Blog Post #81 – June 19 , 2018

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Hello Pogoians,

Happy *almost* first day of summer, which officially begins on Thursday, June 21. How many of you out there love summer? What’s your favorite part of summer?

 Pogo Rachael is here with this week’s sneak peek and it’s for Claire Hart 2: Secrets in the Shadows.

“It’s a little early, but I couldn’t contain my excitement and had to give you a preview of two upcoming characters in Claire Hart 2! We have a special free episode coming your way in July, and it’ll mark the first time that we see Will and Lavender’s twins, Sapphire and Lilac. Here’s a little advance look at how they’ll appear in the game. I had a lot of fun writing this episode; it’s all about a trip to the zoo to check out some of my favorite critters: lemurs!”

We’re super excited, too, Pogo Rachael! Thanks for giving us this awesome sneak peak!

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 here today! Click here to play now.

Jet Set – New levels coming this summer.

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.

 

New Games

Stack’em – New H5 version available  now!

Post Cards From Britain – available tomorrow, June 20th! Be sure to check out the free Postcards from Britain Minis now available in the Mini Mall for you to enjoy.

A Way With Words – This will be released on Thursday, June 21st.

Just a heads up about new games – The Pogo team is working on new games at this very moment! However, we’re also doubling down our focus to make sure the new sign in experience is great and to make sure that you get all the help you need. As such, while we are still actively working on games, there will likely not be any new game releases until after October. This is subject to change but I did want to give you all a heads up about it as this section will remain empty for a bit. We WILL continue to update games and fix known issues (which will still be covered in the other Construction Zone sections).

 

Known Issues

Mother’s Day Completion Badge – A fix went live today for the issue in which some players were experiencing a pop-up for the Mother’s Day Completion Badge.

Mahjong Garden – The yellow “Replay” button was missing. It has now returned. Yay!

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

CLUE – The team is aware of an issue in which some players who purchase episodes are still seeing a newly purchased episode appear as not-yet-purchased. Although the Pogo team is working to fix this, in the interim, some players have found that clearing their cache is working to solve this issue.

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 has rolled out a fix so if you are experiencing this, please update Google Chrome. If that does not work, please click here for a workaround.

 

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 about the latest on this. Click here for an FAQ.

Chat – (No new update). We’re reviewing new chat solutions. I thank you for your feedback in the blogs on your Pogo chat experience. I’ve collected the feedback and alerted the Pogo team.

 

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 was the winner of the Poll you ran last week?!
A. Word Whomp! Thanks for all who voted. And guess what?! I may have some updates for you on that in the very near future.

 

A reminder there will not be a Pogo Insider post next Tuesday, June 26. The next, new, Pogo Insider will be released on Tuesday, July 3, at 11am PT. However, the comments will not be turned on that week as I will be visiting my family in Wisconsin that week so will be unable to answer comments.

Have a fantastic and fun week here in Pogo. I look forward to your comments this week. Remember, YOU matter!

 

Cheers,

Pogo Llama

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NOTE: Comments may take some time to be approved. Those which are off-topic or counterproductive to fostering a positive environment will not be posted. Thanks for reading the Pogo Insider!

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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281 Comments

  • I really enjoy Postcards From Britain! It makes up for not having new episodes to Vanishing Trails. Have a great vacation!

  • okay. where oh where do I start? postcards from Britain — although I had my doubts, a screaming grand slam home run out of the park — nicely done. stack’em — aside from the very poorly/unartistic design of the ranks badges an over all fun game, i’d say this was a stand-up triple. a way with words — my my my, um. ok it is kind of interesting and I can foresee the challenge to it, but unappealing graphicly and i personally have no sound (all my other games have sound, just not this one, nope no sound). I was expecting a lot more from this game than I even did with Stack’em. I won’t give it a struck out swinging, but it barely beat the throw to first base. I will still give the game a chance. aside from that, the mini release was beyond great and enjoyable. ty

    • Howdy hi Luv3dbyjc12,
      Well this makes me almost very happy! (Is that a thing – almost very happy?) I’d love to say we were 3/3 in your eyes this week, but hopefully we can get there. :)
      Oh! I hadn’t mentioned this earlier, but there is actually no sound for A Way With Words. It was designed that way by the developer. Thanks for giving it a chance and enjoy your week.

  • LLama, I got a question for you all at pogo. Are you stopping the collectible of the month in the mini section? No new one was ever issued for June and month is about over. The last one was May. If you are, please reconsider, I enjoy those immensely as I try to pick up the limited ones to which you have time to time, Thanks for the free minis. Since we don’t use tokens in the mini mall for the new items that are deluxe/limited that are not premium, what good are the tokens? are tokens going to go away or do you guys have other plans for them? Susan

    • Hiya Susan,
      I asked Pogo Rachael about Collectible of the Month and this is from her, “With Pet of the Month; we are looking at re-doing this a little bit and instead just having unique pet items shown off in other ways; I’m thinking about perhaps Limited Edition Items instead, but we’re examining this a bit. I’ll have the ad changed out, but we don’t have a Pet of the Month slated for a June or July release.”

      Of course, I shall keep you posted here on any developments. You have a fantastic week here in Pogo.

  • The last Collectible of the Month (Memorial Day Picnic) was released on May 10 and available through June 8th. It shows “sold out” on the Collectible of the Month page and a new Collectible of the Month has not been released since this one ended.
    See this page: http://www.pogo.com/avatar/edit.do?potm=1&intcmp=fp_com_minimall
    I was wondering when a new Collectible of the Month will be available.

    • Hi Zippy,
      I asked Pogo Rachael about Collectible of the Month and this is from her, “With Pet of the Month; we are looking at re-doing this a little bit and instead just having unique pet items shown off in other ways; I’m thinking about perhaps Limited Edition Items instead, but we’re examining this a bit. I’ll have the ad changed out, but we don’t have a Pet of the Month slated for a June or July release.”

      Of course, I shall keep you posted here on any developments. You have a fantastic week here in Pogo.

  • Hi !
    Would it be possible to bring back Humpty Dumpty ? He’s under costumes and some friends of mine would like to get him, thank you !

  • Hi Pogo_LLama,
    I am so excited to see that Word Whomp won the poll!YAY!

    Are all the HTML5 games going to be hidden object games, or some variation of Solitaire Gardens and Jet Set Solitaire, or some sort of matching object games? We really need more of a variety—its getting a tad monotonous. Are there any plans to re-create some of the fun java games such as Dice City Rollers, Hearts, Spades, Penguin Blocks, Pogo Bowl, Boggle Bash, Shuffle Bump, Yahtzee……I realize that there won’t be new games until after October, but at least theres hope for the future.

    • Hiya Spurt,
      Sooooo many different styles of games are in the works. Thank you for asking and you can rest assure there are different genres coming up. Enjoy your weekend!

      • Hi Pogo_Llama.

        Please, please do not update Word Whomp to HD or in any other way until we can complete all of the game award badges (and other badges) associated with this game. I have “ranked out” in the game twice when additional levels were added. To rank out for the third time I need the opportunity to get from rank 76 of 80 at this point. Please provide plenty of advanced notice, and I beg you to make that advance notice very visible on the home page.

        I do agree that this game needs some real attention. It does not award tokens properly after a few games, and it does not correctly tally one’s rank progress either. These two issues have occurred for years.

        In the meantime, I will continue to play each day; reload when the game tokens and progress are not accurately awarded; and play some more.

        Thank you for listening.

  • Oh my gosh, I just have to tell you how much I am LOVING the new game, A Way With Words! When I first started it, I thought it was going to be too simplistic (“just place one letter at a time? Puh-leeze!”) but I soon realized just how much thought and strategy go into playing. It’s deceptively clever, and I’m totally addicted to it now. I just started playing it last night and I’m already up to Level 30 on the challenges. Whoever came up with this game definitely hit a home run! One of the best and most original games y’all have come out with in a while!

    • Thank you for letting me know how much you’re enjoying A Way With Words! I’ll forward this on to the team here in Pogo and to the developer. Have a great great week!

  • GA, I really like the new game: A way with words. I finished all 40 levels in a few hours and
    didnt use any power ups. I played the challenge mode, which I liked the best. Now Im ready for
    the next set of challenges which I hope are out soon similar to Quinns which is out on the
    first Tuesdays. Also thanks for not having the timed M. Escape for the last marathon. I do
    not like the timed challenges at all and do not pursue the badges for them. Any of the
    marathons they were in I was unable to complete. I am prone to migraines so thats why I avoid them. If I have to do one at a time its not too bad but not 20 for a badge. I dont mind the
    Quinns challenge round because its not timed. And it has a nice theme story. HAG Weekend.

    • Hiya Kayaker!

      Wow you are A Way with Words ROCKSTAR! Thank you for letting me know you went through all 40 levels already and enjoyed it so much. That’s so great and I’ll let the team know.
      As for Quinn’s, just a heads up, the new content comes every SECOND Tuesday, not every first. Just want to make sure you know so you’re not expecting anything on the first Tuesday in July as it’ll be there the second Tuesday.

      Have a great week!

  • Everything about the Stack em game is great, except the animal cubes stop often and won’t let me move them…I use undo and change games back and forth before playing like from easy to medium, it won’t hardly play on easy at all. Anyways of the three badges, I have gotten two doing this. Of course I hope they get it fixed, I have talked to tech support twice. Received a email for info but I told them before, the security code is messed up again and I can’t get one emailed to get into my account…As for tokens I could care less, I have used them to gift and for slot games and that is all. Also I don’t care about other people’s stats, I never have. I come to play a game and the badges offered. I like this game much better then the other one, like the colors…It loads slow, plays fast, just keeps stopping the animal cubes from moving and won’t let me play hardly any on easy, but medium is okay…. :D I need to add I have tried three browsers and went over a check of my pc with a tech and it isn’t my fault :lol: I posted this in the forum and am posting it here so someone in tech might know the answer to part of their questions, three browsers I have tried…Also I can’t send a file, can’t get into my EA account…Thank you…

  • Hiya there Pogo_Llama…

    Quick question here that’s been mothering me for a while. Why are we unable to GIFT Claire Hart 2, Story Quest, Grub Crawl, Postacards from Britain, Vanishing Trails (and maybe others) episodes as we can in CLUE and various others? Thanks for any insight regarding this.

    • Hiya katnipaz,
      This is actually a technical issue that Pogo is aware of and working to make happen in the future as we know players would love to see this happen.
      Thank you for asking.

      • Thank you for that clarification, have a great week and an upcoming vacation :)

  • lamma, after taking a look deeper into a way with words I think my initial reaction was maybe a little premature. it is a very cleverly designed game and takes strategy to a new level and i am finding it to actually be quite fun. I still stand by my comment about the graphics lacking and I miss sound to a point but will upgrade my ‘score’ of it to a job well done, so that makes it a 3/3 for the last 3 games released. will pogo ever release again a badge with an animated chat icon of an American flag?

    • Well that is quite a great thing to hear, luv3. I appreciate your follow-up comment and am very happy to hear last week was a 3/3 for you.
      Question: Do you happen to know what game/badge the animated American flag was for?

      • off hand no I do not, all I know is from time to time i see a chat icon in chat with a waving American flag and is normally associated with a limited edition independence day/july 4th badge or challenge. I think it is nice and would make many-a-patriot smile with glee to see one available again.

        • Thanks, Luv3. I will see what investigative work I can do. Thanks!

          • This piqued my interest and did some checking:

            2008 – 4th of July Limited Edition – Bingo Luau
            2013 – Memorial Day Limited Edition – Hog Heaven Slots
            2014 – 4th of July Limited Edition – Aces Up
            2015 – Independence Day Limited Edition – Bingo Luau

            This is what I’ve been able to piece together, there might be more.

  • Hi, what I would like to know is if there are going to be any more games that don’t make you overthink transferred to the site. Games that make me overthink go way to hard on my brain and go too hard on my disability.

    • Thank you for your suggestion, Rangersrnmbr1. Which games do you currently enjoy playing that work well for you and your disability?

      • Hangman hijinx, Pogo bowl, some solitaire games like thousand island, perfect pair, other solitaire games. Shuffle bump, squelchies. They are all games that do not make you use your brain much.

        There are others too. I guess you don’t have any updates on those games right now but if you do would you let me know please?

        • I will let you, and all other Pogoians, know of updates to these and all other games if they become available. Thank you!

          • Hi, may I ask you this question? I am still figuring out how to post a screenshot in the forums.

            Now I know how to take a regular screenshot. I actually have screen hunter on my computer to take screen shots. But I do not know how to Post them in forums.

            I checked the link in the forums that has been posted about how to take a screenshots. What it comes to is that photobucket costs money and it costs a lot.

            Does Pogo support Imgur or tinyPic? Those are free image hosting sites as far as I just checked. There’s also no registration required for those.

          • Hiya Ranger,
            Please click here for a how-to on screenshots. I hope this helps!

  • I just saw the update! Yay!!!!!! I’m glad to hear that Scrabble and Monopoly are staying!!! Thanks for looking into it, Pogo_Llama!

  • hey pogo llama….I don’t know how pogo did it. but THANK YOU for scrabble and monopoly not going away…how did you make it happen….my evenings will be filled with those 2 games every night…thanks again