Blog Post #122 – January 14, 2020

Hello Pogoians!

Welcome to the first Pogo Insider blog of 2020. Did you have a great New Year’s and holiday celebration? 

We’re all very excited here at Pogo, especially since Snowbird Solitaire and Solitaire Blitz arrive this week, and Jungle Gin HD next week. It’s a solitaire-themed week here on Pogo!

Want a sneak peek? Have a look at the video teasers! 

Watch the Snowbird Solitaire video here!

Watch the Solitaire Blitz video here!

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

  • Remember, the Magic Marathon runs through January 28!
  • Another new event kicks off on January 26. Stay tuned for more details soon. 
  • February’s GOTM will be… Poppit! Party. Which costume is your favorite?

Game Updates

  • Jet Set Solitaire – Released last week: Visit beautiful Ireland and discover new levels and fun with extended stays in Toronto and Washington!
  • Crazy Cakes 2 – Improvements to loading and animation speed!

New Early Access Exclusive Games and do we have the lineup for you!

  • Snowbird Solitaire will be released later today!
  • Solitaire Blitz will be added to the Pogo catalog on Thursday!
  • Player requested Jungle Gin HD is on the way to Early Access next week!
  • Scheduled for release in early 2020: fan-favorite Canasta, Spades, and Dice City Roller!

Website updates:

  • Expressions are retiring on March 10. Please click here for more information. 
  • Tournaments will be retiring on February 27. Please click here for more information. 
  • As Flash support is phased out across the web, we’ll be retiring these Pogo games in March.
  • The Pogo Games App is shutting down on March 10, 2020. Don’t worry — with Pogo Early Access, you can play all HTML5-powered Pogo games and Challenges across your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
  • Premium Badge Albums will be retiring from Pogo in March. Please click here for more info. 
  • Triple Bonus Tokens and Sunday Token Social will be retiring in February. Click here for more information. 
  • For previously posted Pogo website updates, please read the archived Pogo Insiders.

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. Where do I find the games I’d like to play on Early Access when I don’t know what genre they fall under?

A.  This is a great question I’m seeing pop up from the community. I want to make sure you’re getting into the games you love as fast as you can! 

If you’re unsure which category a game belongs to, you can use the search option to type out the name of the game. Look for the box with the magnifying glass icon and text that says “search for games.” Let’s say you’re unable to find Crazy Cakes 2, my current favorite, as you’re not sure what genre it falls under. Simply go up to the search bar and as you type in “Crazy Cakes 2,” the name will appear and you will be able to click on it. 

You can also select “Games” from the menu and choose “Browse All Games” or look through each genre individually. Please remember Flash games are only available on Pogo Classic. 

 

Thank you all for returning to the Pogo Insider for its first 2020 edition! Please let me know about your non-technical related Pogo questions below in the comments below. I will do my best to answer. 

 

Cheers!

Pogo Llama

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351 Comments

  • PLEASE PUT CHAT ON NEW POGO SITE PLEASEE……IF CHAT GOES SO WILL LOTS OF PEOPLE.. WE HAVE MADE LOTS OF FREINDS AND DONT WANT TO LOOSE THEM,,,TY

  • Please Pogo Llama keep Classic . I am still having a hard time understanding Early Access.I’m not giving up. but please keep Classic for us seniors that have been playing it for years and are used to it.

  • A Happy, healthy, safe 2020 Pogo Llama! Great start to this new year with the wonderfully varied mix of game challenges in the Magic Marathon. Thanks to all who put this Marathon mix together.

    A while back you mentioned Side-Chat will be added to games in the New site; any idea when? Really. Missing the friendships and company while playing: STILL enjoying that on BOGGLE BASH – any chance BBash will move to HTML? Love 💕 to play that daily!

    PS – love the new Snowbirds game (;-D

    • Happy 2020 to you too, Phoenix217! I really appreciate the well wishes and it’s been a great start to the year. :)

      I’ll keep you posted with all Pogo updates here on the blog! Thank you for giving Snowbird Solitaire a go!!

  • I’ll probably be leaving POGO in march since most of my favorites list will be wiped out with the change over. Yes I’ve tried early access and don’t like it. The “Engiineers” need to stick to repairing glitches!!!!

  • I just played Snowbird Solitaire and I like it!! But was also Thankful that there is another level of Solitaire Gardens to play! Thank You Pogo! I hope to see Solitaire gardens on the New Pogo!!!

  • Please bring back hearts!

  • If we have any gems left when pogo closes the old website will you transfer them over to our new account Thank you for you help

    • Hi Susy,
      Yes, absolutely. Your Gems will remain in Early Access just as they were/are in Pogo Classic.

  • Will there be any multi player games

  • please bring back pogo bowl. I love the game!

  • I have been playing Pogo Bowl for many years and have made a lot of friends. I don’t want to lose the game and all my friends when Pogo Bowl is taken out in March. So please if you can find a way to keep the game in the new format it would help a lot of people who play it. We also need a blog on the side so we can communicate with each other while playing the game. Thank you.

  • Hello, you put in the voting for games most want Texas Holdem won with the highest vote, yet
    no word on that. Many, Many, people that have been with Pogo from the beginning are hoping to
    enjoy playing Texas Holdem again, Please consider it.

  • Getting used to the new pogo concept. How about thinking of Solitaire Gardens, Pogo Bowl, Dominoes,
    Monopoly the world Edition, to the list to be added to the new pogo site.
    Thanks,
    angiebaby206

  • Loving all the new updates! So excited for Canasta and the other games coming out! Really hoping Solitaire Gardens and Mahjong Escape come to Early Access. 💕

  • I am very dissatisfied that Pogo (EA) are taking all of the slots games away from us. Bringing so many which I consider to be Children’s games in. We already have loads of mah-jong and card games yet still more are being introduced. Thank you, very disgruntled.

  • I was not enthused about the new look, but am getting used to it. I would also like to see Mahjong Sanctuary get some new levels. I am hoping they will bring everyone wins bingo over to the new site, and also pogo bowl. I would really like to see pinochle make a comeback too. There are some cool features on the new site, so I so appreciate all the effort you have made to bring Pogo into the now decade! Thanks.

  • Some of the original games still come to mind; for me, Dice City Rollers! I MISS IT!The one where the Fire Wall came crashing through one side and wiped out your cards. The old games were fun. I miss them. The art work is not too appealing on the new games. Old has them beat. Happy for some of the old games like Pogo Addiction Solitaire. Bring back the fun! Ha! Ha!

  • Thank you for bringing spades.

  • WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO BIG CITY ADVENTURE? IT’S THE ONLY HIDDEN PICTURE GAME I LIKE.

  • Hog heaven slots, Mono slots and Pogobowl are very popular games. Will we be seeing these games returned.

  • I would like to echo the request for a text list option for finding games. I feel like I am scrolling, scrolling, scrolling and half the time missing the game I’m looking for because my brain does not process pictures as fast as words. It is difficult to scan for game names when every one is in a different spot and a different font. Or at least let us have a list of our favorites on the main page. The dual direction scrolling is especially hard on a tablet or phone. I’m always find the list going up instead of left and vice versa! I keep trying to like the early access, and I keep finding myself back on classic because I can’t find what I’m looking for. It just feels cluttered. (And here’s my list of games I would like to see converted: Thousand Island Solitaire, Dominoes, Penguin Blocks, Canasta.)

  • when will canasta and spades be html?

  • i have a kindle fire tablet and i read you still wont be able to play pogo on it although it is a tablet. I really dont like all the changes, but now even more to find this out. Thinking long and hard about renewing when time comes. any chance golf solitaire will return? I dont like snowbird or jet set at all.

    • Hello sierrabuffy,

      The great news is Pogo Early Access can be played on most mobile and tablet devices. Unfortunately, that does not include the Kindle Fire tablet.
      For a list of system specifications, please click here. Thank you.

  • One simple question, will GEMS be worthless after March ???

  • Some of these new games are like stupid kids games. Cant you bring back games like DOMINOES that a lot of people like and make more sense than games like snowbird solitaire.

  • h just to say i cant play the new solitare it dosent load right dont think its my puter but help is no help to me so just letting you know thankyou

    • Unfortunately I’m unable to troubleshoot here on the blog. Please reach out to EA Help and they will be able to assist you. Thank you!

  • I am so happy that DCR will be back soon. But wondering if we will be able to chat? I do hope so.

  • Will my coins convert to Pogis or will I just lose them?

    • Thank you so much for your question and interest in the new rewards systems called Pogis! (I’m so excited for it!) I saw that many are curious as to what will happen with tokens in the future so I took some time to talk with the Pogo team. You may see this is a copy/paste message and that is because I wanted to be sure to get back to as many of you as possible with the information provided. Thanks again! I love having you as part of the Pogo community! :)

      As stated in a May 2018 Pogo Insider, tokens will be removed from Pogo games in the future. I’d like to let you all know that the number of tokens you’ve earned during your time at Pogo will still be visible on Early Access; this feature is still in development, but we know how important it is to preserve your token count. The ability to earn more tokens will be ongoing after launching Pogis. We will be slowly limiting the ways to earn more tokens so we can concentrate on the Pogi experience and it’s rewards.

      I’ll have plenty more information on the new reward system, including how to earn Pogis and what can be done with them, in the near future.
      Please keep an eye on the Pogo Insider and Blog page for all of the most up to date information on all things Pogo. Thank you!

  • Im so happy to hear that our Minis will be staying, it’s a chance to show our uniqueness and creativity!!! And I am so excited to hear some of my favorites will be converting to HTML in 2020–Canasta, Dice City Rollers, and Spades! Keep coming with the good news!

    Have a terrific day Pogo_Llama!

  • Help Pogo Llama! It’s 2AM and I’m still playing Solitare Blitz! I’m addicted! What a fun game…I’m really enjoying it and bought the hedgehog and puppies decks. Won some badges. I’m going to be so tired tomorrow…lol. Had to let you know. Love the game! Thanks for all you do and being a voice of calm during the changes. Have a good weekend!

    morticia64

    • Hi morticia64!
      I hope you’ve had some rest! What level did you get up to? So glad you’re enjoying the newest game here on Pogo!!

  • Snowbird Solitaire is exactly like Tri-Peaks. This site is becoming more like a site for solitaire and Majohng…what’s up with that?

  • I love the changes… Change is good…

    • Thank you, Sanpedro!! Thanks for giving it a chance and happy to hear you’re liking it.

  • OK I like Snowbird Solitaire. But I am not a child. The bear is way toooooo much

  • Will the Mini Mall be moved to Pogo Early Access? It’s my favorite part of Pogo and I’m hoping that it will continue to be available. If the Mini Mall is removed, I believe a lot of players will leave.

  • Please bring back High stake pool, only game worth playing with friends.

  • I can’t understand how Pogo can make all the card games in HD, BUT NOT PINOCHLE, and I want to know why?

  • I totally love Snow Birds. The only problem is I get so involved in playing it, I forget about decorating my islands! HaHa

  • bring back bowling

  • Please try to bring back Stellar Sweeper, Squelchies, Peggle Slots (I already miss Chuzzle Slots), and possibly a new version of Jigsaw Detective. We so looked forward to a new story each week. I miss the variety of old POGO. There was truly something for everyone. It seems as if all the new games need power ups to play. Sometimes simple is best. Thank you and your team for all you do. I can only Imagine the stress you all are under trying to listen to and trying to keep us happy.

  • im very upset cause i come to pogo to enjoy my self but you all have taken all the games i play away i really dont think its fair i pay money to play here and now i dont have anything to play

  • I want to see high stakes pool I heard it was comein back when and I want the chat on there also and bring it back to the classic version I want high stakes pool back

  • so many players are playing no limit poker only poker game that we all like please bring it back=i ty tiogajane from all the no limit poker players we need that game

  • Can you please tell me if you are planning or bringing back Pinochle?? That is my all time favorite game and the only reason that I have joined pogo years ago. The other sites that I have checked pinochle don’t come close to POGO!!! I know lots of people who will not be renewing because of the loss of pinochle!!! Please do your best to bring it back.
    Thank you in advance!!!

  • LOVE SOLITAIRE BLITZ!!

  • can you still connect facebook to post avatar on blog comments

  • Thank you for all your information!

    Any chance of Dice City Rollers, Pinochle or Canasta coming back?
    Thank you for all your help! Have a great day.

  • CAN YOU REINSTATE BOGGLE BASH? ITS A GREAT GAME. I REALLY ENJOY PLAYING IT AND ITS ALSO A LEARNING GAME TO SEE WORDS THAT YOU NEVER HEARD OF OR SEEN BEFORE. I WILL MISS IT A LOT

  • Hate, hate, hate the new format I love the Pogo classics
    Guess I will opt out of renewing.

  • Please bring back Trivial Pursuit and Dominoes!!!!! Thank You.