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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iDied: LIMBO is Out for iOS

3. July 2013

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iDied: LIMBO is Out for iOS

Tweet The good thing about watching a scary movie or playing a terrifying game is that, if things get too freaky, you can just put it down and walk away for a while. So, when we heard that Playdead (a TriplePoint client) was putting their award-winning and unsettling game LIMBO on mobile devices so it [...]

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PvZ2 F2P? OK

3. June 2013

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PvZ2 F2P? OK

Tweet As much fun as we’ve had with the new Facebook iteration of horticultural tower defense game Plants vs. Zombies — namely, Plants vs. Zombies Adventures — we’ve continued to hungrily desire the full-fledged sequel that PopCap announced a while back. It’s the sort of game we could easily see ourselves shuffling across a crowded lawn to [...]

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Win a Plants vs Zombies Adventures Beta Key

8. May 2013

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Win a Plants vs Zombies Adventures Beta Key

Tweet Playing in the beta test for Plants vs Zombies Adventures requires precise timing and quick reflexes. I don’t know whether you’ll need those things to play the game itself, but to actually get into the beta, that’s what you’re going to need: the new Facebook adaptation of PopCap’s PopuLar tower defense title is in beta right [...]

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July 2013 is when Plants vs. Zombies 2 is Happening

6. May 2013

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July 2013 is when Plants vs. Zombies 2 is Happening

Tweet The news about Plants vs. Zombies 2 has a vital new detail: a release window! We shared the news back in March that PopCap had revealed PvZ2, but nothing else apart from that it existed and that it would show up this summer. Well, now “summer” has been narrowed down to “July.” Plants vs. Zombies [...]

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Get Into the Closed Beta for Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

22. April 2013

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Get Into the Closed Beta for Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

Tweet So, a little while ago, we told you PopCap was working on a couple of new ways for you to thwart the undead through clever horticulture. The more social selection in those upcoming titles, Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, is coming to Facebook some time in the near future, and if you’re anything like me, you’d [...]

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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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Your Daily AppGratis: Plants vs. Zombies

21. February 2013

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Your Daily AppGratis: Plants vs. Zombies

Tweet Every day, TriplePoint client AppGratis locates an app that they think ought to be free for a day. We download and take a look for ourselves to let you know what awaits you – why not? It’s free. I want to tell you to stop what you’re doing right now and go get PopCap’s fantastic Plants vs. Zombies, which is [...]

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Gaming News Roundup — Wednesday, Aug. 22

22. August 2012

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Gaming News Roundup — Wednesday, Aug. 22

Tweet Read about the game development engine Unity and how it will factor into Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. “Our mission at Unity has always been to provide solutions for developers to effortlessly bring their work to as many different platforms as possible,” Unity CEO David Helgason said. In Facebook gaming news, we take [...]

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Gaming News Roundup — Tuesday, Aug. 21

21. August 2012

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Gaming News Roundup — Tuesday, Aug. 21

Tweet There’s troubling news in the gaming industry as a number of developers withstand layoffs. PopCap cofounder John Vechey offers some candid words on a fundamental shift in gaming. The PS3/PC hybrid title Dust 514 enters its beta stage. And mobile games forge ahead with good news for iPad gamers. iOS will enjoy some retro [...]

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Plants vs. Zombies Sequel Announced

20. August 2012

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Plants vs. Zombies Sequel Announced

Tweet Let the sun shine on flowerbeds and call forth legions of zombie-killing flora and fauna. Plants vs. Zombies is getting a sequel. PVZ is the kind of game I purchased for multiple people during Steam sales, simply because it’s the perfect example of a game everyone needs to play at least once. Or twice. [...]

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What Kind of Facebook Gamer Are You?

18. February 2011

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What Kind of Facebook Gamer Are You?

Tweet Facebook! It is everywhere and everything, and it consumes us all. I would bet ten dollars that, as you read this, you’ve got Facebook open right now in another tab or window. It is also home to several thousand games, with more arriving every day, appealing to audiences from every walk of life. So, [...]

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Bookworm Now On GSN, PCHGames.com Announces September Events

10. September 2010

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Bookworm Now On GSN, PCHGames.com Announces September Events

Tweet This week has been filled with news from the casual gaming space, and today is no exception, as we have announcements from two casual gaming portals, GSN and PCHGames.com. From GSN, we see a very well-known game being added to the ranks from an equally popular developer, and from PCHGames.com we have the reveal [...]

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