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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Hotel Dash Takes Up Occupancy on Google Play

5. August 2013

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Hotel Dash Takes Up Occupancy on Google Play

Tweet See Flo. See Flo Dash. See Flo Dash Diners, Chase Cookery, Whale on Weddings, and Wrangle up Rushes. See Flo fly. Fly, Flo, fly! Needless to say, if there’s some time to be managed and a job that needs to be rushed, Flo’s your girl. Now, PlayFirst (a TriplePoint client) has given the plucky [...]

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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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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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Angry Birds Star Wars II Includes Physical Toys

15. July 2013

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Angry Birds Star Wars II Includes Physical Toys

Tweet You know, I’ll admit it: despite my admiration for the polish and charm that Rovio puts into its games, I felt dubious when Angry Birds Star Wars first arrived on the scene. The curmudgeonly cynic in me just rolled his eyes, and thought, “great; two powerhouse franchises teaming up for an obvious cash-in.” Of course, [...]

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Thursday Appdate: Tiny Thief

11. July 2013

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Thursday Appdate: Tiny Thief

Tweet If there’s one thing you can always count on in a Rovio game, it’s charm. Every title in the Angry Birds series is loaded with it, which is what’s made the franchise a household name, and it’s extremely evident in their new Rovio Stars publishing initiative as well. The newest title in that initiative, Tiny Thief, [...]

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Sprinkle Islands Now Available on Continents Everywhere

11. July 2013

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Sprinkle Islands Now Available on Continents Everywhere

Tweet Forgive me for gushing, but when this deluge of news flows my way, I’ve just got to pour it out on the page: Sprinkle Islands, the new firefighting sequel from Mediocre (a TriplePoint client), is out today on iOS and Android. We let out a few drops of info last month, but now the entire [...]

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You Have 94 Seconds to Utterly Destroy Your Friends

10. July 2013

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You Have 94 Seconds to Utterly Destroy Your Friends

Tweet 94 seconds is barely enough time to gather your thoughts and think of one suitable answer to a word-based trivia question, but 94 Seconds gives you precisely that long to come up with as many answers as you can. One category, one letter to start with, one stressful conundrum. Now, however, Scimob (a TriplePoint client) [...]

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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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Puzzle & DS: Puzzle & Dragons Z Coming to Nintendo 3DS

3. July 2013

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Puzzle & DS: Puzzle & Dragons Z Coming to Nintendo 3DS

Tweet We keep talking about runaway mobile hit Puzzle & Dragons from GungHo Online Entertainment, seeing as how it’s made more money than anything ever, but they just keep on doing more, getting bigger, and usurping the world. Over on Siliconera, they’ve got a trailer and a story summary for Puzzle & Dragons Z, an enhanced version [...]

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A Trickle of News About Sprinkle Islands

28. June 2013

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A Trickle of News About Sprinkle Islands

Tweet The last time we checked in with our exceptional friends at Mediocre (a TriplePoint client), they were busy teaching us about the persistence of the elderly by showing us an old lady who plows through walls on roller skates. This time, they’ve got a few tips on fire safety from their upcoming game Sprinkle Islands: [...]

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Stuck in Phone LIMBO

26. June 2013

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Stuck in Phone LIMBO

Tweet Being in phone limbo is a terrifying prospect: caught in a never-ending loop of automated response menus, waiting on hold with only one terrible song playing over and over again, waiting for human contact that never comes. Well, now being in limbo on your phone just got a lot scarier, but in a supremely [...]

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Evilot Hasalot More Platforms

21. June 2013

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Evilot Hasalot More Platforms

Tweet So you’d like to playalot of Evilot from Syrenaica (a TriplePoint client), but you’ve got no iPad? Well, those do costalot of money, but don’t cryalot — as of right now, you’ve gotalot more options. Evilot is out now on the iPhone, as well as on the PC — presumably, if you’re reading this post, you [...]

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