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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New Country Story Survey Focuses on Stealing

26. May 2010

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New Country Story Survey Focuses on Stealing

Tweet Country Story developer Playfish has released a new survey for the game via the game’s fan page. The survey contains but three questions, with two of them concerning the game’s stealing feature. For those unfamiliar with Country Story, or for those just starting, you are allowed to travel to your friends’ farms and “steal” [...]

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Playfish Adds Free Llama, Tree Fertilizer to Country Story

21. May 2010

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Playfish Adds Free Llama, Tree Fertilizer to Country Story

Tweet I hope you earned your free Ostrich in Country Story by accumulating the 50 tokens necessary to receive one, as, if not, your chance is now gone. Fear not though, dear reader, for all hope of free animals in Country Story is not lost – you’re just now working towards a free Pink Llama [...]

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Do You Have What it Takes to Create the Green Ivy Magic Tree in Country Story

21. May 2010

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Do You Have What it Takes to Create the Green Ivy Magic Tree in Country Story

Tweet If you thought you had collected all of the Magic Trees in Playfish’s Country Story, think again, as the developer has added a new tree to the Magic Tree book in the form of a Green Ivy Magic Tree. The tree can be found as the first entry in the book, and there you’ll [...]

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You Choose Country Story’s New Animal

15. May 2010

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You Choose Country Story’s New Animal

Tweet Country Story developer Playfish is looking to add a new animal to the game, and they want your help! There is a new Country Story survey available, and this time it is short and sweet. The first question will ask you to pick which animal you would most like to see added next. The [...]

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Help, My Gifts are Expired!

15. May 2010

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Help, My Gifts are Expired!

Tweet It’s been a frustrating few weeks for players of some Facebook games. You log in, see that you have a list of gift requests, start accepting gifts, and then you get a message telling you that the gift that was sent 15 minutes ago is expired! Earlier this week we were told about a [...]

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What’s Inside the Country Story Mystery Box?

14. May 2010

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What’s Inside the Country Story Mystery Box?

Tweet Playfish has added a new feature to Country Story in the form of a Mystery Box. These Mystery Boxes are filled with some great items, including animals and decorations, and even retired items that you can find nowhere else. If you’d like to try out one of these Mystery Boxes, you’ll have three choices [...]

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Get a Baby Elephant to Water Your Crops in Country Story

14. May 2010

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Get a Baby Elephant to Water Your Crops in Country Story

Tweet Playfish has added yet another new animal to their farming simulation game Country Story. This time, the animal comes in the form of a baby elephant, which serves more purpose than simply being adorable (which it is regardless). The Baby Elephant will actually water your crops for you, after you feed it 3 bananas [...]

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Go to the Playground in Country Story and Pick Up a Yellow Ostrich While You’re There

27. April 2010

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Go to the Playground in Country Story and Pick Up a Yellow Ostrich While You’re There

Tweet Want to add a playful new item theme to your farm in Country Story? How does a set of playground equipment sound to you? I hope it sounds great, as that’s what we’ve received this week, with Playfish releasing six new items to the game’s store. The items come in the form of an [...]

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New Country Story Magic Tree: Meringue Tree

27. April 2010

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New Country Story Magic Tree: Meringue Tree

Tweet It seems like the right time for another Magic Tree to be released in Country Story, and wouldn’t you know it, Playfish has obliged and released a new option for you collectors out there. The new tree is called a Meringue Magic Tree, and it can be created by combining the following three tree [...]

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Playfish Adds New Collection Quests to Country Story

27. April 2010

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Playfish Adds New Collection Quests to Country Story

Tweet Yep, you read that headline right – Playfish has updated Country Story this week with the addition of new Collection Quests, offering new prizes and incentives to complete them. For those unfamiliar with the term, Collection Quests are those pop-ups that appear as you play the game, asking you to plant and harvest a [...]

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Help Playfish Improve Country Story by Taking New Survey

21. April 2010

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Help Playfish Improve Country Story by Taking New Survey

Tweet Playfish has had a busy week with Country Story. On top of releasing a new Magic Tree and Earth Day items to the game’s store / free gifts page, they’ve also entirely overhauled the shops, changed your character’s navigation around the farm and adding task queuing to the title. While we at Frisky Mongoose [...]

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New Country Story Items Celebrate Earth Day

20. April 2010

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New Country Story Items Celebrate Earth Day

Tweet While you’re experiencing the new changes that have taken place in Playfish’s Country Story, take a second to swing by the game’s store and look at the new Earth Day themed items that have been released. Earth Day is April 22, and to celebrate, you can now pick up four different Earth Day, animal [...]

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