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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Earn Free Playfish Cash in Restaurant City, Hotel City, & More!

29. September 2010

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Earn Free Playfish Cash in Restaurant City, Hotel City, & More!

Tweet While developers like Zynga or CrowdStar have the “free premium currency” systems down to what seems to be a science, either rewarding users as they level up in games, or even offering extra opportunities like Lotto Tickets in Cafe World or the PetVille Genie Gems game, Playfish is the odd man out, with Playfish [...]

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Dino Park & Chinese Restaurant in Social City, Flowers Are Blooming in Ranch Town, Make A Wish in Country Story – Facebook Gaming Updates!

2. August 2010

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Dino Park & Chinese Restaurant in Social City, Flowers Are Blooming in Ranch Town, Make A Wish in Country Story – Facebook Gaming Updates!

Tweet A lot has happened in the world of Facebook gaming since we last spoke. For one, the lineup of limited edition buildings in Social City has been updated yet again, and what’s more – new plant life has begun to sprout in the stores and on the ranches of Meteor Games’ Ranch Town. Finally, [...]

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PlayFish Gaming Updates: Hotel City Crimson Room, A Monkey Comes to Country Story, & New Pet Society Free Gifts

20. July 2010

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PlayFish Gaming Updates: Hotel City Crimson Room, A Monkey Comes to Country Story, & New Pet Society Free Gifts

Tweet A few of PlayFish’s games have been updated, with new updates coming to Hotel City, Country Story, and Pet Society. For Hotel City, you can add a new themed room to your hotel, while a helper monkey in Country Story will make tend to your crops so that you don’t have to. Finally, some [...]

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Complete Country Story Swan Quests for New Rewards

7. July 2010

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Complete Country Story Swan Quests for New Rewards

Tweet One of Country Story’s biggest gameplay elements are the quests that you receive at random intervals. Whether these quests ask for you to grow a certain amount of crops or berries, or just visit and help out your friends, they often offer some pretty nice rewards, making them worth the trouble. Now, new quests [...]

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What’s Your Opinion on Country Story’s Precious Locked Chest?

3. July 2010

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What’s Your Opinion on Country Story’s Precious Locked Chest?

Tweet No, really, Playfish wants to know! The Country Story developer values its players’ opinions and has launched a Country Story survey to capture feedback regarding the new Precious Locked Chest. The survey is short and sweet and the responses will, as always, be kept confidential and be used to improve the game. You’ll be [...]

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New Country Story Magic Tree: Honeycomb Hive

1. July 2010

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New Country Story Magic Tree: Honeycomb Hive

Tweet We know there are a lot of Country Story Magic Tree collectors out there, and if you’re one of them, you’ll be happy to know that there is a new tree available to unlock from the Magic Tree Book. The tree is called the Honeycomb Hive, and like other trees, it requires three different [...]

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Adopt the Country Story Spotted Pig With a Little Help From Friends

28. June 2010

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Adopt the Country Story Spotted Pig With a Little Help From Friends

Tweet The Pink Llama is no longer available to add to your farm in Country Story. Don’t despair though, as the animal has been replaced by a new option, in the form of a Spotted Pig. The qualifications for earning the pig are the same as those for the Llama, as you’ll need only to [...]

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Adopt a Dog in Country Story

19. June 2010

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Adopt a Dog in Country Story

Tweet Late in May, Country Story developer Playfish ran a survey asking for player opinions on different breeds of dogs. Now you can adopt dogs in the game through the shop, with available breeds including bulldogs, golden retrievers, and Yorkshire terriers. Dogs are classified as Mystery Items and are purchasable by Playfish cash only. You [...]

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Bring Rome to Your Farm in Country Story

12. June 2010

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Bring Rome to Your Farm in Country Story

Tweet To celebrate the rising popularity of their new Facebook game, My Empire, Playfish has added a new set of Roman inspired decorations to Country Story. There are a total of 10 Roman items in the shop, all but one available for coins. All new items can be located under the Decoration Shop tab in [...]

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You Can Now Have a Pond in Country Story

4. June 2010

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You Can Now Have a Pond in Country Story

Tweet Head over to the Country Story game page, and you’ll be met with an interesting sight – that being the introduction of a Pond and a new aquatic animal to the game. The Pond itself is a community building project of sorts, that comes with four stages. The first stage is achievable by paying [...]

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Country Story Offers New Daily Prizes; New Mystery Package Now Available

31. May 2010

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Country Story Offers New Daily Prizes; New Mystery Package Now Available

Tweet Playfish has announced that the Daily Prize system in Country Story has been updated to include new items. Now, instead of just having a chance at one of a few types of seeds, you’ll be able to win Tree Fertlizer, Crop Fertilizer, Tokens (to exchange for animals, like the Pink Llama for instance), and [...]

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Could New Dogs Be Making Their Way Into Country Story?

28. May 2010

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Could New Dogs Be Making Their Way Into Country Story?

Tweet Playfish is apparently thinking of adding additional dog species to Country Story. How do we know this? They’ve released a new survey via the game’s fan page on Facebook that deals specifically with our canine friends, and asks a very simple question – “What’s your favorite dog?” The survey allows us for a bit [...]

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