Blog Post #114 – September 24, 2019

Hello Pogoians!

Welcome to the official second day of Fall! The September equinox was yesterday, marking the arrival of Fall in the Northern hemisphere. A very happy Spring to those in the Southern hemisphere!

There’s been a number of you asking about the art for the Tumble Bees HD Mix-n-Match Badge that we released on September 9. It’s the Hexagon Specs Badge! I asked the team who created it and, as it turns out, it was a collective effort among many members of the Pogo team! It all started with Boogie Bear’s “makeover” which was worked on by a few members of the Pogo design team and then a few other members of the team used the revised art to create the super fun Badge you see here! The Challenge requirement (Spell the BUZZ word 25 times in 3 weeks) was created by yet another Pogo team and then placed out for all to enjoy. It really is such a fun looking Badge and Boogie looks really cool. 

Here’s a quote by one of the artists who worked on this Badge, “We have a lot of fun coming up with the ideas for the badges because we collaborate on them. We always try to incorporate the spirit of the game for the people who have played it. We hope that  the badge makes you want to try the game if you haven’t!.” 

I’d have to say it’s one of my favorite looking Pogo Badges. Do you have a favorite Pogo Badge?

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

  • What’s better than starting a Fall day than with a hot beverage and a crossword puzzle? Answer: Not much! That’s why Crossword Cove HD will be October’s Game of the Month. Enjoy!
  • Be prepared for the haunted month of October to be kicked-off with the Ghostly Gathering Treasure Chase. More information on the way. 
  • Trizzle will be the star in October with its own Badge Marathon!

Game Updates

  • Mahjong Sanctuary – New content is out now! For more information click here
  • Jewel Academy – 40 new levels and 16 new Badges have been added!
  • Jet Set Solitaire – Set sail on a Mediterainian Cruise in October!

New Games

  • Anagrams and Paranormal Destinations are coming to Pogo in October!
  • Update: Crazy Cakes 2 is also on the way! Crazy Cakes 2 was reported earlier to be arriving in October, however, please note the change of date in that it will be here on Pogo in November.
     Website updates:
  • You asked for a better Pogo, so we’re building it together! Click here to find out more about the new Pogo experience.
  • Letters from Nowhere will be retiring on October 8. Please click here for further information.
  • If you are experiencing a technical issue with the SCRABBLE game, please report the details in this forum thread. We ask that you provide as many details as possible so our technical team can investigate.
  • iWin Downloadable Game Center retired from Pogo as of August 27. Please click here for further information.
  • Internet Explorer 11  is no longer supported for HTML 5 games. 
  • 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 8. (Please note the date change)
    • 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. I want to be a part of the new Pogo experience. I signed up so how come I wasn’t picked?

A. I’d like to clarify what Pogo Early Access is, for those of you who don’t know yet. We’ve been taking all of the feedback and learnings we’ve gathered over the past 20 years and are using that to build a brand-new Pogo site. We’re calling it “Early Access” because we still have a lot of work to do before it’s finished and ready for everybody.

As stated on the Early Access FAQ, “ Early Access is the next step in our continued commitment to make Pogo your favorite place for fun, relaxation and connecting with others. We want to be the best place to play for years to come!” So THAT is what Early Access is all about. You can sign up to be a part of it, as well. This article will give you all the information on how to do that. 

So, back to the original question. Please understand there are a limited number of slots available. However, we’ll be inviting more and more people in as we get closer to our launch. I’m really thrilled you’re excited for the new Pogo experience! There’s a lot of Pogo excitement going on here right now so for you to be a part of this means the world to us. Thank you for signing up and cheers to the future!

 

Thank you so much for reading this edition of the Pogo Insider. I’m always happy to have you here and hope you have a very fun week here on Pogo.

 

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. Comments for this blog will be turned off on Friday at 4PM Pacific time.

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! Thanks for reading the Pogo Insider!

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159 Comments

  • Only got halfway through levels in Pinnochle, any chance I’ll get to finish it?

  • Would be nice to have a REPLAY button in Sweet Tooth Town.

    It’s so much time to click “back to map”, click the shop again, click the level again, and click play.

  • I would like to see Pool back as well as Makeover Madness. Love these games

    • I LOVE Makeover madness and love so many games that run with flash…That being said..I’m also on Facebook and for ♥…I’m able to hit “allow” and can play the games. However, since flash is being discontinued as of December 2020. I’m not sure what games I’ll be able to play here in pogo or in Facebook. I LOVE pogo and this is where I come to relax, have fun and communicate with long time friends. I thank you sincerely for all the updates and keeping us all informed…POGO …together ~ We’ve got this and I look forward to being a Pogo member for years to come. Thank you ♥

    • yep pool

  • omg finally a time management game in HD. I love Crazy Cakes. When it came out I played it until I had every badge. Yahoooooooo so happy.

  • Will the POGO have Spade HD in the future? And I love to play that game.

  • I can’t wait to try out the two new games. T am one that isn’t much for change, but I am looking forward to the Pogo future. So, Thanks Pogo for not giving up on us. Now, off to go get that awesome looking Tumble Bees badge. Thanks Pogo & EA!!! Happy Gaming All!

  • WAS WONDERING IF THEY WILL BRING BACK FORTUNE BINGO HT GAME PLEASEEEEEEEEEE

  • Pogo Llama is there a way to eliminate mix and match games from my mix and match albums that I don’t play. I love my 20 challenges per albums complete and now I have four albums not complete.Don’t get me wrong I love the free challenges but there are just some games that take so long to finish and you have to play the game over and over again. It would be nice for more bingo, card games, word search,sudoku, bookworm. I’ve played so much solitaire garden,mahjon,trizzle,cookie connect till there coming out of my ears. Please change it up a little. Thank You for listening.

  • will there bring bk spooky slot I miss that game

  • Please bring back Lottso,,

  • I love Crazy Cakes. I am thrilled that it is coming back.I’m ready to bake!

  • Hi, Llama. In response to Realestelle’s question about San Francisco extended stay, my best advice is to click as quickly as possible and make a long sequence of numbers. I have found, for myself, that if I can make long sequences of numbers, I get a better score. I have three stars in this level on all but two destinations. I hope this helps.

    I am thrilled with early access and look forward to the new additions. Have a great weekend.

  • Bravo with crazy cakes glad you are making that hd sooooo looking forwrd to the new version thank you xxx

  • how i love the quinns acquarium game..it is 2am here and ive just got another level out…it is getting harder i feel..i am keeping up with it tho..im in the lab at present.level 20..just thought i would say hi out there from the land of OZ…i have been a member since 2001…thanks enjoying it still very much…keep up the good work pogo….

    • Hello BarbieQB1,
      You sure are a night owl! Thank you for sending a message and for playing Pogo. :)

  • Hi, everyone! How about pool and Jigsaw Detective?

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  • I am sad losing a lot of my favorite games on Pogo. I do not blame Pogo as it was Java but if there is anyway that Pinochle could come back even if it is just with bots I would be so happy. I miss the Java games and hope there is a way for them to be embedded.

  • Hey Llama,
    GBU 2.
    Love so far what you all are doing to Pogo. Been a member since 9-6-01. My favorite badge is in Trivial Pursuit, Home -spun, as that is my hobby going on 36 yrs. now.
    Looking forward to the new word game.
    “Wondering” what the other one is. “Maybe” another HOG? Or a card game?
    Will let 1 of my 7 “badge buddies” get Crossword Cove. I like crosswords, but will be busy in Oct.- Dec. with hobby in getting ready to give out in Jan.
    Pass on to the Pogo team, thanks for the “daily” in Sanctuary, 40 new levels in Jewel, and am “still” stuck in the Mountain/Sea suitcase in Jet Set. Not going to “try” any more in that game to get suitcases. Will just work for badges.
    Well off to watch baseball. GOOOOOOO Cardinals.
    GBU and yours.

  • Please bring back Spooky Slots, it was so much fun no matter how long you started over! Maybe update it a little? I really liked the original but being an older game I understand. Thanks.

  • THANK YOU. THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU. FOR CRAZY CAKES2. Pogo has made my Year for this news!

  • Hey Llama,
    GBU2.
    I’m back cause I was working on my “personal collections”, of Sudoku, a 3 ring binder with plastic sleeves filled with 10 books, while watching the Cardinals/Diamondback’s game, which the Cards lost, and was thinking, “Why not a Daily Sudoku marathon?” Don’t put it with other games, just by itself. We have 5 months of “completed” easy, med. and hard puzzles. And “almost” 2 months of the expert puzzles. Just a “thought” of a “future” marathon.
    GBU and yours.

    • Hi Jeanie,
      Thank you for the suggestion! I hope you enjoyed watching the baseball game. :)

  • I HAVE THE LASTEST JAVA ON MY LAPTOP BUT STILL CAN’T PLAY THE GAMES THAT DEAL WITH JAVA. WHA CAN I DO?

    • Hello tiny4747,

      The Java games are no longer on Pogo. If you go to the Construction Zone section of this blog (Pogo Insider #114) You will see a section with links to the Java retirement blog articles.

      Thank you.

  • Thanks for the Mahjong Sanctuary Daily Board. It gives me an opportunity to increase my feather count while waiting for the next levels of Mahjong Sanctuary to be released. Thanks again.

  • please bring back cribbage thank you dover 112

  • Any chance that the Nature tile set can be added to Mahjong Garden HD? That was my favorite tile set and I miss it there. :( Loving the new site. Don’t love that I have to rotate my tablet to play Jewel Academy though. We should be able to play it either way.

  • I originally subscribed to Pogo to be able to play Squelchies. I really miss the Java games (i.e., Jigsaw Detective, Hearts, etc. They had a uniqueness about them.

  • It was such a trip to the Pogo past playing the Hog Heaven weekly. Such a treat to be able to chat while working on a badge. Makes time fly. I hope Pogo cam figure out a way to make chat visible while playing because it would help the experience of playing some of the long badges in challenges, quests, etc.

    I would bring back Quick Quack and a golf game.

  • I just have to say how much i LOVED Golden Cone Marathon. It was filled with so many games I loved, the challenges were not so over the top . It was doable without the tremendous stress I will feel with some of the marathons. And it wasn’t done in a microsecond. It took time but I was able to complete it at an enjoyable pace. thank you!!!!!!!!

    • That’s awesome, Pam! I’m so happy to hear how much you enjoyed the Golden Cone Marathon!!

  • Bring back bridge – yours was the best site by far.

  • Attention POGO – there is a problem with Jewel Accademy game 389! I have won this game about a half dozen times and have not been able to get the star so I can’t go on. This is extremely frustrating! Please look into this problem. Thanks!

    • HI Gracehstar1,
      Thank you for reporting this. The team is aware and looking into it. Thanks again for letting me know.

  • I so wish there is a way that Pogo could update Pinochle, my friend and I played it every single day and so enjoyed it..Pogo has the best card sites, but now seems most are disappearing.

  • Please bring back pool, blackjack and Texas hold em

  • is it at all possiBLE to have some of the card games like CANASTA,, JUNGLE GIN,,, CRIBBAGE,,SPADES,,,& DOMINOES,, COME BACK games
    love them are u going to make more album

    ty gail [gfr53 ]

  • My very first game on Pogo Hollywood Slots, that was what drew me and I stayed :) loved that game.

  • Hi Pogo Llama,

    Super excited to see Crazy Cakes coming back. One of the games that really make Pogo unique. Since the release date was changed to November, can we get a sneak peek? I am wondering how the game play be with the new version.

    I like the new Pogo experience too. Getting the hang of where to find everything and the site design looks great. I also enjoyed the Golden Cone Marathon. It was a good mix of games. The Magic Marathon was too much for me, so those badges I will do as I play games to rank up. I just need more time. Congrats to those who finish them!!

    Thanks for another great Blog to read. I look forward to them.

  • I’m really enjoying the daily challenge in Mahjong Sanctuary!!

  • Crazy Cakes 2? Wow! I can’t wait! Will it be like the original?

  • sure do miss qwerty please come back to play with us !!!!!!

  • Please bring back Pinochle

  • Love to see perfect solitaire updated come back
    As well as Dice City Roller, & spooky slots..

    glad new crazy cakes coming back, miss the wizards & elves etc..
    cant wait cheers..

  • please bring back euchre it was my favourite game on here and i’m so upset its gone
    me and my other friends played it every chance we got

  • will you bring back golf solitare??

  • I wish I could play Penguin Blocks again. It seems like it would be easy to adapt to HD, like so many other games. Thanks for the wonderful games.

  • I would like to see all my Favorite Dice games come back like “Dice City Rollers”, the Miniture golf game in HD would be nice too

  • Is Texas Holdem Poker Comming Back?

  • Crazy Cakes and Pinochle have always been two of my favorite games. I’m looking forward Crazy Cakes2! Tyvm! Will Pinochle also be returning?
    I started playing POGO 19 years ago and was addicted to Word Womp.The game currently moves so slowly it can be boring!! Can an adjustment be made for players to choose the speed they prefer?
    Java games are greatly missed!!!!! Ty EA, POGO!!