Blog Post #79 – June 5, 2018

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Hello Pogoians!

Welcome to the Pogo Insider, Pogoians. I’m so glad you’re here. Thank you for stopping by and reading. How was your weekend? The sun was so powerful and shimmery this weekend and it was so beautiful.  I hope you’ve had a great start to your week and it continues to a fun week for you here in Pogo.

 

We’ve got Pogo Rachael here with the latest Mini Mall preview! Take it away, Rachael!

“We’re releasing some 4th of July themed Minis this Thursday just for you. It’s a little early, we know, but then again – it’s hard not to feel a bit patriotic anytime summer rolls around. If you saw the News Article about this you’ll already know all about it, but we’re making all of the token items in this release and in our releases going forward FREE for you. It kinda makes me want to go dance around with sparklers right this second. I can get away with that, right?”

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.

 

Game Updates

Cookie Connect – New levels are on the way June 20th.

Poppit! Party – I do not yet have an update about your request for new costumes, but I’ve definitely checked in with the team to know that this is a highly-sought-after addition to the game! I will keep you posted on any developments.

Crossword Cove – All unfinished, activated Flash Crossword Cove Badges and all purchased Flash Crossword Cove badges have been awarded.

 

New Games

Stack’em – New H5 version coming the week of June 18th. Click here to read more.

Post Cards From Britain – Coming in June.

A Way With Words – New word game coming this summer.

 

Known Issues

Crossword Cove – Time out when actively playing game is currently being worked on.

Sound – Google Chrome has updated their browser to include a feature where it auto-shuts off sound. Chrome has announced that this is a browser issue and will be working to fix it in an upcoming release. However, until that is released, please click here for a workaround.

Quinn’s Aquarium – The team is aware of some players experiencing a black screen when trying to load the game. They are actively working with the developer to correct this issue. The developers have made some changes to the code for the WebGL compliance, but we do realize some of you are experiencing issues and the developers are looking into these.

Jewel Academy – We have informed the developers of the issue in-game and they have worked on a fix for the current Wednesday Challenge. The fix is now live.

 

Website updates

Pogo recommendations and specifications for your computer – The team has updated the recommended specifications for playing Pogo games smoothly; please click here in order to find out more about these recommendations to help ensure that Pogo games run more smoothly on your computer.

New Pogo Sign-In Experience – New Pogo sign-in experience will be starting to roll out in July and will end in October. Please click here to read more.

Scrabble and Monopoly: Please click here to read more information about Scrabble and Monopoly being removed from Pogo.

Every week I answer a questions from you that are related to Pogo. I receive a large number of questions every week, so I try to focus on common themes or the same question coming from different folks. Please ask your question in the comments section of the blog.

(For technical issues, please go to Pogo’s Help Page.)

 

Q. What’s going to happen with the Mini Mall if tokens go away?
A. The answer is…the Mini Mall items that were priced with tokens will now be FREE! That’s right, there will be no cost at all for token items with our releases going forward. Gem-priced items will still remain the same, however. This will be implemented in Thursday’s release, so you can look forward to seeing new free items in the Mini Mall then.

 

Alrighty folks. It is that time again. Time to get some tea and it’s potentially time to go play Crossword Cove. Have a fantastic week.

Cheers,

Pogo Llama

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206 Comments

  • Hello Again, PLEASE tell me if Pogo plans on changing all games to HD.

    • To understand why we are updating our games to the new HTML 5 technology, I believe it would be best to read this article I wrote and posted back in July of last year. This will explain what is going on with the technology and why Pogo must embrace it. The team is working on transferring over many of the Java and Flash games, but understand each one takes a great deal of time from beginning to end.

  • Special thank you to you and all at pogo for all that you guys do each and every day.Poppit Bingo game of the month next please.

  • I continue to hope that you will find a way to provide bridge. I really miss playing that game and I am pretty sure there are others just like me. Hopefully you will work your magic and find a way forward. Thanks

  • Seventeen years of chasing tokens has turned me into a “Token Monster”. Me want tokens. (think Cookie Monster) I can’t imagine how the new system will dispel the sense of loss I’m already experiencing. Plenty of us Pogoians have already expressed our dissatisfaction but evidently the decision has already been made. Now I’m looking forward to seeing the new system and hope I’m pleasantly surprised. Any “insider” information when the change will occur?

    • Thank you for your positive attitude on the upcoming new awarding system. You can bet I’ll be showing a sneak peek of that just as soon as I am able. Thank you and have a great week!

  • Hi, looking forward to the New games this summer. Also the Mini Mall on Thurs.
    Thanks Pogo

  • Hi, any chance of tumble bees becoming H5?

  • Once again requesting Everyone Wins Bingo, Spades and just more badges for games. Thank you…

  • For several months now I haven’t been able to play java games. I usually use google chrome. I’ve already tried Internet Explorer to no avail. My laptop has been worked on by professionals so I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with it. I’ve used google chrome for a long time and all of the sudden I can’t play the java games. Why ?

    • Hi SoftDreams01,
      You may be having problems loading Java games most browsers no longer support Java. Internet Explorer 11 does support Java, however. Please click here for more information on that.

    • I play them using Mozilla Firefox. I know if you search in the forums, they posted ways around to still play them.

    • I use FoxFire and it works good

  • Hi, I like Jigsaw puzzles. I play them everyday here. When will you give us some new Jigsaw Detective puzzles?

    Thanks!

    • Perhaps in the future! I’ll let you know when and if that happens. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Please please please add more ranks to Word Whomp and Mahjong Safari.

    BTW, Really dislike the new Turbo21 game. Was much more fun to play before it went New School.

  • I hope I am not reading between the lines incorrectly but based on your answer regarding tokens going away and the Mini Mall question, are tokens going away completely from pogo. If so, what will happen to the tokens that I and others have spent YEARS collecting and what will we be able to use them for?

    Thanks and blessings to you and yours.

    • Hi PrayerAngel,
      Happy Wednesday to you. Your token count and token stats will stay, no worries there.

  • Jet Set Solitaire Tournament– Phase III Airport Levels (20)
    I have been playing this (3 stars no credit— 2 stars remove all cards) game and have not received credits. What is the secret to this challenge, how does one get credit. Thanking you in advance.

    • Kaygtn,
      Thank you for asking this question. You must complete 20 airport levels and, to be clear, an airport level is the very last level within a city. It is the level with the image of the airplane. I hope this helps clarify the challenge for you.

  • Pogo LLama, loved the game of the month for June; especially the idea with badges. It was like having a mini Marathonn.

  • After Stack’em becomming HD in a few days can you give us a hint of what other “old” games will be HD in the future? Even if is distant future, I hope you let us know with few months in advance.
    Knowing now that the games are not really converted but completely replaced by the new HD format and because some of us are still trying for that elusive “last rank” in as many games as we can, it would be really nice if you could tell us with lots of time in advance what are the games so we can plan in advance our playing time/schedule in order to have enough time to “rank out” and earn the last rank badges before the games are gone forever.

    • Hi vane jarekjh,
      I will absolutely give you sneak peeks for new and transported games become available. You can count on the Pogo Insider for including those in the future.

  • I was wondering if Pogo could add a counter to Jewel Academy levels along with Cookie Connect? i cant speak for every member, but im sure there are plenty who would love to know just how many times they played level 197 in Jewel Academy and for me 178 in Cookie Connect.
    Jet Set Solitaire has a running counter on those levels so im sure it can be done.
    Also would love to see more levels added to Match n’ Merge i have had 3 stars on all levels and was told i wont get the last badge till new levels are added…. still waiting…
    Other then that love the new games.

  • RE Crossword Cove
    Is there any way we can manually click finish, like before .? I like to see words I missed but as soon as the last letter is in the screen disappears . I try to remember to leave one letter out so I can look back at newly filled in words but sometimes forget . I do like to see the answers to them all. Its a form of learning .

    • Hi Marg,
      I totally hear ya and have relayed this to the team. They are working on a fix for this and it will be implemented in the future. I’ll let you know when I know on a timeframe.

  • It is great that there will be freebie minis!! I always enjoyed the free ones when they came along, however I also liked having something to “spend” my tokens on too!! It’s all good though and I do appreciate the efforts to please many players with the free mini items! Happy Gaming everyone!

  • hi why put a long weekly badge up when there is a marathon with long badges the same time that’s why I couldent get the mothersday mat\rathi\on I dearly wanted as I am a mother too I cant play all day like most people that get them fast just asking thankyou

    • Thank you for your input on this, Cathy. I will relay it to the team.

  • I am working on one of the Jet Set Solitaire badges-the one where you need to get a streak of 11 or more 40 times. I have noticed that if I get more than one 1 streak of 11 (say 2) that it is only giving me credit for one. Is anyone else having that problem? And can you fix it?

    • Hi Comedy,
      I just tired it out and had a 14-streak going and did receive the credit. You are able to go above the 11 streak.

      • I’d like to chime in if I may. I believe ComedyMona ia asking (in essence) if one were to do a 22 card streak (for example) or within the same hand you do one 11 card streak and then another 11 card streak (again in same hand) would we receive credit for 2-11 card streaks?

        Hope I am correct in this and really am interested in the answer. Thanks Pogo_Llama.

        • Thanks for clarifying that question, Katnipaz. Players will receive credit for 1 streak no matter how long it is. So, if a player were to get a 22 card streak, they would receive 1 credit for that.

  • We need some new levels in jet set solitaire. I have long ago completed all levels and now you have made this the June game of the month. It is boring to repeat playing the games. PLEASE give us more levels.

  • Could you please explain why the compatibility scan on Pogo does not seem to recognize Windows 10? It’s been out for over a year. Also, my scan says Java is not recognized or out of date, when in fact it is installed and up-to-date. This is very frustrating to a lot of us. When will Pogo update the compatibility scan?

    • Hi Luck!
      Thanks for pointing out that Windows 10 does not appear in the compatibility scan! I’ve alerted the team and also asked them about the Java scan. The Pogo tech team said Java not being recognized is likely due to the browser you’re using. Would you please reply back and let me know which browser you use? Thanks!

  • THANK YOU POGO for the free mini items cant wait to get them. Also, glad we have many to save our mini snapshots. I can remember back when we had 3 possibly 4 pages to save our snapshots on.
    When will the next mini show contest be? since 4th of July will be here before we know it, maybe that is the next one.

    Have a wonderful week Llama and let Rachel I enjoyed the sneak peak of the outfits in the Sparkling Savings.

    • Hi won,
      You’re welcome and so happy you’re enjoying your snapshots for the Minis.
      There will not be an Amazing Mini show for the 4th of July.
      You have yourself a great week as well. :)

  • der Sound bei Pogo Poppit und Pogo Party geht wieder
    liebe Grüße

    • Hallo Naitschi542,
      Wie gehts?
      Please click here to read more about the sound issues. This is a known issue with Google Chrome right now. Do you ever play on Chrome?

  • I know your all very busy at pogo trying to convert games but the promise of new costumes in Poppit Party has been going on for sometime now. Instead of announcing that there are no updates do you think you could tell us when one will be planned?
    Thank you.

    • Ooooooh, MysteriousMoods, I so wish I had an answer for you. Unfortunately, I do not as I haven’t heard of anything solid yet. I will let you know when and if I hear anything.

  • I Hope Pogo went Way Back in the Mini Mall archives for Thursdays release

  • i love to play my club pogo but ive come accross that some games i cant load like eucher need to have that to come back to club pogo please

    • Hi Sassy,
      You may be having problems loading Eucher as it is a Java based game and most browsers no longer support Java. Internet Explorer 11 does support Java, however. Please click here for more information on that.

  • Why have there been no new Claire Hart Soul Searcher episodes for the past several weeks? It’s very disappointing.

    • Hi Lou,

      Claire Hart Soul Searcher is no longer receiving new content as Claire Hart Secrets in the Shadows is now available. Have you tried out the new Claire Hart?

  • What are the chances of bringing back Daily Puzzles. With the capital of every state? In HD maybe.

  • WOW Im so excited about the free mini items!! Thank you, Thank you! Is there a way to organize my mini “closet” to make it easier to find items? To Rachael: No fireworks here in Iowa, not even sparklers sad to say. So, wave yours for us!

    • Hi Marie,
      Unfortunately there is not a way to organize the Mini closet, but thank you for that suggestion.
      Pogo Rachael and I shall wave some sparklers to Iowa from California! Actually, I’ll be in WI on the 4th, so I’ll wave from there if they are allowed.

  • l would like to see pool to have ranks in the game. l wish you guys would start doing it. l enjoy playing pool very much and some badges too.

    • i like pool also and its actually my favorite game.. but alas its a java game.. not sure what it would be like if pogo decided to switch it up to the new format

  • Hi, on these beautiful Spring days!

    I am now a multi-millionaire, on Poppit! Bingo that is. I’m at rank 103 and level 17.

    • Congratulations, hmp!! That’s awesome and a super beautiful spring day!

  • when is Quinn’s aquarium going to have more levels? It is still under construction.
    Thank you!!!

  • I am so sorry Pogo Llama I scrolled down on Story Quest and found more free episodes. So sorry I love the new ones Thank you very much

  • Really disappointed with the direction of Pogo, lack of information and severe lack of straight forwardness. Please allow me to explain. It has been asked many times about tokens being awarded in the HTML5 Games, and we are told that there are issues in getting the HTML 5 games to award tokens. May I point out: Pogo Sudoku, Poppit Party, Cookie Connect, Phlinx II (to name a few) all award tokens and are HTML 5 games. If tokens are being done away with (which is more than obvious), just say so, explain and move on, no dancing around the issue. In the Q&A the question was asked “What’s going to happen with the Mini Mall if tokens go away?” I noticed no disputing of the statement of “if tokens go away.”

    Please don’t get me wrong, I love Pogo and appreciate the effort put forth, but is truly disheartening to see Pogo losing members because of, at times, what seems to be a lack of interest from “the powers that be” regarding member concerns, doubts, questions and over-all general desires. Again I love Pogo and want to see Pogo regain the influence and over-all popularity it once held. I personally doubt this concern, that I KNOW many Pogo members share through conversations I’ve had, will be addressed much less allowed to be seen, but I do still thank you for your efforts, Llama.

    • Thank you so much for your post, Luv3dbyjc12. I, and the Pogo team, really do care about our members.

      There have been several articles posted about H5 games, tokens, and upcoming changes to Pogo such as the upcoming new sign in experience. Please do feel free to go through previous Pogo Insider Blogs for even more information. It might also help to make sure that you take a look at the Construction Zone section, as I always include as much information I can about upcoming releases, updates, known issues, and Pogo.com website updates. I meet with the Pogo team once a week to check on what the current status is on all-things Pogo so I can give you as much of an inside look as I possibly can.

      If you’re able, please take a look at last week’s blog as it included information on tokens and the Mini Mall. You can find that here.
      Here is the latest article about the upcoming sign-in experience.
      Here is an article I wrote about a year ago regarding Flash and the transfer over of many of our games to HTML 5.

      There is a lot of information out there for you all that can be found in the blog archives. I’m also happy to help answer questions. What else can I do to inform you? Are there other topics you’d like to hear more about? I really do appreciate your feedback and look forward to your questions.

      • I am interested in knowing if it will ever be possible to play our games like Euchre on google chrome.
        I love Pogo and have been a faithful player since I was young but it is discouraging having to jump through so many hoops.

        • Hi Pinkbunny,
          Unfortunately there is not a way to play Euchre on Chrome as that browser no longer support Java. Please click here for more information on that.

          • Yes I understand that, what I am questioning is if the game itself will ever be changed to run without java. I know nothing about the technical things so I can understand if there is no other way the game can be made. Just curious with all the changes if the games themselves will be adjusted to be able to be played without java since it is turning into a thing of the past.

          • Hi pinkbunny,
            Gotcha. Thank you for the clarification. I haven’t heard anything about it coming up but perhaps in the future it would be a possibility.

  • how about more badges for plants and zombies

  • When is the new part of Quinns Aquarium coming, it has been saying soon for sometime now….

    • New content will be released every second Tuesday of the month for Quinn’s. Thank you for playing. So glad you’re enjoying it. :)

    • I love all the Mahjong games….Thanks so much for the New one….Also are they ever going to add more Amazing Adventure episodes? It has been a long, long time, I love those games as well. Please upgrade Amazing Adventures…….Add more episodes PLEASE!!!

      • There’s a new city in Big City Adventures that was just added today. You can check it out here. Thanks!

  • I love the fact that we are getting free mini items. What I would like to see is more categories for our mini closet. I know that it has been broken down into categories but what I would like to see are sub division in some of the categories…especially seasonal. When you have a lot of pages to go through looking for things it would be nice if there could be categories for the holidays – like Christmas, Easter, 4th of July and so on. So maybe in the future this could be a happening…Thanks

  • Hi Pogo Llama,

    Hope you’re having a great week. I just wanted to say I am looking forward to the new game coming this summer called A Way With Words. Is there anytime in the near feature we may get to see a sneak peek of it? Thank you for all the free item’s now in the mini mall! I do have a question though, if all of the mini mall is free, then will token’s be removed at some point?

    Thanks,
    Marilyn

    • I will see what I can do about A Way With Words sneak peek. Thanks for asking.
      Token count will not be removed. Thanks, Brewncorn!

  • Would love to see HD Makeover Madness and new levels in Match & Merge.

  • I am still so very, very disappointed in Crossword Cove – even with the new graphics. I wish you could go back to the other vendor because Crossword Cove was then a real challenge. This new format is beyond boring and disappointing!

    • Hi Fiveyfarm,
      Thank you for your comment. Could you please reply back to the specifics on what you are not liking about Crossword Cove HD? The details will be very helpful in relaying feedback for potential future updates. Thank you.

  • Just a great big “THANK YOU” for the free items in the mini mall!!!

  • Hi everyone. Was wondering if it could be possible to come up with a way we could clean out our mini closets. I have so much and some were game awards and I just don’t use them. Thank you for listening and have a great day.

  • im going through withdrawals… I just finished all the past Wednesday challenges and only have the current ones each week to do. yes I know I could buy badges with gems but I don’t have all that many and most of my favorite games I have ranked out…whats a girl to do???

    • Hmmm great question! Have you ranked out in your favorite Pogo games and earned all of the in-game badges?

  • Dear pogo_Llama, I have completed all my challenges for Stack’em. What I like to know is how you get more then 1 or 2 rank points a game? I’m trying to rank out, but at that rate I would have to play it around the clock till it’s done & then probably wouldn’t accomplish it. I have tried all 3 levels. Thank you.

    • Great question Boopboopfh!
      Play Stack’em on hard and you will receive more points for win. Good luck and have fun. Can’t wait for you to see the NEW Stack’em coming in just a few weeks. It’s soooooooo great looking!

  • Hi Pogo Llama,

    I love the free badges for game of the month! Thank you Pogo. I love my badges!!!

    I have a question on Phlinx II. I used to be able to go to How To Play to check the level I was on and see how far I had to go. I think How to Play still has the Phlinx I levels. Can you add a How to Play for Phlinx II so we can figure out our progress?
    Thanks!

    • Yay! Super happy you’re enjoying the new Game of the Month format. :)
      I’ll forward your suggestion for Phlinx II on to the game team. Thank you!

  • Any chance of bringing fill-it-ins to Pogo? I like them a lot more than regular crosswords. Fill-it-ins are similar but the words are given instead of the clues.

    I already have a tough time with crosswords and crossword cove doesn’t make it any easier as those have been too challenging for me even on the easy level. I used to do crosswords a lot in real life when I was a kid but I didn’t do well as I used a crossword dictionary which didn’t really have all the answers. My mother probably knew a lot of them.

    I enjoyed fill-it-ins a lot more than crosswords as I did better with them.

    • Hi Rangersrnmbr1,
      Thanks for your game suggestion. I’ll relay it over to the team and let them know.
      I started to play Crossword Cove when it was released a few weeks ago and it’s also hard for me on the easy level. Some of the clues stump me so much that I have to ask around or do some research.
      Take care and have a good week here in Pogo.

  • Hiya there Pogo_Llama, I would like to say, after much reading and studying responses, this is what I’ve noticed. We, as people, are naturally creatures of habit, change really isn’t in our vocabulary and not something we particularly relish, yet we always seem face and adapt to said changes and move along our merry way. Some do, some don’t. If my life has taught me anything (especially after losing a good portion of my vision) it is that you cannot let your circumstances dictate your life, one must dictate their own life and boldly face those changing circumstances and overcome… ADAPT. As my favorite saying says “Get right or get left, but get out my way, cause I am continuing on.”

    So, I shall place my trepidation of all these upcoming changes aside and shall eagerly await in anticipation and adapt to said changes. As always, you and the team keep up the great effort. Thank them and thank you Pogo-Llama and have a great week.

    • You have a fantastic attitude about life, Katnipaz. Thank you for sharing this in your comment. I, and the rest of the team here at Pogo, are here for you and the rest of the Pogo community.

  • i would like to see the game Rook its a card game

    • Thanks for the suggestion!

    • Nursemaid137 I second the motion of Rook ! Gosh I have not played that in may moons! Such great childhood memories playing Rook during summer vacations. Ohh gosh that would be swell if Pogo was able to get the right to publish the Rook game. There is also a card game we played way back when called Pitch. It was fun too.

  • Hi,I WAS WONDERING IF THEY ARE GONNA BRING THE ROSE COLOURED GLASSES BACK.IV’E BEEN SEARCHING FOR THEM AS WHEN THEY WHERE AVAILABLE I WAS AWAY.FINGERS CROSSED.