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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Complete FrontierVille Quests to Earn Items in FarmVille, Cafe World

29. September 2010

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Complete FrontierVille Quests to Earn Items in FarmVille, Cafe World

Tweet In an effort to grow the 30+ million user family that is known as FrontierVille, Zynga is offering users a chance to earn new items in other Zynga games, like Cafe World and FarmVille, for playing FrontierVille. For the Cafe World cross-promotion, we see a quest called “Homestead Cafe Part 1.” This quest asks [...]

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Build A Limited Edition 50% Lightning Super Stove in Cafe World!

26. September 2010

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Build A Limited Edition 50% Lightning Super Stove in Cafe World!

Tweet As part of the continuing one year anniversary celebration in Cafe World, Amelia (and Zynga) are offering users the chance to build a limited edition 50% Lightning Super Stove. What’s so special about this Lightning Stove? Not only does it cook food in one step (that is, without the multiple preparation steps seen in [...]

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Celebrate Cafe World’s Anniversary With Sales & New Catering Job!

25. September 2010

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Celebrate Cafe World’s Anniversary With Sales & New Catering Job!

Tweet It’s Cafe World’s one year anniversary, and to help celebrate, Zynga is offering discounts on tons of items both inside the game and out, as well as offering an entirely new Catering Business mission that will have you working to earn (and keep) a series of limited edition recipes. Last but not least, a [...]

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Cafe World Sunday Brunch Catering Order Now Available

22. September 2010

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Cafe World Sunday Brunch Catering Order Now Available

Tweet After you’ve finished the Grandpa’s BBQ Catering Mission in Cafe World with at least a two star rating, you’ll then unlock the sixth mission in the series, entitled Sunday Brunch. Sunday Brunch is arguably the most difficult challenge yet, due mostly to the fact that one of the required recipes isn’t unlocked until level [...]

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Download the Cafe World Game Bar, Receive 5 Cafe Cash and Spices!

21. September 2010

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Download the Cafe World Game Bar, Receive 5 Cafe Cash and Spices!

Tweet It’s that time once again – time for Zynga to announce a promotion that will see users of one of their games receiving an instant prize for downloading the Zynga Game Bar. In this case, it’s Cafe World users who are receiving a bonus, in the form of free Cafe Cash. For those that [...]

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Turn Your Cafe World Stoves to Super Stoves With Captain Super Stove

19. September 2010

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Turn Your Cafe World Stoves to Super Stoves With Captain Super Stove

Tweet Are you tired of clicking on each of your Cafe World stoves four times to start a recipe into its actual cooking process? Sure, we’ve been able to replace some of our stoves with various versions of Super and Lightning Stoves for some time now, earning both of these either requires a lot of [...]

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Add Spice to Your Cafe World With New Decorations / Anniversary Party Coming Soon

17. September 2010

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Add Spice to Your Cafe World With New Decorations / Anniversary Party Coming Soon

Tweet This week has seen not one, but two new item themes hitting Cafe World, and one could assume that they are trying to clear our their to-do list of items before next week’s grand celebration begins. Why are we partying? Read on to find out, but first, let’s take a look at the new [...]

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Build A Grand Master Chef in Cafe World With the Help of Friends

15. September 2010

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Build A Grand Master Chef in Cafe World With the Help of Friends

Tweet If you’re one that like to master dishes in Cafe World, you’ll be happy to know that a new item is now available in the game that will help you do so much faster than traditionally. The item in question is the Grand Master Chef, and you can either buy or build this new [...]

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Help Grandpa With His BBQ In Cafe World Catering Job

14. September 2010

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Help Grandpa With His BBQ In Cafe World Catering Job

Tweet The fifth and last currently available Catering Business job is now available in Cafe World, and it sees the return of Grandpa, and his finger-licking BBQ. The job is (appropriately enough) entitled Grandpa’s BBQ, and it asks players to not only cook food, but also collect various items from friends, combining aspects from previous [...]

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Zynga 8 Game Challenge – $24,000 Giveaway in 24 Hours!

13. September 2010

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Zynga 8 Game Challenge – $24,000 Giveaway in 24 Hours!

Tweet Do you want to win $1,000? Of course you do! And wouldn’t you know it – Zynga wants you to as well! For today, and today only, Zynga is holding the 8 Game Challenge, rewarding $24,000 over today’s 24 hour period. While the promotion officially began at 12:01 AM this morning, you have until [...]

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Create A Japanese Tea Garden In Cafe World With New Items and Food

13. September 2010

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Create A Japanese Tea Garden In Cafe World With New Items and Food

Tweet When you find yourself with a break from duties in your Cafe World Catering Business, perhaps you’d like to take a look at the new item theme released in the game, which takes on a trip to Japan – a Japanese Tea Garden, to be exact. The items include themed tables and chairs (both [...]

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Upgrade Your Catering Business Mission Now Available in Cafe World

5. September 2010

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Upgrade Your Catering Business Mission Now Available in Cafe World

Tweet Are you a catering aficionado in Cafe World, who has completed both the Birthday Party and Dinner Party catering missions? Well, I’m happy to report that if you are, Zynga has yet another job lined up for you – this one in the form of something a little different. A job called simply “Upgrade Your Catering [...]

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