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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Install the FrontierVille Game Bar, Receive 20 (or 35) Free Horseshoes

6. September 2010

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Install the FrontierVille Game Bar, Receive 20 (or 35) Free Horseshoes

Tweet Attention FrontierVille players! Are you looking for a way to earn a whole slew of free Horseshoes for doing little more than clicking a few buttons? You’re in luck, as Zynga has officially released the FrontierVille toolbar, as part of their ongoing Tool or Game Bar support for their most popular Facebook games. The [...]

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Back to School Missions, New Collection – FrontierVille Labor Day Event!

3. September 2010

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Back to School Missions, New Collection – FrontierVille Labor Day Event!

Tweet Zynga has never been one to let a holiday, no matter how trivial it might seem, slip by them, and they have made that apparent yet again with the release of an entire event in FrontierVille surrounding Labor Day. The Labor Day Extravaganza, as it’s being called, offers a new collection for players to [...]

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YoVille Daily Spin Wheel, FrontierVille Picnic Items – Zynga Gaming Updates!

1. September 2010

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YoVille Daily Spin Wheel, FrontierVille Picnic Items – Zynga Gaming Updates!

Tweet Zynga has been hard at work updating two of their games, YoVille and FrontierVille. In YoVille, we see the addition of the (previously hinted-at) Daily Bonus Spin Wheel, while in FrontierVille we see a new item theme hitting the store’s proverbial shelves. FrontierVille Items Celebrate the Last Days of Summer Amidst the rush to [...]

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zLotto – Win Prizes in FarmVille, FrontierVille, PetVille, YoVille and Mafia Wars

28. August 2010

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zLotto – Win Prizes in FarmVille, FrontierVille, PetVille, YoVille and Mafia Wars

Tweet Zynga has launched an entirely new website and giveaway system outside of Facebook proper, that uses a Zynga-based account, along with your Facebook account, to offer you free prizes in five of their games: FarmVille, YoVille, PetVille and Mafia Wars – FrontierVille prizes are coming soon. The website and promotion are called zLotto, and [...]

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FrontierVille Varmint Cannons / Foundry Now Available [UPDATE]

27. August 2010

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FrontierVille Varmint Cannons / Foundry Now Available [UPDATE]

Tweet Just yesterday, we brought you the news that Zynga would soon be releasing Varmint Cannons into FrontierVille. At the time, all we knew was that these cannons would give us a way to easily and quickly remove those pesky varmints from our Homesteads without wasting precious energy to do so. Now, the feature is [...]

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FrontierVille Varmint Cannon, YoVille Daily Spin & More – Zynga Coming Attractions

26. August 2010

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FrontierVille Varmint Cannon, YoVille Daily Spin & More – Zynga Coming Attractions

Tweet While we at Frisky Mongoose normally reserve our coverage for items that have already been released in the world of Facebook games, sometimes there are announcements from developers that are just too good to pass up. Such is the case this week, as Zynga has been busy announcing “coming soon” features in both FrontierVille [...]

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Build A Storage Shed for Your Homestead in FrontierVille

21. August 2010

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Build A Storage Shed for Your Homestead in FrontierVille

Tweet While the game hasn’t been around as long as FarmVille, which just received a major upgrade to the way you store items, in the form of a Storage Cellar, Zynga is looking to capitalize on the theme by adding a Storage Shed in FrontierVille. The Storage Shed is a new building type available to [...]

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Mystery Crates, General Storesplosion, & More – FrontierVille Updates!

18. August 2010

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Mystery Crates, General Storesplosion, & More – FrontierVille Updates!

Tweet Zynga has been busy updating FrontierVille this week, as they have launched a new Horseshoe and coin sale in the game, along with a slew of new items available to purchase in the game’s store as part of an event known as the General Storesplosion. Additionally, Mystery Animal Crates are now available to purchase [...]

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Email Bonus Treehouse, Double the Sharp Axes in FrontierVille

15. August 2010

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Email Bonus Treehouse, Double the Sharp Axes in FrontierVille

Tweet While it may be the weekend, things haven’t been quiet on the FrontierVille homestead, as Zynga has tweaked the Mafia Wars cross-promotion to offer even more Sharp Axes to users, and have given users an added incentive to sign up for the game’s email mailing list. Get Double the Sharp Axes By Playing Mafia [...]

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Complete Quests to Expand Your Land in FrontierVille

13. August 2010

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Complete Quests to Expand Your Land in FrontierVille

Tweet Have you already become the master of your Homestead in FrontierVille, removing all of the trees and weeds, and adding buildings to your liking? Have you run out of room, and would like to add some more land to your Homestead? If the answer to the latter is yes, Zynga is about to make [...]

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FarmVille Gearhead Ribbon, Frontier Chainsaw, & More – Zynga Game Updates!

10. August 2010

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FarmVille Gearhead Ribbon, Frontier Chainsaw, & More – Zynga Game Updates!

Tweet Quite a few updates have been launched in Zynga’s games so far this week, with three particular updates taking place in FarmVille, Mafia Wars and FishVille. In FarmVille, we see the addition of a vehicle-centric ribbon, while Mafia Wars (in association with FrontierVille) is offering a very unique Chainsaw to players. Finally, you can [...]

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Homestead Decorating, Mafia Wars Sharp Axes – FrontierVille Updates!

10. August 2010

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Homestead Decorating, Mafia Wars Sharp Axes – FrontierVille Updates!

Tweet A new week is upon us in FrontierVille and with it comes new updates. First, the game’s water decorating contest has ended, opening up the possibility for even more users to win more free Horseshoes, and secondly, Zynga has launched a cross-promotion in the game with Mafia Wars that will see you being able [...]

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