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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Cafe Cash Sale, Free Lightning Stove & More – Cafe World Labor Day Sale

3. September 2010

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Cafe Cash Sale, Free Lightning Stove & More – Cafe World Labor Day Sale

Tweet With FrontierVille already announcing their Labor Day / Back to School extravaganza, it was only fitting that other Zynga games get in on the act, with Zynga announcing a whole slew of sales and promotions taking place in Cafe World. First, for a limited time, Cafe Cash and coins packages are now on sale, [...]

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Cater A Fancy Dinner Party in Cafe World to Unlock Exclusive Recipe [UPDATE]

2. September 2010

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Cater A Fancy Dinner Party in Cafe World to Unlock Exclusive Recipe [UPDATE]

Tweet [UPDATE] Zynga has updated the requirements for this catering job, allowing up to 15 members to work on a “crew,” rather than just seven. In addition, the time limits have been raised. The three star rating can now be earned by finishing the job in six days, while the two star rating can be [...]

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Cater A Birthday Party in Cafe World To Unlock Exclusive Recipe

1. September 2010

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Cater A Birthday Party in Cafe World To Unlock Exclusive Recipe

Tweet After fighting with a round of nasty bugs, Zynga has re-released the catering business in Cafe World, and with it comes a new job – Cater a birthday party for Amelia’s soon-to-be six year old niece (Amelia being the Cafe World mascot). The job is actually a fairly simple one, when compared to the [...]

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Say Yeehaw for New Cafe World Decorations and Food!

30. August 2010

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Say Yeehaw for New Cafe World Decorations and Food!

Tweet Zynga has made it clear that they like the Wild West, as the theme has taken over two of the developer’s most popular games. First, a series of Wild West themed decorations was added to FarmVille, and now, the same theme has come to Cafe World, alongside new free gifts and even a new [...]

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Cafe World’s 1980′s Items Are Totally Righteous

24. August 2010

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Cafe World’s 1980′s Items Are Totally Righteous

Tweet It’s been a little while since Zynga launched a new item theme in Cafe World, but that time is upon us once again, as they have released a new theme of 1980′s, totally cool and uber righteous items in the game. As usual, there are a slew of functional and decorative items to choose [...]

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Build A No Clean Fairy in Cafe World With Help From Friends

19. August 2010

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Build A No Clean Fairy in Cafe World With Help From Friends

Tweet A new community building project has come to Cafe World in the form of the No Clean Fairy. The item might sound familiar to you, as it was available previously in the game – as a premium item available to purchase for 95 Cafe Cash via the game’s store. Unfortunately, if you spend the [...]

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Catering Job Contest, New Spice Types – Cafe World Updates!

16. August 2010

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Catering Job Contest, New Spice Types – Cafe World Updates!

Tweet Cafe World normally reserves the updates for later in the week, when we see new item sets being released in the game’s stores, but the releases came early for us this week, not in the form of new items, but in the addition of new spices to the Spice Rack, and in the launch [...]

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Baking Feature Battle: Cafe World’s Design-A-Cake versus Baking Life’s Cupcake Creator

10. August 2010

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Tweet Fans of ZipZapPlay’s Baking Life would recognize Cafe World‘s newest feature, Design-A-Cake. But while Baking Life offers players a mix-and-match option for making and selling their own virtual cupcakes, Cafe World does this with cakes. After your pastry creation is ready, you’ll have the option of sharing it with one friend as a Wall [...]

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Celebrate Peace, Joy, and Love With Cafe World Summer of Love Items

5. August 2010

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Celebrate Peace, Joy, and Love With Cafe World Summer of Love Items

Tweet Zynga is taking us to the 1960′s in Cafe World this week, with a set of “Flour Power” items that are sure to help both you, and your future customers feel the love. As usual, the bulk of the theme comes from the store’s new functional and decorative items – let’s take a look [...]

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PetVille Messy Pet Challenge, Cafe World Game Cards – Zynga Game Updates!

4. August 2010

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PetVille Messy Pet Challenge, Cafe World Game Cards – Zynga Game Updates!

Tweet If you play either PetVille or Cafe World, you’ll be happy to hear about these new updates that will affect you in Zynga’s games. The PetVille update sees the release of new Challenges, including the Messy Pet Challenge, while Cafe World players now have the opportunity to pick up Cafe World game cards in [...]

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Jacob/Twilight Decorations in PetVille, Wholesale Catering Job in Cafe World – Zynga Gaming Updates!

2. August 2010

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Jacob/Twilight Decorations in PetVille, Wholesale Catering Job in Cafe World – Zynga Gaming Updates!

Tweet It’s time for another installment of Zynga Gaming Updates here on Frisky Mongoose. In this installment, we have some pretty big news from both PetVille and Cafe World. First, we see the second half of major Twilight themed items being released in PetVille, while Cafe World has received its first Catering Business order, that [...]

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Zynga Gaming Updates: Win 10,000 Cafe World Cash, Purchase Pet Cash Cards at 7-Eleven, Support the Gulf in YoVille

30. July 2010

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Zynga Gaming Updates: Win 10,000 Cafe World Cash, Purchase Pet Cash Cards at 7-Eleven, Support the Gulf in YoVille

Tweet Welcome to another installment of Zynga Gaming Updates. In this update, we take a look at upgrades found in the worlds of Cafe World, PetVille and YoVille. In Cafe World, users have a chance at winning a massive Cafe Cash jackpot, while PetVille players can now purchase real world PetVille game cards in a [...]

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