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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Here is How it Looks When You Punch People in Chronoblade

27. June 2013

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Here is How it Looks When You Punch People in Chronoblade

Tweet Earlier this week, we learned about Chronoblade, a “free-to-play, side-scrolling action RPG featuring visceral combo-filled gameplay” from nWay (a TriplePoint client). It’s all well and good to share these things with you by telling you about them — it’s what we’re here for, after all — but the TriplePoint team was able to actually sit [...]

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Dragons and Titans Let Wyrms Bite Your Facebook Off

1. May 2013

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Tweet I hope you enjoyed your last few weeks of not being on fire! As we warned you a while ago, TriplePoint client Wyrmbyte is bringing some high-quality dragons to your Facebook page in a Unity-powered MOBA title called Dragons and Titans. Today, that game is in open beta, meaning any of your friends can climb [...]

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More Plants vs. Further Zombies

26. March 2013

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More Plants vs. Further Zombies

Tweet A double dose of undead defense news sprouted up today from PopCap Games — their iconic lawn-defense title, Plants vs. Zombies, is coming back in two distinct forms. For starters, the game’s going social, coming soon to Facebook as Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, promising that the game is “expanding with endless waves of new characters, strategies, [...]

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SmashMuck SteamPAX BetaLunacy

6. March 2013

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SmashMuck SteamPAX BetaLunacy

Tweet If you follow the MOBA genre, you’ll be familiar with a broad variety of heroes, or champions, or whatever a specific game chooses to call its roster of playable characters — eclectic combatants designed to look and play differently, allowing teams to match up complementary powers and let players develop personal play styles. SmashMuck Champions, [...]

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MechWarrior Online Brings the Pain

17. August 2012

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MechWarrior Online Brings the Pain

Tweet Is this perhaps the most beautiful MMO games you’ve ever seen? MechWarrior Online is powered by CryENGINE 3, includes giants robots, and is almost here. Though the final release of the game will be free to play, customers can currently purchase a “Founders Pack” in order to receive one-month, two-month or three-month access to [...]

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Gaming News Roundup—Wednesday, August 08

8. August 2012

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Gaming News Roundup—Wednesday, August 08

Tweet Zynga COO John Schappert has resigned amid the company’s financial troubles. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli goes on record and says tablets will overtake consoles in popularity. The Verge takes an in-depth look at the impact of piracy on the now-F2P game Dead Trigger. Developers try to bring Epic Skater to mobile devices, Jump Games launches a [...]

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Ultima Forever F2P Online RPG Heading to PC and iPad

6. August 2012

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Ultima Forever F2P Online RPG Heading to PC and iPad

Tweet Ultima Online has enjoyed a storied history since its release in 1997. It was the first MMORPG to reach the 100,000 subscriber base. It may be hard to view that statistic as impressive when MMO subscriptions these days reach into the millions, but keep in mind that Ultima Online was released back when you [...]

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Snail Games is Not Slowing Down

23. May 2012

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Snail Games is Not Slowing Down

Tweet For a company named after a sluggish critter, TriplePoint client Snail Games USA is kind of speeding up their routine. They’re going to E3 for the first time this year, and while they’re there, they’ll be showing off five different MMOs, ranging from Wushu to penguins. Guys, have snails taught you nothing? Slow and [...]

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Snarky Facebook RPG Fantasy University Now Open to All

21. October 2010

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Snarky Facebook RPG Fantasy University Now Open to All

Tweet Fantasy University, the pop-culture referencing, snarktastic, Facebook-based roleplaying game from TriplePoint client Simutronics (which we previewed), entered open beta today – meaning, unlike before, anyone with a Facebook account can get in on the Harry-Potter-on-acid antics. Here’s the press release: ELANTHIA – October 20, 2010 Fantasy University, the premier fallback institution for students rejected [...]

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Céiron Wars Open Beta Launch Date Announced

24. September 2010

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Céiron Wars Open Beta Launch Date Announced

Tweet Céidot Game Studios is happy to announce an official open beta launch date with a mini-movie for Céiron Wars, which is an RPG-Strategy game based on a dark atmosphere of Céiron universe. Before the open beta, players whose commanders are created via our pre-registration tool will be able start the game with special bonuses. [...]

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