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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Indentured Servitude Remains Fun in Papa’s Cupcakeria

7. August 2013

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Indentured Servitude Remains Fun in Papa’s Cupcakeria

Tweet Papa Louie, the mustachioed restaurateur who stars in Flipline’s ongoing Papa Louie Arcade series, is a shrewd businessman — and also kind of a jerk. Every few months, the guy offers a hapless guy or gal some fantastic prize, say, season tickets to the home team. The catch, of course, is that you’ll be [...]

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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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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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King is the New King of Facebook

8. July 2013

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King is the New King of Facebook

Tweet The king is dead; long live King.com. That’s the news today about the newest ascendant to the Facebook throne — according to data tracked by our friends at Inside Social Games, Zynga has finally been knocked out of the #1 spot for Monthly Active Users (MAU) across its Facebook titles. The new reigning champ for [...]

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Bugs to Deal With: INSECTION Kickstarter Begins

3. July 2013

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Bugs to Deal With: INSECTION Kickstarter Begins

Tweet When someone tells you there’s a few bugs in the system, it’s not generally a good thing, but occasionally they mean there is literally an entire solar system and giant insects are swarming it and attempting to kill everyone in sight. Then, it’s a worse thing. If you are against the extermination of all [...]

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Bones to Pick: Five-Up Dominoes World

2. July 2013

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Bones to Pick: Five-Up Dominoes World

Tweet Poker, poker, poker, Scrabble, and probably more poker — those are the games one instantly thinks of when they imagine real-time social games on Facebook. Sure, there have been some high-end exceptional real-time games on the network, but in terms of casual sit-down-and-play titles, poker is generally in the cards. (It was too easy [...]

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League of Legends + Once = Lady Game Lyric

1. July 2013

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League of Legends + Once = Lady Game Lyric

Tweet Oh, Lady Game Lyric; your clever words and pleasing tunes have knocked down every tower guarding the middle lane to our hearts. Our favorite LoL lyricist — a League of Lyrics player, if you will — is back with her latest masterparody. It’s a melancholy tale about what happens when you’ve lost a game [...]

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Tynon Gets its Shine On

27. June 2013

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Tynon Gets its Shine On

Tweet It’s been a while since we heard from the Tynon team (a TriplePoint client) about their story-driven social RPG. It’s been through a lot since then — and now it’s debuting an all-new Tynon experience, with “a rich, epic story and vivid, high-quality art.” You can get to know Tynon all over again, right here. From the [...]

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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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