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

  • Bookworm! Really! That’s a wonderful surprise, Llama. Never dreamed Pogo would bring it onboard. I hope we can get updates for Poppit Party more like other games are updated and have new levels. We didn’t even get the full 20 costumes with the 2nd release. It’s an HD game, so I’m hoping it has some sort of priority? Thanks much for the blog & for Bookworm!

  • Awww I am bummed to read no August Badge Marathon :( ….. just cuz some people are bugged what about those of us who love them!! ?? Thanks!! :)

  • the new game Mahjong Sanctuary is not loading

    • Hi, Suewolf. Can you tell me a bit about which browser you are using? It might be a good idea to head to the Mahjong Sanctuary Forum to ask players for a little help or post more details to see if there’s any recommendation we can make with your browser.

  • I just tried the Mahjong Sanctuary game. Does Pogo want us to go blind with these horrible tiles? There is no way to change the tiles in this game. This is a game I won’t be playing anytime soon with these horrible tiles. We should have a choice in what tiles we can see in order for us to have fun with this game.

    • We have two tilesets in Mahjong Sanctuary – to switch to our second tileset, the “Accessible” tileset, click on the gear in the bottom left corner when you are playing in a Mahjong level. You’ll see a menu that lets you switch between the “Normal” tileset and the “Access” tileset. I do hope that the second tileset is much easier on the eyes for you, as I know it’s important to have tiles that are simple to read as an option. Good luck!

  • How about updating my favorite game JUNGLE GIN. Id love to see it in HD.

  • I would love Lottso to come back….fingers crossed

  • Hello Pogo_Llama it would be great to have the Keno game in htlm5.
    This is one de my favorite game
    TYVM

    • i am pogo member since 2003 and i play keno since 14th december 2004
      my mom and my grandmother are pogo member too
      mom and grandmother play juste keno and bingo
      any chance keno coming back
      we all miss it so much !!

      • Hi Sabrina,
        Thank you to you and your family for all being a part of Pogo!

  • Dear Pogo Llama,
    I would really be happy to see the following games converted to HTML5 keeping the same sound and music effects:

    *Spooky Slots
    *Thousand Island Solitaire
    *Makeover Madness
    *Crazy Cakes
    *Shuffle Bump
    *Boggle Bash

    Thank-you for reading my suggestions!

    Pax! :)

    • Love see Dice City Roller on HTML5 to, enjoyable game.
      Then seeing new games come on.
      Had hours of fun playing & games mention above to ty.

    • Yes to bringing back ALL of these! Please! All my favorites are going away. :(

  • always wondered about process and time to crete the new gamde TKS for the Q&A about the newest game mahjong sancutary.Played it and getting the hang of it pretty quickly thanks to our helpful birds.

    • That’s wonderful! So glad you’re enjoying the new game, Mahjong Sanctuary!

  • is there any new levels in plants vs zombies to come out

    • Hi Canada,
      Not at this time, but if there are any in the future, I will let you know here in the blog. :)

  • I’d like to suggest Dice city roller and lottso be done HD and brought back, lottso is the reason I joined pogo. Played both games for 11 yrs 3-5 times a day and made many friends in there. we just loved to play and chat between rds, Is there a chance either one of them will come back? ALSO is there any decisions about the team tournaments yet? many of the games have been done over in HD (like M safari and 1st class solitaire but they still not back in the team tournaments. Many teams are asking… if they not being added back ..its ok… but can they just let us know something before we lose any more team players.

    • Hiya Mickeycamire,

      There’s always a chance that an old Java or Flash game will be transferred over to HD. Keep watching the Pogo Insider for details on both games and tournaments. :)

  • First, I want to say thank you for all the badges and marathons and special events. They are truly appreciated. I have just one small request – could they be spaced out a little more? Having over-lapping special events or one starting the day after one ends makes it harder to have time to just play favorite games for fun.
    For games to upgrade, I would like to see Eurchre (the reason I joined Pogo), Jigsaw Treasure Hunter (first one I ranked out in) and some of the more unique games like Penguin Blocks (oddly addictive). We need more games that are not a variation of hidden object, solitaire, mahjong, or twist / connect to match

  • I played Mahjong Sanctuary and I like it. My first animal I picked was the Lion. I also got the Lion’s bed while playing. It is fun and I am glad that the tiles are easy to get to, not like in Quinn. I completed the Treasure Elephant badges. I worked so hard on that, that I could not complete the Coral Marathon. Pogo is really giving us a lot of Marathon’s every month & by that it’s really keeping everyone busy, which is nice and at least we can do the badges in the future (by activating what we can). I am not complaining, but it can get overwhelming for some members. I enjoy Pogo and can keep your mind off some things in life. Oh, thanks for the 3 free badges we were gifted by Pogo and I look forward to an extra weekly badge and extra Daily Challenge every week.

    • I forgot to mention that I like the new look of Pogo Blog. Also will there be more than 2 tile sets for Mahjong Sanctuary? I just got the Geraffe yesterday.

    • Thank you for your feedback, Dolphingirl and congratulations on completing the Treasure Chase!

  • Hi
    Just to say I am Loving doing the dog badges (most of them). Any chance we will be seeing cat/kitten
    badges? Love the new look.

  • I’d like to see Penguin Blocks, Jigsaw Detective, Word Jong and Pop Fu return. I am also wondering if the programmers could make a real Mah Jongg game, (not the tile matching games)?

  • At the top of the comments, it’s noted that there are 174 comments. I try to read at least some of the comments when the Blog comes out. But I sure don’t see 174 comments; maybe 40? Are the rest hidden somewhere that I haven’t found?

    I, too, would like to see Thousand Island Solitaire be converted. :-)

    • Hi Signlady,

      Thanks for writing in. I have to manually approve comments and sometimes I get a bit busy but I try my very best to get through all of them and respond to as many as I can. I do read each and everyone one although it does take some time. :)

      • Thanks for replying Pogo_Llama. I knew you had to manually approve comments. I just thought I was missing a “Next” page or something. :-)

    • signslady, if you scroll to the bottom of the current comments you see, there is a link to click on to see previous comments. Here you can see many, many comments you may have missed. :)

  • I appreciate all the wonderful changes that are being made. I would like to know what will happen with the tournaments? Will they continue and will there be new games to choose from?

    • Hi Shadow,
      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.

  • Thanks for the updates in Sweet Town.

  • I too just tried Mahjong Sanctuary. I really enjoyed it. It is different and fun. I am looking forward to when I have enough time to do more. As far as tile sets go I imagine more sets maybe added in the future. I remember some games started out with those 2 and expanded later. Great addition to Pogo!
    Thanks to all that worked so hard to bring us this game.

    • I’m really glad you enjoy it and I hope you have lots of fun adding animals to your Sanctuary. We really put a lot into this game and it means so much to hear your feedback. We’ll definitely consider looking into adding more tile sets in the future for players, as we know everyone likes having lots of tile set options (including me; I’m all about the fairytale tile set in Mahjong Garden, ha). Thank you!

      • Could I also request an option to turn the graphics down and/or off? I’ve found the fancy animations make the game slow and jerky.

  • will jungle gin and canasta go to HD

  • PLEASE BRING BACK PINOCHLE!! SAVE CANASTA!! There used to be many two- and four-person games on Pogo – not so much anymore. Pogo is supposed to be the place to meet friends, and hopefully play games together, and chat. Sure would be nice to have chat on the right side, instead of on the bottom.

    PS: The artwork for those egg badges was superb.

  • Would love to see Pogo Bowl updated with chat on the side. Our league has been around for many years competing with each other for fun and friendship and would love to continue that for many more! Also, Canasta and Jungle Gin are great games to include too!
    Thanks for keeping us up-to-date and I love reading your blog!
    Thanks!

  • I’m really really missing Pyramid Solitaire!!! I saw several posts on the forum from others who were also disappointed that it was removed. Any chance we’ll get it back?

  • sure would be nice to consider bringing back pogo euchre We do all miss it!!

  • I miss QWERTY. Please consider bringing it back. That’s one fun brain drain.

  • OMG!!!!!!!!! You folks at Pogo do a good job. But I have a problem keeping up with all the changes. I am soon going to be 75 and things come very slowly to me and surely to other seniors. I do love most of the games. Good to see all those boring games leaving us. I won’t complain or cry.

  • Crosswords? Will there be any such type. First thing I did to give my brain a spark.

  • Hi, Pogo Llama! I look forward to your bi-weekly blog! You write so well! Is it true that there will be no more multiplayer card games on pogo? (we loved the bridge!) Another website has welcomed all of the pogo card players since you all have retired the multiplayer card games, some like bridge so universally popular! Please advise!

    • Hi Splishsplash,
      Thank you for your question and the Pogo team is working on bringing more multiplayer games to Pogo in the HD format so please stay tuned for updates. Thank you for reading this blog and I’m so glad you’re here. :)

  • I like the blog update! Very funny

  • Could you put something in the Quins Aquarium that would tell you when you have no more moves?
    An example is the way Mayhjong Escape has.

  • How about Jungle Gin? Love it too

  • Please, please update canasta, my favorite game, and make the bots just a bit smarter. Thank you!!

  • hi are you planning on putting mini items on soon? thank you

    • Hi Jojo,
      Thank you for your question about Minis. 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 the items currently in the store.

  • I would like to see all the monopoly games go to html format

  • I know the treasure chase was over on my birthday July 30. I only had 31/60 can I finished it or is it deleted. I am confused.

    • Happy belated birthday, IadoreyouJesus!
      As you know, the Treasure Chase was over as of July 30. To receive the completion Badge, players must have completed all Badges by July 30th. However, there are more events coming in the future so please stay tuned. And I think 31/60 Badges deserves a congratulations because that’s a lot of Badges. :)

  • HOW ABOUT NEW LEVELS ON CANASTA

  • Are you ever going to update Mini’s? Add new items? I looked forward every week to see what new items had been added.

    • HI Raf,
      Thank you for your question about Minis. 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 the items currently in the store.

  • Why are you not selling goods in the Mini Mall anymore? I miss my shopping :(

    • Hi Undengaard1,
      Thank you for your question about Minis. 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 the items currently in the store.

  • I absolutely love the new Mahjong Sanctuary game. I love being able to work towards building up the animal sanctuary, I love that it is the original mahjong, the graphics are great and I love that I can earn power ups. All round great game. I have already added it to my favorites. Thanks POGO.

  • Would love to see Lottso come back. My favorite game. Any chance?

  • Canasta is a real favorite of mine too and I can’t stand the thought of not having it to play!!!! It seems to be quite a popular game on POGO so I have to believe that they will keep it in the line-up. I also find it disheartening to work on a month long challenge only to find at the end there is a challenge like Quinn’s that is impossible for me to play. I liked it better on the challenge that they gave us an alternative option even if we had to buy it. at least you had a choice. It was a pleasant surprise today when I checked the Wednesday Challenges to see we had three. (I didn’t have a chance to read The Insider yesterday) I really like the Wednesday challenges and if I can’t complete them because of time constraints I can always do them later as a Personal Challenge. Thank-you all for hearing us.

  • Thank you so much for keeping us updated! I am super excited that Pogo Addiction Solitaire is coming back! I already really miss some of the unique Java games like Crazy Cakes, Makeover Madness, Wonderland Memories, and Harvest Mania. My teenagers and I both enjoyed playing them. I also miss Thousand Island Solitaire and Perfect Pair Solitaire.

  • I just wanted to say I love the new Mahjong Sanctuary, you have me hooked. I played it to 4 am and completed 39 levels/ I love the animation i the animals. I experimented clicking on them to make them do different things! AWESOME. Try petting the giraffe with your cursor and he smiles and raises his tail. lol You can lead them to eat or drink and to sleep. They give you a big yawn! Thank you Pogo Team for a great game.

    • Ha! I’m so glad that you found that little surprise in the game; yes, clicking the animals does make them do something special. 39 levels already, too – good progress. I really hope you enjoy playing, there are even more fun little surprises to enjoy along the way for you. Thanks for your comment.

  • I want dice city roller back!!!!!

  • Can you please bring back Thousand Island Solitaire in HD? It was one of my favorites!

  • If I could ask you to please bring back just one Java game in HTML5, it would be Penguin Blocks.

    No other game on Pogo has similar gameplay, and I miss it.

  • do you think that you will every return HIGH STAKE POKER I use to love that game pluse I would get a lot of tokens, please try and return it. thank you

  • I was wondering if I was having a problem or IF there is just never anything new at the mini mall? I used to love shopping :)

    • Hi OhBaby,
      Thank you for your question about Minis. 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 the items currently in the store.

  • I’m sorry Rachael but I am not liking Mahjong Sanctuary. It’s too busy for me and so much info is confusing me SO SORRY

    • I will keep trying to get it. Maybe it’s just me.

    • You don’t have to apologize – Pogo is a place where there are lots of games available, and many of us find some games more interesting than others. I’m glad you’re here, bvlady45, and hope you have lots of other games you really enjoy playing.

      • I enjoy almost all the games and Thank You for being so nice. I wouldn’t leave Pogo ever. You are my entertainment in my retirement.

  • I love all mahjong games but there are way too many animations in this new Sanctuary game. Could you please cut down on the animations because they make me seasick (best description I can offer).
    Or could you give us the option to turn animations off for the game? I don’t recall which games but a few of the flash game offered the option to turn in-game animations off. One game I can remember for sure was Monopoly World Edition which offers that choice to eliminate game animations.
    The animations as sort like awful flashing neon signs that you can’t stand to look at.
    Thank you.

    • Hi, mozartjea. Thank you for your feedback – I think that’s a really interesting suggestion and one to which we should give some consideration. I apologize for the fact that the animations are a little too much for you. I’ll pass this comment along to our team. Thanks again!