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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Mortal Instruments Not a Game About Dying Pianos

9. August 2013

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Mortal Instruments Not a Game About Dying Pianos

Tweet When I hear about a game entitled The Mortal Instruments, I naturally imagine a game about a saxophone and a piano with only six months to live, and they need to put on one last amazing concert before it’s their time. Then I find out that The Mortal Instruments is actually a book series and an upcoming [...]

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Nun + Run + Gun = Fun

8. August 2013

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Nun + Run + Gun = Fun

Tweet It’s remarkable, given their tendency towards reclusive lives in the convent, that nuns find so many reasons to go on the offensive. The nun squad from Frima Studio (a TriplePoint client) does seem to run into grotesque demon hordes pretty frequently, though, so I’m sure they can be forgiven. (They would know best about [...]

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Fun Run Turns Out to Be Pretty Fun

7. August 2013

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Fun Run Turns Out to Be Pretty Fun

Tweet Sometimes a recipe for success doesn’t seem unlikely at all: take Fun Run by Dirtybit (a TriplePoint client), for example. In the developers’ own words, it’s inspired by “Classic multiplayer games like Mario Kart,” where you and a pack of other runners face off in “side-scrolling races full of havoc and mayhem,” all in real-time. [...]

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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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Even Usain Bolt Cannot Outrun Death in Temple Run

1. August 2013

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Even Usain Bolt Cannot Outrun Death in Temple Run

Tweet Please understand that I say the following with nothing but love for both Temple Run and admiration for Olympic champion Usain Bolt: today’s amazing news that the world’s fastest man has been added to Temple Run 2 as a playable character carries with it a bit of a discouraging undertone. Yes, it’s a rather perfect cameo [...]

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Wednesdroid: Monster Shooter 2

31. July 2013

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Wednesdroid: Monster Shooter 2

Tweet Monsters are not always bad, despite their outward appearance. Sometimes, they’re just out to pursue higher education — heck, sometimes they actually love you. Sometimes, though, monsters are just shameless instigators, traveling to earth to cause destruction and threaten the well-being of your cat. These are the monsters of Monster Shooter 2 from Gamelion Studios, [...]

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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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Contra Evolution Will Kill You Over a Tablet

16. July 2013

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Contra Evolution Will Kill You Over a Tablet

Tweet So, Contra: Evolution finally released a couple of weeks ago, and it’s every bit as punishingly violent as you remember. With or without The Code, if you’ve been playing since it came out, you’ve probably been killed several dozen times by now. Well, now CocoaChina (a TriplePoint client) is giving you a reason to keep [...]

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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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