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

  • Once we buy several Mix N Match; (1) where are they filed? (2) Once completing Mix N Match do we have to exit game to find additional challanges for the same game? such as Game of the Month chall.
    Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions. Happy New Year.

    • Hello NameIsBobbie,
      You can access your Mix N Matches on both Classic and Early Access. Please understand that to play the Mix N Match Badges on Early Access, they must be HTML5 games and not Flash as Flash is not available on Early Access. 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.

  • Please consider bringing back many more Java game favorites. I liked 20 more of them that have not been converted. Thousand island solitaire, stellar sweeper, hangman hijinks, ride the tide, mini golf madness, shuffle bump all make my top games.

    You say you are working overtime. Are you going to be done converting the games by the end of this year or will it be at least a few more years?

    I am so disappointed about losing premium albums. I liked premiums and I spent some money on them.

  • Hi Llama…hope you are staying warm 8)

    I have a quegestion (question/suggestion) regarding PBA and the expressions

    What is the tech used to make the secret badges and bonus badges for events and marathons move? I ask because like minis I can still see them without Flash (my current favorite badge for example)

    Just an idea but even if they are a little simpler perhaps the team could look into future PBA with these kinds of badges…and maybe even new expressions (I can’t believe the static ones require Flash)….those especially I hope can be reworked because they are a wonderful way to celebrate and support and show love for others…not to mention they are due to end on my B-day

    Quick note something happened to Pogo Classic on the iPad’s Safari…it use to work great but now I can’t get into games or my profile (weird blue screen comes up and everything looks really weird)

  • if I cancel my pogo subscription do I get a refund as this is not the site I joined almost 20 years ago im sad to leave after almost 20 years I wont get a reply here as you only answer positive feed back its sad

    • Hello Mijjim7,

      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.

      The Pogo team and I understand you are upset due to some of your favorite Flash games and features retiring. This decision was made as Java and Flash are being phased out across the Internet. While the retirement date of Flash is stated as end of 2020, please understand that the makers of Flash, Adobe, are retiring features within Flash prior to that. These features may be needed to play Pogo games. The Pogo team is working overtime to transfer over player-favorite Flash and Java games before this happens. This also means they need resources to do so and supporting Java and Flash games are not conducive to that.

      If you’d like more information on canceling your Pogo subscription, you can click here.

      Thank you for being a part of Pogo.

  • It is great seeing new games. I really miss pinochle the way it was played ? HAVE A GOOD NEW YEAR!

  • I will miss our mini’s. Any chance they will come back? Only good part if they don’t come back is I will save A LOT of money on gems. Other games I miss is everybody wins bingo and bogglebash. Thanks

  • we would like to see monoply slots on the new web site, have been playing that game for a long time if you can take other games why cant you move monoply slots there to.

  • hmmmm Poppit! Party is going to be the February GOTM without any new levels or prizes? How are we supposed to play it then? Guess only a certain few will be able to play since, as of this point, I have all the costumes. Such a shame that there will be nothing new added to this awesome game.

  • Llama I asked this question before but never did see an answer so I will try again, if pogo bowl cannot be converted to the new format , then why can’t pogo/ea buy the license for another bowling game , there are others out there . Also one comment on the new pogo experience , don’t like it at all .

  • Please work out an HTML 5 version of pogo bowl. I have many friends here we join in everyday to play together and chit chat with one another and have for well over a decade.

  • 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

  • I noticed to in Early Excess. That you click heart for favorite. But when you go to home page. It will say recent game played. And other. But not one Where Favorites could go. I can get cause I am good with tech. But those that are not. This might help in getting into there favorite game more easier.

  • 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.

  • Why when I pay for all of pogo, am I denied new badges on classic pogo? does not seem very fair!!

    • Hi Greybev,
      I’m sorry to hear you’re experiencing this. 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 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 ???

  • I was wondering if it might be possible for you to tell me that with all the Flash games that are being retired in March, why do you keep releasing new episodes/levels for them, such as Mahjong Escape, Solitaire Gardens and Undiscovered World, etc. just to name a few?

    • Hi DD280,
      Great question!
      Big City Adventure, Undiscovered World, and Solitaire Gardens will no longer be producing new episodes or content, Mahjong Escape’s last update will be Feb 1. Thank you!

  • 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.

  • I don’t think no one is understanding to why pogo is deleting games like yall’s letters have been saying. I wasted money this year renewing my Club membership, pool, checkers, Top down Baseball, all gone. This new improved pogo.. So far the games are terrible. Old timers don’t like change.. I really hope pogo can bring all the games back that they can, because I see this “new and improved” pogo is making players upset and pogo is now in decline mode! Please pogo bring original games back. Sports section is dead! all my games are gone.

    • The Pogo team and I understand you are upset due to some of your favorite Flash games retiring. This decision was made as Java and Flash are being phased out across the Internet. While the retirement date of Flash is stated as end of 2020, please understand that the makers of Flash, Adobe, are retiring features within Flash prior to that. These features may be needed to play Pogo games. The Pogo team is working overtime to transfer over player-favorite Flash and Java games before this happens. This also means they need resources to do so and supporting Java and Flash games are not conducive to that.
      For the full information on the retirement of Flash, please read Adobe’s statement here: !=!#s://theblog.adobe.com/adobe-flash-update/
      The even better news is your favorite Java or Flash games may not be gone forever. The team and I are here listening and reading your game requests for potential future HD transfer. Games like the player favorite, Jungle Gin, which will be released next week. We also have a number of new and transferred games in the works. I will always keep you posted on the Pogo Insider with all game developments.
      Thanks again for reaching out to me about your feelings on the Flash game retirements. I am here and listening to you all.

  • 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!

  • When all the flash and java games are removed, will the Pogo Classic home page be removed also or is it staying along with the new version?

  • Hi Liama, I was wondering is we will be able to still chat with our friends? Also, will we will have our friends list? I’m willing to give new games a try, but honestly I come back a lot to be able to chat with friends I have met here on Pogo. I love changing my mini too with moods, weather and holidays, so please keep them :)

    • Hello Yjtn2,
      Yes, Chat is on the way. Stay tuned to the blog for more information on new and improved features!

  • would love to see SOLITAIRE GARDENS updated to HTML5

  • Do we really need all these mahjongg, HOG, and dominoe games? I’m sure you making a lot money off them, and other new games, since you have the buy power ups to progress. There’s no variety in the Pogo catalog anymore and playing these nearly identical games over and over is very boring. Give us variety and the ability to progress without buying power ups or levels. I also can’t get used to the early access design, but i could live with it if the game experience was better.

  • Will POGO consider offering the EA in an optional list format like the classic does now. I know younger people are used to the sideways “swipe” but I can find games so much easier with a list.Also when I complete a challenge and want to activate another in the same game (like for the marathons) I can’t figure out how to activate a challenge in EA. I always have to exit out and activate a challenge on classic.I appreciate all the hard work POGO is doing converting from flash.It may take some of us a little longer to master this new format.

    • Hello kraptastick82,
      Please know you can play Pogo Early Access on laptop and desktop computers as well as most mobile and tablet devices. Please do not worry about losing the ability to play on your desktop computer. :)
      As of right now, you will have to exit out of the game to activate a new Challenge. However, the team is listening and appreciates all feedback.

      Thank you for being a part of Pogo. We are here for you! :)

  • hi, thanks for your reply but help is no help for me they told me on book worm its a technical issue but offered no help and told me to post it on the forums but the forumn will not allow me to so thaats all i can do , and an alternate badge would be good as i can play other games but not bookorm i cant see the letters on the page to make words because my screen is black on that page so i loose a badge on wenesdays . thanks for teh help

  • Hi, just a concern.
    Are the guest books going to be transferred over the new pogo?
    The reason I ask, is that for some its a way of communicating with those that dont have and wont get a paid membership.
    Thanks..

  • I’ve played all the levels of Mahjong Sanctuary including the reindeer one. I’m working on all the challenges, but it will only let me play #500 over and over. How can I go back and play some earlier puzzles as I’ve gone as far in this game as I can so I can win the badges?

    • Hello WyldPalmetto,

      You can enter prior levels using the level selector. Instead of clicking where it says “500” on the right, enter the level collection area which is the button just to the left of the yellow level selector. It looks like a rewind button. Here, you’ll be able to play any of the levels you’d like.
      Thank you!

  • Why can’t there be a meaningful reward for accomplished games or challenges. Something like a few gems, but still needing to buy gems. This money accumulation is totally useless. You can do absolutely NOTHING with it. I’ve been here for years and love it. Paying yearly dues is just fine. BUT then paying gems you bought to play games, Paying to join and then paying to play. This note will most likely go to the blog, Wish pogo was more enticing to belong. Word word get around. Perhaps more and more members ???

    • Hi Dyda,
      Thank you for your question. I have exciting news for you regarding your question about a meaningful reward for Challenges. Please click here. Thank you!