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How to Play Oregon Trail: American Settler Game

Updated on December 24, 2012

Oregon Trail: American Settler is a fun, highly addictive app. The game is fairly new and there are few directions built into the game. Oregon Trail: American Settler is all about surviving and, hopefully, thriving in a new town. You will build the town from the ground up. There are opportunities to gain citizens, land, houses, buildings, animals and more through your actions.

The game can be played for free, which is how I play, but the pace is slower. Should you want to speed up the game, you have to pay for the privilege.


How to collect rent

Tap your finger on any building that has a yellow coin with a red dollar sign over it. Your person will go to that building and collect rent. A coin, badge, and a smiley face will appear. Touch each item so that they will go into your resources at the top of the screen. As you click on each item, it will tell you the amount you earned. For instance, when I click on a moderate house, I earn 105 coins, 1 badge (or XP), and 3 morale (smiley faces). The amount you collect can depend on your location. If the area surrounding the building has decoration by it, this will increase the rent. The more decorations around the building, the more rent.


How to build a building

To build a building, touch the brown bag in the right corner of your screen. The brown bag will open revealing several icons. Touch the yellow basket with corn and a carrot in it. This will bring you to the area where you can make purchases. There are tabs at the top of this screen showing you the different types of items you can purchase. Should you want to build a workshop you would touch the little wooden building with the blue and white awning and the coin sitting on the awning. This will bring you to buildings that you can purchase. The third building on the left is the workshop. It can be purchased for $1200 coins. Building a workshop will allow you to make supplies that you will need like mallets, paper, guns, fire, worms, buckets, cloths, horseshoes, bricks, and hand drills. To purchase the workshop touch the workshop. It will then show the workshop on the left hand side and tell you how much it costs (or what it takes to build it). The workshop costs 1200 coins and 20 in lumber. It also takes 5 people to build it. The effect is that it produces items. To purchase the item, touch the workshop again. It will bring you to your main screen and show the workshop on a red or green pad. Drag the workshop to the area you would like it to sit. If you have selected an area that works, the pad will be green. If the area is not available the pad will be red. Continue dragging the house until the pad turns green. Touch the green check mark to accept placement. If you decide not to purchase the workshop after all, touch the red x to cancel the purchase. Once placed, your person will immediately go to the location and start building. However, it won’t be finished with one energy. Once your person stops building, touch the location again to continue building. It will take three energy to build the workshop.



What houses are best

I created the below table to figure out what houses would yield the most rent at the lowest cost. I created a table that included the cost of each house, how much rent that house would yield, how many minutes it took to collect rent, the cost of rent compared to the cost to build the house, and the rent per minute. As you can see from the below table, the shanty actually yields the most rent in the shortest amount of time and they are the cheapest to build. However, to get this effect you would have to continually collect rent from the shany's every minute. If you do not collect the rent does not accumulate. If you step away for 24 hours and come back you will only have collected $22 in rent from one shanty.

Housing Calculation

House
Cost
Rent
Minutes
Cost per Rent
Rent Per Minute
Shanty
400
22
1
18.18
22
Small House
780
42
3
18.57
14
Moderate House
1,500
88
10
17.05
8.8
Log Cabin
2,000
140
20
14.29
7
Cabin
2,500
155
25
16.13
6.2
Large House
4,000
290
180
13.79
1.61
Hideout Shack
9,900
1,550
1,740
6.39
0.89
Teepee
1,600
90
10
17.78
9
Barracks
3,900
280
120
13.93
2.33
Hideout House
5,500
475
480
11.58
0.99
Luxury House
9,100
1,200
1,200
7.58
1
Fort
5,200
425
420
12.24
1.01
Farm House
6,500
600
720
10.83
0.83
Grand House
50,000
1,700
2,880
29.41
0.59
Big Log Cabin
55,000
2,000
2,880
27.5
0.69
Chalet
65,000
2,500
2,160
26
1.16
Family House
105,000
1,800
2,160
58.33
0.83
Mayoral Mansion
120,000
2,400
2,880
50
0.83
Tree House
150,000
1,800
1,440
83.33
1.25

How to make supplies

To make supplies, you must have a workshop. Should you wish to make supplies, touch an available workshop. A screen will pop up showing the supplies that can be made. Click on a supply once to see what it takes to make the supply. The left side of the screen will show the item, the cost, and how long it takes to produce that item. If you want to make worms to use for fishing, touch the worm once. The worm will then show up on the left hand side of the screen with the cost below it. It takes 50 coins and 25 food to make a worm. It will also be 30 minutes before that worm is ready. To start making the worm, click the worm a second time. The workshop will begin making the worm. That workshop will not be available for use for 30 minutes while your worm is being made. To see how much time is left before your worm is ready, simply touch that workshop again. The timer will pop up. Should you wish to speed up the process you can select cash sign below the timer. If I wanted to spend 3 dollars, my worm would be ready immediately.


How to fish

Before you fish you will have to make some worms. Then, touch the water and your man or woman will go to the water and cast your fishing pole into the water. When the bobber starts bobbing, tap the bobber once with your finger and then swipe your finger from left to right to reel it in. A chicken leg will show up on the screen indicating the food you have collected. Touch the chicken leg to collect your food and it will be added to your food total at the top of the screen.


How to grow crops

To grow a crop touch a brown square of dirt. This will bring you to the food you can grow. Click on a crop once to see how much it costs to grow the crop, how much food you will receive, and how long it will take. If you want to grow tomatoes, touch the tomatoes once. The tomatoes will then show up on the left hand side of the screen with the cost below it. It takes 10 coins to grow tomatoes. It will also be 1 minute before the tomatoes are ripe. To start growing the tomatoes, click the tomatoes a second time. The tomatoes will begin growing.

What crops are best

I created the below table to figure out what crops would yield the most food at the lowest cost. I created a table that included the cost of each food, how much food that would yield (the food effect), how many minutes it took to grow, the cost per food effect, the cost per minute, and the food effect per minute. As you can see from the below table, the tomatoes actually yield the most food in the shortest amount of time and they are the cheapest to grow. However, to get this effect you would have to plant, grow, and harvest tomatoes every minute.

Food Calculation

Food
Cost
Food Effect
Minutes
Cost per Food Effect
Cost per Minute
Food Effect Per Minute
Tomatoes
10
8
1
1.25
10
8
Carrots
20
14
3
1.43
6.67
4.67
Corn
80
32
60
2.5
1.33
0.53
Maize
160
52
300
3.08
0.53
0.17
Eggplant
275
72
1440
3.82
0.19
0.05
Pumpkins
35
20
5
1.75
7
4
Potatoes
100
38
120
2.63
0.83
0.32
Poinsettia
120
40
240
3
0.5
0.17
Lettuce
195
60
480
3.25
0.41
0.13
Beans
50
26
15
1.92
3.33
1.73
Cabbage
145
50
240
2.9
0.6
0.21
Red Peppers
160
60
360
2.67
0.44
0.17
White Pumpkin
280
55
1200
5.09
0.23
0.05
Cotton
170
55
360
3.09
0.47
0.15
Summer Squash
250
60
360
4.17
0.69
0.17
Wheat
340
80
2880
4.25
0.12
0.03
Strawberry
2000
120
1440
16.67
1.39
0.08

How to collect food

You can collect food from fishing, from your animals, or from your crops. To collect food from your crops, simply touch the full grown crop. Your person will go to the crop and begin harvesting. Once the crop from that area has been harvested a little chicken leg will appear on the screen. Touch the chicken leg so that the food collected will go into your resources.

Any animals that have a chicken leg in a green bubble over their heads are ready to provide food. Simply touch the animal. Your person will go to the animal and begin collecting food. Once your person is done collecting the food a little silver badge and a chicken leg will appear. Touch both items so that they will go into your resources at the top of the screen. As you touch each item it will show you how much you have earned. For instance, when I collect food from a pig I will collect 1XP (badge) and 10 food.


How to make medical supplies

Medical supplies can only be made if you have an Infirmary. This is a little white tent with a red cross on it. Do not confuse the Infirmary with the Medical Center. The Infirmary makes medical supplies and the Medical Center collects rent. The Infirmary costs 600 coins to purchase while the Medical Center costs 3500 coins to purchase.

Once you have purchased and built your Infirmary you can begin making supplies. Touch an available Infirmary. A screen will pop up showing the medical supplies that can be made. Click on a medical supply once to see what it takes to make the medical supply. The left side of the screen will show the item, the cost, and how long it takes to produce that item. If you want to make medication, touch the medication bottle once. The medication bottle will then show up on the left hand side of the screen with the cost below it. It takes 100 coins and 50 food to make one bottle of medication. It will also be 10 minutes before that medication is ready. To start making the medication, click the medication a second time. The workshop will begin making the medication. That Infirmary will not be available for use for 10 minutes while your medication is being made. To see how much time is left before your medication is ready, simply touch that Infirmary again. The timer will pop up. Should you wish to speed up the process you can select the cash sign below the timer. If I wanted to spend 2 dollars, my medication would be ready immediately.


How to heal sick people

Often people in your town will get sick. You will notice that someone is sick when they begin holding their stomach and little bubbles begin to appear around their head. Touch that sick person to see how long you have to cure them and what medical supplies you will need to cure them. If you do not cure them in the allotted time (usually a number of days), that person will die and a permanent gravestone will show up in the place that they died. You cannot move these gravestones. Also, if your sick person had a contagious disease like measles and you do not cure them, more people will get sick. Your whole town could become infected.


Quests

Occasionally envelopes will appear over townspeople’s heads. If you see someone with an envelope over their head, that means they have a job or a quest for you to complete. Touch the person to reveal the job. Once the job has been revealed it will stay in the big envelope on the left side of the screen. A quest may be to grow 50 potato crops and 20 corn crops or collect from a goose five times. Once you complete the quest you will earn a prize and the quest will be removed from the large envelope.


Attribution

All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs. http://homesteadbound.hubpages.com/hub/Creating-Dividers-to-Use-on-Your-Hubs

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      Marissa 4 years ago

      None of my people are getting sick. How can I make that happen?

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Marissa:

      I haven't had this problem. However, I read that planting and harvesting crops can trigger sick people.

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      carl 4 years ago

      i am struggling to add land. the land icon is greyed out. am i missing something?

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Carl:

      Per the attached link to Gameloft this is a known issue which they are working on:

      http://support.gameloft.com/OnlineAndSocial/showSe...

      Good Luck!

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      bri 4 years ago

      I can't figure out how to make cloth. could you tell me how?

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Sure Bri! It took me some time to figure out too. Before you can make things you first have to build a workshop. To build a workshop touch the brown bag in the right corner of your screen. The brown bag will open revealing several icons. Touch the yellow basket which is closest to the bottom. It use to have corn and a carrot in it. However, mine has now changed and the basket shows a carrot and a pig. This icon bring you to the area where you can make purchases. There are tabs at the top of this screen showing you the different types of items you can purchase. Should you want to build a workshop you would touch the little wooden building with the blue and white awning and the coin sitting on the awning. This will bring you to buildings that you can purchase. The third building on the top right is the workshop. It can be purchased for $1200 coins. Building a workshop will allow you to make supplies that you will need like cloths, mallets, paper, guns, fire, worms, buckets, horseshoes, bricks, and hand drills. To purchase the workshop touch the workshop. It will then show the workshop on the left hand side and tell you how much it costs (or what it takes to build it). The workshop costs 1200 coins and 20 in lumber. To purchase the item, touch the workshop again. It will bring you to your main screen and show the workshop on a red or green pad. Drag the workshop to the area you would like it to sit. If you have selected an area that works, the pad will be green. If the area is not available the pad will be red. Continue dragging the workshop until the pad turns green. Touch the green check mark to accept placement. Once placed, your person will immediately go to the location and start building. However, it won’t be finished with one energy. Once your person stops building, touch the location again to continue building. It will take three energy to build the workshop.

      Now, once you have built your workshop, just touch it to make something. A screen will pop up with the things you can make. You will have to scroll to the right to see the cloth. It is a green roll. To make the cloth you first have to make 6 plans. They look like tan paper rolled up on the sides. So, go select the plans in the workshop area. Double click on them to create them. It takes 1 minute to create each plan. Once you have done this six times you can then make 1 cloth using the same method.

      Does this help? Please let me know if you have any more questions.

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      james 4 years ago

      I need to make 3 crops to start making veggies grow but i can't figure out how to make empty crop spots plz help

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Sure James! Select the brown bag on the bottom right corner of your screen. It will open revealing several icons. Touch the yellow basket which is closest to the bottom. It use to have corn and a carrot in it. However, mine has now changed and the basket shows a carrot and a pig. This icon bring you to the area where you can make purchases. There are tabs at the top of this screen showing you the different types of items you can purchase. You are going to want to select the land icon on the top far right. It looks like a green square with four yellow arrows. Select the brown square of dirt for 200 coins. It is the top left item you can purchase. A patch of land to plant on will appear on your main screen. You can move it while it is still shaded. Once you find the perfect location select the green check mark to keep it there. Then, you can start planting. Hope that helps!

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      james 4 years ago

      Yes it did. Thank You very much . if you need a friend on the game the name is endohog. Happy trails!

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      lucas 4 years ago

      I can't figure out how to make a mallet because when I go to the workshop and double clicked on the mallet it says you need more supplies and I don't know what supplies can you help out?

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      iamcookoo4u 4 years ago

      how do I help m friends?

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      When you select the mallet to make, look to the left side where it says Cost:. thereit shows that you need 30 lumber and 2 plans. To get the lumber you will have to cut down trees. To get the plans you will have to make two plans in the workshop first by selecting the plans box that is to the right of the mallet box. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      I am having trouble with this also. I searched the online forums and it seems that Gameloft Live has some bugs. I emailed the Gameloft folks to see if they can help. I will let you know when they respond.

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      Debra young 4 years ago

      How can I get a better axe and where is the food trap for the animals.

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      Shaina 4 years ago

      I can't figure out how to send gifts. My mother is my ony friend(pitiful, I know) and she needs needles, but I can't figure out how tosend them.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Debra:

      The upgraded axes as well as the food trap are both available in the brown bag on the bottom right corner of your screen. It will open revealing several icons. Touch the yellow basket which is closest to the bottom. It use to have corn and a carrot in it. However, mine has now changed and the basket shows a carrot and a pig. This icon bring you to the area where you can make purchases. There are tabs at the top of this screen showing you the different types of items you can purchase. You are going to want to select the blue lightning bolt icon on the top second from the right. Scroll to the right and you will find large bait that can be purchased for 2000 coins. The bair looks like red and blue berries surrounded by green leaves. Keep scrolling to the right an you will find two axe options. The silver axe can be purchased for 10 dollars. It allows you to get two chops with one swing. The hold axe can be purchased for 15 dollars. It allows you to get three chops with one swing. Hope that helps!

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      Shaina 4 years ago

      I can't figure out how to send gifts!

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Shaina:

      I am actually having trouble visiting friends. There seems to be a bug in my system. So, I can't get to the part where I can try to send gifts. I am trying to work this out with the Game Loft folks.

      You can contact Game Loft about your issue. I put the link below.

      http://support.gameloft.com/?lang=en

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      mk 4 years ago

      How do you build more roads?

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Roads are something you need to purchase. Dirt roads can be purchased under the land icon for 200 coins. A stone path can be purchased for $1 and is also under the land icon. Each piece of road that you purchase is only a square so you have to purchase multiple squares to make a road. Just select your purchase like you would any other purchase on American Settler and tap where you want to place it. It will be highlighted in green for areas where it can be places and red for areas that it cannot be placed. Do this multiple times until you have built the length of road you desire. Let me know if you have any questions.

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      Shaina 4 years ago

      I know how to visit...when u click the people in the

      rown bag, then if uhave friends there should be a special bo with their name...sometimes it will do it and sometimes it won't...

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      The game seems to act up quite a bit. There is a whole forum about it. Right now I have a building that has disappeared but I can still collect rent from it. I would suggest reporting it to Game Loft.

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      Dori 4 years ago

      Thanks for doing this page, Kimberly! My question is, what are the XP badges for? Do they indicate your level? Which actions produce energy? I've noticed that sometimes my energy level goes up, but I haven't been able to see a pattern.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Dori! I first started playing the game right after it came out and there seemed to be little guidance online so I thought I would put something together with the info I had learned.

      The XP does increase your level. If you look at she Sheriff's Badge (Silver Star) icon in the top left corner it will have a number on top of it. My number is 95. That indicates that I am on level 95. Then, directly to the right of that is the number of actions I have taken. I have taken 45,100 actions. Based on that, I assume that I level up after about 500 XP's.

      Your energy level goes up 1 energy after every three minutes. Ocassionally you will get an extra energy by taking an action like collecting food or collecting rent. There does not seem to be a pattern to this gift of energy.

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      christie 4 years ago

      hello, i just want to asked if where i could buy the winter lodge for my quest for mr. harry haywood.. there was no winter lodge on the tab.. and i really don't know where to buy it.. thank you so much!

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Christie:

      The winter lodge is not where the rest of the houses are. You can purchase the Winter Lodge by selecting the star icon at the top of the purchase section. This is where special items are. The Winter Lodge can be purchased for 14,500 coins.

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      court 4 years ago

      How can u use the thing u win I figured how to get the building but I have needles n mortars I have them in the basket just can't figure how to use them

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      When you need one, it will be available. For instance, if someone is sick it will show how many needles are available including the one you have and it will automatically take it from your inventory. Now, if you win a shanty house and want to use it you need to go to your inventory. In the brown duffle bag on the bottom right side of the screen the inventory is the third icon from the bottom. It looks like a tan crate with items sticking out of it. Select the inventory icon. All of your inevntory will appear. If I double tap the shanty in my inventory it will automatically bring it to my village where I can place it like I would any other building. Does that answer your question?

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      Rebecca 4 years ago

      When I try to build my workshop for a quest it requires me to obtain fire and a mallet before I can build it completely. How do I get those things?

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      Haylee 4 years ago

      How do you collect gifts?

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      lulu 4 years ago

      Hi!

      Is there any other ways to get free $ than

      1. buying for real money.

      2. download and install software on my tablet.

      I read there is a way to get free $ by watch videos, is it true?

      My other question:

      Which are the best houses? I was thinking fire dept, what do you think? 1-2 hour

      Oh one more:

      Is it worth to build 2 workshops?

      thanks

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Rebecca:

      I just built a workshop and it does not require anything but lumber. You are either building something else or there is a bug in the system. This happens often. If you think it is a bug you can contact Game Loft at the link below:

      http://support.gameloft.com/?lang=en

      Now, if it is a different building that you are trying to build then you first need a workshop in order to make fire or a mallet.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Haylee:

      My system won't let me access my friends so I can't tell you how to collect gifts. If I am able to get this resolved, I will let you know.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      I have found some tricks on-line to get free money but none of them have worked for me. What does work is the prospecting wagon. I got it awhile ago and can't remember how I came across it. I believe someone came to town and sold it to me. It was in the higher levels. Once I placed my prospecting wagon I have been able to go into it once a day for free and "mine" for free stuff. I have won tons of medical supplies and probably about 30 or 40 dollars. This is just with the free option. There are two other paids options where, I have heard, you can get even more stuff like houses and animals.

      When prospecting, place your dynamite between a cluster of rocks and you will win more prizes.

      What level are you on? I am on level 97 and I have not seen a fire department. I did an analysis above of the houses that I have available. The shanty's would actually make the most money if you clicked on them every minute but that is definitely not worth it to me. I have a mixture of all the houses so I can always collect. And, I am working on upgrading all the houses, starting with the most expensive to increase cash flow.

      It is definitely worth it to building 2 workshops. I actually have 13 workshops on one side of my town. It makes it easier to produce several things quickly when you need them.

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      Brian 4 years ago

      I cannot find the winter lodge either. I've looked in all the tabs several times. I even tried logging out, shutting down, and turning my device back on and I still can't find it anywhere. Was it only available for a temporary period of time??

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      lulu 4 years ago

      Im only at twenty-something level. Now I realized that my question about the best house was a little bit pointless, because the the best way if you have mixed houses and maybe 2-3 Inns.

      Winter Lodge seems also pretty good, but you certainely need bigger houses too.

      You have right about the workshop. at least 4-5, and also 4-5 hospital.

      About the fire department i was wrong there is none such one. Sorry. :)

      And about the free $ i don't need it anymore because i hexedited my files, so i can buy a golden axe, and ballons. After buying ballons i get lot of coins so now i can buy anything i need, and still remaining some energies.

      I maybe need to figure it out how to edit the saddle black horse, but it is not so important only for fun.

      Now I see what is the most important at the beginning of this game. And that is the golden axe. Everything is much more easy now i have it.

      Thanks for your answers.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Sounds like your town is getting along pretty well! I actually don't have a golden axe. I have been using the plain old regular one. But, you are right. You are definitely more efficient with it.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      I just checked and I can still purchase the winter lodge. It is not where the rest of the houses are. You should be able to purchase the Winter Lodge by selecting the star icon at the top of the purchase section. This is where special items are. The Winter Lodge can be purchased for 14,500 coins.

      If the Winter Lodge is not in that section it is possible it is due to a glitch in the system. I would check back in a couple days if you can't find it.

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      Shaina 4 years ago

      Hey! I figured out how to send gifts...well my mom did..when u visit friends, which u do by going to the two people in the brown bag, there's a box on top of the brown bag at their place and you just click it and choose what you want to send to that person... just lettin ya know.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Shaina! I'm glad you guys figured it out and thanks for sharing!

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      patsypropest@yahoo.com 4 years ago

      My dollars keep going away,I can't use anything from my inventory

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Patsy:

      It sounds like you may have a bug in the system. This happens often. Right now I have a building that pays rent but I can't see the building. It is missing. If you think it is a bug you can contact Game Loft at the link below:

      http://support.gameloft.com/?lang=en

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      SebBiker123 4 years ago

      Hey Kimberly! Thanks for helping all of us !!

      Here's my question:

      I have built GUNS and i have 5 of it in my inventory. Can I use them to hunt? If yes, how? I've tried to clik on them whil I was hunting, but it won't let me use it... Or maybe they aren't meant to be hunting?!

      Well, thanks in adavance for help me out!! :)

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Hi SebBiker123!

      I had a little trouble with hunting at first too. You actually don't need to craft any guns to hunt. The guns that you craft are for completing quests. In order to hunt, you just have to tap the animal that is running by that you want to hunt. When you tap the animal, your settler will raise his gun and shoot at it which makes the animal drop food in for form of chicken legs. You will have to tap the animal several times in order to collect all the food and the animal will disappear. Hope this helps!

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      dreamscape 4 years ago

      I was pretty high in this game when all of the sudden one day it was acting glitchy so I restarted my system and the game started over from scratch. So...I am back to square one and I have the task to buy the Winter Lodge and it isn't under the Star Icon (as it was before). It actually isn't anywhere. I am wondering if we might have to be at a certain level before it is available?

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that dreamscape! I have never had that happen but I am sure I would be extremely frustrated since it has taken me months to get to level 101. Since I have not lost my game, I looked it up in the gameloft forum. Here is what I found out from others with this problem. They said:

      "Go to the game and go to the customer service form. I think after you restart you have to get to level 6 or so. Anyway, just fill out the form from your device. You will shortly get an automatic notice with a ticket number. Make sure you keep this!

      Sometime soon, hopefully in the next few days (not counting weekends) you will be contacted. They will generally offer you a very nice compensation package- which does help a lot in re building.

      I am becoming a pro at this since I have had it happen 6 or 7 times."

      I posted the link below to contact GameLoft:

      http://support.gameloft.com/?lang=en

      Also, I just checked my game. I do not have the Winter Lodge available to purchase right now either but I have one in my town that I already bought so I know exactly what it looks like. It is odd that you would have a quest to buy something that is not avaailable. It sounds like a glitch. I woould mention this when you contact the GameLoft folks.

      Good luck dreamscape!

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      andrea 4 years ago

      Not sure how..but I went from the man to the woman! How can I be the little man again?

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Hi Andrea! Do you have a tailor shop? If you go to the tailor shop it opens up options to change your clothes. In the bottom right hand corner there is an icon circle with male and female symbols in pink and blue and a 1 dollar notation by it. If you touch this icon it will automatically change your gender and charge you a dollar.

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      keepah1 4 years ago

      One of my quests involves clearing weeds but whenever I dig one up, I don't get credit for it. Do you know why this might be happening?

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Hi keepah1!

      Are you only clearing weeds that are the tall stalks of grass with no flowers? The flowers do not count as weeds on quests that ask you to clear weeds.

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      keepah1 4 years ago

      Yes, I am clearing the tall grass. I've done five or six but have only been credited with one.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      I have had this happen a couple times also. The game misses what you have done to complete a quest. I would suggest clearing another weed and then checking your quest to see if it took. If not, leave that quest alone for a little bit. If you come back to it in a day or so, hopefully it will work. Good luck!

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      Lynnette 4 years ago

      I want to buy more land,but I guess I need more buildings before they will let me. How can you tell where the land expanse will go to ? I like all my homes together and shops in one area and storage units together

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      andrea 4 years ago

      Kimberly you helped me last time :) so I'm Baaack... I have a squirrel stuck. I can't kill him or move anything around him.. please help. Thanks

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      andrea 4 years ago

      Hey..just went to a neighboring town and when I came back he was gone! Thank goodness cause the music was starting to make me nutty. Thanks again for the page Kimberly, VERY helpful!

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      cat1082 4 years ago

      just got this game on my phone and already out of energy plus used all my money to buy energy. No matter how long i wait, I don't receive energy at all. My phone is a verizon samsung SCH-U350. Is it because of my phone that i can't get any free or is it because it was a free game and they want me to spend more money?

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Hi Lynnette:

      I'm sorry it took me so long to respond. I have been away from my computer for about a week. To answer your question, you should be able to buy land at any time as long as your last land acquisition is complete. On my Kindle I can purchase land immediately but on my iphone I have to wait a set amount of time while the land is done being built. If you touch that piece of land it will tell you the amount of time left.

      Now, to buy more land you just need to go to the brown duffle bag on the bottom right hand corner of your screen. Then select the bottom basket that has the pig and carrot in it. Once you are in the area where you can make purchases select the last tab to the right which is the land tab. It looks like a green square of grass with four yellow arrows. The land expansion is on the bottom left. Click it once to see how much it will cost and click it twice to purchase. It will bring you back to your main screen. On the main screen it will say touch to select. Each land expansion will have a blue square around it. Select the land expansion you want by touching that piece of land within the blue square.

      Now to answer your second question, I have moved my homes, animals, people, and shops multiple times as my town has grown. To move any item, except for trees, you can once again go to the brown duffle bag in the lower right hand corner. Select the blue double arrow. This will create orange lines around all of your objects. Tap the object that you want to move and it will become highlighted in green. Hold onto the item with your finger and slide it anywhere you want it to go. If it stays green it can be placed at the new location, if it becomes red it means that something else is there so it cannot be placed there. Once you have selected your location and your item is green tap the green check mark and your item will move there permaneantly.

      I hope this helped!

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Hi Andrea! Has your squirrel moved yet? I've never had this problem. Did you try turning it off and back on?

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Hi Andrea! I just saw that your squirrel problem went away. I'm so glad!

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Hi cat1082:

      I don't have that phone so I am not familiar with the differences. However, on the two systems I have the game on - Once you use all your energy it should refuel automatically. For every three minutes that you leave the game alone you get 1 energy. It could be that you are shutting the game off in between and it is not refueling. I had this problem once. It was a bug that eventually went away but it took awhile. Try leaving the game on and stepping away from it for 10 minutes or so to see if any energy comes back.

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      dreamscape11@hotmail.com 4 years ago

      Hi. I have another question. Do the sick settlers pop up notifications again if it has been a long time and they have not yet been cured? I am wondering because I feel like I keep getting notifications for sick settlers, but then I can't find any new ones. I try moving my houses and building to try and find any hidden ones, but don't see any. I play on a Kindle Fire.

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      temeka 4 years ago

      how much money do you need to purchase land

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      Fierceasmegan 4 years ago

      I have been trying to buy land more land for about 2 weeks now. It keeps counting down the hours until ready but it's never ready. I can keep collecting money from it - but that's about it. Am I doing something wrong? Help!

      -Megan

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Yes, I believe if your settlers are still sick the notifications will pop up again.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Temeka:

      Each land expansion is different. The more land you buy, the more they cost. Do you know how to find the land expansions?

      To buy more land you just need to go to the brown duffle bag on the bottom right hand corner of your screen. Then select the bottom basket that has the pig and carrot in it. Once you are in the area where you can make purchases select the last tab to the right which is the land tab. It looks like a green square of grass with four yellow arrows. The land expansion is on the bottom left. Click it once to see how much it will cost and click it twice to purchase. It will bring you back to your main screen. On the main screen it will say touch to select. Each land expansion will have a blue square around it. Select the land expansion you want by touching that piece of land within the blue square.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Fierceasmegan:

      I am having this problem right now also. It is very frustrating! It is a bug. Here is what Game Loft said about it:

      "I am very sorry about the lagging issues you are experiencing.

      We are working continuously for optimizing this game, and hopefully these problems will be fixed in the future updates.

      Please go to our support link and open a ticket so Customer Care can compensate you for what you lost.

      Link for iOS: http://support.gameloft.com/Home/SupportForm/71/

      Link for Android: http://support.gameloft.com/Home/SupportForm/63/

      Take care!"

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      Noucamp 4 years ago

      After visiting a town and offering a plan as a gift, when I got back to my own town it was full of trees, and worse still, all three sections of land expansions I bought have been lost, the buildings I built on them are still there but cannot be used! I am not able even to go prospecting because I had moved my wagon so it is on a newly developed land area! This has to be a bug surely?

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Wow Noucamp! It sounds like you are having some major problems. It definitely sounds like you may have a bug in the system. You can contact Game Loft at the link below to report it and try to get it resolved:

      http://support.gameloft.com/?lang=en

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      jessie 4 years ago

      How do I hunt

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Jessie:

      When you see an animal you want to hunt just tap that animal and your settlers gun will come up and shoot at the animal. Most animals require multiple shots so just keep tapping on the animal.

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      fox 4 years ago

      When i went to the place where you had to clear the log i used up my energy. Many days later i wentt to a random town and i didn't have energy. How do i get the energy you need to do stuff at towns?

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      dreamscape 4 years ago

      Land Expansion has changed? I tried to buy some land but I can't use it...it has a hammer icon above it and sayd 2 days left???? When did this happen?

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      steve 4 years ago

      Why can't I use the prospecting items I have won???

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      Melody Trent 4 years ago from United States

      Oh wow! This is a blast from the past. I remember playing Oregon Trail back in 6th grade! It was a part of our computer class. Back then, this game was top of the line!

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      Paul 4 years ago

      I'm on level 108 and I am not getting anymore quests. It kinda sucks when there aren't any quests keeping me going. Is this a glitch?

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      blairtracy 4 years ago from Canada

      I may have to try this game. I have been looking for this type of game for a long time! Thanks for the hub!

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      Lilly 4 years ago

      I can't figure out how to upgrade my buildings. Could you help me out please? :)

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      Joeblack1 4 years ago

      How do I use gifts from prospecting they are in my sell area but how do I place them

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      Dg 4 years ago

      So, I have added people in gameloft and I have gotten requests from others that I accepted. I don't see them anywhere on my game to add them as neighbors. I'm not exactly sure how the friends work in gameloft. I know I can request friends and accept friends but when I go to my gameloft friends, the ones I had just accepted requests from, don't show up. Does it take a certain amount of time? I'm confused.

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      martini43 4 years ago

      I had a hard time figuring out the upgrade for buildings, but I finally got it! when you are looking at the "billboard" that pops up, there is a "heart bar" across the top. You can use some of the hearts that you have collected from your quests to upgrade the building.

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      Genia 4 years ago

      Half if my town is on fire or tornadoes have hit, stampedes are trampling. .. How do I keep up. I have about 14 workstations and I cannot do anything but fix things. Thanks!

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      Joe 4 years ago

      How do I make money?

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      Laura 4 years ago

      How to I make roots and vaccine to heal my ox?

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      The B boys 3 years ago

      How do we pull weeds? Do we just click on them? We are trying and nothing happens

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      linda 3 years ago

      I can't add friends which means I can't do some of the required tasks...I made a login for game loft and synced with Facebook...thinking of deleting game if I can't figure this out

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      Shhdo 3 years ago

      ( Oregon settler ) Add me : shhdo

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      Elise 3 years ago

      can someone help me on trying to figure out how to add friends.. I have a Gameloft account and I have friends on there but when I go to the game and try to visit friends it keeps saying connection error

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      jenncort 3 years ago

      Hey Kimberly, you seem to be helpful but haven't answered a few questions I see. Well I was also wondering how to get roots and vaccines to heal sick animals. It seems to be a new feature or something and I cannot find the answer ANYWHERE!

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      booklover 3 years ago

      Can you buy a second prospecting wagon? If so, HOW?

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      Amilene 3 years ago

      Since updating my game, my animals have gotten sick and I don't know how to get roots or a vaccine? Please help!

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      Beth 3 years ago

      To get roots and vaccines, you first have to build a vet clinic from the buildings (costs $1200) and then you can produce those items there, just like in the workshop. It took me forever to figure that out!

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      @@@@@@ 3 years ago

      I need help making a blacksmith house.

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      teri 3 years ago

      How do you make dig sites??

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      Heila 3 years ago

      I don't have the option to make bricks or hand drills. Why is that? Do I need another type of building? I have two workshops already.... what am I doing wrong??

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      Kristin 3 years ago

      I've been playing since Christmas and have always had at least 1 quest/job if not more. I finished my last job and now have none and no new envelopes over anybody's head for a few days. I restarted my kindle and that did nothing. Any ideas?

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      ammali 3 years ago

      You do not need any supplies to heal animals, just tap them and you heal them. You only need to make medical supplies for humans.

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      BEEZKNEEZ 3 years ago

      I loved playing the original growing up so this game adds so much nostalgia for me. Thanks for the tips.

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      looneyju 3 years ago

      Can anyone tell me how to tailor cloth please. I have built the tailors but there is nowhere that says tailor cloth. I am also having trouble with friends. I accepted requests but when I looked they aren't there. I think the friend situation is complicated in comparison to other games. I am playing on an android device btw, Thanks,

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      Tina 3 years ago

      Why is my grass no longer green? Has anyone else had this problem?

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      kitty 3 years ago

      How do I build a tailor shop? Is it under the business section?

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      nikki 3 years ago

      how do you heal the Ox in the message, like you are supposed to build the vet clinic and then heal the ox....does anyone know how to heal the animal? there is not an actual sick animal that i can click on and heal and i have tried to make medicines in the vet clinic but nothing is working.

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      hind 3 years ago

      how to collect a mortar

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      ali 3 years ago

      I can't use my heavy axe does anyone know how?

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      hhhhiiii 3 years ago

      How do you upgrade a house

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      Redtabby2107 3 years ago

      How do you sell the fire station and weather observatory please. I have no cash to keep giving them when cash icon appears over these buildings. I have tried moving them to get the sell sign up but no joy. Thanks.

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      Rachel 3 years ago

      Hello, I was wondering what the fire station did exactly? I gave it 5 cash but then when it was done it said "no packs available". Just wondering!

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      Redtabby2107 3 years ago

      Hi Rachel

      I cannot remember if I got the fire station as a gift or I purchased it but it was supposed to prevent the hight occurrence of fires. By the way, I have been looking at these posts and you can sell the gravestone if your pioneer dies, A bit morbid I know but this is not real life. When your pioneer dies and a gravestone appears press on the blue cross to move it and a yellow dollar sign appears. You can then sell for I think about $60.

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      Sodom 3 years ago

      Salutations,

      I have 2 questions: #1 Is there a way to put items into storage or do I have to sell them? #2 why does it cost $1.5 million the first time you try to purchase a land expansion? Who does that???? In order to make money you need to have space for buildings and crops and if you can't have more than 12 buildings it will take years before you'll be able to expand and I refuse to pay real money for that! It's not the same on android, but I'm playing on my I pad now and these changes suck!! Is there any other way to get money to expand?

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      Cherie 3 years ago

      Where do I find a white buffalo? Also where can I COLLECT mules?

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      Redtabby2107 3 years ago

      I found that the longer I play the game ie. over a few weeks, the cost of land expansion increases also once purchased land takes longer to develop. The latest land expansion I did yesterday cost $165,000 and took 19 hours to clear. I think if you had to pay $1.5 million the first time you tried to make a land purchase, you must have a glich on your game and you should report it. I have tried to put items in to storage with no success so guess you do have to sell them if you want to make more room. Any joy yet on answering my question about the fire station etc. Thanks.

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      Edward 3 years ago

      How do you claim your prospects.

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      Redtabby21 3 years ago

      Edward, the rewards from your prospects go in to your inventory. Double click on them to place.

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      rudy rooster 3 years ago

      I cannot get in unless I do the update, but some of the comments on the home page say that people lost everything when they updated.

      What should I do?

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      doxie 3 years ago

      I was just wondering if someone could shed some light on if there's any point in having the firehouse? It just takes money and doesn't give anything in return

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      Redtabby21 3 years ago

      Doxie see my comment re firehouse above. Best to place in a corner of town and forget it,

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      MeiDei 3 years ago

      I'm would like to know which animals require a syringe to heal them when they are sick. I have 20 syringes and not one of my animals has required one to be healed.

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      Jaclyn 3 years ago

      What is the point of the meter at the shooting gallery? I finally got to the first lock and it changed to a green check-mark. I see prizes further up the meter but what is the point of the locks on the meter?

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      stephanie 3 years ago

      How do I orient fences differently? Seems other towns have fences horizontal and vertical. .. mine only go one way. .

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      Amanda 3 years ago

      Where do I find the ticket office

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      Benny 3 years ago

      how do i find or create animal bait?

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      Gerhard 3 years ago

      Hi i would like to know where do i get buckets to put out fires i had 3 but had to use it on other homes to put out fires now im short of eight buckets tnx

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      Tonya 3 years ago

      How do you move things around?

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      Nitima Chaudhary 2 years ago

      I am getting any squirrels for hunt and I need to hunt 15 squirrel. Any solution

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      slick slack 2 years ago

      SODOM: For each storage building you buy, in the farming supplies or farming buildings category, the amount of food & wood you are able to max out at increases by 100. And as Redtabby said, land prices increase with time. I believe they increase each time you level up, but i have yet to verify that for certain. It could have something to do with the amount of money you have, but i find that less likely.

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      slick slack 2 years ago

      STEPHANIE. To orient fences, you click to "move" button at the bottom right of your phone, and select the fence you wish to swing around. Then three icons appear below it, the left-one verifies that's how you want it placed, so it puts it down. The MIDDLE one orients the face between ... what i'll call horizontal and veritcal, and the right one cancels moving that object at all, and places it back exactly how it was. This should help TONYA, too.

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      slickslack 2 years ago

      REDTABBY2107. Did you ever figure out how to sell or upgrade the firehouse? I've got that stupid ca$h bubble above mine, and a mission to upgrade the thing. Clicking it no longer gives any option to upgrade, but instead shows me i can pay for virtual cash with a credit card. Funk dat shiz.

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      slickslack 2 years ago

      EVERYONE. I don't believe that we each have the same experience, playing this game. So some of us may have a mission to buy a firehouse in level 3, but have no need to expand land until level 20, while others might need to expand land in level 2, and never need a firehouse until level 25.

      The reason i've concluded this is because, after visiting random towns, some of the newer-looking towns appear to be set up in such a way that these players have completed certain missions, in a different order than i completed mine.

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      2 years ago

      I can't find the fence item I earned.

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      Anatasia 2 years ago

      Hi there. Do you know how can i get bullets for hunting? I've searched everywhere for it but i can't find it. I'm playing it on my blackberry bold

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      TTGReviews 2 years ago

      This is one of my favorite games of all time starting when I was a kid and now with the app.

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      Hshshshshsbshdhdhdhdhshehe 2 years ago

      How do I get roots ???

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      dallas1012 2 years ago

      How can I store food in the storage buildings and silos I have built. When I tap on them all it does is want to upgrade.

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      shae 2 years ago

      How do I heal animals? How do I even get them sick to begin with?!

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      Leslie 2 years ago

      Hi Guys! I'm at level 68 right now. My time is thriving pretty well, but I have 2 current issues:

      1. There is a pioneer that, from the very beginning, is right next to the sign that lets you travel to other towns. He has an envelope over his head to give me a quest, but it is impossible to click because it hits the sign instead and takes me to other towns. Does anyone have any idea how to click this envelope or fix this issue?

      2. Also, I am not getting any other quests from other pioneers in general. It has been at least 2-3 weeks since I've had any and it's making the game much less exciting to play. I have nothing to look forward to anymore except buying houses and businesses and collecting from them. No fun

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      Brian 2 years ago

      Leslie,

      Click on your bag and click the compass to see if you can pick up the pioneer and move them

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      tamicah 23 months ago

      One of my houses are burning down and my buckets of water are finished how do I get more buckets of water ?plz I really need helo before it burns down

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      tamicah 23 months ago

      One of my houses are burning down and my buckets of water are finished how do I get more buckets of water ?plz I really need helo before it burns down

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      Anna 22 months ago

      What happened to Kimberly? Lol

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      Naomi 8 months ago

      Erm. I was asked to build the winter lodge (Sept. 2016) but it is not under any of the menus. I did look under the Star tab too: I have the haunted fun house or something and two other buildings, and a bunch of boots....no winter lodge.

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      Amie Forsyth 7 months ago from Michigan

      Oh my goodness! I used to love this game.

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      Tara 4 weeks ago

      How do I collect from the weather station? It has a dollar on top instead of food and when I click it, it goes to where you purchase more dollars, like it is on the bank.

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