Following up on The Simpsons: Tapped Out

Following up on The Simpsons: Tapped Out

I miss squashing zombies!

I have been playing The Simpsons: Tapped Out for iPad for a few months now. There is a lot to like about the game, but some frustrations as well.

One of the best things about the game is the way that it stays fresh and current. Several times there have been special items and outfits released ahead of time, to tie in with an upcoming episode. Most recently, we got the Cool House and a Cool Homer outfit to tie in with last week's episode about a hipster invasion of Springfield.
 
The game also stays current with the seasons and holidays, which I enjoy. There was a Halloween update with zombies to squash, trick-or-treat outfits for the kids, and great ghoulish town decorations like a tree dangling a hanged skeleton. The Halloween update included a string of mini-quests that revolved around "pieces of candy," a special currency that dropped from thematic actions like squishing a zombie or sending Lisa trick-or-treating.
 
The Thanksgiving episode stuck to adding Macy's Day Parade-style balloons to your town. Those were fun for about five minutes, then I stuck them back into inventory.
 
Currently, the game is running a Winter update. It's snowing in my Springfield and I love it. I am less enamored of the race to collect "Santa coins," although I love being able to decorate the houses in town. A mixed bag. But the best part of the Winter update is that the game dressed my hanging skeleton in fuzzy pink mittens and matching scarf, as you can see above.
 
The game's stability has improved over the last few months, but it still occasionally crashes for me. Fortunately it seems to do a pretty good job of auto-saving. I rarely lose more than a few minutes of gameplay. 
 
On the whole, I consider The Simpsons: Tapped Out to be a sort of high tech Zen garden. Once or twice a day I fire it up, click a bunch of stuff, watch my Springfieldians go about their business, then return to my day.
 
My only real complaint has to do with the quests, or lack thereof. Somehow I have missed out on a lot of quests, or accidentally failed them, or not received them. I'm honestly not sure which. 
 
I'm at level 19, and yet there are businesses and houses from level 17 and 18 that I have not yet unlocked. Unhelpfully, the game just says that it "requires quest to unlock." But what quest, and how? I suspect the seasonal quests are getting in the way of the regular ones, but it's impossible to say.