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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373 Comments

  • I am assuming that because Poppit! Party will be the February game of the month, that means new levels and/orcostumes? If so, can’t wait. Thank you!

    • Hello Tinott,
      New costumes are not on the way for Poppit! Party at this time. Thank you for your suggestion and for your support of the game.

  • thank you Pogo Llama for responding to my earlier question
    ————-bjvs1118 December 12, 2019 1:24 AM
    PogoLlama, are the 10 badges you are referring to for the 100 ranks? sorry, but i’m confused because I do not see Rank Badges for this game ,,,,, Thank you

    Pogo_Llama December 13, 2019 3:32 PM
    Hello bjvs,
    Yes, they are 10 Rank Badges right now.—————————

    I was so excited to earn my First Rank Badge !! but, was disappointed to not get it :( and have removed Crazy Cakes 2 from my favorite list

    Please forward to the Game Team my sadness over no Rank Badges for a 100 Rank Game

    Thank You

  • Please consider bringing back trivial pursuit. Its one of my favorites and I notice that a lot of the long time members play it daily.

    • I agree with murphyjc. Trivial Pursuit is my daily get-started playing Pogo game. I’m not sure I’ll continue with Pogo when it’s gone. I’ve been with you from the get-go. Trivial Pursuit must come back for me. I praise all the hard work Pogo’s crew is doing with the updated versions but wonder how difficult it would be for Trivial Pursuit? We don’t need all the graphics but supposed that in keeping with all the updates it must be done. So, please for all the TP lovers, bring it back for us.
      Thank you for listening.

    • Yes I agree murphyjc I play it daily too, it’s a great way to get yr brain in action first thing in the morning, it’s also a great fount of knowledge :)

    • I also would like to see Trivial Pursuit return. I have played it daily since it began.

    • I agree, it is the first game I play in the morning. :)

  • There are many, many people who play Pogo Bowl with others in a league atmosphere where we all play against one another in different kinds of tournaments. This has been the favorite thing to do for hundreds of people. I would like to see Pogo Bowl return in some sort of format where all of us leaguers can play together once again. We all have made life-long friends in this activity on Pogo and will dearly miss the fellowship.

    Please give this some serious consideration.

    • PLEASE BRING POGO BOWL OVER TO HD. I HAVE MANY FRIENDS PLUS MYSELF WHO ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT GAME. I BELONG TO A LEAGUE THAT PLAYS THIS DAILY AND IT IS NICE TO SEE PEOPLE WHO PLAY ALL THE TIME BEING IN OR OUT OF A TOURNEY. PLEASE RECONSIDER. THANK YOU FOR THE NEW GAMES

  • Do you lose rank status when games are transferred over? I let a friend take my rank down in a game and now no one will play with my rank. Will it change? Other question is on mini’s again. Status on that? Thanks troopertjj.

    • Hello Trooper,
      All ported games are actually new games so you start from the beginning as you would any new game.
      For more on Minis, and all other news, please stay tuned to the Pogo Insider blog. Thank you!

  • when I play on the new site, and doing a badge, after I win I can’t seem to add a new badge. I have to go back to the old site to activate a new badge. I do not like the new site

    • Thank you for your feedback, Maokeeb.

    • I agree! I don’t like the new badge site. I like going to (my collections) and see if there are some games to activate. They don’t have this feature on there. Keep the Pogo classic where you can see everyday the new challenges.

  • Once you have finished a game, how long does it take to add more to it? Ex: Crazy Cakes 2 & Mahjong Sanctuary. Thanks.

  • Where are the badges for snowbird soliyary?

    • Howdy MoneyHoney,
      There are rank badges at every 10 ranks all the way up to rank 100. To gain rank points keep winning levels to increase your rank.

      • You can find badges for the new games in the classic mode under the badges tab. I have become addicted to the new solitaire blitz game!

    • in mixed n match badges

  • Please do all you can to bring DOMINOES back there is a lot of players disappointed
    loosing this game. It sure would make us all happy to get it back with the chat to play our friends.

  • Early Access is too slow on loading. It’s bad enough that we have to wait for all these games to go thru graphics to continue the game your playing. And these marathon are ridiculous. I am so tired of playing the same games over and over again and they take forever. POGO is not fun any more.

  • Will we still have our minis???? I just read that our tokens will be gone. :(

    • There are currently no plans to get rid of your Minis. I believe you will enjoy this article quite a bit.
      Thank you!

    • The tokens were never worth any thing , but they were nice to see our scores . Pogo is taking them away any way . They are taking away our tournaments . They have taken away any insentives to play pogo games . Why would pogo want to take away any way to win tokens ? I have been a member since 2000 , but pogo has taken away all the games I like to play .I’m 74 and I can’t afford to keep buying tokens to keep playing a game to the next level . I pay $39.00 just to play pogo games So sadly I cancelled my subscription . All the time I have paid them to play games only for them to take my tokens away . All the years I paid them for nothing . I know there will NEVER be a response to this post . Never has been .

      • Hi Grumpy,

        It is my hope that you do not cancel your Pogo membership. You’re an appreciated part of the Pogo Community and it would be a heartfelt loss to us. However, if you do choose to cancel, I suggest that you come back from time to time and check out all the new things we have on the way. As a registered user, you can enjoy some games and be up to date.

        We appreciate you being a part of the Pogo community. Thank you.

  • Hi Happy New Years! This might be a duh question, but what is Pogo Catalog? I have not heard of it.
    Looking forward to Snowbird Solitaire. I like Solitaire games. I am not sure about Solitaire Blitz.

    • Happiest of New Years to you, Dolphingirl!
      The Pogo Catalog is just another way of saying “all the games here on Pogo.” No duh question at all and I’m happy to answer. :)
      Have a great, and fun, week here on Pogo!

  • I’m not finding available (already bought) challenges on Early Access and can’t access a new challenge on a game I’m playing (as I can on original by clicking on the challenge tab). I’d like to use Early Access, but it’s frustrating and limiting/restricting any fun. Needs a much better tutorial (if it has one outside of the basic one that’s been available).

    • Hi puddytat222,
      Thank you for coming to me with your questions about Early Access.
      Have you had a chance to read over the Early Access FAQ and the posts on the General Discussion thread? There are many with similar questions and I believe it would be very helpful to take a look when you have a moment.

      To find Challenges on Early Access, please select “Challenges” from the drop down menu and then scroll down to the “browse all challenges” feature and you can filter out to exactly what you’re looking for.

      Thank you!

  • If we have to go back to classic Pogo to see expressions does this mean we lose them cause classic Pogo no doubt will be gone some time in the future. If this is the case what happens to badges and mini items that we have collected?

  • I WOULD LIKE TO SEE EVERYONE WINS BINGO, THOUSAND ISLAND SOLITAIRE, DOMINOES, POPPA ZOPPA, THE GAMES THAT YOU TOOK AWAY FROM US UPDATED AND WE NEED CHAT ON THE SIDE OF PAGE SO THE LEAGUES CAN KEEP HOSTING HERE ON POGO.

  • Please bring back Euchre, my favorite game!!

  • Will we see mini’s anymore? The first thing I do when I go to a game room is check out everyone’s mini’s. Everyone’s so creative. I used to live for the mini mall every Wednesday.

  • I was wondering if you consider offering an additional one r two personal challenges for anyone trying to complete an album before the games disappear. I also have two badges Fruit Fodder (Monkey Gems-2016 album) and Poker Faces (Texas Hold’em-2014) that I was playing when the games were deleted. I had other badges deleted and they were added to my count as they were actively being worked. These are the only badges in their respective albums that I need to complete the year. They show as grayed out in the activate section. Can you please add them to my count? thank you

    • Howdy hi Atilla!

      As personal Challenges have been retired, we are unable to offer those at this time. Thank you for your request, though!
      Regarding the Badges you mentioned,please reach out to EA Help and they will be able to assist you. Thank you!

  • I’m sorry but I do not like the set up of the new pogo. I can’t find anything. Will there be no more mini items? And I did not see a badge for the new year…was there not one offered?? I know a lot of people like the new set up but I wish you could also keep the old set up. Thank-you

  • I agree that we need DOMINOES and TRIVIAL PURSUIT back. And, PLEASE, express to the developers that all the extra animations only slow the games down. Cards don’t need to bounce, dominoes don’t need to wiggle and bounce either. Please, ask them to avoid that temptation on at least some of the solitaire games and dominoes if we get it back.

    • A BIG AGREEMENT ON THE dominoes GAME PLEASE BRING IT BACK

    • here here

    • I agree, chipmunks don’t need to cheer and cards need to wiggle or other nonsense. They are cute, but when there is only so much time left to finish a challenge, cheering and wiggling just takes time that is not necessary.

  • All of the things that I love about the REAL POGO are disappearing, the minis, tokens, premium albums that I spent a fortune on, most of the games that I loved to play with others, the friends that I have made from around the world (many have left already and others will not be returning to club pogo in the future). I know that there has been a lot of hard work on the early access site, along with the games that have been created, but I am just not warming up to it and probably never will because all the things that made POGO the REAL POGO are just not there. It has “lost that loving feeling” as an old song goes…..

    • Hello PrayerAngel711,
      Now I have that song in my head. Although, let’s change up the song to something more upbeat and positive because…. I believe you will enjoy this article quite a bit. Thank you!

      • DITTO ON “lost that loving feeling” Pogo_Llama. LOL. I immediately changed my mini to help. How about this one…Mr. Sand Man Bring Me..One of my fav. Snapshots. You may have to Google it. It was pretty Dreamy…And we all can use a little dreaming with our “wont’s”.
        Believe me when I say You & your helpers may be keeping Pogo from having a mass exit…
        You certainly give a 100% plus to help all of us and in so many ways. Thank you for your service here at Pogo land. Please EA, don’t take Pogo_Llama & team away! GB, Rudi too

      • I agree with you, PrayerAngel. When the “real pogo” disappears, I will too. Most of my favorite games are being retired (like Boggle Bash and the former version of Word Whomp) and the new games leave so much to be desired. It’s just not fun anymore and bordering on boredom.

    • I agree a lot of my friends have already left because we cannot navigate the new pogo and all the hidden objects are so small that we cannot see the I will be quitting soon too

    • I agree. All the games I loved, e.g. Backgammon, Lottso, Pegel…… All my friends are gone. Been with pogo 18 years, gonna cancel my membership before March 2020…..

      Its a shame…..

    • I totally agree with you. This site is nothing like the pogo I knew. Loved the amazing mini shows and the mini mall, so much to pick from now its going like all the games I play,friends I met etc. its like pogo died. So sad.

  • Pogo Team: Thank you very much for the new solitaire games and for keeping/updating Jungle Gin, DCR, Canasta, and Spades to HD.

    Please consider bringing back Pogo Bowl. Take a look at the number of badges purchased for the game. It is very popular. Thousands of people bowl every day in addition to all of the leagues. We need more games that fall into the “sports” category.

    Thank you, Pogo_Llama, for always keeping us in the loop and for listening :)

  • Are you bringing back any slot games to the early access?

    • I’m curious about this too. I love Peggle Slots and really miss Chuzzle Slots.

      Please add some of the coin casino games to the new site.

  • Waiting for euchre to come back is this happening??????????

  • I just played many levels of snowbird solitaire..Fun game! Thank you for adding new games for us. Cannot wait to try solitaire blitz!

  • Please please convert Big City Adventures to HTML 5. I really love this game. I enjoy playing and learning about the different cities. It’s educational and fun! Please bring it back!

  • I hate to see a lot of the old games go. I hope you think about bring bowling back. Us old folks do spend a lot of money over the years.

  • Hi Pogo Llama:

    I want to bring an additional typo to your attention – In Poppit Bingo – Rm 14 the word rainforest is spelled with two “r’s” instead of one.

    Thanks for all you do to keep us updated on all the new games as well as “old favorites” being converted over to HTML. I’m very much looking forward to the future of Pogo.

    • I pointed this typo out to POGO when it first came out.It still hasn’t been corrected.It irritates me so I no longer play that level.

  • Thank you pogo Llama for all you do to keep us updated about this transition. As you have read there are many people asking about pogo bowl , lottso and yahtzee party returning in HD . In yr next blog can you plz post if they will return .The majority of pogo players play these games everyday with friends, we keep score and have fun competing.That is the 1 thing that made pogo special the multiplayer games ! I know you posted in other blogs that they are hard to convert, and we understand that, but even if we only get those 3 multiplayer games in the new pogo you will have most pogo players happy and renewing their memberships. Please i beg you for the thousands of players/teams/leagues that play these games everyday , please just let us know something. Again thank you for yr blogs and all the time and devotion you but into yr blogs , I for one am very grateful and respect your efforts.

    • Thank you for your game suggestions, Mickey. When I have more information on games, I will always post in the blog. Thank you!

  • will pogobowl mono slots and piggies be coming back

  • I am curious to know as to what capacity will I be able to use my mini? Will I be able to access the 6000+ items I am able to access now and will I be able to use it as the avatar of my choice to represent myself on POGO’s site? Part of the enjoyment I get here is the ability to express myself by redressing it to reflect my mood or the weather or a holiday. Thanks for answering… Happy New Year to you.. ‘EARTH’

    • Happy 2020 to you too, Earthmama!
      So many great questions here! I love it. When I have more information, I’ll be sure to let the entire Pogo community know. I totally hear that the Minis are a wonderful way to express oneself. I feel the same.
      Take care and have a great week here on Pogo.

  • I would love to see bingo luau and fortune bingo on the new pogo…any consideration?

  • Pogo_Llama,
    A friend and I was teaching another friend how to play Jungle Gin earlier today and something “dawned” on me. In All the worries about many loosing games, I’m not sure anyone has asked “Are we gonna have the option to ‘watch’ games in Gin, Canasta or Spades with others?”

    Also, I’m one of those asking Pleaseeee give Pogo Bowl serious consideration for ALL the friendships we’ve forged over many years!

    Thank you for All you do Pogo_Llama and putting up with all of us Pogoians! ;)

  • I need my Boggle fix everyday – otherwise I don’t know if I will be able to survive…….

    • Many of us like our Boggle fix. lol Plz, pogo, consider, somehow, bringing it back to the new pogo.

  • I tryed snowbird solitaire out, and before i could play on my dell laptop . it said get the pogo app. after I got the app I was allowed to play? Why did it require me to get the app ?

    • Hello Mommycat11,
      Snowbird Solitaire is available on PC and laptops and most mobile and iPad devices. The actual Pogo app will be retiring in March, but you do not need an app to play the current and future Pogo site. Please let me know if you have further questions. Thank you.

    • Mommycat11

      I went to Early Access and used SEARCH and entered Snowbird Solitaire and it came up on my laptop….

  • Will they be bringing more to the solitaire garden?

  • Thank you for keeping us all updated on things, and I’m glad to see that the PBA got extended a little bit longer so we have time to purchase and complete them. Kudos for the team for working so hard on the new games, I’m getting ready to go play it now!

  • When completing games that fit the whole page there is nothing that I can find to take me back to the classics. I have to close out of Pogo and come back in, and sign in again (what’s this about since I click on Remember me?)

  • Please consider taking Mahjong Escape to the new Pogo—not only is it the best mahjong game–one also gets a mini history lesson too!

    • wagator – I totally agree with you about Mahjong Escape. There must be lots of places to put in the game still?

    • I totally agree about bring Mahjong Escape back, love playing that and challenging myself

  • More kiddie games being introduced I see.
    For goodness sake think of us “oldies” that like to use our brains!

    • I agree the kiddie games they are giving us give us our DOMINOES and then we cant play and chat with friends if you are planning to give us chat back and if not what a waste of time and money

    • Hear, hear!! So sick of seeing all these kid games being introduced! We old folks have the money, and will be getting rid of our cub pogo if the old games are not brought back! Dominos, monopoly, etc. At 40 bucks/head, for us old folks, can you REALLY afford to irritate us all EA?

    • @SilentVulcan210 .. Yes, I agree with you on that!! The new games look they are steered towards a younger crowd. Once again us ‘old-timers’ are being kicked to the side *sigh

    • @ silentVulcan210 I agree when i saw 2 more solitaire games coming out i threw a fit, because 12 is enough already…but I went and tried out the snowbirds anyways, could only play for 5 mins because the big bird on the screen gave me a headache. Too big and too many moving parts going on .

  • If Poppit Party is going to be GOTM for Feb. WHY cant you at least do an additional Costume like a Hearts Costume? So Easy to Design and then Code and Implement for HTML5.

  • Pogo_Llama OMG! Thank you and everyone else soooo very much for the gazillions of re-released m&m badges! Oh wow…what a great surprise! I plan on happily going into a Pogo “gaming coma” for the last 2 precious months these games will be around, which I’m sure will help ease my pain of never playing them again. LOL I still can’t imagine not having my Monopoly World, Peggle, Bejeweled and Everyone Wins Bingo anymore but I need to start practicing, haha. A “goodbye” marathon was what I thought we’d get, BUT pages and pages of re-released challenges was way more than expected and only like 10,000 times better!!! hahahaha Thank you thank you thank you!

  • Why is it that I have to sign in every time now that started two weeks ago never had to do that before.

  • Will the game Risk be added to the new HD games. many people play this game and only this game. It’s a fun and challenging game. Many people play this game only and many friends will be missed if this game isn’t made into the new game format.

  • Hi…I would like to point something out to you…I don not know if anyone else has noticed this but when I play Popit bingo the lady that calls the numbers has a very pleasant voice but she definitely has a problem in saying numbers that end in a 6…the one that is noticed the most is B-6…it definitely sounds like she is saying B sick…there is one number that ends in a 6 that I noticed sounds pretty good but none of the others do…is it me or has other people also noticed this?

  • Bowling has always been one of the most popular games. I play it daily, and many of my friends and I are sad that it hasn’t been listed yet, as a game that will be updated to html5. Please do all you can to help the programmers not forget to update it for us. We will really miss Pogo Bowl if it’s not available to play in the future, and will be thrilled to have it back in html5.

  • Hi so Canasta is coming back

  • getting used to the new site. how do I find the rooms? I like a room with a certain amount of players on poppit bingo. How do I find them? thanks

    • Hello Tnlt99,
      Chat is not currently available on Early Access (except in Scrabble), but it is in development. :)

  • Please bring Monopoly to the new site…

  • i would be ever so happy if you would please bring in some way or form Big City Adventure back. i love this game and i love seeing other counyries and cities and there music. could you put in some kind of pogo game we could buy? or have one on new part Similar to it!!!thank you for listening to me whine lol