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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Trouble in The Ville: EA Sues Zynga for Copyright Infringement

3. August 2012

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Trouble in The Ville: EA Sues Zynga for Copyright Infringement

Tweet Electronic Arts has sued Zynga for copyright infringement, according to a statement released by the publisher earlier today. In a lengthy complaint made public just hours ago, EA states that in development of Zynga’s upcoming The Ville, the developer “copied and misappropriated the original and distinctive expressive elements” from The Sims Social, which EA [...]

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Help Your Family in FrontierVille’s “Aunt List” Quests

30. September 2010

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Help Your Family in FrontierVille’s “Aunt List” Quests

Tweet A new series of quests has appeared in FrontierVille for some users. We’re assuming that these missions will pop for all users over time, as Zynga likes to roll new features out over time, rather than all at once to maintain stability within such a large player user-base (if we find that the missions [...]

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Complete FrontierVille Quests to Earn Items in FarmVille, Cafe World

29. September 2010

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Complete FrontierVille Quests to Earn Items in FarmVille, Cafe World

Tweet In an effort to grow the 30+ million user family that is known as FrontierVille, Zynga is offering users a chance to earn new items in other Zynga games, like Cafe World and FarmVille, for playing FrontierVille. For the Cafe World cross-promotion, we see a quest called “Homestead Cafe Part 1.” This quest asks [...]

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Make Some French Fries, Send A Jack-in-the-Box – FrontierVille Updates!

28. September 2010

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Make Some French Fries, Send A Jack-in-the-Box – FrontierVille Updates!

Tweet In addition to unleashing a large new system of Badges in the game, Zynga has been hard at work adding other new features to FrontierVille over the past few days. The first comes in the form of an entirely new quest that introduces a new food item, and the other is in the introduction [...]

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FrontierVille Badges Guide & Tips – Free XP and Coins for all!

27. September 2010

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FrontierVille Badges Guide & Tips – Free XP and Coins for all!

Tweet Along with the release of the Jackalope Society and Lodge in FrontierVille, a new series of badges and achievements has also been released in the game. You’ll need to finish all of the Jackalope Lodge missions (which culminates in the completion of said lodge) in order to be eligible to earn badges, but once [...]

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Build & Join the Jackalope Society in FrontierVille – New Quests, Badges, & More! [UPDATE]

24. September 2010

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Build & Join the Jackalope Society in FrontierVille – New Quests, Badges, & More! [UPDATE]

Tweet Never offering a dull moment, Zynga has updated FrontierVille with a new series of quests and a new building in the form of the Jackalope Society. The Jackalope Society is a “force for progress and innovation.” You have been given an invitation into their exclusive club, but first, you’ll have to pass a few [...]

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Daily Food Bonus Emails, Fiery Fall Items – FrontierVille Updates!

18. September 2010

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Daily Food Bonus Emails, Fiery Fall Items – FrontierVille Updates!

Tweet If you are a member of the FarmVille Daily Fuel Boost email list, you’ll be happy to know that a similar list has been created for FrontierVille, offering users food, rather than fuel. In other game news, we see the launch of some fun fall items in the game’s store. We’ll give you a [...]

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Mission Tab Available, Mystery Animal Crates Return – FrontierVille Updates!

16. September 2010

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Mission Tab Available, Mystery Animal Crates Return – FrontierVille Updates!

Tweet FrontierVille shows no signs of slowing down in the growth department, with this week seeing the addition of the FrontierVille Mission tab, and the relaunch of the Mystery Animal Crate, which contains all new animals for you to purchase and collect, including llamas! Mission Tab Now Available As we told you last week, Zynga [...]

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Zynga 8 Game Challenge – $24,000 Giveaway in 24 Hours!

13. September 2010

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Zynga 8 Game Challenge – $24,000 Giveaway in 24 Hours!

Tweet Do you want to win $1,000? Of course you do! And wouldn’t you know it – Zynga wants you to as well! For today, and today only, Zynga is holding the 8 Game Challenge, rewarding $24,000 over today’s 24 hour period. While the promotion officially began at 12:01 AM this morning, you have until [...]

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Horseshoe Pit, zLotto Items Now Available – FrontierVille Updates!

13. September 2010

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Horseshoe Pit, zLotto Items Now Available – FrontierVille Updates!

Tweet Late last month, we brought you news concerning the launch of zLotto, Zynga’s scratch off lottery game, which promised future prizes for FrontierVille. That time has come, as four new items available to win for FrontierVille via the lottery. In other game news, we see the announcement that a very interesting Horseshoe Pit will [...]

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FrontierVille Cheats: School Supply Quick Links

13. September 2010

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FrontierVille Cheats: School Supply Quick Links

Tweet Hey all you FrontierVille players! Regardless of how long you’ve been playing the game, you will have probably noticed how hard it is to accumulate parts to finish buildings and the like, what with all of the individual hammers, nails and such you have to collect from friends. It’s hard enough for those with [...]

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Camping Items, Missions Tab Coming Soon – FrontierVille Updates!

11. September 2010

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Camping Items, Missions Tab Coming Soon – FrontierVille Updates!

Tweet As the days of summer come to a close, Zynga wants to make sure that all users can enjoy the last few moments of warm weather, at least virtually, by releasing a new set of items in FrontierVille. In addition to this, a new “Missions” logo has appeared in the “My Stuff” backpack. Enjoy [...]

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