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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Dragons Are in Season; Titans Are Also in Season

18. July 2013

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Dragons Are in Season; Titans Are Also in Season

Tweet Being around Dragons and Titans is fairly dangerous; that much should be a no-brainer. Over 600,000 users of the game have figured that out so far. What happens, though, when those Dragons and Titans go into season? Well, they get much more aggressive, putting on epic battles for dominance and generally slaughtering everyone and everything [...]

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King is the New King of Facebook

8. July 2013

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King is the New King of Facebook

Tweet The king is dead; long live King.com. That’s the news today about the newest ascendant to the Facebook throne — according to data tracked by our friends at Inside Social Games, Zynga has finally been knocked out of the #1 spot for Monthly Active Users (MAU) across its Facebook titles. The new reigning champ for [...]

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Bones to Pick: Five-Up Dominoes World

2. July 2013

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Bones to Pick: Five-Up Dominoes World

Tweet Poker, poker, poker, Scrabble, and probably more poker — those are the games one instantly thinks of when they imagine real-time social games on Facebook. Sure, there have been some high-end exceptional real-time games on the network, but in terms of casual sit-down-and-play titles, poker is generally in the cards. (It was too easy [...]

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Here is How it Looks When You Punch People in Chronoblade

27. June 2013

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Here is How it Looks When You Punch People in Chronoblade

Tweet Earlier this week, we learned about Chronoblade, a “free-to-play, side-scrolling action RPG featuring visceral combo-filled gameplay” from nWay (a TriplePoint client). It’s all well and good to share these things with you by telling you about them — it’s what we’re here for, after all — but the TriplePoint team was able to actually sit [...]

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Wednesdroid: Angry Birds Friends

8. May 2013

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Wednesdroid: Angry Birds Friends

Tweet Are they angry, or are they friendly? I guess the two aren’t mutually exclusive, as demonstrated in today’s featured game for the Wednesday Google Play update: Angry Birds Friends, another healthy dose of pig-smashery from the rascals at Rovio. It’s a new title that easily lends itself to a quick try, since it’s free, and [...]

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Win a Plants vs Zombies Adventures Beta Key

8. May 2013

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Win a Plants vs Zombies Adventures Beta Key

Tweet Playing in the beta test for Plants vs Zombies Adventures requires precise timing and quick reflexes. I don’t know whether you’ll need those things to play the game itself, but to actually get into the beta, that’s what you’re going to need: the new Facebook adaptation of PopCap’s PopuLar tower defense title is in beta right [...]

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Dragons and Titans Let Wyrms Bite Your Facebook Off

1. May 2013

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Tweet I hope you enjoyed your last few weeks of not being on fire! As we warned you a while ago, TriplePoint client Wyrmbyte is bringing some high-quality dragons to your Facebook page in a Unity-powered MOBA title called Dragons and Titans. Today, that game is in open beta, meaning any of your friends can climb [...]

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Get Into the Closed Beta for Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

22. April 2013

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Get Into the Closed Beta for Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

Tweet So, a little while ago, we told you PopCap was working on a couple of new ways for you to thwart the undead through clever horticulture. The more social selection in those upcoming titles, Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, is coming to Facebook some time in the near future, and if you’re anything like me, you’d [...]

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Wyrmbyte and Zynga Have Dragons and Titans

2. April 2013

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Wyrmbyte and Zynga Have Dragons and Titans

Tweet Facebook games have grown and evolved a long way beyond adding social features to match-three titles — in the last couple of years alone, we’ve seen fully 3D games like Robot Rising and Buddy Rush come to the platform thanks to tools like Unity. Of course, this has resulted in horrible things like robots that rise [...]

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More Plants vs. Further Zombies

26. March 2013

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More Plants vs. Further Zombies

Tweet A double dose of undead defense news sprouted up today from PopCap Games — their iconic lawn-defense title, Plants vs. Zombies, is coming back in two distinct forms. For starters, the game’s going social, coming soon to Facebook as Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, promising that the game is “expanding with endless waves of new characters, strategies, [...]

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Take Me Down to the Dragon City

22. March 2013

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Take Me Down to the Dragon City

Tweet If you’re looking for a Facebook game that won’t just drag on and on, you might try Dragon City once you’re done laughing at our very clever joke. TriplePoint client Social Point, who is probably getting a sweet deal because of their company name, is bringing “the 2nd best-rated Facebook game in 2012″ to iOS devices, [...]

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Win Stuff from Mobile World Congress Without Actually Going

25. February 2013

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Win Stuff from Mobile World Congress Without Actually Going

Tweet Mobile World Congress 2013 starts today, and even though we’re on the other side of the world from Barcelona, we feel comfortable in assuming the event is far more interesting than normal congress. For starters, when was the last time the honorable representative from your district offered you a free tablet device? Thanks for [...]

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