So, you've read over our guide, tips, and tricks for Pixel People, but you still have questions? Chances are we've got you covered in your Frequently Asked Questions guide for Pixel People!
Pixel People FAQ # 5: What are animals, how do I get animals, and what are animals good for?
The easiest way to get animals in Pixel People is to collect hearts. You gain hearts by tapping on houses that have a Heart icon over them, and then holding down the heart-shaped button. Hearts are tracked at the top of the screen, and as you gain them the empty hearts along the top will start to fill. When the bar is completely full, you'll earn a prize. Usually the prize is either an animal or a small amount of coins. Hearts are free, unlimited, and easy to get, so this is a simple way to earn prizes.
You can also trade animals with your friends, which is a good way to get rid of duplicates or get one you're having a hard time finding. This requires that you be connected to Facebook, and you'll need the Pet Store building (Requires Cashier, Salesman + Assistant)
If you have the Animal Shelter (Requires an Animal Trainer, which is a Sheriff and a Vet), you can adopt an animal once per day. This is similar to the prize you get from collecting Hearts, but guaranteed to be an animal.
Additionally, you can get a lot of animals at once from the Arcade (Requires a Game Designer, Programmer + Artist), where you can play the Claw Game for free once per day. Sometimes I've gotten a 4-pack of animals from this!
Once you have animals, they will sort of hang out around your town. I see them most often in the trees, personally. They won't do anything interesting while just hanging around your town, though.
The primary use for animals is in quests, which you can do once you have Utopia HQ (Requires Civil Servant, Bureaucrat + Secretary). You can get various rewards (including new genes!) from completing quests. Quests tend to require animals in some form or fashion. The animals are used up when the quest completes, though. :(
Pixel People FAQ # 4: What buildings are good to have? (Or, What people are good to have?)
There are a couple of super important buildings that you should shoot for early:
- Utopium Mine - (Engineer: Mayor + Mechanic) As we'll cover later, this produces free Utopium once per day. It's also one of the earliest buildings you're likely to unlock.
- Farm - (Farmer: Engineer + Gardener) You can cash in hearts for double coin time here, which is awesome.
- Bank - (Accountant: Secretary + Mathematician) All buildings that are full of workers will produce double coins!
There are some really useful ones as well:
- Telephone Company - (Electrician: Mechanic + Assistant) You can visit your friends' cities to get prizes, and you can leave prizes in your own city for others. Sometimes leaving a prize gives you a free Utopium!
- TV Station - (Cameraman: Photographer + Mechanic) Here you can do tasks for more Utopium, although I will warn you that most of these are pretty scammy. We'll cover this in more detail in the Utopium section.
- Animal Shelter - (Vet: Park Ranger + Doctor) Once a day, you can get some free animals just for visiting!
- Arcade - (Game Designer: Programmer + Artist) Once a day, you can play the Claw Game for free, and you'll probably get a lot of free animals this way. You can also pay coins to play more often, and sometimes this is worth it.
Pixel People FAQ # 3: How do I earn money fast?
Fast money is critical to being able to afford Expansions, which give you more Land. Land is always in short supply!
The key to fast money is:
- The Bank - as I mentioned above, this doubles your earn rate on any workplace that is completely full.
- The Farm - You can spend Hearts here for a temporary doubler on your earn rate - 1 heart = 5 minutes. This doesn't consume them from your heart meter, you get credit for Farmed hearts and Hearts towards prizes at the same time!
Once you have these two stacked, you're ready to really produce coins fast. It also helps to have buildings with high earn rates and long work times.
High earn rate buildings:
- City Square - (Plumber: Engineer + Assistant) 6 slots for workers and a whopping 8x multiplier! The only downside is the 5 minute work time per tap.
- Gallery - (Artist: Architect + Dreamer) This one has 6 slots, but only a 2x multiplier. Still, it works for a bit longer than the City Square.
- Police Station - (Detective: Police Officer + Philosopher) This only has 3 slots, but it has a 4x multiplier and the clones that work here are all high-coin output.
- Business Center - (Accountant: Secretary + Mathematician) 3 slots again, and another 4x multiplier.
- School of Magic - (Wizard: Magician + Scientist) Again, only 3 slots, but a longer work time and holds 15 coins per second worth of workers.
Long work time buildings:
- Stadium - (Athlete: Worker + Farmer) - lots of slots, and a 2 hour work time.
- Circus - (Magician: Accountant + Accountant) - another large building with a 2 hour work time.
- Bunker - (Soldier: Police Officer + Explorer) - only 3 slots here, but still 2 hours worth of work per tap.
If you focus on filling these and other high multiplier/high work time buildings up early, you can max out your coins fast in Pixel People!
Pixel People FAQ # 2: How do I get more Utopium?
There are a couple of "one-time" Utopium sources:
- Police Station Achievement List - Some of the achievements grant Utopium when earned, but you'll need to visit the Achievement List and tap on the achievements to get it.
- Sheriff's Office Credits List - Some of the individual portraits here have Utopium hidden in them! This doesn't reset, but you can get 5 or so free Utopium this way.
There's also some daily things you can do for Utopium:
- In the Telephone Company, you can visit your friends and leave a gift, both of which have a chance of giving you Utopium.
- The Utopium Mine can be visited once daily, and usually gives 1 or 2 Utopium with each visit.
Additionally, you can earn more Utopium by tapping on the little green icons above your trees. This has a relatively low chance of giving you Utopium though. I'd estimate it at less than 1/10 taps gives you Utopium, and it's more like 1/20 or so. Most of the time you'll just get 100 or maybe 1000 coins.
Finally, you can earn Utopium fast by visiting the TV Station and completing "offers." Some of these are easy and simple to do, but the majority are not. I don't really recommend digging deep to get Utopium here, as the offers either require you to spend actual money or give out your personal info and jump through a crazy number of hoops in order to get anything back. If you're going to pay money for Utopium, why not just buy it from the game itself? It's also not really worth the effort or the spam to sign up for the supposedly "free" offers.
Pixel People FAQ # 1: What should I spend my Utopium on?
The # 1 thing you want to spend Utopium on is generating Spirit. Spirit makes everything cheaper, and especially getting more Land via Expansion. Whenever you can, you want your Spirit maxed out. Yes, you can spend coins on low-level Spirit production buildings, but Land is really your limiting factor in this game.
Pro Tip The best conversion from Land to Spirit is the Convenience Store, which takes one Land and 12 Utopium and produces 6 Spirit. Remember that if you're going to spend Utopium, you should use it on buildings that don't require much land, otherwise you're wasting land!
Next, focus on building housing. Again, here you can spend just coins to build houses, but if you invest 6 Utopium in a Shiny Tower, you get space for 6 clones in just 1 unit of Land. With all the workplaces you need to build, you can't afford to waste your land on houses!
One thing you might notice is that Utopium can be spent on trees, and trees also generate Utopium. It might seem like it makes sense to invest your Utopium in more trees, which would then pay for themselves over time. The downside to this plan is that trees cost land, and land is in short supply. Plus, trees generate Utopium so slowly that you'd either have to be obsessive about playing the game or have a whole truckload of trees for this to really pay off. It's still good to have some trees, but I wouldn't consider it a super high priority.