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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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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Raft Pirates Now Pirating Androids

20. March 2013

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Raft Pirates Now Pirating Androids

Tweet I realize there’s a significant problem with stolen apps and jailbroken phones and pirated software, and so I don’t lightly make the suggestion that more piracy on the Android is a good thing. If it’s just the mechanical Raft Pirates, though, the mobile MMO miscreants we told you about a while ago, I figure it’s [...]

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League of Legends + Maroon 5 = Lady Game Lyric

15. March 2013

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League of Legends + Maroon 5 = Lady Game Lyric

Tweet It’s been a while since we’ve shared a new video from our good friend Lady Game Lyric — but she’s hardly been idling! A new video from the songstress of gaming has just debuted today, and it may well be her most elaborate production yet. Donning the guise of Miss Fortune from League of Legends [...]

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Deepworld Crafts a Mobile Version

8. March 2013

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Deepworld Crafts a Mobile Version

Tweet Technically, the crafting/exploration/fighting game Deepworld, from TriplePoint client Bytebin, has had a mobile version for a little while, if you consider your iPad to be a mobile device. The jury may still be out on that last point, but Bytebin has decreed that their game is now truly mobile, thanks to the release of an iPhone-specific [...]

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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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Raft Pirates Will Rob You in Your Sleep

28. February 2013

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Raft Pirates Will Rob You in Your Sleep

Tweet Despite rare exceptions in literature and cinema, pirates are not generally known for being polite or playing fair. So, when someone like TriplePoint client 6waves releases a new pirate-themed MMO, Raft Pirates, and promises a persistent world, that’s a double-edged sword: your loot doesn’t stay safe just because you’re not logged in. If you don’t [...]

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User-Generated Content and Generating Contented Users

20. February 2013

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User-Generated Content and Generating Contented Users

Tweet 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 locations, or localize games, or whichever approach they feel like taking. While there are some notable exceptions, of course, [...]

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Fall into Hell

7. September 2012

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Fall into Hell

Tweet Ah, autumn. I don’t know about you, but when I see the leaves changing to those beautiful oranges and reds, I can’t help but think of anguishing hellfire and murderous demons. My therapist says I need to start medication. Thankfully, I can indulge these thoughts in a new round of Hellgate Global events, announced today [...]

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Gotham City Impostors Going F2P?

29. August 2012

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Gotham City Impostors Going F2P?

Tweet Looks like Gotham City Impostors is heading for a free-to-play model, if the Open Steamworks Content Description Record Database is to be believed. Valve’s unofficial record of games reveals an entry titled “Gotham City Impostors F2P Trailer.” While this certainly doesn’t constitute an official announcement, a move to F2P for the comical first-person-shooter multiplayer [...]

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Gaming News Roundup — Tuesday, Aug. 28

28. August 2012

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Gaming News Roundup — Tuesday, Aug. 28

Tweet What’s Zynga up to? A new domain has popped up online called zyngambler.com. Could this be the troubled social gaming titan’s next big move? There’s a new iPad game that’s designed to help kids understand the electoral process … understand it, but not necessarily agree with it. BioWare’s Jeff Hickman shares some views on [...]

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Gaming News Roundup — Monday, Aug. 27

27. August 2012

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Gaming News Roundup — Monday, Aug. 27

Tweet Frisky Mongoose suspects plenty of people missing from work tomorrow since the Guild Wars 2 servers unlock in a matter of hours. Has the release date of the Wii U been leaked? Looks like Steve Perlman from OnLive is stepping down, and the company’s future still looks mysterious. Minecraft on XBLA sells 3.6 million, [...]

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Will World of Warcraft Ever Go Free-to-Play?

27. August 2012

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Will World of Warcraft Ever Go Free-to-Play?

Tweet Blizzard doesn’t have any plans to make World of Warcraft totally free to play any time soon. Presently, the mega MMO is free to play up to level 20, but Blizzard is showing no new interest to go full F2P, even as an increasing number of game developers adopt it. Earlier in the month, [...]

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