Pixel People is a fun game. It’s pretty, it’s addictive, and it’s full of clever hidden jokes. But if you come at the game without a plan, you’ll waste a lot of time. Since most people don’t have free time in spades, I’ve compiled a list of tips and guidelines that will help you splice together genes efficiently.
The game is all about unlocking professions, and to do that you need space, coins, and utopium. Here’s how to best use your time to get as much of those three things as possible.
How to Maximize your Coins
Build a bank
To maximize your coin intake, you’ll want to build a bank early on. Banks make all of your fully-occupied buildings generate double the number of coins. Which brings us to…
Fill those buildings
Once you have a bank, filled buildings work twice as hard for you. So fill ’em up.
Max out your Spirit
You build Spirit by purchasing decorations. Spirit gives you discounts on land expansions, which become ever more expensive as you progress. So always max out your Spirit to minimize the cost of land expansions.
Build a farm
A farm turns the hearts you’ve collected into coins by temporarily doubling your coin production. Once you collect a dozen or so hearts, go to the farm and tap the Activate button to temporarily double your buildings’ coin production. You should do this as often as you can to maximize your coin intake.
Pay $1.99 to double production times
If you have a couple bucks to spare and you’re in it for the long haul, build an Enterprise building. In this building you can pay $1.99 to permanently double all of your buildings’ production times. This makes a big difference in how often you have to tap on your buildings and how much money you rack up when you set the game down. I think this is one in-app purchase that’s worth doing.
How to Maximize your Utopium
Trees take up one space apiece, and aside from looking nice, they randomly generate either coins or utopium every few minutes. You can earn up to 25 utopium a day from trees, so plant some trees and keep an eye on them.
Use the “free utopium” button (carefully)
The “free utopium” button is visible when you tap the plus sign in the upper left corner of the screen. This brings you to ad offers that give you free utopium in exchange for things like filling out surveys, watching ads, or buying stuff. You can get loads of free utopium this way, but many of the ads are shady, hard to navigate, or require personal information.
I wouldn’t recommend giving any company on here your phone number or address–and certainly not your credit card number. Instead, you might want to create a spam email address to use. That lets you sign up for whatever the ad requires and confirm your identity, but keeps your personal inbox free of the junk they send.
Even if you don’t enter any personal information, you can still earn free utopium points by watching ads or installing free apps. The offers change regularly, so even if you don’t see anything you want to do today, try again tomorrow.
How to Maximize your Space
Fill those buildings
Not only does filling your buildings double your coin intake once you have a bank, but it’s also the best use of your precious space. The less often you expand your space, the more time you have to save up coins to spend on those pricey expansions.
Build only Shiny Towers
Once you unlock the Shiny Tower residence, don’t build anything else to house your people. They cost quite a bit, but they’re the most economical building to use, since they house six people and only take up one space.
Use an online profession guide
If you don’t mind engaging in some minor, shall we say, flexing of the rules, it’s often helpful to refer to a gene guide. Several are available online, including this one.
Build these buildings
Casino – Grants you one free thing every day, like animals or buildings that don’t count against your available space.
Utopia HQ – Gives you “missions” that you can complete to unlock important genes you won’t find anywhere else.
Utopium Mine – Gives you one or two utopium per day.
Animal Shelter – Gives you a free animal every day.
Keep a list of genes to splice
In Pixel People as in life, a little planning goes a long way. When you stumble on a profession you want to splice together, write it down to consult later, when you have an available clone.
And last but not least, mute it
You’ll undoubtedly figure this one out on your own, but this game is extremely annoying with the sound on. Everything you tap makes a noise, and most of the noises are awful. Mute it to stay sane.