Blog Post #71 – April 10, 2018


Hello mighty Pogoians,

Welcome to Tuesday, April 10th, in Pogo! What a beautiful week is has been here on Pogo already, and it’s only Tuesday! How’s the weather been in your neck of the woods? It sure has been interesting lately, hasn’t it?

 Crossword Cove is almost here and we want your help naming the friendly Crossword Cove Crab! What do you think the crab looks like to you? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll pass them along to the team and we’ll come back with a list of our favorites and run a poll! Yay!

Here are a few images of the NEW Crossword Cove HD!


Mini Mall Preview

Spring has sprung! Well, as long as you’re not in a place where you’ve been dealing with Nor’Easters! Pogo Rachael has dropped by with a preview of spring looks from this Thursday’s release. She also wanted me to let you know that this Thursday’s Collectible of the Month was a special request from the forums: Cheetahs! You’ll be able to see that Mini this Thursday, too.

Welcome to the newest section in the Pogo Insider. 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.


Game Updates

Jet Set Solitaire – New levels being planned to be released in May.

Poppit! Party – I have relayed your many awesome requests for more costumes in Poppit! Party to the Pogo team. As of right now, however, I do not have an update for you on this request.

CH2 updates going out 4/24– You will be prompted when you go back to the episode selector rather than immediately taking you there and losing progress. Also, if you hit continue during results scene, dialogue text will be fixed. Sound volume adjusted, too.


New Games

Quinn’s Aquarium – New story-based Mahjong game coming in April.

Crossword Cove – New H5 version coming in May.

Stack’em – New H5 version coming in June.

A Way with Words – New word game coming in summer.


Known Issues

Phlinx II – Diamond Badge awarding prematurely and balls dropping much more frequently in Celestial making game play increasingly harder. The Pogo team is aware of this and working on a solution.

Vanishing Trail and Grub Crawl – Visual updates will be added on April 24th.

Friends List – Users will be able to add/remove users that have space in screen name from friends/blocked lists. This was fixed and pushed out in this morning’s release.

Payday FreeCell – Some users were experiencing a “client out of sync” error while playing a game of Payday FreeCell. This was fixed and pushed out in this morning’s release.


Website Updates

New Pogo Sign-In Experience – Facebook Connect has been disconnected as of today, April 10, 2018. It will end on the mobile app in April. See article here for more information. Please note this only affects those who login to Pogo using Facebook at this time.

New header – The Pogo team has redesigned the header for While there aren’t a lot of changes, we did redesign it for easier player navigation. Quick tip: To get back to the homepage, simply click on the image of the house. Here’s a picture to visually help out.


Pogoian Ponder

Last week, with the release of the latest Scrapbook Badge, “Brightest Day,” I received a number of very delightful compliments for artist Tony from you all! Indeed it is a very beautiful badge. I’m curious, which Badges stand out to you and have been your favorite visually? Please share in the comments below.


Spring Badge Sale

There’s a super awesome sale going on right now in Badge Central. Have you had a chance to check it out?  If not, start by read this article here  and then take a browse through the many selections of Badges that are currently on sale.  Have fun because that’s what it’s all about here on Pogo…fun!


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 make Claire Hart 2: Secrets in the Shadows full screen?

A. Did you know that ALL of Pogo’s HTML 5 games can be made into full screen? Yes, it’s true and I’m super happy about it as I know it’s been widely requested. The Pogo art team whipped up directions on how to make your HTML 5 game into full screen. Please click this link here and you’ll see an example from (the new) Claire Hart 2: Secrets in the Shadows.



The sun is shining here today and that makes me so happy. I hope the sun is shining by you, too. And if it’s not, I hope that it will be shining very, very soon. Have a terrific week, everyone. Oh! And please feel free to add your suggestions for the crab’s name for the new Crossword Cove HD in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading the 71st edition of the Pogo Insider!



Pogo Llama


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If you’re having troubles loading or getting into a Pogo game, please go to Pogo’s Help Page. Unfortunately, I am unable to help out with any technical questions via the blog. Thank you!

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  • I love the new homepage, and the new look for Crossword. Also the spring minis have new styles :).

    Since sol. Gardens releases on the 15th, will it be released Sunday or Friday?


  • Love The New Cross Word Cove Crab Theme

    Look Likes The Shores Here On The East Coast


    How do I request new articles or return item for the mini mall.

    Love to see new clowns and circus themes and hopefully an updated ” Mime ”


    • Hi Donna,
      Please leave your request here on the forums. Thank you for asking and happy you’re enjoying the new Crossword Cove preview.

  • I think the crab looks like an Eyvan

  • Good afternoon, Pogo_Llama.

    When Claire Hart Secrets in the Shadows made it’s debut last Wednesday, I couldn’t wait to play it. As soon as I saw it was available I entered the game and played the first episode. I was very disappointed.

    I found the new game to be a big junk pile. I hate HOgs that are junk piles. I find it to be too much visual stimulation. As a result, I don’t enjoy the game.

    I also found the new game tries to encompass more of a room so that the items way at the back are tiny and difficult for me to see. I do use the full screen mode and I have a large monitor set at 1440 x 900 so that games are easy for me to see. In this case, it helps a bit, but not enough for me to want to play the game.

    I never did like HOgs that have the “extra” items to find, such as the golden key in this new game or the items you have to put together to clear it from the item list. Neither do I like the screen in screen where I have to open an item to find an item on my list.

    The new Claire Hart hasn’t made it to my Favourites List and I don’t see it making it there. The old game, Claire Hart Soul Searcher is far superior.

    • Hi SusyQ151,
      Thank you for your thought out and constructive feedback. I have forwarded it on to the team and appreciate the time you took to play the game and let us know your thoughts on it.

  • Pinchy

  • make spooky slot HTML for halloween

  • Crab’s name – Crusty (crab subphylum is Crustacea).

  • One of my favorite badges is the 3 musicians(Picasso) badge. I have a few that I really like. And thank you Pogo Llama for all the news. I follow it every week.

  • love the first pic for the Crossword Cove very nice scene


  • There are a couple of badges that I have always loved. One is the 2007 Christmas Tree Limited Edition Badge, and another is the 2008 Fourth of July Limited Edition Badge. The badge icons are gorgeous. My favorite static badge is actually the red rose from Claire Hart, The First Date episode.

    I was wondering if you have an update on when the Mahjong Escape M&M Badge, the Pachyderm Present, will be available for sale. This is messing with my complete collection :)



    • Hiya MomsBassetHound,
      I’ll have to take a look at those badges, they sound festive and the Clare Hart First Date sounds…sharp and beautiful. Not sure if sharp is the right term here but I’m thinking about the color of the red rose so it seems appropriate.
      The Mahjong Escape M&M Badge for Pachyderm Present. Hmmm. I’ll have to ask the team and see where it’s at. I’ll keep you posted. Thank you, have a good week.

  • The instructions for the full screen works for Claire Hart 2, but it does not work on Grub Crawl or Vanishing Trail.

    • Hello rosienben,

      I hope the following steps help.

      1. click on the icon with the 3 lines located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      2. Click on the icon with the 4-way arrows located in the top right hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      3. To return to your game with a full screen, click the arrow pointing left located on the top left hand corner of the Vanishing Trail game screen. (Photo)

      4. To exit out of full screen, push the ESC button on your keyboard.

      Please let me know if you need more clarification. Thank you.

  • Sebastian

  • Hi Pogo Llama! Thank the team for the awesome job on all. I think a good name for the crab could be Scuttles! Have a super spring and thanks for all the info you provide.

  • my name for the crab is ‘PINCHER’ sincerely, clspinkerton

  • crossword cove crabs name should be Clive. the meaning of the name means lives at the cliffs. it is an English name.

  • Sir Chauncey Crossword III

  • Crossword Cove Crab Names: Pop Eye or Crusty

  • how about crabby appleton

  • The Crossword Cove Crab? Why, that’s Cavindish, of course!

  • Call him Crabby!

  • How about “Claude” for the crab’s name?

  • Sushi for the Crossword Cove Crab. Thank you for the Spring Badge Sale. I was able to pick up some badges I previously did not get. So many badges & not enough time lol!

    • That’s great to hear, MommaMicki! Have a great and fun week tackling those new badges. :)

  • Looks like the crabs all along the Bay of Fundy, so name suggestion: Fundy Crab.

  • I think Charlie would be a great name for the Crab of Crossword Cove. Just struck me as a Charlie as soon as I saw the picture. LOL

  • Hi Po_Llama the spring sale is very nice but I already have all the albums that are listed is there going to be a new pba coming out this month just wondering and will there be any legendary badges this month. TYVM hope you will answer

    • Hiya Connie,
      I just confirmed there will be Legendary Badges in April. The next PBA will be PBA 131 and that will be in May.
      Thanks for asking and have a great week.

  • Crusty Crab ~ Crusty seems appropriate because it’s short for crustacean.

  • I think the Crossword Cove crab should be named “Claude” (clawed). Thanks for all the information.

  • Are we able to change our old pogo user name to a new one?

    • Hi kittybooboo1,
      We are unable to provide changes to usernames at this time. Thank you for asking.




  • Captain Kirby would be a great name for the crab. Or King Kirby the Crab.

  • More Clue; More Letters from Nowhere; More New Amazing Adventures.

    i.e., more games like the above….not like the new Hidden Object games….the old ones are

    much better – especially the graphics.

  • Possibly too silly – how about Crabby?

  • how about Bobby the Baltimore Crab?

  • connie crab

  • Crossword Cove Crab name suggestion : Cruci – it’s short for cruciverbalist, (meaning a creator or lover of crossword puzzles).

  • Hey there, I’d love to know when Pogo will finally change the games offered for the tournaments? Let them know that the ones we play are getting dull, boring and repetitious. I think they could do better. Add Mahjong, stack’em, spades, anything else. Would be nice if they rotated games now and then.
    Thanks for listening.

    • Hello Sweetcream2020,
      Thank you for your request for changing games in Tournaments. At this time, there are not plans to change them out but stay tuned to the Construction Zone are of the blog for updates on all Pogo happenings. Thanks again for commenting.

  • Great names for our cute Crossword Cove crab would be – Clipper or Sandy.

  • I love all the badges for the 50 states. Of course my favorite is the badge for Massachusetts seeing as I live here. I have a question about token payouts. How come some badge token payouts are 600 and others are 2000 or more. Thank you for your help.

    • Hi barryandlinda20,
      Thanks for the question. In most cases, this is due to challenge complexity. I hope this helps answer your question.
      The Massachusetts badge is pretty fun. I like that it’s in Vanishing Trail so I can see all the beautiful State Park landscapes while I play the game. :)

  • The crab should be called “Crab Louie”

  • The Rainbow Swing Badge is a very beautiful badge from Rainy Day Sider Solitaire. Beautiful colors and a rainbow. It is my favorite by far. Even the icon is beautiful. I love to have a pretty icon that somewhat matches what the badge is about. Very excited about the Cheetahs being the new animal of the month. I think the crab should be called “Claws”. Thanks.

  • Really looking forward to the new Crossword Cove Game.
    How about “Webster”? I think that’s a great name for the Crossword Cove Crab.

  • How about Snappy for the name of the crab.

  • Chester the Crossword cove crab

  • My idea of name for Crossword Cove crab.. “Claws” :)

  • Charley the crab

  • First thought that came to me when I saw the crab was “Snapper” or “Snappy”

  • On all of the new updated games when I go to hit full screen or turn off the sound as soon as i hit the back button the game gets small again & the sound & music turn right back on. I am too ill & almost blind to sit here & go through talking to pogo help. Would you please pass this info on for me? Thank you so much for everything you do to make it easier for all of your pogo players!

    • Hi Trbl1026,
      I am very sorry to hear you are having these issues with Pogo. I will pass the information along to the team. When you are clicking on the back arrow, please make sure it is the arrow that is pointing to the left, which is located on the top left hand part of the screen. If you are still experiencing this, please message me back next week. Thank you.

  • I came here to drop a comment about how harder the new dynasty of Phlinx II is and I saw you’re already working on it. Thank you. I hope it’s fixed soon.