EA Mobile is on a bit of a freemium stampede at the moment.
Having already dabbled with this business model through Theme Park, Fantasy Safari, and the recent Monopoly Hotels, the publishing giant is now preparing to bring a freemium The Simpsons tie-in to iOS later in the year.
As reported on CNET, The Simpsons: Tapped Out takes everyone's favourite dysfunctional cartoon family and pops them into a game that revolves around rebuilding Springfield after the Nuclear Power Plant goes haywire.
Strangely, despite the low chances of anyone surviving a nuclear meltdown at a plant just across the way from the town centre, the cartoon's familiar cast make an appearance unscathed, i.e. not hideously deformed and/or dead.
I don't feel so good
Playing as Homer, you have to put the pieces back together again using - yes, you guessed - paid-for doughnuts and in-game cash. We also expect Springfield's reconstruction to involve waiting for stuff to become available, as in most freemium titles.
There's no solid release date for the game just yet, but we'd expect it to pop up on the App Store in the coming months, with an Android version following a little later.