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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Earn Free Playfish Cash in Restaurant City, Hotel City, & More!

29. September 2010

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Earn Free Playfish Cash in Restaurant City, Hotel City, & More!

Tweet While developers like Zynga or CrowdStar have the “free premium currency” systems down to what seems to be a science, either rewarding users as they level up in games, or even offering extra opportunities like Lotto Tickets in Cafe World or the PetVille Genie Gems game, Playfish is the odd man out, with Playfish [...]

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Thursday Throwdown: Mafia Wars or Gangster City? You Decide

22. July 2010

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Thursday Throwdown: Mafia Wars or Gangster City? You Decide

Tweet Happy Thursday everyone! Welcome to another edition of the Thursday Throwdown here on Frisky Mongoose. Last week, we took a look at tropical farming by having a Throwdown between Tiki Farm and Island Paradise. The results of last week’s poll are in, and it turns out that there really was no contest between the [...]

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Tell Playfish What You Think in Gangster City Survey

25. April 2010

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Tell Playfish What You Think in Gangster City Survey

Tweet ‘Tis the season for surveys on Facebook! Playfish is now offering you a chance to help make Gangster City more awesome by filling out a simple 6 question survey. Your feedback will be used to help Playfish determine what new features, items and content should be added to the game in the near future. [...]

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Here Are Some Gangster City Developer Tips

23. April 2010

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Here Are Some Gangster City Developer Tips

Tweet Are you having trouble with Playfish’s Gangster City? Wish there was someone there to help you every step of the way? Depending on your thinking, there now is, as a series of Gangster City Developer Tips have been posted over on IGN for your reading pleasure. There are ten tips in all, concerning all [...]

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Playfish Cash Cards Now On Sale in Walgreens

18. April 2010

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Playfish Cash Cards Now On Sale in Walgreens

Tweet That’s right, the next time you are in a Walgreens store, check the games section or near the checkout for Playfish cash cards. They come in blue and pink, in denominations of $10 and $25.  If you are in the UK, cash cards are available at Sainsbury’s and WHSmith. The cards can be redeemed [...]

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Skip Mission Animations in Gangster City, Get Tougher Faster

13. February 2010

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Skip Mission Animations in Gangster City, Get Tougher Faster

Tweet Pay attention gangsters because this just might save your life (says PlayFish)… You can now skip mission animations in Gangster City when you repeat the same mission, which means you get tougher, faster. You’ll still be limited by the amount of Energy you have, but skipping the battle mission animations sure saves a lot [...]

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