Thursday Appdate: Planet Plop

Thursday Appdate: Planet Plop

My first round of Planet Plop from PiVi lasted all of three seconds. Appearances, I quickly learned, can be deceiving: despite the lighthearted and cartoonish visuals, the upbeat music, and a potentially juvenile name like Planet Plop, I ...

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Wednesdroid: 9 Lives: Casey and Sphynx

Wednesdroid: 9 Lives: Casey and Sphynx

Have you ever had one of those days where everything goes wrong? You know, where you're plagued by angry cats, you accidentally destroy a priceless artifact at your job, and then a bunch of mummies ...

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Wednesdroid: Battle Bears Gold

Wednesdroid: Battle Bears Gold

Industry critics and analysts love to throw around the phrase "console quality" when they describe high-end mobile titles, and it's not difficult to see why. Mobile titles, particularly on tablets, have easily gotten up to ...

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Wednesdroid: Monster Blade

Wednesdroid: Monster Blade

Imagine for a moment that Infinity Blade and Monster Hunter had a child. For starters, it would naturally be named Monster Blade, but ideally, it would also inherit the best traits of its parents, it would ...

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Thursday Appdate: Candymeleon

Thursday Appdate: Candymeleon

Recently on Gamasutra, BitMonster's Lee Perry wrote a very insightful blog on an often intangible facet of game design: player feedback, that bit of game "feel" that makes a game not just fun, but injects ...

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Waiting for Superman: The Beauty of Virality

Waiting for Superman: The Beauty of Virality

One day in October 2012, I happened across this YouTube video with a top-down view of PSY’s concert in Seoul. Over 80,000 people were in attendance, with the crowd spanning entire city blocks. Every member ...

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I Play SimCity Social for the Writing

I Play SimCity Social for the Writing

“SimCity Social?” they ask me. “Sure, it’s got the SimCity branding and all, but isn’t it just another click-and-wait Facebook game?” Though I know the look of skepticism it will produce, my reply is, “Oh, I ...

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User-Generated Content and Generating Contented Users

User-Generated Content and Generating Contented Users

We at Frisky Mongoose like to play a lot of location-based games; it’s kind of our thing. There have been a lot of them over the years, as designers and developers have tried to gamify ...

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Ghost Train: Spookiest Trip in the World

24. June 2013

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Ghost Train: Spookiest Trip in the World

Tweet An important distinction: Soul Train is a musical variety show featuring soul music; it is not a train that ferries souls to the afterlife. Ghost Train, however, is about a train that ferries souls to the afterlife. Now that you understand that difference, you will not be confused when Ghost Train from European developer goodbeans launches on iOS later [...]

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ChronoBlade to Provide Cross-Platform Play in Real Time

24. June 2013

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ChronoBlade to Provide Cross-Platform Play in Real Time

Tweet Get it? Real time? Because the game is called ChronoBlade? Pretty sneaky, sis. Seriously, though, this sounds pretty fantastic: a game that’s going to be on Facebook, OUYA, iOS, Android, and Smart TVs (what, no Atari Lynx?), and will allow real-time cross-platform side-scrolling beat-em-up game-play. Er, gameplay. That’s what’s on offer in ChronoBlade from nWay (a TriplePoint [...]

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Thursday Appdate: Solstice Arena

20. June 2013

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Thursday Appdate: Solstice Arena

Tweet MOBA is an extremely popular genre right now, both as a cerebral, team-based eSport and as a major driver of hits within the games industry. Zynga is perhaps one of the best-known names in game development and publishing in the world. So, when Zynga releases a mobile MOBA, it’s the kind of thing you [...]

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Wednesdroid: Monster Blade

19. June 2013

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Wednesdroid: Monster Blade

Tweet Imagine for a moment that Infinity Blade and Monster Hunter had a child. For starters, it would naturally be named Monster Blade, but ideally, it would also inherit the best traits of its parents, it would be free-to-play, and it would be the Play Pick by Nubee featured in this week’s look at the Google Play [...]

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Wednesdroid: Transformers Legends

5. June 2013

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Wednesdroid: Transformers Legends

Tweet There are plenty of games out there with deceptively rich features: Puzzle & Dragons is more than a simple match-3 game; Thor: Lord of Storms is trickier than your usual 2D RTS. What I’m saying, I suppose, is that a game can be more than meets the eye. Appropriately, this holds true for Transformers Legends, a free-to-play game [...]

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Wednesdroid: Thor: Lord of Storms

22. May 2013

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Wednesdroid: Thor: Lord of Storms

Tweet Spring is here, and Summer isn’t far behind. It’s great time to be outdoors — ideal weather for, say, emerging from demonic portals for a stroll across the plains to destroy the sacred worlds of Yggdrasil. Well, Thor is here to put a stop to that with a few Spring storms, and he’s brought [...]

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SmashMuck Champions Smashes Ideas into Game and Players into Beta

22. May 2013

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SmashMuck Champions Smashes Ideas into Game and Players into Beta

Tweet SmashMuck Champions! The game that let players come up with the idea of a “transforming robot shark with lasers” and “Platimus, the half-unicorn, half-platypus, completely awesome Champion.” To say they’re open to suggestion over at TriplePoint client Kiz Studios is to master the concept of understatement. So, we should perhaps not be surprised that [...]

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Thursday Appdate: Running with Friends

16. May 2013

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Thursday Appdate: Running with Friends

Tweet Friendship may or may not be magic, but it helps you accomplish an awful lot in the realm of gaming. In Zynga’s library alone, if you’ve got friends, you can match words, you can hang, maybe scramble a bit, share of game of chess; your friends are fairly versatile when it comes to recreation. [...]

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Puzzle & Dragons & $3.7M per Day

13. May 2013

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Puzzle & Dragons & $3.7M per Day

Tweet So, remember a couple of weeks ago when we checked out Puzzle & Dragons to see what was captivating the world into shelling out $2.5 million per day for the match-three-RPG-monster-collection-awesomeness game? Here’s another funny story — that number is now up to $3.75 million per day. Puzzle & Dragons, according to a story on GamesIndustry this [...]

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Wednesdroid: Angry Birds Friends

8. May 2013

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Wednesdroid: Angry Birds Friends

Tweet Are they angry, or are they friendly? I guess the two aren’t mutually exclusive, as demonstrated in today’s featured game for the Wednesday Google Play update: Angry Birds Friends, another healthy dose of pig-smashery from the rascals at Rovio. It’s a new title that easily lends itself to a quick try, since it’s free, and [...]

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Wednesdroid: Puzzle & Dragons

1. May 2013

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Wednesdroid: Puzzle & Dragons

Tweet So, here’s a funny story: I was checking out the titles on offer in today’s Google Play update, and one of the titles leapt out at me: Puzzle & Dragons. Yes, it’s very true that I love puzzles and I’m reasonably fond of dragons, but the title seemed familiar somehow. Probably because of all those [...]

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Pac-Man Eats the Last of Your Spare Time on Google Play

25. March 2013

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Pac-Man Eats the Last of Your Spare Time on Google Play

Tweet I’m not going to insult you by attempting to explain who PAC-MAN is, or his appeal, or make some joke about his appetite. Let’s cut right to the chase: the world’s leading consumer of dots is going free-to-play in a new mobile iteration, called PAC-MAN +Tournaments, and it’s out now on Google Play. If you’ve [...]

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