Blog Post #87 – September 11, 2018

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Hello Pogoians!

Welcome to another edition of the Pogo Insider. Thank you very much for stopping by and reading. I appreciate all of you.

I am very excited for every Pogo Insider blog, it’s true. This one is no different as we’re taking a Sneak Peek into Poppit! HD and Word Whomp HD with Pogo Clement. Yay!

Howdy! Let’s have a look at Poppit! HD which will be released on September 27. There are 3 different screenshots for you to gaze upon (including Spike with a pretty fine lookin’ cowboy hat!) PLUS one includes a jolly look at the holiday theme that’s coming your way in just a few more months! The Pogo artists really did well with these. I really like them, and the game itself, and am looking forward to Poppit! HD joining the ranks of our HD collection here at Pogo.

 

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.

 

Upcoming events

PogoFest Badge Marathon – Slated for September 22 and this is going to be F U N. Pogofest, Pogofest, Pogofest! What better way to say “hello, fall!”

New type of Badge Challenge coming at the end of September called Magic Marathon. We’ll tell you about it as the date approaches.

Claire Hart 2: Secret in the Shadows Badge Marathon – Slated for October 3. Get ready to dig down deep and investigate with Claire!

October Game of the Month – Solitaire Gardens. Question for you all: which is your favorite Garden in Solitaire Gardens? Please take our poll located on the blog page!

It’s almost time for….Halloween! More on this in the next blog.

 

Game Updates

Cookie Connect: New levels went out today! There are a total of 40 new levels with 13 new Badges. Have a go at it and have fun, too!

Jet Set: New levels landing today!  You will now see new destinations to Los Angeles and Houston and an extended stay in Cusco!

A Way With Words: Brand-new Challenges called Legend Challenges are out now too!

Jewel Academy – New levels slated for October

 

New Games

Word Whomp HD – Coming September 13! (Please note: this release date was pushed back from 9/11 to coincide with the Tournament for the Flash version of Word Whomp). Don’t forget to stop by the Mini Mall today to pick up two free Word Whomp HD Minis! (I did!) 

Poppit! HD – September 27! (As with Word Whomp, we pushed this release another few days later by virtue of the Tournament for the Flash version).

Tumble Bees HD – Slated for October

Lottso Express HD – Slated for October

Tri-Peaks Solitaire HD – Slated for October

Mahjong Safari HD – Slated for December

First Class Solitaire HD – Slated for December

 

Known Issues

H5 games using Safari on mobile/tablets – We’re currently in the process of updating Pogo games so that they’re more fully supported on mobile and tablets, and the functionality of Pogo on mobile/tablets with Safari is part of this; currently, it’s working as intended on Safari as we to adjust games and their mobile functionality.

 

Website updates

Token Updates: As many Pogoians may be aware of at this point, the current token system will be replaced with a new award system. As stated in a May 2018 blog, I, and the rest of the Pogo team, know this is a point of contention with some players. For those of you for whom tokens provide a way to project status and achievement over time, we hear you and we understand your aversion to losing this status.

As such, the Pogo team has started to design a new awarding system that will allow you to engage with Pogo and Challenges in more meaningful ways. We know that it’s truly important for players to see a symbol of their accomplishments here on Pogo as a whole, and the new system is being crafted with this in mind.

As Pogo makes way for the new awarding system, tokens will be removed from the following HD games on September 25:

Poppit! Party
Story Quest
Cookie Connect
Poppit! Bingo
Aces Up! HD
Phlinx II
Pogo™ Sudoku

Please understand that I do not yet have a preview for you about what the new system entails but, I will provide more details at a later time when I am able, as I know the team will be very excited to share that information with you. Tokens in the current Flash and Java games will remain and will not be removed. Thank you for your understanding.

 

September Mini Mall update: Our next scheduled release in the Mini Mall will combine some Fall and Halloween Minis on October 4, 2018! Keep your eyes peeled for those.

We also have a few special Mini items coming your way; a Poppit! Party t-shirt will be out on 9/27 along with a free animated Poppit background, and we have some super-cute Lottso Express HD Minis coming out in October, too! We’ll give you the specific date for the Lottso Minis a little later.

Pogo recommendations and specifications for your computer – The specs have been updated as of August 14, 2018.  These are 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 – The new Pogo sign-in experience has started the process of the second part of the two-step process.  Click here for the latest information and videos explaining three different scenarios a player may encounter.

Chat – An Insider question was answered in the last Pogo Insider regarding chat. To read it, please click here and then scroll down to the Insider Question section.

 

Word Whomp Q&A with Pogo Clement

Pogo Clement is back with us and is answering questions all about the the new Word Whomp HD which will be available on Thursday, September 13!

Pogo Llama: Welcome back, Pogo Clement. Thanks for joining us again and so soon after the launch of Double Deuce Poker HD. You must be one busy Pogo Producer!

Pogo Clement: Yeah! As I mentioned last time, we have a lineup of awesome remakes of our most popular classics coming out, so I’m as busy as a bee! With that said, it’s nice to see you all again!

Pogo Llama: Busy bee, just like Kiki the bee in Tumble Bees! Alrighty, so Word Whomp HD will be live in Pogo in just a few days. (September 13, to be exact). What are some of the new features players can see and what are some features that will stay true to the form?

Pogo Clement: Since this is such a popular game and the gameplay is so simple, we kept almost all features in the HD version. Besides using the mouse, you can still use the keyboard to type the words, make corrections, or shuffle the letters.

Pogo Llama: The dictionary that is in Word Whomp HD, will it be the very same dictionary used in the Flash version or has it been updated?

Pogo Clement: We’ll be using the same dictionary for now, but we’re planning to update the dictionary in the future. Can’t promise any dates but it is very likely to happen. Stay tuned!

Pogo Llama: What is your favorite part of the new Word Whomp HD? (Mine are the new art of Nestor and the new animations).

Pogo Clement: Yeah! The graphics and animations are great. On top of that, I also like the new sound effects which add cuteness to the game.

Pogo Llama: Oh! That’s a great reminder to make sure to keep the sound on when you play Word Whomp. Although the option to turn it off is always there, as well. Is there anything different about the art for the HD version?

Pogo Clement: Yes! The art only gets better. It’s not only that  we revamped the graphics, but we also put efforts in tidying up the layout of the UI so everything is easier to read.

Pogo Llama: The art looks very crisp, clear and smooth. Very nice on the eyes. Well Pogo Clement, our time here is nearing its end as you are such a busy bee and I must let you go forth and create and work on on your next game. Is there anything else you’d like to share with the players about Word Whomp HD?

Pogo Clement: Don’t forget you’ll get different veggies that Nestor is eating as you gain certain Ranks, Club Members! We also prepared badges for those veggies too!

Pogo Llama: Did you just say veggies?! I love veggies! Well now I want to go out and harvest my garden. Thanks for stopping by, again, Pogo Clement. We’ll see you back here again real soon.

 

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.)

Insider Question:

Q. How old will my dragon get in Mahjong Garden? What is the oldest dragon a player has achieved in Mahjong Garden so far?
A. All dragons in Mahjong Garden are immortal and can grow to infinite ages. How fun is that?!

Ok this is a call out to all Mahjong Garden players – What is the age of YOUR dragon? (Answer in the comments below).

 

Do you have any questions for Pogo Terry about Poppit! HD? He’ll be joining me in the Pogo Insider studios for a Q&A session for the next Pogo Insider. Please comment below and your question may be answered by our very own Pogo Producer, Pogo Terry!

Have a wonderful week ahead, folks! Have fun and enjoy Pogo. Always remember, you matter and to please be kind.

Cheers,

Pogo Llama

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341 Comments

  • Hello Llama,
    are you going to have a Autumn Limited Edition Badge this year?

    • Hello CometShower,
      There will be an LEB for October but it will not be Autumn themed.

      • I can’t wait! I hope its creative, last years was okay.. But would love to see an older game for this years HALLOWEEN badge

  • In regards to your new sign-in process…it is noted that you are asking for an e-mail address. Are you referring to my “personal internet e-mail” address? Or, am I actually creating a new POGO e-mail address?

  • My dragon is 1269. I don’t play it as much as I used to. I tend to play Mahjong Escape, Solitaire Gardens, and most of hidden objects. Sad to say, most of the newer games just aren’t much fun as far as I’m concerned.

  • my dragon is 252 years old

  • my dragon is 2049 yrs old

  • I have a question regarding the token replacement plan: With this new plan how will we be able to get things from the mini mall if the tokens are taken away? Right now Flash and Java will still have them but as you move forwards moving more games from Flash and Java, then those games won’t award tokens either. Please let me know. I like looking in the mini mall for all new items (freebies especially).

    • Hi goldenjem2,
      In the Mini Mall – You can get items that used to be “bought” with Tokens for free. Gem items will remain Gem items. No need for Tokens in the Mini Mall at all and you can still get items. I hope this helps.

  • my dragon is 245 years old

  • Hi, Pogo Liama!
    My dragon is a lovely old lady of 1784 and I have enjoyed every game! Thank you so much and love all the HD games.
    Gopher13579

  • trying out the Word Whomp HD……wish we could still submit with the mouse, made the game a bit faster….but other than that it has kewl graphics thank you all for your hard work making the site fun for all of us

    • Hi lyndam307_,
      Thanks for playing Word Whomp HD. I do agree, the graphics are pretty neat.
      Please know that you can actually submit words using your mouse and not just the keyboard. Thank you.

    • graphics are good, but very slow…I have never ran out of time before…you click letters and they don’t come up….oh well…will play regular one as long as I can

    • lyndam307_

      Im playing Word Whomp HD on my laptop using a mouse with Chrome browser, works perfectly.

  • We need more MnM badges and albums that actually have ten badges like we used to have. More, Everyone Wins Bingo and Spades badges please…

  • More levels for Jet Set? The game is totally dead for me. I cannot move forward to even try the new levels. I have 19/21 stars for San Francisco extended stay, and after playing over 400 times, it is evident that it is programmed to force the purchase of power-ups. In the Forum, someone said that they have played just 1 of the sites on this same level over 1000 times.

    I like the game, but just won’t be playing it anymore.

  • I just tried the new Word Whomp HD. This has always been my favorite game, so I was excited to try it. I tried it first on IE – horribly slow! On Chrome however, it played great and kept up with my fast typing. I never cared about tokens, so don’t miss them. My big beef about this game (and other HD games) is that there is no ability to see where you rate with the room re: high scores. Word Whomp is a game of skill (with the exception of players who can’t seem to play any game without a bot), and it was always fun to see my name at the top of the room high score list. Please please please bring back that stat – it adds the level of competition back into these HD games.

    • Hi NancyNC1959,
      Thanks for playing Word Whomp HD and I appreciate your feedback about the high score. I’m letting the team know it has been highly requested. Thanks again for your comment, I do appreciate how you outlined what you liked and did not like about Word Whomp HD.

  • Would you please let us know when the new part of poppit party will be done. I don’t know how to reset it and cannot play it anymore. Please help. I just need an answer and I have asked numerous times. Thank you in advance for answering.

    • Hi Cateyes,
      The Pogo team has not forgotten about Poppit! Party and they are aware of the desire for an update. I shall update you all when I am able. Thank you for asking.

  • I actually have 2 dragons: Excalibur is 550 and Merlin is 383 Keep up the great work, Pogo!

  • Hello Pogo! Curious to know if you guys will be doing a Mahjong Garden update to HD ~ This is one of my favorite games on Pogo. Love to listen to Classical music while I play. Pogo’s looking great! Keep up the good work! Question: I’m a Boxer dog lover ~ any chance you will bring back the other Boxer with the wiggly nubby tail ~ I loved that one. Mine got lost as we had critical illness in our family & had to reinstate my Club Pogo membership. Thanks so much. God Bless you All! <3

    • HI AbsolutelyHappy,
      Thanks for your question. If I have any updates on Mahjong Garden being converted to HD, I will let you all know in the Construction Zone.
      I’m not sure if the boxer will come back but I can put the request in for you. Btw, I love classical music in general. What’s your fav? And I really like your username, it’s very….happy! :)

  • I just came from playing the Word Whomp HD and oh boy! Most people are hating it. I personally don’t think its that bad except when you do type a word in – it is hard to see what words have been typed in. Some say its also too slow. I’m not sure I feel that but I am having a hard time seeing the words I have already typed in. Maybe if someone tweaked it to make those words darker? That, at least, would be a first step. I’m sure you will hear from many people other than myself. I do understand that you all are under a deadline to get as many games transferred over as soon as you can. I don’t understand your game choices on some games when others are more popular such as Lottso…but maybe they will get to that one yet I hope! Anyway, thank you for listening to me!

  • Hi,

    Can you tell us why pogo is not giving us more ranks in dice city rollers? There are no more weekly challenges. For the people who love the game pogo does nothing for us..

    • Hi Sassy,
      Please understand that as Java (and Flash) are being phased out by their developer (not Pogo), less browsers support them. Due to this, we are not going to be adding ranks or hosting challenges on Java games.
      Thank you for asking.

  • I would like to know, since most of the games are going away, will POGO continue with the tournament, or are you discontinuing it? My whole team has decided they will NOT be renewing their membership because they fear the challenge will be removed.

    • Hello Haleigh444,
      Thank you for being such a fan of Pogo Tournaments. What I do know is this: Word Whomp HD, and other Flash-turned-HD games, will not continue to be in the current version of Pogo’s Tournaments. I do not have any further information on Tournaments at this time, but when I do, I’ll let you all know. Thank you for asking.

      • Very disappointed that Word Whomp was removed from the Tournament, several on my team are unhappy about that. Not real wild about the new HD Word Whomp, as a few others have said, the words typed are difficult to read. While the graphics are brighter, the definition for the words is too big and does not stand out from the background as well, just seems too busy when you are trying to concentrate on the words.

  • I have played a few of the HD games and they are not bad. I tried Word Whomp though and didn’t care for it. Too much like Whackdown. Hope the other conversions coming are better than this one. I guess you are trying to do the best you can with what you have and thanks. But as of now I won’t be playing Word Whomp anymore. Guess you will be hearing from others on the pros and cons of this, but thanks anyway.

    • Hello DDJANE,
      Thank you for your comment. Can you please let me know what specifically you find you are not liking about Word Whomp HD? The feedback will be helpful for any future change potentials. Thank you very much.

  • my dragon is 4089 years old

  • Hi Editor:

    I just got home from work and tried the new Word Whomp HD. I have some concerns. It does play much slower than the previous version, and I am running on the most up to date Edge browser. Also, it is my family’s favorite tournament game, we always get gold as a team and it isn’t there? Will it be coming back? Is this going to happen to Poppit later this month? Also, even on full screen it is hard to read. The gophers are not cute, they seem distracting. I understand needing to upgrade due to Flash and Java changes, however, I feel this upgrade is a downgrade from a very popular game. I assume you will be hearing from many other players. I hope that these concerns can be addressed so that everyone that has enjoyed Word Whomp for years, can continue to do so.

    Thanks,

    VicandVal

    • Hi VicandVal,
      Thank you so much for playing Word Whomp HD and letting me know your concerns.
      As of right now, there is an actual issue with the Edge browser and Word Whomp HD so please use Firefox or Chrome until that has been resolved. You can keep track of the status on this issue by clicking here.

      Word Whomp HD, and other Flash-turned-HD games, will not continue to be in the current version of Pogo’s Tournaments. I do not have any further information on Tournaments at this time, but when I do, I’ll let you all know.

      Thank you for your questions and concerns. I hope you have a good weekend.

  • I REALLY DONOT KNOW HOW TO GET MY QUESTIONS ANSWERED I AM ELDERLY AND NOT REALLY COMPUTER LITTERIT PERSAY,NOW YOU ALREADY KNOW I AM REALLY UNHAPPY ABOUT LOOSING MY TOKENS, BUT HEAR IS MY QUESTION HOW DO I GET RID OF BADGES FOR GAMES I DONOT PLAY?!!!!
    HERE ARE A LIST OF GAMES TAKING UP SPACE IN MY BADGE CLOSET THAT I DONOT PLAY!!!

    SOLITAIRE GARDENS HATE THE GAME
    CANASTA?? WHO KNOWS HOW TO PLAY NOT ME
    SUDOKU DONOT LIKE GAME BUT I DID PURCHASE STATE BUNDLE, STILL STUCK WITH BADGES THAT YOU HAVE SENT ME THEY GOTTA GO
    SPADES YUKKK!!!
    JUNGLE GIN YUK!!!!
    HOG HEAVEN SLOTS YET ANOTHER YUK!!!
    DOUBLE DUCE POKER I DONOT PLAY POKER
    MAJONG ESCAPE NOT REALLY MY CUP OF TEA

    SO YOU SEE I AM CLUTTERED WITH ALOT OF BADGES FOR GAMES I DONOT PLAY WE NEED AN OPTION TO EXCEPT OR DECLINE BADGES AND GIFTS WE DONOT WANT, SINCE YOU WANT TO UPDATE????? HERE IS ANOTHER UPDATE YOU NEED TO DO

    • Hi PAQIGE888,
      I absolutely hear what you’re saying about wanting a way to organize your badges in a better way. And….good news here, the team is aware of this and as we work to update Pogo in the future, this will be kept in mind. Have a really great week, Paige.

  • The new Word Whomp HD is , way to slow for me. It’s hard to finish a game, it’s so slow, but I will be able to get the badges I am hoping. Btw thanks so much for the free badge and Word Whomp badges :)

  • Hello !! I have been a Club Member for quite sometime now and I do enjoy the Games, working on the Challenges and of course hanging out with Friends I have made along the way. There is one question I’d like to ask though. There is a member who has a very Disrespectful Profile naming many Screen Names, mine included naming each and all of us ” Hens “. This Member has been reported to Pogo via Live Chat, via the Pogo Editor, and still nothing has been done. My Question is can members add whatever they would like to our Profile and yet even if it is disrespectful it is still allowed? Just a curious question I feel is reasonable and would like an Answer from the Pogo Team. Thank You and have a Blessed Day !!

    • Hi EaglesFlyRG,
      Thank you for your report.
      Please know that reporting abusing and harassing players does work. We have a team of dedicated agents that respond to these reports. If you click here, you can read all the different ways to report abuse in Pogo based upon the location of where the abuse is happening. Thank you for reporting the abuse.

  • My dragon is about 650 but another lady that plays in my room is over 17,000 and I’ve seen another over 22,000 ;)

  • Now that Word Whomp has been updated,it has been removed from the tournament games list. Will it be replaced by another game?

  • I love the new HTML Word Whomp. Please thank the artist and IT folks………

    Would love to see Dice City Rollers and Thousand Island Solitaire in HTML.

    Have a good week

  • Pogo Llama, I have a question. In solitaire Gardens, can they look to release the new garden levels twice a month? As I know that most of us are done the levels a few days after they come out,it is such a long wait that I am starting to lose interest in the game. Please help, if you can. Thank you and I just love this blog!!!!

    • Hiya Donna,
      Thank you for the suggestion and for your enjoyment of playing Solitaire Gardens that you’d like a content update twice a month – that’s so awesome! Unfortunately, I do not believe Jolly Bear will be able to fulfill such a request as this time but knowing there are fans out there like you sure makes us all happy.

  • Is there a reason the HD games jump and shake so much? It gives me a headache. I wonder if anyone else is bothered by that? It sure would be nice if they could add a setting to control the amount of motion for each game.

  • My dragon is 1255 ages old.

  • hi my dragon is 853 yrs old