love for Thousand Island Solitaire to be converted to HTML5 and add more ranks.

    • Great idea! it’s my all-time favorite!

      • I agree! It was one of my favorite games. . I wish I had ranked out but made it to rank 40!

    • Loved it too. Ranked out and got all the cards. Would love to see it back.

    • Yes, please bring this back and Penguin Blocks too! thanks

    • I loved Thousand Island Solitaire. This is one game I’d like to see brought back.

    • Thousand Islands Solitaire is the ONE solitaire game which I thought was unique among the games. It was a game that combined solitaire with the distance cards, and made it a different and relaxing game. I vote to bring it back as well! It’s a low key, fun way to spend some time.

      Pr Chris

    • Oh yes, please!! I love 1000 Island Solitaire, too.

    • I also like Thousand Island Solitaire. My sister and I used to play the card game it is based on (Mille Bourn) for hours!

  • Llama: I’m challenged out. I started on the July Challenge, looking for pieces for Ella…then we got the week long challenge. I was keeping up with the month long challenge, but when the week long challenge loaded, it needed hours of time I didn’t have…not if I were going to get the month long challenge. These quests, and whatever else they’re called also mean I can’t play the games I like because I have to get through these (#$%#@) games I don’t like. I think I’m done with challenges…I’ll play the challenges in games I like, and not worry about the ones I don’t.

    SoCalSailor

    • Hi SoCalSailor,
      Thank you for your feedback on the Challenges. I’ve been reading all of the feedback on the many Challenges and reporting it to the team. As such, there will not be any Badge Marathons in August.
      For all players, I do recommend playing the games and Challenges that are enjoyable to you. I want everyone to have fun. Thank you for your comment and I hope you do have a great and fun week here in Pogo!

  • Hi,

    I would love to see an HD update to Payday Freecell. The card are hard to read. Also in the update, being able to tell what suit the card is (like whether it’s a queen or hearts or a queen of diamonds) is really needed. Thank you!

    • Thank YOU for the Payday Freecell recommendation, Sundrop! I appreciate the suggestion and the feedback on the need for clearer cards. Have a great day in Pogo!

    • You can click on the card, (right click) and it will give you the option to see the suit.

    • I fully agree. I really like this game, but cannot see the cards.

      • Use your own computer’s built-in tools. I just enlarge the whole screen and can read the cards much better. Some games won’t play this way (Jungle Gin), but Payday Freecell will.

      • I play every night, it’s y favorite also. I have cataracts and hard to see also but on payday I use the zoom up to 150% and that really helps.

    • You can see what a card in Payday Freecell is by right clicking on the card in question and when the little window comes up click on “show card”.

      • Yaaaay, Payday Freecell, please! :) I’ve been waiting for awhile for it!

    • I adjust the zoom from 100% to 150% to see it better. You can zoom more or less to your liking.

  • I am so happy to hear Pogo Addiction Solitaire is coming back. Is there any chance Penguin Blocks will come back at some point?

    • Hi Crafty,
      There’s always a chance! I appreciate your recommendation for Penguin Blocks! :)

      • I second the Penguin Blocks – whether it’s with the same Bob’s retirement story or with a different one. I loved the gameplay and I loved the decorating aspect as well. It was nice that the options ranged from elegant to silly.

      • I love Penguin Blocks and miss playing it. Please bring it back

    • I love penguin blocks also. Very relaxing and yet accomplishing.

  • Thank you for all the wonderful new games and challenges. I enjoy playing POGO
    every day. Great job to all that work on the POGO system it’s hard work.
    But appreciated by all us players.

    Thank you,
    moon

    • Hi Moon213,
      Thank YOU so much! So happy you’re enjoying the new games and Challenges. Which have been your favorites?

  • Hi Pogo Llama, you certainly are looking snazy! Oh, I mean the blog is now looking snazy. Oh heck with it you both are looking snazy. LOL LOL Have a wonderful day.

    • Bigriversandy,
      Thank you so much, that made me laugh out loud. I think the Pogo team thinks I’m losing my mind now. Haha!
      I think you’re all pretty snazy, too! :)

  • Poppit Bingo is not giving credits….HELP !

    • Hi Kitnz,
      You are correct that Poppit! Bingo does not award Tokens. The current token system will be replaced with a new awards system in the future. I will keep you updated here in the blog when I have more information for you all. Thanks for stopping by and reading the Pogo Insider. Have a great and fun week here in Pogo!

  • any chance Euchre is coming back we all miss it so much!!

  • Thank you for all the marathons and challenges! I am loving them, and Pogo keep me busy. I am disappointed that the extra personal challenge slots are being discontinued. I wanted to continue using them to get all my Flash badges before Flash is no longer available. Otherwise, I think Pogo is doing a great job.

  • Llama, I just want to says thanks for listening.
    No marathons in August is wonderful, especially since it sounds like Quest is going to be epic. That will give us a little break. Much needed for sure. Thanks again

  • Hoping that Jungle Gin is on the short list to go to HTML5. I like very much the quick gameplay of the existing Flash version.

  • ok…you wanted suggestions…please bring back golf solitaire and keno pop….2 great games…have a great week…

  • how about getting another version of texas holdem

  • Any chance of new levels in Jungle Gin? I do enjoy that game!
    Thank you!

  • Love to see High Stakes Pool made into HTML5 have made many friends playing pool.

  • Great job on updates in Pogo Daily Sudoku….I wish pogo would consider re-releasing some clothes at the mini mall… I really need some shorts etc.

  • Really like to know if there are any plans on bringing back Texas Hold em .Alot of of people played there for years and have become great friends on and off of Pogo,Ive` known some for 10 years or better,and we have become like family. and if so it would be nice to have at least a 6 seat table or 8. I would also like to see a game like Peeble Beach Golf come back .One where you could compete with other or as teams. The HD games are ok, but the whole point of playing here is to be able to chat with and meet friends, Please fix that.

  • Is club pogo bowl going HD?

  • I have been a member since Feb. 2004 and constantly played with/against my sister and mother. I took a break from playing after my mom died a couple years ago, as it was too sad. Since I’ve come back, seeing her mini in my friends list is a sweet reminder of all the fun we had on Pogo. Why can’t you leave the Java and Flash games up? I have multiple browsers on my PC, so all I have to do is switch when I play my beloved games. I don’t expect new challenges or badges for them, nor any tech support. Please, please consider this kind of “play at your own risk” retro zone. Please!

    • Hello Toeloopy,
      Thank you for sharing your story with me and I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I am sure Pogo brings back a flood of memories.
      I also appreciate your suggestions on a Pogo “retro” zone. In the future, Java and Flash will be removed and therefore unplayable on any browser/system. Unfortunately, Pogo is not the owner/creator of Java or Flash so there’s not much we can do in this situation.
      Thanks again for stopping by and sharing your comment with me.

  • I really miss Penguin Blocks, I wish you would bring that one back too.

  • I miss challenges & learning the real card games
    CRIBBAGE
    EUCHRE
    HEARTS
    PINOCHLE
    I don’t know BRIDGE, but plan to learn someday.

    I miss challenges on many of the old school games, but especially DICE CITY ROLLER

    I am fearful of losing MONOPOLY games, since they are Hasbro. Has EA had communication with Hasbro on updating the 3 Monopoly games that POGO offers?

  • Hey Pogo Llama,
    1. Wtg on the “new snappy look” in here.
    2. Sanctuary not “open” yet. 2:30 pm. in Tn.
    3. “Not” liking the updates in Sweet Tooth Town.
    4. Love the “Expert” level in Sudoku. ‘Maybe” next update, make a “Master level, like in Canasta. Have to make “Expert level” graphs. HEHEHEHE. My 7 “badge buddies” ranks, so far is 24, 25, 27 15, 18, 28(me) HEHEHE, 12 (1 of my 7 buddies started another account for his sister), so I’ve been “busy as a bee” in getting all caught up in July.
    5. Glad to see Addiction in new format.
    6. Looking “forward” in getting back to bookworm. Missed it over the years.
    7. “Finally, please, please, pretty please, leave Payday “alone” til I rank out. Only need 1 more level. Been working “hard” over the yrs., since it came out, in that game for my “last orginal” games in here to rank out “before” the new format was introduced.

    Llama, pass on to the Pogo team wonderful work as always. GBU and yours.

  • I love the look of the Pogo blog. It catches your attention right away. Great job!!

  • Here’s my wish for euchre – and hearts, also!

  • I would love to see Lottso converted to HD; not a fan of Lottso Express! :)

  • Please make Peggle slots HD! It’s such a fun games and some of us have collected millions of coins and would hate to see that all gone.

  • When the Jet Set Solitaire limited edition levels go live, how long will we have to do them? I just went in to try to start working on it, and it is not listed yet. The badges are listed, but suitcase is not there.

    Also, I miss playing Penguin Blocks and the idea of Spooky Slots coming back for Halloween with a new story line also is a great idea. I loved playing that every year until I ranked out of it. The excitement to play it will increase if there were a different story to it if/when it returns.

    • Hi JoeyJen7273!
      The Jet Set Solitaire limited edition levels will be available for one month started upon its release which was 7/31 and go until 8/31. Thank you for asking!

  • I have played Hearts on POGO since I first started playing on this site over a decade ago. I used to play against people, but found too many rude players. However, I continued to enjoy playing against the bots. I will really miss this game. Please help to bring this one back.

    • Thank you for your suggestion, SmokeyTopaz.

      • I agree! I love hearts too and miss playing it. I would love to play HeartsHD if you guys made it :)

  • Hi Pogo_Llama…where can I find the new Mahjong Sanctuary released today?

  • How about new ranks and badges in Canasta love that game

  • Is Canasta going to be converted to HD? It is my favorite game and I will be very disappointed if it goes away.

    • I would also like to see Canasta converted to HD.

    • As will I. Played it since I was a child.

    • can someone tell me what a “Temple set is in Mahjohg?

      • Hi Geodo,

        Thank you for your question.

        Here’s how you can find the Temple Puzzle:
        1. Click on Tile which is located at the bottom of the game screen
        2. Click the “Select a Puzzle Set” Tab
        3. Select Temple and click on OK

        Thank you and have a great time!

  • Can we maybe Please pretty please get Casino Island Blackjack back all updated? I enjoyed that game immensely

  • I would love to see more card games, canasta, jungle gin, spades, hearts in HD. Thank you

  • My husband has been stuck in Sweet Tooth Town for weeks with no way of collecting coins to expand! How much longer before we can collect coins again? TY

    • Hi, Cathyluvlars. Have you played through all available levels and gotten three stars in them? You can earn Chocolate Coins in the game by three-starring a level the first time, but once you’ve gotten all three stars in a level, you no longer earn coins. If you’re really in a pinch, you can purchase Chocolate Coin packs through the game store to help you advance. I hope this helps!

  • Is there any chance scrabble will go to a format where you can see whose playing and choose who you want to play. This current format leaves me saddened

    • Hi Dessertcoffee,
      Thanks for writing in with your question about Scrabble. Currently, in the Find a Table Mode, you can see who is playing Scrabble and join games if there are open seats and if the table is public. Find a Table Mode can be accessed in the main menu above the Quick Play tile next to “create a table.” Thanks again and I hope this helps. Have a great time in Scrabble!

  • Please upgrade Texas Hold’em Limited, Canasta and Jungle Gin to html. I play those games every day and would be terribly disappointed if they are not converted.

  • I understand Pogo is really busy adding new games and updating to HTML, but can you put a bug in their ear to add more locations and ranks to Poppit Bingo. Finished them all! Also, thanks to you Pogo Llama for keeping us all up to date with the Pogo Happenings. You do a wonderful job, and it’s appreciated.

    • Hi, dpv2361. I’ll pass your kind words along to Llama! Thanks for your feedback about Poppit Bingo locations and Ranks – I’ll mention this to the team and see if perhaps this is something we can look into in the future!

      • Also with related to Poppit Bingo, can you please take off the music? It’s repetitive and irritating.

  • The main game I play on Pogo is cribbage. I sincerely hope you will bring cribbage back. I play in a 4 player cribbage league and we are all disappointed that we can no longer play. Pogo has/had the best cribbage game online and I will really miss it. Please give serious consideration to bring back this fun game.

  • Please convert Texas hold em. We have been playing as friends for years and hate to see it go.

  • I love pogo, been playing for many years. i was wondering though if there could be a marathon with NO mahjong escape or Jet Set or Solitaire gardends but something different. Bingo, Jin, Canasta for example. thank you for the years of great fun

  • I love Canasta, Jungle Gin, Monopoly, Dominos. Hope for them in the future. Just keep them till they are no longer available. Boo Hoo!!! Trying for all the challenges but they all have Quinn’s Aquarium which I have come to hate, so can never finish. Do enjoy the others though.

  • My favorites I would like to see updated are Fortune Bingo, the game that made me fall in love with Pogo, Boardwalk Sea Ball, KenoPop, Wonderland Memories, Makeover Madness, Penguin Blocks, Thousand Island Solitaire, and many others that were there in the beginning when I started in 2007. I will miss them all..

  • Please, please bring back Spooky Slots!!!! and I really grew attached to Penguin Blocks and Lottso over the years. (I miss so many of the older games…too many to note here.) Keep up the good work.

  • There are a whole bunch of us that used to play Battle Phlinx together and we are really really REALLY missing it. Is there a chance to it will be brought back? We sure hope so.

  • Ty so much for Pogo Addiction and Bookworm

  • I would like to know if you and the staff would consider to adding more ranks to Pogo bowl, at least to rank 200 hint hint. ty