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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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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Rixty Offering Free Facebook Credits Promotion at Coinstar

9. August 2010

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Rixty Offering Free Facebook Credits Promotion at Coinstar

Tweet Here’s a back-to-school deal to get your virtual good on – free Facebook Credits anyone? Today (August 9) through September 7, TriplePoint client Rixty is teaming up with Coinstar to give 10 free Facebook Credits to new users who convert their coins into Rixty credits, redeemable in a variety of online games and apps. [...]

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Bejeweled Blitz Updates: Free Game Tips, New Daily Spin Feature

26. July 2010

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Bejeweled Blitz Updates: Free Game Tips, New Daily Spin Feature

Tweet It’s not often that we have Bejeweled Blitz news to share with you – even less often do we have not one, but two pieces of news to share concerning PopCap’s first foray into the “Blitz” genre. Today is an exception, however, as both the Facebook version of the game, and the PC download [...]

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Purchase Bejeweled Blitz, Get a Free Strategy Guide

29. June 2010

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Purchase Bejeweled Blitz, Get a Free Strategy Guide

Tweet If you’ve yet to make the jump from playing Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook to playing the paid downloadable game proper, listen to this new offer that PopCap has for you. If you pay for and download the full PC version of Bejeweled Blitz, you’ll receive a free strategy guide of sorts, complete with tips [...]

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Get All Bejeweled Games At Once, Save Some Dough

19. May 2010

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Tweet PopCap has announced their latest promotion for all of you awesome puzzle game fans out there. Bejeweled is quite possibly their most popular game and for right now, you can score an excellent deal when buying all three versions of it at once. The offer is called “The Bejeweled Bundle” and includes Bejeweled 2, [...]

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PopCap and Nexon Utilizing Sometrics for Free In-Game Currency

13. May 2010

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PopCap and Nexon Utilizing Sometrics for Free In-Game Currency

Tweet PopCap Games and Nexon, two prominent players in the casual free-to-play world have announced a partnership with Sometrics to use their system in order to offer players possible free currency and robust payment system in at least a few of their titles. Using Sometrics, players can complete targeted offer to earn virtual currency in [...]

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Popcap Says New Blitz Game Coming Soon

17. April 2010

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Popcap Says New Blitz Game Coming Soon

Tweet According to games.com, Popcap has confirmed that there are more ‘Blitz’ games on the way. Says Popcap CEO and co-founder John Vechey: “We’re definitely doing another ‘Blitz’ game, but we’re also doing some pretty experimental games.” The new ‘Blitz’ game is not a Bejeweled Blitz sequel, but an existing Popcap franchise adapted to fit [...]

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Download Bejeweled Blitz, Receive Free Coins

16. April 2010

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Download Bejeweled Blitz, Receive Free Coins

Tweet The newest edition of the Fizz, PopCap’s email newsletter, has announced a new promotion and incentive for users to try the full PC downloadable version of their insanely popular Bejeweled Blitz. The promotion sees PopCap giving out 50,000 free coins for use in Bejeweled Blitz just for trying the game. There is no obligation [...]

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Bejeweled Blitz Now Available as Stand-Alone PC Game

8. April 2010

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Tweet Today, PopCap announced the release of Bejeweled Blitz on the PC. What started as a casual title on Facebook has exploded into one of the site’s most popular apps, challenging users to get as high a score as possible within each 60 second gameplay window. Bejeweled Blitz on the PC takes the Facebook version [...]

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Reminder: Play Bejeweled Blitz This Week for a Chance to Win a Mazda!

25. March 2010

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Reminder: Play Bejeweled Blitz This Week for a Chance to Win a Mazda!

Tweet Here’s a friendly reminder for you Bejeweled Blitz fans out there – as we reported earlier in the month, PopCap has changed the prizes for Bejeweled Blitz to coincide with their own take on March Madness. If you didn’t win the previously available iPod Touches or Garmin GPS Units, never fear, as the month’s [...]

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March Madness Has Hit the Contest Area of Bejeweled Blitz!

4. March 2010

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March Madness Has Hit the Contest Area of Bejeweled Blitz!

Tweet Considering how addictive Bejeweled Blitz is on its own, I doubt that there are many people who play the game specifically because of the contest that’s held every week, giving away PopCap games or a laptop, among other items. However, this Month, PopCap is set to make the contest a bit more interesting – perhaps [...]

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Social, Casual or Both? PopCap Sells Cows, Gives Away Free Milk

17. February 2010

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Social, Casual or Both? PopCap Sells Cows, Gives Away Free Milk

Tweet In terms of wide-sweeping brand recognition, Popcap is to casual gaming what Nintendo is to gaming in general.  Your Grandma knows about Nintendo, but your Mom might know a PopCap game or two.  Founded a decade ago, the company does a spectacular job of keeping their games in the public eye and maintaining a [...]

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