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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Tiny Brains Coming to Big Conventions and New Consoles

23. May 2013

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Tiny Brains Coming to Big Conventions and New Consoles

Tweet Want to try out Tiny Brains? Unless your brain is actually tiny, the answer is plainly ‘yes.’ If you’re not interested in a “3D co-op action puzzle game in which up to four players can take the role of tiny (but super-powered!) lab animals,” then there’s something wrong with you and we at Frisky Mongoose cannot [...]

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Puzzle & Dragons & $3.7M per Day

13. May 2013

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Puzzle & Dragons & $3.7M per Day

Tweet So, remember a couple of weeks ago when we checked out Puzzle & Dragons to see what was captivating the world into shelling out $2.5 million per day for the match-three-RPG-monster-collection-awesomeness game? Here’s another funny story — that number is now up to $3.75 million per day. Puzzle & Dragons, according to a story on GamesIndustry this [...]

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Sunstorm Games Hits a Milestorm

9. May 2013

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Sunstorm Games Hits a Milestorm

Tweet Sometimes, as a developer, all the good news hits at once in a perfect storm of boast-worthy data. If you happen to be Sunstorm Games, a TriplePoint client and mobile games developer, perhaps you look forward to the day you can call yourself a perfect Sunstorm — but until then, hitting 10 Million Monthly [...]

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Skydog Fetches Kickstarter Goals, Adds New Tricks

7. May 2013

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Skydog Fetches Kickstarter Goals, Adds New Tricks

Tweet About a month ago, we told you that TriplePoint client PowerCloud Systems intended to kickstart a new way to manage your Wi-Fi networks at home and abroad. We asked that you look into kicking in to said Kickstarter, and as of today, it would appear that you listened, since the funding goal of $75K [...]

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Discovery Apps Discovering New Bans from Apple

6. May 2013

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Discovery Apps Discovering New Bans from Apple

Tweet Anyone can recommend a good app — that’s a lot of what we do here at Frisky Mongoose, in fact. If you recommend apps using an app, however, you may have some problems: according to an article this morning on PocketGamer, a new spate of recommendation and sharing apps have found themselves on the business [...]

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Mobile Gaming USA West to Give Declarations of Independents

24. April 2013

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Mobile Gaming USA West to Give Declarations of Independents

Tweet Despite just getting over GDC and Game Connection, San Francisco never goes too long without a gaming conference. Coming up next month is Mobile Gaming USA West, a conference presented by TriplePoint client Video Games Intelligence, and the newest track they’ll be providing is “Independent’s Day, an afternoon of conference sessions and networking focused on [...]

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EA Stops Fish from Playing, SimCity Social Closing June 14

15. April 2013

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EA Stops Fish from Playing, SimCity Social Closing June 14

Tweet Looks like I won’t be playing SimCity Social for the writing, or for any other reason, anymore. Yesterday, EA made the sad announcement that it was closing down its Playfish line of Facebook games, including SimCity Social, The Sims Social, Pet Society, and others. Those three are scheduled to go offline on June 14. In an [...]

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Mobile Devs are Coo-coo for Cocos2d-x

10. April 2013

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Mobile Devs are Coo-coo for Cocos2d-x

Tweet It must feel pretty great to be recognized as one of the top companies in your field. Being one of the top 50 mobile developers, for example, as declared by PocketGamer; that would make you proud of what you do. So, how awesome must it feel to be 12 of the top 50 developers at [...]

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Skydog Fetches Your Kid’s Online Activity from the Cloud

9. April 2013

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Skydog Fetches Your Kid’s Online Activity from the Cloud

Tweet Two things you need to know right away about Skydog: first, their logo is a dog wearing a cape. Check it out. Secondly, it’s a new router/network-management/child-upsetting system that gives you the following superpowers: Set up and control your Wi-Fi network from anywhere, including outside of your Wi-Fi network Get a detailed log of [...]

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BizBash Doubles Dutch, DoubleDutch Bashes Biz

8. April 2013

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BizBash Doubles Dutch, DoubleDutch Bashes Biz

Tweet BizBash is a place where events and the planning of those events are analyzed, reported, and shared. DoubleDutch, a TriplePoint client, is a place where event managers set up tools to drive social engagement and feedback during the events they’ve planned. If only we could get those crazy kids together! Well, we can’t, but [...]

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Game Connection Picks a Good Game and Good Companies Connected to Games

4. April 2013

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Game Connection Picks a Good Game and Good Companies Connected to Games

Tweet So, Game Connection happened last week, which we mentioned. As one would hope, it was an event where people connected with games — as players, as publishers, and as promoters. TriplePoint client Connection Events has shared a few highlights that are connected to the event, including a record-breaking attendance… A total of 1,650 attendees [...]

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Goodbye, LucasArts, and Thank You

3. April 2013

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Goodbye, LucasArts, and Thank You

Tweet This is my Corley Motors keychain. Corley Motors is a fictional motorcycle manufacturer that the player, as gang leader Ben, must save from a hostile takeover in the classic LucasArts adventure Full Throttle.  Together with Grim Fandango and his work on the Monkey Island series and Day of the Tentacle (all also LucasArts games), Full Throttle is one of [...]

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