Blog Post #124 – February 11, 2020

 

Hello Pogians,

Thank you for stopping by to read the Pogo Insider! I’ve gathered up the latest Pogo news and developments for you, along with some slight changes to the Insider Question section.

The Pogo team is working diligently on transferring more Flash- and Java-powered Pogo games, and I’m so excited to tell you more. Pogo released three new games — Snowbird Solitaire, Solitaire Blitz, and Jungle Gin HD — in January. Wowza, that’s a lot of games! 

With more games, come more questions. We’re so excited you’re all playing these games, and want to help answer more of your questions. This week, you’ll see a couple gaming questions answered in the Insider Questions section.

But first….Construction Zone!

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 Sweets Box Event began on January 29. How many Challenges have you finished so far?! 
  • Wondering which Challenge Event will be here in March? The Winter Journey Challenge Quest returns!

Game Updates

  • Jet Set Solitaire – New levels and Badges released February 4!
  • Big City Adventure, Undiscovered World, Mahjong Escape and Solitaire Gardens will no longer be producing new episodes and content as the games will be retired on March 10, 2020. For more information, please read here.**Remaining content for Solitaire Gardens and Mahjong Escape has been unlocked. **
  • A Way With Words update is on the way! Expect more Challenges and Badges!

New Early Access Exclusive Games

  • Scheduled for release in 2020: fan-favorite Canasta HD, Spades HD and Dice City Roller HD!
  • Other brand-new games are currently in development and when there is more information, I’ll be sure to share the news with you!

Website updates:

  • Please note that all in-game purchasing for Flash games has been turned off at this time due to their retirement next month. For more information, please click here. 
  • 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.What constitutes a “special pattern” in Solitaire Blitz?
A. Special patterns are 3 of a kind or a JQK royal pattern in the build pile.

Q. In Jungle Gin HD, when one decides to “stand-up,” is the correct action remove you from the game?
A. That is correct, as the new HD multiplayer games does not include the spectator feature at this time. Standing up will return the player to the main menu because it is assumed that the player does not wish to continue to play. 

 

Do you have a HTML5 game how-to-play question? Please comment below and you may see your question be answered in an upcoming Pogo Insider. If you have any Jungle Gin HD questions, please see the Jungle Gin HD FAQ! 

We’re just a few days away from — say it with me now — Valentine’s Day! Big big question for you all here: Given a chance, which Pogo character would you send a Valentine to? I’m having a hard time picking one this year especially with the newly added Pogo characters. I usually go with Boogie Bear as he seems jolly, and I like jolly! But now there’s Bearnard and he seems quite jolly, too.

 

I’ll be sitting down with the Pogo game team soon! If you have a question about the upcoming games of Canasta HD or Spades HD, please let me know. Your question may be a part of an upcoming blog article.

I hope you have a very nice and fun week here on Pogo. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

Always remember, you do matter and I’m here listening to you all.

 

Cheers!

Pogo Llama

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1,143 Comments

  • Why do we have to buy gems for some of the power ups in games? Pogo used to be the only one where I did not have to spend money and buy gems. Now I do – why?

    • Hello,
      Power Ups are available for those who wish to use them. They are always available to those who choose but are not necessary to win any game on Pogo.
      Thank you!

  • I have been trying to get two badges added to my account and you EA help desk can’t do it. The badges appear on my weekly challenge badge pages and are grayed out. I was attempting to complete the badge when the games were discontinued. We were told any weekly badge we were working on would be awarded if the games was discontinued before the week was out. Fruit Fodder from Monkey Gems and poker faces from Texas Hold’em are the only badges I need to complete 2016 and 2014 albums respectively. I fail to see how they can be on my page and your help(less) desk can not add them so I can complete those albums.

    • Hello Atilla,
      Please message me with the confirmation number of the customer support ticket you submitted. Thank you.

  • Losing tokens, minis, friends, chat and all the challenging games is losing everything that made POGO great…and worth the money.

    Why were Java and now Flash games so much better than anything else? The crisp Hidden Objects games and Jigsaw with so many more pieces. Qwerty, Boggle Bash, and so many more. It’s heartbreaking.

    With all the talent of today’s game makers, you’d expect new games that are even better.

    The last great days of POGO are upon us I fear.

    Thanks for listening.

    • Hello ForestCityIA,

      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.

      The even better news is your favorite Java or Flash games and features may not be gone forever. The team and I are here listening and reading your game requests for potential future HD transfer. We 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.

      PS – Please read here on the future of Pogo. You’ll be happy to read about some of the features you enjoy!

  • PLEASE, just give us what we, the players want. I believe a lot of members may leave & I certainly may be one! I have been a member for about 15 years but I am thinking about not renewing. Tokens, badges, minis are things we (I) love about original POGO! Please don’t let us down!

    • Ahunybe,
      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.
      The even better news is your favorite Java or Flash games and features may not be gone forever. The team and I are here listening and reading your game requests for potential future HD transfer. We 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.

  • Hi bk,
    I do love and appreciate your comments so much! They are an excellent source of feedback and I love interacting with you all through these comments. However, I do receive hundreds (yes, hundreds) of comments and I do like to take my time and read each one.
    This means that blog comments do take some time to be approved, however, as it takes a lot of time for me to read through the comments that I receive.

    Please have patience and understand that I will get to the blog comments each week, though not always on the same day that the blog is published as I need to take time to go through all of them, on top of my other work tasks.

    Also of note: I moderate blog comments just as all other blogs moderate comments, from major publications like national news outlets – and Pogo is no different. Moderating comments allows for a safe space where people can share their thoughts without threat of repercussion. Additionally, moderation also ensures content published is of high quality and is helpful in nature. From there, I strive to do my absolute best to represent a balanced perspective (both positive and negative). Repetitive comments (meaning multiple players are posting the same comment), or unhelpful commentary (meaning it’s not actionable and no good can come from it), are not publicly shared. Again, I do read each and every comment that we receive as I go through to moderate them.
    Thank you again for all of your feedback. It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to hear from you, and I really look forward to reading your comments on the blog each and every week.