The Harvest and Halloween update was released on the 5th of September 2016 for iOS players, the 9th of September 2016 for Android players, the 23rd of September 2016 for Kindle players, the 4th of October 2016 for Windows players, with release still pending for Mac players.
The Harvest and Halloween Update introduced 3 new pictures - Farm, Curiosities Room and Haunted Attraction; 33 new collections; and 208 new quests, as well as 2 new sets of timed challenges. The update also introduced a new Picture Level - Grand Magister - which, under normal game play, begins after a player reaches 100% progress on Professor level. For players who are already at/above 100% Professor before installing the update, the conversion to Grand Magister is not automatic. The player has to play the Picture once to trigger the conversion to the new level.
The Harvest and Halloween Update is also unique as it is the first time that 2 different Avatars - one male and one female - were given to players for completing a Timed Challenge. Two avatars were given as rewards for both of the "reach Academician level" tasks in the two Timed Challenge Events added to the game by the update.
One Update, Two Timed Challenge EventsEdit
The Harvest and Halloween Update is the second update in a row that contains two separate Timed Challenge Events.
The Celebration by the Bonfire Update was the first update to do this, and contained the following events: 1. the Celebration by the Bonfire Timed Challenge (started immediately when update installed) and 2. the Vacation by the Sea Timed Challenge (started a few weeks after the first event's official timer expired on each platform).
After the success of the Celebration by the Bonfire Update, the developers have once again added enough content for two separate events in the install file for the "Harvest and Halloween Update" (version 1.21 of the game).
The timed challenges are:
- Harvest Festival Timed Challenges - launches when the update is initially installed, 5th September 2016 for iOS players. Introduces the Farm and Curiosities Room hidden object pictures. Contains 3 different challenges with unique prizes for players to win.
- Halloween 2016 Timed Challenges - set to trigger on a set date a short period after the Harvest Festival Challenge's official timer expires on each platform (currently set to 11th of October at 23:59 UTC for iOS devices). Introduces the Haunted Attraction hidden object picture. Contains 3 different challenges with unique prizes for players to win.
The Haunted Attraction Picture and the 5 additional collections needed for the Halloween 2016 Event do not currently appear in the game, but all their information and images do appear in the game files. This extra content is just hidden on purpose until the trigger date for the 2nd event in October.
When a player downloads and installs the 1.21 update file, available in September 2016, all the content required for both events is installed on their devices. However, some of the content required for the Halloween 2016 Event remains hidden (not openly visible when playing the game) until the trigger date for this Event.
The second event is usually set to start on a specific date for each platform, typically this date is a couple of weeks after the official timer for the first event expires. Finishing the first event early will not force the second event to start early. The second event will only start when the device reaches the pre-determined start date for that platform.
However, it is worth noting that the implementation of this second event did not always go smoothly during the Celebration by the Bonfire Update. There were many user reports of false (early and incomplete) starts of the second event, and this may happen again with the Harvest and Halloween Update. Players are advised to be cautious about forcing the events to start as there are desktop awards on offer during both events, which they may not want to miss out on.
Harvest Festival Event Edit
Main Page: Harvest Festival Timed Challenges
The Harvest Festival Timed Challenges are currently set to trigger as soon as the Harvest and Halloween Update is installed on a device.
The Harvest Festival timed challenges begin when a player reaches game level 7 in the game (or automatically after downloading the update if the player is already above level 7).
The Harvest Festival timed event contains 3 challenges. Players had a set number of days to complete the following tasks:
- Collect 500 Apples by winning games of Gem Match to win the new "Magic Cube" Desktop Award, which gives one random Anomaly banishing tool every 12 hours.
- Complete 30 holiday quests to win the once-off Harvest Talisman which increases the rate of energy restoration by 5 times for 24 hours. Upon completing these quests you will also be able to combine the Harvest Talisman Artefact, which decrease the amount of Energy required to play Pictures and Puzzles for24 hours.
- Achieve 'Academician' level in Farm to win 2 unique avatars, one male and one female.
Important: The amount of time available for the Harvest Festival timed challenges will vary across platforms. It is important to note that the Challenge timer begins counting down from the moment the update is released in a device's app store, and not from the moment a player downloads the update. Delaying installing the update will not give you extra time to play the challenges.
For iOS devices, the Harvest Festival timed challenges are initially set to start on the 4th of September 2016 (at 23:59 UTC) and end on the 2nd of October 2016 (lasting 28 days total).
Halloween 2016 "Celebration of the Spirits" Event Edit
Main Page: Halloween 2016 Timed Challenges
The Halloween 2016 "Celebration of the Spirits" Timed Challenges are currently set to trigger on the 11th of October 2016 at 23:59:59 UTC for iOS devices.
The Halloween 2016 "Celebration of the Spirits" timed challenges are potentially the second of two sets of timed challenges introduced by the Harvest and Halloween Update. These timed challenges are set to trigger on a predetermined date a few weeks after the Harvest Festival timed challenges end on each platform.
The Celebration of the Spirits timed challenges is set to begin when a player reaches game level 7 in the game (or automatically after triggering if the player is already above level 7). The Celebration of the Spirits timed event contains 3 challenges. Players have a set number of days to complete the following tasks:
- Collect 500 Feathers by winning games of Blocks to win the Sphere of Miracles Desktop Award or upgrade an existing Sphere of Miracles
- Complete 30 holiday quests to win the once-off Halloween Talisman, which Decreases energy consumption from exploring locations and puzzles by 10% for 24 hours.
- Achieve Academician' level in Haunted Attraction to win 2 new unique avatars.
For iOS devices, the Celebration of the Spirits timed challenges are initially set to start on the 11th of October 2016 (at 23:59 UTC, so at the beginning of the 12th of October) and end on the 8th of November 2016 (lasting 28 days total).
The Celebration by the Bonfire Update's Dandelions and Sunglasses Edit
The Celebration by the Bonfire Update was a unique update since it added two different Timed Challenge events to the game, both of which involved players collecting Special Items in order to play a new picture:
- Dandelion special Items were required to play Camping Site as part of the Celebration by the Bonfire Timed Challenges.
- Sunglasses special Items were required to play Tropical Evening as part of the Vacation by the Sea Timed Challenges.
Both of these Special Items were still required for each play of their Picture once the Timed Challenges were completed, and once the events were over both of these items were restricted so that they could only be won by playing games of Japanese House and Amusement Park.
Both the Dandelions and the Sunglasses were removed from the game as part of the Harvest Festival Update and both Camping Site and Tropical Evening are now regular pictures that just require energy points to play. The Celebration by the Bonfire and Vacation by the Sea collections that rewarded Dandelions and Sunglasses as rewards for combining them were also changed to reward regular game items such as Talismans and items to banish anomalies.
At the beginning of the Harvest Festival Update, any remaining Dandelions and Sunglasses in a player's Inventory are converted into equal parts Fireflies, Ladybugs, Carrots, Cupid arrows, and Tokens, the 5 main special items needed to player the regular paid scenes in the game.
Other Changes Made by the Harvest and Halloween UpdateEdit
New Picture Level - Grand MagisterEdit
Exactly 24 months after Professor Level was added to the game by the Treasure Island Update, a new Picture Level for progress above 100% Professor has been added to the game by the Harvest Festival Update.
Grand Magister level is represented by an ornate gold frame around a Picture or Puzzle on a Home Desktop. Once a player reaches 100% progress in Professor Level, then the next level in that Picture/Puzzle will be Grand Magister Level. The rate of progress for playing a Picture or Puzzle that is on Grand Magister Level is 1% every 8 plays. This means it will take 800 plays to reach 100% Grand Magister.
Once a player reaches 100% Grand Magister on a Picture or a Puzzle, they will receive a Lunch Chest as a reward.
For Pictures, the energy required to play at Grand Magister increases by 3 energy points from Professor Level, and the Experience points and coins earned for completing the picture increases by 10 (just like with any other picture level increase). For Pictures that require Special Items, e.g. Fireflies for Night Garden, 45 of the Special Item is required, in addition to energy points for each play of the Picture at Grand Magister Level.
Just like when Academician/Magister and Professor Levels were introduced in the past, no new collection items are retroactively added to existing pictures at Grand Magsiter Level, however new Pictures do have new items in their rewards list once Grand Magister level is obtained.
Once the Harvest Festival Update is installed, any Pictures and Puzzles that are already over 100% progress in Professor level will not automatically complete. Instead, the Picture/Puzzle must be played one time to trigger the conversion to Grand Magister level.
The conversion is not seamless, like the conversion to Professor level when it was introduced (all progress above 100% Magister at release of update being converted to Professor progress) during the Treasure Island Update. Instead it behaves like the conversion to Acadmecian level when it was introduced (all progress above 100% High Explorer at release of update being completely lost).
This means that any progress above 100% Professor level on a Picture or Puzzle will not be converted into progress at Grand Magister Level. All Pictures and Puzzles will start at 0% Grand Magister Level once converted, regardless of their original progress (above 100%) in Professor level. For example, see the image above of Tavern at 415% Professor becoming 0% Grand Magister Level.
Male Avatar Reward for Timed ChallengesEdit
For the first time since the game introduced Timed Challenge Events, two Avatars are given as the reward for completing the Harvest Festival Event, and two Avatars will also be given for the Halloween 2016 event.
Seeker's Eye renamed Explorer's EyeEdit
The Harvest and Halloween Update has brought a number of name changes to the game, centered around removing the word "Seeker" from the game and replacing it with the word "Explorer". This may have been related to the game developer's (MyTona) second Hidden Object game, which was named Seeker's Notes: Hidden Mystery (previously titled Seeker's Notes: Mysteries of Darkwood), although the change in the Secret Society game was only implemented a year after Seeker's Notes was released.
As part of this "Seeker" purge in the game, the Seeker's Eye Tool has been renamed "Explorer's Eye". No other changes have been made to how the Tool works, the change is just a cosmetic change to the name.
High Seeker level renamed High Explorer Edit
Similar to the Seeker's Eye tools, the word Seeker has been replaced with the word Explorer for this Picture level. No other changes have been made to how the High Explorer Picture level works, the change is just a cosmetic change to the name.
Top 1000 list Top Seekers renamed Top Explorers Edit
The Top Seeker section of the Top 1000 list, which lists players by their total number of completed Quests has also been changed to 'Top Explorers'. Of all the "Seeker to Explorer" name changes spotted so far, this is the one that is most likely to cause confusion for players as the term Explorer does not easily translate to "quests completed" in most people's minds.
Diary Seekers are now Explorers Edit
Quest Seekers are now Explorers Edit
Any reference to the word Seeker in the Quests titles and instructions have now also been changed to "Explorer". For example, see the One-off Item Quest "The unknown Seeker" to find the "Parchment from the papyrus" one-off item, which is now called "The unknown Explorer".
Award Seekers are now Explorers Edit
Any reference to the word Seeker in the Award titles and instructions have now also been changed to "Explorer". For example, the "Silhouette-Seeker" Award, which asks players to win 50 Pictures in Silhouette mode, is now called "Silhouette-Explorer", and the "Lucky Seeker" desktop award has been renamed the "Luck Explorer" desktop award.
Collection Name Changes Edit
As part of the big "Seeker" purge in the Harvest and Halloween Update, a number of Collections and Collection Item names have also been changed to replace the word Seeker with the word Explorer:
1. The rules of the Order
2. Ghost Explorer
3. Jewelry pendants
3. Founding Explorers
3. Diary of Legendary Explorers
The one exception to the "Seeker" purge noted so far is the item "Set of rules of the Seeker", which is the item created when The rules of the Order Collection is combined. This item still has the word Seeker in its name.
Two new Artefacts have been added to the game by the Harvest Festival Update. These can be seen in the Artefacts tab of the Collections Window (at the bottom of the list if sorting is disabled), and, once combined, can be activated from the Talismans tab of the Inventory Window.
The Farmer's Amulet, which players will combine and win as they work through the Harvest Festival Timed Challenges, increases the amount of rewards when visiting friends by 50% for 48 hours when activated.This Artefact works exactly the same as all Talismans/Artefacts related to visiting friends (e.g. past time challenge reward Artefacts and the current Talismans available to buy in the Shop). The 50% increase only applies to the coins and the experience points awarded, both from daily visiting bonuses and from charging items on Friends' Home Desktops whilst visiting them.
Special Items (e.g Ladybugs for the Mill) that are awarded as part of the daily bonuses while visiting friends do not appear to benefit from the amulets 50% increase. Collection Items that "drop" while charging items on Friends' Home Desktops may also not be affected, though this is open to additional analysis.
The Photographer's Amulet, which players can win by combining non-challenge related and giftable collections added by the update, increases rewards items after completing Pictures and Puzzles by 50% for 24 hours when activated.
Witch's Talisman Artefact Updated AgainEdit
Juts like during the Halloween 2014 Update and Halloween 2015 Update, the Halloween 2016 Timed Challenges change the collections required to combine the Witch's Talisman Artefact. The collections that must now be used to combine the Artefact are the 5 new Collections used as part of the Halloween 2016 Timed Challenges. These collections are hidden in the game until the Halloween 2016 Timed Challenges are triggered, and so the Witch's Talisman Artefact also does not change to the new collections until this event in triggered in a game.
Mystery 4th PictureEdit
There is also mention of a 4th new Picture in the game files, unrelated to the two Timed Challenge events added by the Harvest and Halloween Update. "Luxury Train" would require Train Ticket Special Items in addition to energy points for each play. However this picture does not appear in the main files associated with pictures and does not yet have a picture id associated with it, so currently it is not a complete picture that could appear in the game.
Problems with the Harvest and Halloween UpdateEdit
Server Problems Gifting and Visiting Edit
As with all large updates released for the game, the Harvest Festival update will cause an overload in the games servers during peak times for a couple of days immediately following the release of the update on any platform. During this time players may encounter problems visiting and gifting, and be given a "Failure to connect to the servers" error message when trying to interact with the Friends portion of the game. The servers normally go back to normal after a couple of days once all players on that platform have downloaded the new update.
Glitches fixed by the Harvest and Halloween UpdateEdit
Glitches not fixed by the Harvest and Halloween UpdateEdit
First introduced by the Celebration by the Bonfire Update, a number of small issues in the Gifting mechanism have not been fixed by the Harvest and Halloween Update. The main impact of this is inconsistencies with how the numbers appear next to items in a Friends Wish list. These problems do not effect all players all the time.
One issue with the Gifting Mechanism removes numbers next to items in Player's wishlists. Once a player reaches their maximum Collection Item gift limit for the day (has sent 10 Collection Items to Friends), then all the numbers will disappear next to all items in the wishlists of their Friends, even the numbers next to Free Gifts. You can still send Free Gifts to the remaining friends (through either the wishlist or the Free Gift tab) by tapping on the item that you wish to sent until you reach your limit of Free Gifts (1 per Friend, up to 50 Friends maximum). However, the lack of numbers next to items in all remaining Wishlist can be confusing when attempting to figure out who you can still send a Free Gift to and who you cannot.
Conversely, another issue in the Gifting mechanism adds numbers back to wishlists. If a player opens the gifting window for a Friend and sends them a free gift, then all free gifts in that Friend's wishlist will change from having a 1 next to them (indicating that 1 can be sent) to not having a number next to them (indicating that the 1 free gift has already been sent to that Friend that day). Some players have reported that once they close the gifting window for that Friend, if they reopen it, then all the numbers reappear next to the Free Gifts in that Friend's wishlist. A second Free Gift cannot be sent, but the number 1 next to the items remain. This makes it very difficult for players to track who they have sent Free Gifts to already that day, and who they haven't, since all wishlists will show the 1 indicating that a gift can be sent, but some may be 'fake' indications as those Friends have already been sent a Free Gift.
This change was also made by the Celebration by the Bonfire Update, and has seriously reduced the amount of Anomalies in the game.
Originally Anomalies could appear in 'any' game mode (Text, Silhouette, Night, Pairs, Pieces, Morphs, Curse). The Christmas 2014 Update changed what modes Anomalies could appear in - from this Update onward, Anomalies could no longer appear in Pictures in Night mode. However, they could still appear in every other game mode.
The Celebration by the Bonfire Update further restricted Anomalies, so that they can now 'only' appear in Pictures that are in Text mode. Anomalies will not appear in Pictures that are in any of the other 6 game modes. This makes it very difficult to get anomalies in the game, as Pictures must be played repeatedly until it enters Text mode and then left alone as other pictures are played to trigger an anomaly in the Text mode Picture.
The Harvest and Halloween Update has not fixed this major problem in the game.
- SS Home
- Holiday Updates
- Celebration by the Bonfire Update
- Vacation by the Sea Update (previous)
- Harvest Festival Timed Challenges
- Halloween 2016 Timed Challenges
- Halloween 2016 Update
- Magic Tour Update (next)
- List of Artefacts
- Special Items
- The Magic Cube
- Curiosities Room
- Haunted Attraction