Free Prize Things in Ports need to be fixed ASAP
SilverMoon posted two months ago about the Bali statue always giving messages about "come back in x days". A fix should have happened by now, but things haven't changed since then, and the post was closed for more comments.
Right now we are in Florida with only 3 days left, and the Orange Tree has NEVER given any prizes since we've been here. It says it will be available in hours now, but I'll believe it when I see it. It'll be dead with no leaves or oranges on it, then we'll be gone and probably still won't have gotten anything from it.
If this isn't a glitch, but a deliberate attempt to give us fewer "free" prizes, it certainly has been poorly handled, making us wait until we're almost ready to leave a port before we get anything. Players who've been here any length of time have formed expectations of how things should be, due to the way things have worked previously for so long.
Also the few prizes that we have gotten from these items lately have just been more starfish and seahorses. As Boom Boom posted in the SilverMoon thread, England was definitely the BEST, where the Tea Shoppe sign gave great prizes and we got them very frequently. I think we mostly got them every four hours. Been downhill every since then. In Paris, we didn't even have a free prize thing, since the Boulangerie got converted to a pay-for-prize, so we had three of those instead of the usual two for pay and one free.
Even with the new Milestones, with this kind of stuff happening the value we get for paying $20 a month to be a VIP here is starting to be even less worth it than it used to be. Plus there's still no way around needing to buy additional gems on a monthly basis. Unlike CW where you have a city to generate coins, passes and gems, there's no way to generate getting more of them here.
Finally this morning, when we're scheduled to leave the Florida port in 2 3/4 days, the Orange Tree was available. I received the orange Rocket Pack as my prize, and when I clicked on the tree again, it said come back in 3 hours or maybe it was 4. I was half asleep so can't remember which. So I'm thinking "cool, I guess it's going to be like the Tea Shoppe sign in London, although just starting pretty late in our visit."
I went back after the wait time was up, and received a cut Orange charm (can't remember the exact name) prize. Then I clicked on the Orange Tree again to find out how long the next wait time was, expecting it to say again, "come back in 3 (4) hours". Instead it said, "Check back the next time the ship visits the Florida port."
What a huge disappointment! First, we had to wait, 6 days after we got here, to access the Orange Tree, and then after dispensing two prizes, even though we have slightly more than 2 1/2 days left here, the Orange Tree is shut down for business until the next time we visit here again.
Sorry Flowplay and 7 Seas, but that just isn't right. If that's the way these things are going to be from now on, you almost might as well take them away completely, or maybe that's the plan, like you did in Paris. I don't know what made you think doing this was acceptable or what your future plans are for this part of the site, but I'm not a very happy camper right now about this turn of events.1
Thanks for your feedback. I just checked the orange tree, and I was able to get a prize, but I'll check on it again in a few hours.
Our teams are working on a way to increase your prizes, similar to Casino World, so it's definitely in the works.0
Thank you, Samantha. That would be awesome! Looking forward to seeing what the team comes up with. I'll check the Orange Tree again in a little while, and see if it's changed the message, or gives me another prize.0
yes,i got orange helmet (after a 6 day wait) but then 1 charm.. and 100k coin i think...0
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