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 Items Now Available in FishVille’s Deep Sea Theme

6. July 2010

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New Items Now Available in FishVille’s Deep Sea Theme

Tweet After releasing the first set of items in the Deep Sea Abyss theme at the end of June, Zynga has expanded the theme to contain a few more items – here’s a look at what’s now available. First, there’s the Commersons Frog that we told you about earlier today, and it comes alongside another [...]

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New FishVille Fish: Commersons Frog

6. July 2010

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New FishVille Fish: Commersons Frog

Tweet There’s a new limited edition fish in FishVille, and it happens to fit into the game’s current Deep Sea item theme. The fish is called the Commersons Frog, and it’s a fairly chubby orange fish that is available for 12 Sand Dollars. The Commersons Frog grows to maturity in 6 days, making it one [...]

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Collect Shells in FishVille to Redeem for Free Items

6. July 2010

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Collect Shells in FishVille to Redeem for Free Items

Tweet As with most new themes in FishVille these days, Zynga has released a new collection event with their Deep Sea item theme. The Nautilus Shell Stash, appropriately enough (since we are talking about underwater-themed items) asks us to collect shells. A fairly basic request that will see you either receiving shells as gifts from [...]

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Purchase Deep Sea Abyss Decorations in FishVille

28. June 2010

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Purchase Deep Sea Abyss Decorations in FishVille

Tweet FishVille’s newest item theme is “Deep Sea Abyss,” and while there aren’t that many items available in the theme thus far, the ones that are available will set the theme off right in your tank. There are two new fish to purchase – a Black Angler and a Black Devil Angler. The Black Angler [...]

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Master the New Fairy Wrasses Family in FishVille

28. June 2010

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Master the New Fairy Wrasses Family in FishVille

Tweet For those that enjoy mastering fish families in FishVille, you’ll be pleased to learn that a new family is now available to master in the game. The new family is the “Fairy Wrasses,” but it comes with a stipulation – you either have to add three neighbors to unlock the family, or you can [...]

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Zynga Releases Gulf Coast Turtle in FishVille to Support Audubon

12. June 2010

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Zynga Releases Gulf Coast Turtle in FishVille to Support Audubon

Tweet Zynga has released a new animal in their aquarium game FishVille. It is a Gulf Coast Turtle and it goes along with a new partnership between Zynga and Audubon to help their Gulf Coast efforts in response to the on-going oil spill. Zynga says: “FishVille has joined with Audubon to help support its Gulf [...]

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New FishVille Fish: Candystripe Hogfish

11. June 2010

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New FishVille Fish: Candystripe Hogfish

Tweet A new limited edition fish has begun swimming in FishVille’s waters, and it comes in the form of a red and white Candystripe Hogfish. The Candystripe Hogfish is a slow growing fish, reaching maturity in four days’ time, that is, if it receives the proper care from you. A single fish can be purchased [...]

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Sand Dollar Fish in FishVille Can No Longer Die

9. June 2010

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Sand Dollar Fish in FishVille Can No Longer Die

Tweet For those who frequently check in on their tanks in FishVille, you may not have been aware of a growing concern among users, that being the fact that fish purchased with the game’s premium currency, Sand Dollars, could get sick and die just like any other fish in the game. Users were upset by [...]

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FishVille’s Atlantis Theme Now Offers Mystic Obelisk, Seer’s Orb & More

8. June 2010

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FishVille’s Atlantis Theme Now Offers Mystic Obelisk, Seer’s Orb & More

Tweet Zynga simply isn’t giving up on their Atlantis theme of items in FishVille. Regardless of whether they simply like the theme, or they’re hoping to convince us that the lost continent actually exists, we as the game’s players win in the end, as we have some fairly neat new items to choose from. There [...]

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One Day FishVille Sale Starts Tomorrow

4. June 2010

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One Day FishVille Sale Starts Tomorrow

Tweet Zynga has announced a one day FishVille sale that starts tomorrow, June 5th. The sale is presumably on several different virtual items and they’re promising some deep blue discounts. Be sure to check out your virtual school tomorrow to take advantage of the great sale as it is once again, for one day only. [...]

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Zynga Releases Third Round of Atlantis Themed Items in FishVille

4. June 2010

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Zynga Releases Third Round of Atlantis Themed Items in FishVille

Tweet Just when you might have started thinking that more Atlantis themed items wouldn’t be making their way into FishVille (after all, we’ve already spoken of such releases twice, including earlier this week), Zynga releases seven new items in the theme, four of which cost Sand Dollars, and the other three – coins. First, the [...]

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Collect Pearls in FishVille and Redeem Them For New Items

4. June 2010

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Collect Pearls in FishVille and Redeem Them For New Items

Tweet Zynga has added a new collection feature to FishVille in the form of a Pearl Stash. This Pearl Stash event will have you collecting Pearls in the same way that you’ve collected items like mushrooms and crystals in the past, but here’s a quick rundown of the event, for those who are new to [...]

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