Papa Smurf Is Not Amused By Your Sweatshop Tactics

Last week famed indie-developer Jenova Chen explained how to cheat your way through iGame Smurf Village. This week Papa Smurf caught wind of the underhandedness. He was not amused.

Sometime after our article ran about Smurfing your way to a perfect Smurf village on the iPhone or iPad, Capcom got wise and released a new "winter wonderland update". They also apparently tipped off Papa Smurf about the cheating.

Those of us who used the clock cheat to turn their Smurf Village into a white and blue sweatshop were greeted with a message from the big man himself when they logged back in.

Papa Smurf's smiling face is backed by the threat of an all-out Smurf union strike: "I'm disappointed that you've been overworking the Smurfs by changing the clock," he writes in a pop-up window in the game. "Careful, or Smurfs will leave the village."

What's next Papa? An accidental fire? Maybe Smurfs get a little clumsy, literally, like Clumsy Smurf, and things start to break? Just don't ask me to buy Smurf protection with Smurf Berries. It's not Smurfing happening.

A word to the wise. Don't download that winter update until you've had your fill of exploiting Smurfs with long hours and no pay.


    Could you make the comparison here to video game piracy?
    You're purposely avoiding paying money to a game developer but still getting all the benefits of that game?

    For me, I hate these types of games. For one it's exactly like real life! I'm reminded of the yard work simulator on the Simpsons.
    I can plant vege's in my garden, take time and get something to eat, or I can pay more money and buy them from a supermarket.

    Heck, I can buy wood nails and bricks. Spending time to make a house, or I can spend money to get a builder to make me one.
    The benefits are that Papa smurf doesn't call the authorities when I exploit migrant workers to save time and money.

    When you start having to spend real money to buy virtual money, it stops being a game. I'd rather my kids (or any adult) spends that extra cash on an RC hobby (upgrading parts), adds another action figure to their band of heroes, or even increasing their lego collection. You know something real and tactile that won't get lost and forgotten after a week.

      How is this anything like piracy? All the berries do is reduce the time for crops to grow.

      It's not like the devs worked hard on adding features. It probably took all of 10 minutes to code, and is purely to exploit money from impatient people.

    They never leave the village. It's a guilt trip.

    Don't know if their programmers just haven't worked out how to do it yet or are deliberately guilt-tripping people, but in the interest of science I've powerlevelled from Lv1 to Lv22 with him whinging every 3 or so times I do this about Smurfs leaving, and they never do.

    As you were. (working as of 2010-12-18)

    I read on other websites that when papa smurf warns u about smurfs Leaving the village, it's just an empty "threat" and it's not really gonna happen. So I became quite brave with my little illegal labor act and did it about 5 times a day. I think I messed up my game data though, because when I first get to the menu page of the game, the game would prevent me from logging in by popping up a window that requests me to change my device time. Is this just messed up game data or has Capcom finally figured out a way to put a stop to this cheat?

    so the papa will came back?

    If you turn off Internet Papa Smurf won't say that .

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