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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Rushing Waters: New Kingdom Rush Frontiers Content Inbound

29. July 2013

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Rushing Waters: New Kingdom Rush Frontiers Content Inbound

Tweet When the sequel to possibly our favorite tower defense game came out last month, we were understandably excited. Kingdom Rush Frontiers represented a fresh dose of everything we loved in the title, including new levels, new enemies, and new heroes to fight them off, complete with the usual mayhem and humor that Ironhide Game Studio [...]

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Puzzle & Dragons & Infographics & All the Money

26. July 2013

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Puzzle & Dragons & Infographics & All the Money

Tweet Chalk up another milestone for runaway hit Puzzle & Dragons from GungHo. The game’s userbase is up to 17 Million in Japan alone, according to Tech in Asia, and that’s keeping their $3.7M per day revenue going strong. To put this in simple and pleasantly colorful terms, the folks at Download Free Games have pieced [...]

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Thursday Appdate: Le Vamp

25. July 2013

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Thursday Appdate: Le Vamp

Tweet When is it good to be bad? There’s a lot of pretty fantastic games out there that do pretty well for themselves by allowing the player the chance to thrive as the ‘bad guy’ – Evilot, Don’t Touch My Gems, and Vampire Season to name just a few. In some cases, these games work because beating [...]

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If You Like the DASH Series So Much, Why Don’t You Marry It

25. July 2013

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If You Like the DASH Series So Much, Why Don’t You Marry It

Tweet Hey, little sister, where have you gone? Oh — you went looking for something new to play on your Android. Well, PlayFirst (a TriplePoint client) has been showing the Google Play store a lot of love lately. Enough love, in fact, that they’ve just given the world an engaging new title: Wedding Dash. The [...]

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Wednesdroid: 9 Lives: Casey and Sphynx

24. July 2013

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Wednesdroid: 9 Lives: Casey and Sphynx

Tweet 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 try to strangle you while you start turning into a cat yourself? The life of a museum security guard [...]

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Aarklash: Legacy Has a Confrontational Website

24. July 2013

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Aarklash: Legacy Has a Confrontational Website

Tweet Cyanide Studio really is one of the most confrontational companies around. When they’re not confronting you with Dogs of War, it seems they’re busy establishing an entire legacy based around confrontation. Put another way, Cyanide Studio (a TriplePoint client) is going to release Aarklash: Legacy, a game based around the Confrontation franchise, and there’s a new website [...]

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Put Your Head in the Clouds: Vendetta Online + Oculus Rift

24. July 2013

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Put Your Head in the Clouds: Vendetta Online + Oculus Rift

Tweet Spacefaring MMORPG Vendetta Online is notable, among other reasons, for being playable on multiple platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, iPad, and now, your face. As of today, Guild Software (a TriplePoint client) is adding Oculus Rift support to Vendetta, meaning you can plug the virtual reality device into your PC and strap the game directly to your eyeballs [...]

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Award Winning Sky Gamblers Now Gambling on Cold War Outcome

23. July 2013

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Award Winning Sky Gamblers Now Gambling on Cold War Outcome

Tweet You never walk away from the table when you’re on a winning streak — not even if that table is up in the sky somehow. You may recall the last time we discussed Sky Gamblers from Atypical Games (a TriplePoint client), they were definitely enjoying a win: Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders had just won the prestigious [...]

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Monkeys Hate Bloons and Also Monkeys: Bloons TD Battles

22. July 2013

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Monkeys Hate Bloons and Also Monkeys: Bloons TD Battles

Tweet If you’ve spent as much time as I have defending things with towers, you’ve probably come to understand a few truisms of the genre. Kingdoms are best protected by someone yelling “Archers, ready;” we don’t want zombies on the lawn, orcs are very flammable, and most of all, monkeys hate bloons. Just hate ‘em [...]

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Nuclear Outrun Outnow

19. July 2013

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Nuclear Outrun Outnow

Tweet You’ve had ample warning that this day was coming, so if you fail to escape the vaporizing blast in Gamenauts‘ Nuclear Outrun, you will get no sympathy from us. Gamenauts (a TriplePoint client) has been quite clear that they’d be unleashing atomic armageddon this week, and you’ve had more than enough time to start getting [...]

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Dragons Are in Season; Titans Are Also in Season

18. July 2013

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Dragons Are in Season; Titans Are Also in Season

Tweet Being around Dragons and Titans is fairly dangerous; that much should be a no-brainer. Over 600,000 users of the game have figured that out so far. What happens, though, when those Dragons and Titans go into season? Well, they get much more aggressive, putting on epic battles for dominance and generally slaughtering everyone and everything [...]

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Arena of Heroes is a Mobile Cross-Platform Turn-based Asynchronous Multiplayer Online Battle Arena

17. July 2013

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Arena of Heroes is a Mobile Cross-Platform Turn-based Asynchronous Multiplayer Online Battle Arena

Tweet So, is that enough genres and buzzwords in one description for you? Stay with me on this one, because it’s worth the explanation: start off with your standard MOBA setup, including most of the features of a League of Legends or Defense of the Ancients. You’ve got a symmetrical map with three lanes, a series of [...]

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