Blog Post #125 – February 25, 2020

Hello Pogians,

Welcome to another edition of the Pogo Insider! As always, it is great to have you here. I hope you’re excited to see what’s coming up on Pogo. So let’s dive in!

But first, a question! With the Sweets Box event wrapping up tonight at 11:59pm PT, how did you like it? What did you enjoy and what would you like to see us improve in the future?

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

  • Your March Game of the Month on Club Pogo is First Class Solitaire HD
  • The Early Access Exclusive Winter Journey Challenge Quest begins tomorrow and runs through most of March!
  • A 10-game Badge Marathon arrives on Pogo just before the start of spring.
  • A new Badge collection debuts in March, bringing another set of beautifully illustrated Badges to Pogo. What do you think the collection theme will be?!

Game Updates

  • A Way With Words update is on the way, with more Challenges and Badges!
  • New levels for Sweet Tooth Town have just been released!
  • New levels and Badges for Jewel Academy were released today!
  • Hoot! A Snowy Owl was just added to Mahjong Sanctuary!
  • New episodes of Claire Hart: Secret in the Shadows are coming in March!
  • 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

New Early Access Exclusive Games are on the way!

  • The first Early Access Exclusive slots game, Pogo Slots, launches in March.
  • Also scheduled for release in 2020: fan-favorites Canasta HD, Spades HD, and Dice City Roller HD.
  • Stay tuned for news of other games in development. We’ll let you know soon!

Website updates:

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.How do I adjust settings on Jungle Gin HD?
A. I’ve been seeing this question pop up quite a bit. The team who brought you Jungle Gin HD worked on a very helpful FAQ article that tells you everything you need to know, from how to select Oklahoma Gin and set a 500 point game to how to play and chat with friends. I recommend you dive in and give it a read — it’s very helpful!

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.

 

It’s a leap year! Let’s welcome February 29, a date we don’t see very often! Do any of you have a birthday that actually lands on leap day? If so, happy birthday!

Thank you for tuning in for another edition of the Pogo Insider. Have a wonderful week on Pogo! 

Cheers,

-Pogo Llama

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  • I HAVE REPORTED THIS SEVERAL TIMES BUT NO CORRECTION YET. I CANNOT GET SOLITAIRE BLITZ TO LOAD. IT KEEPS SAYING ” STOP SCRIPT” POGO NOT RESPONDING DUE TO LONG RUNNING SCRIPT. I HAVE DONE THE SCAN AND IT SAYS JAVA AND FLASH ARE DISABLED. SURELY YOU CAN FIX THIS IF JAVA AND FLASH ARE NO LONGER NEEDED.
    PLEASE, PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 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!

  • Really have mixed feelings about some of your changes to pogo. Again i don’s see anything in the way of team tournaments coming back under this new system of changes. Abig winner was the team tournaments where we could do a social thing with team members to achieve goals, socialize together on our own team delevoping freindsship If the were tenth thousand member teams , thope how can we be happey about change that do not address this cruciol problem

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  • I have to say I realize pogo is changing but along with many others I do not like the change, too many HOG, solitarire, majhong games and too many games that seem to me to be geared to children etc. I have tried and do not like the new pogo experience much prefer the classic. I understand pogo does not really care about my thoughts even though you will say you do. Well I enjoyed pogo over the last several years but with the changes that they are making it is time to say goodbye pogo.

  • I love majong sanctuary;I have been trying to achieve my goal of two hundred fifty matches, my progress has dissapeared what happened to it

  • Thank you for the recent message regarding the new reward system. Long, and I will have to re-read it several times to understand better. So a big thank you for keeping us updated.

  • The one and only feature that I like about Early Access is that there is NO CHAT!!!!! It is wonderful to not have to wait until there is an empty room to play in to avoid all the stalkers. Please consider an on/off option for chat or the ability to make yourself unseen to other players so that one is not harassed while trying to enjoy their game.
    The Sweets Box event was fun, but you can leave out Quinn’s Aquarium on any future marathon or special event until you can update it to allow you to choose any previously completed level you want to play like Mahjong Escape or Mahjong Sanctuary currently does. It is extremely frustrating to keep quitting and reloading in hopes you get a layout you like. I have ignored some challenges for this game for that very reason.
    Has the team considered reducing the amount of clicking one has to do to find a game and maneuver around in Early Access?
    Thanks and have a great weekend!

  • I don’t chat much myself but I do like to see it available for those who do chat. Being able to see friends we have met online and say hello to them is nice. I have met some nice people on Pogo and chatted often with them and built long friendships. Please bring chat back. Thanks Pogo

  • Hi, when is Monopoly world edition retiring, so we know if we have at least ten days or less to play before you retire the game :(

  • i like tournaments if you no longer goin have them should left it be should ask the players and took votes im not renewing mine when its up tournaments are fun we pay for it all the good games are goin be gone

  • pogo was good how it was bring tournaments back ty

  • I am getting used to the early access. However,I have 2 issues with it. I would really like to see a game list format as opposed to the sideways picture scroll. And many games I play MUCH easier with the smaller format(like Poppit Bingo,my favorite game.The larger screen actually makes it harder for me to see. I do really like the new Crazy Cakes as well. I know everyone is working hard due to the changing technologies and I appreciate your efforts.

  • Yes, I will be cancelling my subscription when EA changes over. Shame, over 10 years of friends, good times, and fun with games that you will be deleting. Amazing that EA can create multi-player games where people can kill each other from 1/2 way around the world, but you can’t figure out how to make a dice cup work. I’ve seen other sites coming up with cribbage, chess, etc, games that you are deleting or have already deleted, so your excuse about flash and java is pretty pathetic.

    It was fun, but no, will not be continuing my membership.

    • Hello boatdrinks207,
      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.
      I appreciate your feedback on Early Access. Thanks again for reaching out. I am here for you!

  • Can you please give us a date for City Dice Rollers return? Thank you.

  • I am having issues with Jewel Academy loading up. It keeps telling me that pogo is not responding.
    Any suggestions?
    Also, not thrilled with all the changes.
    Updating the games is ok, but eliminating the minis and the tokens….that really stinks.
    I honestly don’t think the Pogis sound like any fun at all.

  • hi i;m pling crazy cake its says i win but the stars say at 207 i;m on lev 80 i need 210 but the stars will not move i need 210 ty

  • I have another song that I have adapted: Always and Forever by Luther Vandross:

    Always and Forever
    Each moment with you
    Is just like a dream to me
    That somehow came true, yeah

    And I know tomorrow
    Will never be the same
    ‘Cause we got a life of love
    That is about to change and

    Everyday I loved you in my own special way
    Melting my heart away with chats
    EA take time to tell me you really care
    And we’ll share tomorrow together
    Ooh, classic pogo, I’ll always love you forever

    Ever, ever, ever
    There’ll always be sunshine
    When I play each day
    It’s something I can’t explain
    Just the things that you do
    When you get lonely
    Chat with me and take
    A second to give me
    That magic you make and

    Everyday love me your own special way
    Melt my heart away with our chats
    EA take time to tell me you really care
    And we’ll share tomorrow together
    Classic pogo we’ll love you forever

    Ooh…

    The new reward system is complicated, something that a middle schooler might appreciate and the 60 day time limit just won’t work for me. Return the token system that was much simpler to achieve and keep track of. Return all of the badges that are in our premium albums that were purchased at great expense or at least give us the badges in them and not in black and white either.

    I understand the changes were necessary, however, what we already achieved after playing for over 10 years just isn’t being credited to the new site in a way that is fair and equitable.

    Thanks and blessings.

  • If you were so concerned about many people cancelling their membership then you would have listened to US! we pay to play and should have been allowed to vote or have some kind of choice, but no you took away our favorite games and now taking away chat, tokens, our minis and etc.
    The new games are all childish and bobble headed, we don’t want that!!!!! And it takes forever to open up the game. As for our minis we paid for the gems to buy the accerories, and you taken it away from us after we paid for it, not the right thing to do pogo! I have been a member for many years and spent a lot of money and now without a say, a vote, or anything your taken it away for some foolishness and dumb games, you say it’s because of java flash crap, I don’t believe it and neither does many many other members, and that’s why you’re going to and have lost thousands of members, if you want to keep pogo alive put it back the way it was and allow us that pay to have a voice, and a choice, I’m sure you won’t even allow this on your blog, you only blog the few happy players left.

  • i find snowbird solitaire i s very difficult, rarely gives you the cards that you need if u play a flashing card forget winning as it puts a different one up so you can’t continue run, very stressful depressing game i am 71 . just want games you can actually win and enjoy playing, i never play Quin Aquarium never can win on that game again very difficult stressful game

  • I BEEN A MEMEBER FOR 14 YEARS IT WILL BE 15 YEARS IN JUNE !I really am very upset with Pogo and the NEW POGO so why do we loose our wonderful Pogo and all the really super in games the end of March? Also, EA is taking away all the games I super enjoy. I am seriously considering leaving Pogo as are many of my friends. Surely, with all the talent out there, you can come up with a fix to keep our awesome Pogo that is a constant enjoyment to so many of us …….. PLEASE, PLEASE TRY …… to add back mini mall we all used to enjoy buying clothes for our minis and goodies.. that all pogo meembers are so upset about, and our tokens that we have worked so hard to get them BTW we also like to see
    YATZEE Party and Vaults of Atlantis back, there are some older womam and man that love these 2 games they cant do badges they takes along time to do so these 2 games is right up there ally !!!So think of the old also!! SO PLEASE BRING BACK MINI MALL SO WE CAN BUY ITEMS FOR OUR MINIS, ALONG ITH OTHER ITEMS !!!! after being on pogo almost 15 years
    i know alot of players they all say same thing THERE THINK THERE LEAVING POGO, no one like the changes EA POGO REALLY MESSED UP !!
    HOPE YOU DO BRING BACK WHAT I MEANTION OR TUST ME YOU WILL LOSE ALOT OF YOUR MEMBERS!!! SO FAR I HAVE LOST 50 FRIENDS..ITS VERY SAD!
    have a good day

    • Hello ITalianTease28,
      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. Thank you for commenting on the blog. I appreciate your passion for Pogo.
      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!

  • when I play a game and need something from the store. it says store is close
    why is that I lose my points.

  • Hi Llama,
    I see we can use the Pogis we win for new avatars. So, whats gonna happen to our minis in the new pogo? Are they gonna be there? Yes or No?

  • Dear Pogo Llama,have

    I have a question for you Hun, is there a Chance sometime in the near future you all are going to bring back Pincahole and High Stakes Pool over to the New Pogo also are you all going to Bring Back Solitaire Gardens, Pogo Bowl, Hearts, Euchre, Hog Heaven Slots, Mahjong Escape, and the rest of the retired games over to the New Pogo sometime in the near future. I would have Harvest Mania, Penguin Blocks, Casino Island Blackjack, Lottso, Sock Hop Slots, Lost Temple Poker, and the rest of the retired games come back to the New Pogo sometime in the Near future and I will enjoy the New Challenge System that is coming up on March the 12th, Please take this under Consideration and let me Know anything about the retired games coming back to the New Pogo Pogo Llama

    Your Friend

    • Hi Dogply230,
      I appreciate the game request for Pincahole and High Stakes Pool and will let the team know! We do have many games in the works and I will continue to keep everyone posted here on the blog with updates. Thanks again!

  • No tokens,no renewal

  • Not sure I understand everything yet, but I will when I try it. One question why is Pogo breaking down every week. They broke down last week and now again this week. My friends keep emailing me asking me what is going on.

  • Pogo needs to change their motto from “make friends and play games” to “play with yourself”!

    • Hello MajorStryder!
      Thank you so much for your comment.
      I do have great news for you as Chat is currently in development. We know it is an important feature here on Pogo so the team is working hard on the Early Access version. I’ll keep you posted here with all updates on features that are being worked on for the new Pogo experiences.

      Please read here for more information. Thank you!

  • I will keep commenting until you actually PRINT one. The only players who LOVE your changes are the ones who don’t like CHAT or FRIENDS or TOKENS or MINIs or GAMES WE LOVE! Get real Pogo…you need to wake up and LISTEN to the majority of your players…or you will be sitting on the mountain all alone!

    • Hello again Major!

      I really appreciate your passion for Pogo and your feedback. I do want to address a few of your concerns:

      1. Friends are available. Yay! Please click on the friends icon on the top right of the page. This will take you back to Pogo Classic to access your Friends while the Pogo team works on bringing that feature over to Early Access.
      2. Chat is currently in development. Super yay!!
      3. Minis are here to stay!
      4. I definitely understand you are upset that some of your favorite Flash and Java games are being retired. However, they may not be gone forever. The team and I are here listening and reading your game requests for potential future HD transfer. There are many games currently being worked on.
      5. 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. And also, Pogis are on the way!

      Thank you so much for messaging me about your concerns. Please also know your 4 comments from the 2/11 blog were all published as well. Thanks again for your Pogo passion!

  • I have been trying to load Jungle Gin for 3 days now and it is still not loading. It will load as far as 28 percent and than it stops there and freezes.

    • Hello,
      I am so sorry to hear you’re experiencing this issue. 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!

  • This is the third time i’m writing and I know there are a lot of people out there asking questions but i’m still wondering if and when do you think they will bring back dominoes because if there not going to bring that game back there is no way i’m staying with pogo …. I’ve been play that game for many years and do have a lot of friends on there and everybody is leaving and going over to nidink.com and setting up to play dominoes there so if you want to keep your paying people please try and do something for all of us. Thank you

  • This is not my first go around with POGO. I had an account under different screen name in 2008 – until late 2017 I think it was, came back in November 2019 was gone about 14 months. Was so sorry to see ALL THOSE GAMES WILL BE GONE! Most of the GAMES I played. Undiscovered World,Phlinx,Bejeweled 3,Clue Secrets & Spies,POGO BOWL,POOL,Poppit Sprint,Sweet Tooth 2. Got to have some SPORTS GAMES. With all the TECHNOLOGIE OUT THERE. There has to be away to keep all those games.

  • my husband and I have enjoyed Pogo games for about 14 years,we each have our own computer and our own favorite games. My husband enjoys Trivia and never misses a day.I also enjoy trivia and hidden object games. we also enjoy all the casino games. MOST of your early access games seem to be great games if we were 12 years old. We are not ready to give up yet on Pogo. we will see what developes

    • Hi Gert!
      Thank you, and your husband, for staying the course and believing in Pogo! We have a great future ahead of us. :)

  • want to read all comments and don’t see a button to read more of them.

  • Will there be a mobile Pogo app? I can get the new Pogo on my Galaxy S9 but everything is sooo tiny.

    • Hello V!
      Thank you for being a 15 year member of Club Pogo!!
      You can play Early Access on most mobile devices so please click here for more information. Thank you!

  • I am totally bummed that 75% or more of my favorite games are going away. Games that have been a staple for years and the reason I come here. Why can’t you just convert them over to the new format rather than trashing them. I’m not sure how often I’ll be back since I’ll only have a few games left here that I like to play. I guess I’ll come back for those, but it won’t be the same and there won’t be a reason to come back as often as I usually do. Not sure I’ll renew. I’ll have to wait and see what new games are to be offered in place of the great games you are removing.

    • Hello DenLLew2,
      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. Thank you for commenting on the blog. I appreciate your passion for Pogo.
      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 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 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 was released last week. We also have a number of new and transferred games in the works including Canasta, Spades, and Dice City Roller. 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.

  • i love solitaire blitz but i feel the silver i earn i should be able to hold on to till mi really need to purchase a help like the starfish for example. but every round they take away from it and i didn’t even purchase a help. that’s not right, should be able to build it up and keep it till i reaaly need to use it

  • I don’t like the new HD games on pogo. You can’t talk to your friends and family in the games we use to play and I talked to some of them and they said if all the games go to HD they will no longer be on pogo and I agree with them.

  • get the dang site done!!!! I want to see if its going to be as crappy as I’m thinking it will be.