Blog Post #127 – March 24, 2020

Hello Pogians,

Welcome to the latest edition of the Pogo Insider! 

I took some time to sit down and play Pogo Slots this last week and had a blast! I played a lot of Pogo Slots and climbed up the Bronze level of the first Pogi Constellation. I got a pretty deep sense of accomplishment and it made for some lovely “me” time. How are you all enjoying the new Pogo Slots?!

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.

New Early Access Exclusive Games are on the way!

  • Spades HD will be launched later today!
  • Peggle Blast HD  will join the Pogo library next Tuesday!
  • Also scheduled for release in 2020: fan-favorites Canasta HD and Dice City Roller HD and  Thousand Island Solitaire

Events – April is packed full of fun and adventure here on Pogo! 

  • A new Treasure Chase event starts tomorrow. Get ready to follow a new set of clues to the treasure.
  • Trizzle will get a spring update in April! You remember the scarves for Autumn? What do you think the decoration will be for the Spring?
  • An extra large Badge Marathon begins in April. It’s packed with 20 Challenges to complete, including some for newer HD games! 
  • We’re cooking up another sweet treat for you – an event coming your way at the end of April. We hope you saved room for cupcakes!

Game Updates

  • Jigsaw Treasure Hunter HD – Several updates and fixes were made to the game overnight including:
    • Improved flow for the Drawer feature
    • Improved interaction with hard to move puzzle pieces
    • Full-touch screen support for players using supported devices
    • A larger puzzle preview
    • Additional color schemes for backgrounds
    • Piece finder is now functional when returning to a partially completed puzzle
    • Adventure Mode button now shows after completing the game
    • General improvements and bug fixes were also made to the game. Thank you all who continue to leave feedback on the forums!
  • Anagrams – Look for 80 new challenge levels to play!
  • Jet Set Solitaire – New location of Wroclaw, Poland, plus new levels for other cities will be added in April. 
  • Mahjong Sanctuary – A brand-new animal is coming to the arctic biome, the seal! Get ready to play some new levels to play as you build a home for these majestic beasts.
  • StoryQuest – Episode 145 arrives in the beginning of April.
  • Quinn’s Aquarium – updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Expect new content on April 14!
  • Snowbird Solitaire – The first in-game event begins on April 7!
  • Sweet Tooth Town – The next in-game event begins near the end of April!

Website updates:

  • What’s the new Classic Library tab all about? Click here to find out! Use your Pogo Mini as your Avatar! Click here for the details! 
  • For previously posted Pogo website updates, please read the archived Pogo Insiders.

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.

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.

Q. Where can I leave my feedback about Early Access? I want Pogo to hear my voice
A. We want to hear your voice, too!  As Pogo Early Access evolves, we are continuously seeking constructive feedback. If you’d like to leave your feedback on Early Access, please click right here and you’ll be taken to the survey where you can leave your thoughts about Early Access.

 

Thanks again for taking your time to stop by the Pogo Insider blog!

All the best,

Pogo Llama

 

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283 Comments

  • I HAVE SOME ISSUES WITH THE NEW SPADES GAME, 1ST YOU CAN’T SEE A PERSONS PROFILE, 2ND THERE IS NO LOBBY, 3RD YOUR FRIENDS CAN’T COME INTO YOUR ROOM TO SAY HI LIKE THEY COULD IN THE OLD SPADES, 4TH IF A PERSON IS RUDE OR FROZEN YOU CAN’T BOOT THEM 5TH IF A PERSON IS FROZE THEY HAVE TO GET OUT OF THE GAME BUT WHOSE TO SAY THEY CAN GET BACK IN THE SAME ROOM TO CONTINUE PLAYING,THEY CAN’T, ANOTHER THING,IF YOUR FRIEND HAS SET THE TABLE AND THERE ARE 2 OTHER PLAYERS IN THE ROOM WITH THE BOT THE TABLE YOU ARE ON DOESN’T SHOW UP ON FRIENDS LIST,SO COULD YOU EXPLAIN TO ME HOW DO THEY GET BACK IN,BECAUSE IF YOU ARE PLAYING THEY CAN’T TELL WHERE YOU ARE BECAUSE LIKE i SAID, YOU CAN’T SEE THE PEOPLE,IF THEY LOOK ON THEIR FRIENDS LIST SURE THEY MAY SEE YOU IN SPADES BUT IT DOESN’T SAY WHAT ROOM BECAUSE THERE ARE NO ROOMS, ONE MORE THING, HOW CAN I USE MY MINI INSTEAD OF THE INITIAL IN SPADES?

  • Hi Pogo Llama, I apologize in advance for my lengthy comment. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read, listen, and take note of each player’s feedback.

    I’m participating in the current Treasure Chase Event. The Event page is really cute!! The team responsible for designing the graphics did a fantastic job!! The day and evening light transition is cool. Who doesn’t love watching lightning bugs? Or fireflies depending on where you’re from :) I like the new Pogis reward system. It would be great and very helpful if there was an option for players to view all the rewards associated with all three levels (Bronze, Silver, and Gold) as soon as each Pogi Constellation resets. I feel being able to see all of the rewards at a glance would be more of an incentive for players and myself to want to continue to collect as many Pogis Points as possible. So far, I’ve reached the Silver level.

    Big thanks to you and the team for adding the option to use our Mini as our Avatar. I do wish there was an option to add and remove the Avatar Reward Border (bronze, silver, gold) once earned. I prefer my mini in its original form without the reward border. More importantly, I also want to see my Entire Mini on my profile like it is in Pogo Classic AND be able to use all of the mini items in my closet that I purchased throughout the years as a Club member.

    The Special Challenge Events are fun, but I did not enjoy and did not finish the Winter Challenge because it included Quinn’s Aquarium (QA). A large number of players continue to repeatedly voice their opinion regarding the number of challenges for QA compared to other games. Pogo needs to do a better job when it comes to rotating the current HD games. There are a myriad of HD games that are rarely included in events and challenges. I hope the Treasure Chase Event does not include Quinn’s Aquarium.

    The main reason I and so many players dislike QA is because there is no option to replay random levels WITHOUT FIRST HAVING WON 180 PUZZLES (All 3 parts of the Tropical Tank must be completed). Mahjong Sanctuary is set up much better because there is an option to replay levels after winning the first 25 puzzles. 25 puzzles versus QA 180!!! That is a huge difference. I do realize QA is specifcally designed for players to progress through a storyline, however, I feel requiring the completion of 180 puzzles to access the random puzzles is excessive and unfair especially when every badge challenge for QA requires not just playing a puzzle but having to win every puzzle played to get credit. For example, a badge challenge that requires matching X number of shell tiles or lock and keys should not require winning a puzzle. There should be a way to get credit for the number of tiles and/or shells collected just by playing a puzzle just like other similar mahjong games. With a little tweaking QA would be an enjoyable game. Like many players, I also have unfinished Mix n Match QA badges thus preventing me from being able to close out/complete my albums and earn the Super Secret Badges. I wish there was an option to delete/remove said badges. I also wish there was an option to delete any unwanted gifted badges from Pogo Spike and the Game Of The Month badges so they are not automatically added to albums.

    • Hi Kara245794,

      Thank you for taking the time to write up your comment and present to me your feedback on Quinn’s, Challenges, and Events. I’ll make sure the art team hears your comment on the design of the Treasure Chase Event page. :)

      I will make sure to relay your message to the team! I hope you have a fun week here on Pogo and stay safe and healthy.

  • Can you bring back rooms to select and play in as well as who is playing, bring back chat; also, can you delete the “whistle” in jungle gin, it is monotonous and bring back the original tiki’s GIN voice-take a vote from members regarding these items? Thank you for allowing members to voice their concerns and input. OH, please do not do away with Dominoes, please. Thank you

  • In spades when you host a game and make it private you have to wait till all your players get there, or else they can`t join, Where as before you could play bots till they join. Could you fix that and make it to were you can pass cards like in the old game. And the lobby would be really nice too, And please bring back Texas hold em Poker with 6 seats.

  • is there not going to be chat?

    • Hi Buddy!
      Chat is currently in development. I’ll keep you posted here with updates!

  • I do like the new Pogo Slots…..it took me a little bit to get used to it. I am so happy that we have Pogo to keep up busy during these trying times. I just want to say that I hope everyone stays safe and watch out for our seniors and other family and friends. And a big THANK YOU to all the staff at Pogo who have been keeping us busy with lots of fun.

  • Dear Pogo Llama,

    Hi Hun, I have a question for you hun, when are you all going to bring some classics like Pinocle High Stakes Pool, word Jong, Lost temple Poker, Hearts, Lottso, Euchre, Hog Heaven Slots, Mahjong Escape, Solitaire Gardens, Sweet Tooth 2, Slingo Blast, Big City adventure, Slingo richoet, Spooky Slots, and the rest of the retired games going to the new Pogo website. And also Hun, I have a Lot of Premium badges and Mix and Match Badges still unaccounted for like Mahjong Escape, Solitaire Gardens, philinx, Sweet Tooth 2 and slingo Blast, the question I have for you Hun is will I Still get credit for Badges that were not done before the games retired. You all have a good night and don’t work too hard this weekend.

    Your Friend,

    • Hello Dogply230,

      Thank you for the comment!
      Badges for the retired flash games will be auto-awarded within a few weeks. If you do not receive all of your accounted for badges, please reach out to EA Help and they will be able to assist you. Thank you!

  • Thank your the improvements on Jigsaw Hunter. I still have one problem yet….lol…I have found all the treasures long time ago. When will you please add more treasure levels???? I enjoyed playing the hunt for treasures and you set up the puzzles to play. THANK YOU, peggysue821109

    • Hi PeggySue!
      Great question! I’ll ask Pogo Sean and keep you posted. Thank you so much for your support!

  • I am still waiting on EUCHRE to come back and know many are also … PLEASE work on bringing it back !! Thanks

  • Could someone from pogo please tell us if you guys are or are not going to format pogobowl please and thank you the playing time extension but a solid answer of a yes or no would be the best of all thank you pogo

  • Hi, hope everyone at Pogo is doing well during the current pandemic.

    Overjoyed to hear Thousand Island Solitaire is returning – any chance of Golf Solitaire also making a comeback?

    I have a question about early access – how do I check the requirements for game award badges on early access? Game award badges aren’t solely about ranking up, e.g. Pogp Daily Sudoku has GA badges for using the Freeze power up x-amount of times. Challenge Central doesn’t show GA badges nor is the Game Award book available like it is in Badge Central on the Classic Pogo so where should I look?

    • Hi gunjabaginggoiks,

      So glad you’re excited for Thousand Island Solitaire and thank you for the Golf Solitaire game request!

      Currently, there is not a way to check on requirements for game award badges on Early Access. This is, however, something the team is aware of the demand for.

      Thank you very much for asking and for your feedback!

  • I have cancelled my pogo/ae subscription also a lot of my friends have to you say you listen but you don’t really you only answer positive feed back what about the negative there is so many unhappy players here now days its more like a kindergarten now days very childlike you take our money treat us like adults gone after 20 years very sad

    • Hello mijjim7,

      I am sorry to hear you cancelled your Pogo subscription. You’re an appreciated part of the Pogo Community and it is heartfelt loss to us. However 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. Thank you for being a part of Pogo for the last 20 years.

      • 20 years mean nothing to you where loyalty

        • Hello mijjim7,
          Being a member of Pogo means the world to us. Thank you for being a part of Pogo and for providing us with your feedback and thoughts. I wish you a safe and healthy weekend.

  • If you have a Solitare Gardens in a mix and max album, is there any way to change it for another challenge so you can complete the album.

  • I have made a real effort to adapt to the new POGO. Still struggling. I can play it for a few minutes and it is so busy I have to stop to go back to classic POGO. My daughter said this page is like her 4th grade step son’s school page. I find that troubling. I keep trying by playing a little at a time.

  • Why are my comments taking so long for moderation – this is rather peculiar. Nothing in any of them that violates rules.

    • Hello again RMIJ,

      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.

  • I no longer trust you, Llama, but I still wish you well and hope you’re safe.

    • Hi Rmij,
      I’m sorry to hear that. I also wish you safety and well wishes.

  • I am looking for a way to play unrated games against friends. You can only have 4 humans play at a table otherwise it has to be the robots?

    I posted this in the spades HD forum but no answer.

    • Hi Ranger,

      To answer your question about Spades rated games, please know they are not currently in the game. The team is working on that feature and when this is added to the game, I will let you all know and explain it in detail. Thank you!

  • I would love to see keno back please and bingo luau

  • I am really enjoying the new Pogo Slots, so far I haven’t ran out of tokens, so I can keep playing. I’m at rank 7 now, and I do not feel its taking too long to rank up. Thanks Pogo, another gem you have created. Have a good one everyone, and stay safe and well during these unprecedented times. hugs memy

  • Any chance of getting a Trivia HD game?

  • please reformat spades !! it is horrible !!!

  • I like the New Spades
    it is Faster and easy to set up The Table