Blog Post #111 – August 13, 2019

Hello Pogoians!

Welcome to Pogo Insider number 111! What a fun and magical number that is!

Can you smell that in the air? It is the sweet smell of… cake! Pictured below was the yumtastic cake we had in celebration of the Mahjong Sanctuary release on July 30!

The team worked hard on the game and we really hope you’re enjoying it to the fullest. If you’re still learning your way around, Pogo Rachael wrote up some handy game tips you can read here.

I’m also interested in hearing your thoughts about the game. If you’ve got a moment, please leave a comment in this thread from the Forums

 

Q&A with Pogo John!

Pogo Llama: I have a special guest here in the Pogo studios — it’s none other than Pogo John! He’s here to introduce himself to the fabulous and wonderful Pogo Community!

Pogo_John: Hello Pogoians! I’m happy to be here and I’m looking forward to engaging with our community on the blog and in the forums.

Pogo_Llama: I’m super happy to have you here too! Pogoians, Pogo John is a producer. John, can you please tell us all what being a producer on Pogo means? 

Pogo_John: Being a producer at Pogo means that I guide production on games from start to finish. On projects where I’m the producer, I work to maintain the vision of the game in development and guide our team of designers, artists, and engineers toward making the best game we can for our users.

Pogo Llama: That sounds like a good time! What are some of the other games you’ve worked on here on Pogo?

Pogo John: Since I joined Pogo back in September I’ve worked on Lottso! Express HD, Cross Country Adventure, SCRABBLE, Royal Wedding: One Year Later, and the upcoming From France with Love. In addition to these I help work on all games that have regular content updates like Sweet Tooth Town.

Pogo Llama: You’ve been so busy, and I can attest to that! What are your favorite game(s) on Pogo?

Pogo John: Right now I’m OBSESSED with Mahjong Sanctuary, Scrabble, and Sweet Tooth Town.

Pogo Llama: Those are some player favorites! What are some of your favorite things about Pogo?

Pogo John: I love the community we have. It’s really great to see all of the passionate Pogoians we have that contribute to our community and play our games. I also enjoy the offering of games we have on the site. I’ve always been a fan of puzzle games and brain teasers, so it’s great to work on these kinds of games.

Pogo Llama: And what brings you to the Pogo Forums?

Pogo John: I want to be able to engage more with our community and hear about what folks enjoy and what feedback they have for us. Recently, you may have noticed me posting more articles about the games I’ve been working on, which was the first step. Next up I’m planning on interacting in the forums as well. I want to work to help provide our fans with more of a glimpse inside what we do behind the curtain as well.

Pogo Llama: When you are not here on Pogo, what do you like to do in your free time? 

Pogo John: Outside of Pogo, I’m a big fan of video games, film, TV, and Karaoke. Recently, I’ve been working on getting back in shape by hitting the gym!

Pogo Llama: Those are some great activities! Thank you for joining me here for a Q&A all about you! We welcome you to the Pogo community and can’t wait for your posts.

 

Mahjong Gardens HD

You requested geometric tiles to be added in Mahjong Gardens HD and Pogo Clement jumped into action! You can now find the geometric tiles in Mahjong Gardens HD by clicking on the Tiles button and selecting Geometric Tiles. Thank you all for your continued feedback of Mahjong Gardens HD and all of our other games. We are listening and here for 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

  • The Pogo 20th Birthday Celebration starts later this week! We’ll be bringing the party to you with loads of fun, including a Birthday Challenge Party, daily sales and special community events. More details to follow in the next few days, so check back often!
  • State Birds, Flowers, and Dogs are returning soon! You’ll be able to buy individual Badges from each collection in a limited-time sale.

Game Updates

  • Mahjong Garden HD features a few updates that went live with the release earlier today:
    • New Geometric tile set (yay!)
    • Undo move by right click
    • Audio volume adjusted for matching a pair of tiles and for summer/winter ambient sound

New Games

  • Bookworm HD is coming today! Please watch the blog for updates as the day progresses. 
  • More new games are on the way, including a new hidden object miniseries called From France with Love, plus Pogo Addiction Solitaire HD. More games are on the way! We’ll keep you posted.

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 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.
    • For games that retired on 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!

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 are my Wednesday Challenges not adding up?

A. I’ve seen this being asked by several Pogoians so I wanted to address this. You’re absolutely getting credit for all of the Wednesday Challenges you’re completing. The count may be off if you’ve participated in the Challenge Quest event as those Badges are seen Wednesday Challenges but are later moved to your Special Edition Album. Your count will reflect the actual Wednesday Challenge Badges you have. I appreciate you all for participating in our recent events! Which one has been your favorite as of late?

 

As always, thank you for reading the Pogo Insider. I wish you continued fun here on Pogo!

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!

 

Just a heads up that comments will be closed for the weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday. If you’re having any technical issues, please contact Pogo Customer Support. Thank you and have a fun and great weekend here in Pogo!

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127 Comments

  • I like the Pogo tiles for me it is easier to play with them. Could you please add Pogo tiles to the new Mahjong games. Thank You

  • hi pogo liama you all say that Pogo Addiction Solitaire HD is coming but I have been looking for it to come back and have not seen it yet……I am wondering when pogo is bring it back……..I am loving Mahjong Sanctuary it is cool…I love that we get to build the sanctuary from the ground up with the stars that we collect.

    thank you for all the fun pogo and happy Anniversary ty

    • Hi Ladygray!

      Thank you for all of your feedback and I’m so glad you’re enjoying Mahjong Sanctuary. Pogo Addiction Solitaire HD is not currently available but it will be very soon. Keep watching the blog for more details. :)

  • hi plz bring back make over madness u can do it in hd ty

  • is cribbage coming back

  • Are you going to bring back some of the card games such as pinochle? It is were I met some of my best friends on Pogo and we have also connected in real life and will be friends forever!! But that was our little piece of heaven having our pinochle games? I am really sad that you have taken so many games away!

  • I just wish the tiles were a little bigger in Majong HD

  • Any chance that Jungle Gin will have more Wwednesday badges added?

  • Please make Crazy Cakes available.

  • (Let me try and make this shorter)

    Hey Llama…the blog really looks nice and so does that cake (wish I could reach into my monitor and get a piece lol)

    WAHOO to Addiction returning and Lex the Bookworm joining Pogo…will have to try the Mahj Sanctuary when I get time but if the Animal tile set isn’t part of the game I hope it will be added…it’s my favorite set to use in Garden

    I’m looking forward to the celebration and countdown on Friday but PLEASE ease off the marathons…4 in one month was way too many especially when the challenges were crazy hard and/or time consuming

    The Treasure Chase with Ella was so much fun with the riddles….just like the Egg Hunt was back around Easter….and hopefully the countdown event will be similar with a wide variety of challenges

    Speaking ofthere are 39 (soon to be 41) H5 games and over twice as many Flash…every event every marathon every big thing lately has ALWAYS included Sol Garden Mahj Escape Quinn and/or Jet Set to name a few…I’m so tied of playing the same games over and over and 4 or 5 of my Jet Set levels have over 300 attempts EACH…I normally enjoy some of the games but this is too much

    Even the last Magic event suffered with half of the badges being for 5 games with 6 badges each…variety brings the fun which is why some of the biggest events (Egg Hunt, follow that elephant, Pogofest…) were some of the most fun to participate in…some of the games featured hadn’t been in AGES so getting new badges to play for was very exciting

    Well fingers crossed I’ll be able to join in the fun of the 20th celebration…we’re leaving on our BIG trip Aug 25 so I’ll just have my iPad and far as I know there’s no Flash app that will let me play the Flash games but will try and do what I can because Pogo only turns 20 once and I’m not missing it ;)

  • please bring back eurchre . we all would be back we miss our friends and the game thannk you

  • i love the Mahjong Gardens HD … in the previous game you had the choice of Animal or Temple settings..i always chose the Temple because i found it more challenging.. any chance that they can bring back that setting ?

  • The new Bookworm game is great, thanks! It does differ a bit from the original which I have and play daily. I wanted to ask about the 2 biggest differences since they affect play. Why the flaming tiles in both Classic and Action versions, originally it’s just the Action version. And, is it possible to add a feature to Pogo’s version – use mouse button or double click last letter marked to submit word instead of having to click on the word SUBMIT? That would make it a bit faster to play, too. Thanks for listening.

    • Hello MitzziBlue,
      Thank you for your question about Bookworm HD.

      The flaming tile was in the original Bookworm game back in 2003 so to remain true to the original, it remained. For those players who wanted a harder challenge we also added in the Action version from Bookworm Deluxe. If you hold down the left mouse button and click and drag the letters you want, when you let go it will submit the word without having to click submit!

      Thanks again and please let me know if you have any more questions. :)

  • CAN YOU PLEASE BRNG BACK “THOUSAND ISLAND SOLITAIRE”? ONE OF MY FAVS AND I RELLY MISS IT! THANKS!

  • Please can anyone tell my why Tri Peaks game rooms are disappearing? I have looked all over the site for the answer and have had no luck. I am an admin on a cases league and like to know if all the rooms are being removed or it’s something else. Thank you for your time.

    • Hi margueritesoswt1!
      Thanks for reporting this issue to us. The team is looking into it and I’ll let you know when there’s an update. Thank you!

  • QWERTY

    Will it be back?

  • Hi Pogo_Llama

    Love the new Sanctuary Game but would like to see an animal tile set, not fond of the current tile options….. and animal tiles would fit in so nicely with the theme…..

  • Love the new Bookworm HD game!

  • Please bring back Lottso…loved that game.

  • So happy the dogs, flowers and Bird badges were released….bought a bunch for my favorite games. Also love the new Bookworm and Mahjong Sanctuary. Really enjoy playing them. Would love if Word Whomp Whackdown was brought back….I love that gopher :).

  • Are we going to get QWERTY HD?
    I love this game.

  • Thank you for the extra set of tiles in Majong sanctuary! The other ones made me dizzy.

  • Hi Pogo Llama, as a long time Pogo user I mostly like the changes. I’m still hoping and praying for Penguin Blocks to update to the HTML5 format. Is there any chance of that happening? My favorites are Mahjong type games, Quinn’s Aquarium and Mahjong Safari. Keep up the good work.

  • Hello…..I would love to see a new game that would be similar to Dice City Roller. Please think about it. With love

  • i would love a updated Crazy Cakes , and make over Madness Please think about them thank you

  • Welcome Pogo John and great work so far! I’m also a fan of puzzle games, any plans to bring back or update some of those? Boggle bash, Makeover Madness, Flower Daze and Stellar Sweeper to name a few of my favs :)

    My favorite challenge from the current challenge quest is definitely the master challenge in Quinn’s. I finished it within the first week!

    • Wow! That’s incredible, Amaranth0711. Way to go on finishing Quinn’s Master Challenge in the first week!

  • I would like to see more levels added to Jungle Gin. I play that almost daily and really enjoy it.
    Maybe since our games/badges are starting to be a bit more complicated it would be nice to have better explanation of what is required to make a specific goal to receive the badge
    Thank you so much for Pogo and the hard work all put into it each day

  • Bravo Pogo Clement on the new Geometric Tiles in Mahjong Garden HD!!!

    Mahjong Sanctuary is a WOW!! I know some folks have already finished the first set of levels, but I am a little behind. (There was the new levels in Jet Set Solitaire and Quinn’s Aquarium beckoning, as well as the Game of the Month, Summer Vacation Quest and the Wednesday Challenges.) I have only completed 334 of the 450 levels in Mahjong Sanctuary. I have 5 more upgrades to finish, and then I will have all of the animals. Currently, I only have one (1) crocodile, but I think I saved the best animated animal (in my opinion) for last. I will finish up the first set of levels by setting up the 9 playing areas.

    Pogo Addiction Solitaire HD will be here soon, and I am looking forward to its arrival!

    Pogo staff you are on a roll!!

    • You’re rocking Mahjong Sanctuary! Can’t wait for you to get all the playing areas completed. Thank you for being a part of Pogo, quietdi!

  • I have not heard any mention of Mahjong Escape going HD I would like to know? Thank you n for all u do for us.

  • I am hoping that Fortune Bingo and others will be revamped and added soon. I love Fortune Bingo and was sad to see it go as well as my friends I have there. Please revamp this game as soon as possible! Please keep me posted.

    goldenjem2

  • would love to see more ranks in Jungle Gin

  • I like Mahjong Sanctuary alright but Quinnns Aquarium is still my favorite mahjonng type game.

  • Bravo Pogo Clement on the new Geometric Tiles in Mahjong Garden HD!!!

    Mahjong Sanctuary is a WOW!!

    Pogo Addiction Solitaire HD will be here soon, and I am looking forward to its arrival!

    Pogo staff you are on a roll!!

  • will texas holdem ever come back?

  • i want dice city back. loved that game

  • Hey there.. When will new Claire Hart episodes be added? I really love the game, but am getting tired of playing the same episodes.

    • Hi Raz,
      They’ll be coming soon, in September. So glad you’re excited for them!

  • I love playing Jungle Gin, are you going to hd that game also?

  • thankyou all so much lots of love to ya all to i would love to see word jong come back because i use my brain to foigure out really good spelling games and putting words together to as well so yep thankyou love yas as always charliexoxoxo