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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Abandoning Facebook: CrowdStar Joins OMGPOP, Kabam, Funzio in Mobile

25. April 2012

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Abandoning Facebook: CrowdStar Joins OMGPOP, Kabam, Funzio in Mobile

Tweet CrowdStar, developer of popular Facebook games like Happy Aquarium and the “Girl” series (Modern Girl, Social Girl, Top Girl and It Girl), announced today that they will stop developing games for Facebook, according to an interview with All Things Digital.  Peter Relan predicts that 90% of Crowdstar’s revenue will come from mobile next year, [...]

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Leaf Collection, Limited Edition Shark Selection – Happy Aquarium Updates!

21. September 2010

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Leaf Collection, Limited Edition Shark Selection – Happy Aquarium Updates!

Tweet A few noteworthy updates have been released in Happy Aquarium already this week, with CrowdStar offering users a new item collection, as well as a series of new limited edition sharks that are now available in the store. Collect Leaves to Earn a Special Fish A new collection is now available to users level [...]

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Happy Aquarium Wheel of Fish, Wizard of Oz Items Now Available

31. August 2010

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Happy Aquarium Wheel of Fish, Wizard of Oz Items Now Available

Tweet CrowdStar has been busy updating Happy Aquarium this week, both in an large feature that will allow you to collect limited edition fish by spinning a wheel, and in new store items in a Wizard of Oz theme. First, let’s talk about the new fish collection feature called the Wheel of Fish. Spin the [...]

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Install the CrowdStar Gamebar, Receive Rewards in Happy Pets, Happy Aquarium & More!

17. August 2010

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Install the CrowdStar Gamebar, Receive Rewards in Happy Pets, Happy Aquarium & More!

Tweet While the CrowdStar Gamebar has been available for some time, there was never really any incentive for players to install it, that is, until now, as CrowdStar has updated the bar to offer rewards to players in four different games, should they choose to download it. In Happy Pets, players will receive the CrowdStar [...]

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Happy Aquarium Lottery Handing Out 1000 Pearls, Three-Eyed Fish Available

14. August 2010

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Happy Aquarium Lottery Handing Out 1000 Pearls, Three-Eyed Fish Available

Tweet A few updates have launched in Happy Aquarium since we last spoke, with CrowdStar offering not only a new limited time only fish, but also a chance for users to win a whopping 1,000 Pearls via the new Daily Lotto feature in the game. New Limited Edition Three-Eyed Fish Now Available If you head [...]

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Rainbow Wrasse Fish, Tree of Giving Idol, Rescue A Trapped Animal – Dive Into Happy Aquarium Updates!

3. August 2010

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Rainbow Wrasse Fish, Tree of Giving Idol, Rescue A Trapped Animal – Dive Into Happy Aquarium Updates!

Tweet A whole slew of updates have been dropped into the waters of your Happy Aquarium, including a new fish for high level players, a new Idol that will reward your pocketbook for life, and the ability to rescue a new trapped animal with a little help from friends. Rainbow Wrasse Fish Available for High [...]

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Happy Aquarium Updates: Parrot Fish, Toy Story 3 & Wedding Items

13. July 2010

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Happy Aquarium Updates: Parrot Fish, Toy Story 3 & Wedding Items

Tweet CrowdStar has been busy updating Happy Aquarium, as there have been three major releases in the game since we last spoke. There are new items representing two major themes – weddings, and Toy Story, while the final update sees the release of a new fish for high level players. Say “I Do” to New [...]

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Pick Up Pegasus or Fireflies in Happy Aquarium

8. July 2010

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Pick Up Pegasus or Fireflies in Happy Aquarium

Tweet CrowdStar is on a role releasing new items in Happy Aquarium. Now, you can purchase Fireflies or Pegasus (see the “flying” theme here?) to fly –err, swim around your tanks. Pegasus is found under the Tank Mates section of the store. It can be named, but its gender is not made clear. We’re guessing [...]

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Pick Up Toy Story Items in Happy Aquarium

8. July 2010

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Pick Up Toy Story Items in Happy Aquarium

Tweet In honor of the release of Toy Story 3, CrowdStar has released three new Tank Mates in Happy Aquarium, representing Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and the iconic green vending machine alien. Here, the items are called a “Sharp Shooter,” “Hat-Off Cowboy,” and “Acrobatic Alien,” and they are named such to let you know what their [...]

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Fish and the City Fish Available in Happy Aquarium

6. July 2010

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Fish and the City Fish Available in Happy Aquarium

Tweet CrowdStar is paying tribute to the television show turned movie franchise Sex and the City with the release of four “Fish and the City” fish in Happy Aquarium. These are limited edition fish – one each for the show’s four main characters. The fish are called Sandra, Corey, Charla and Melinda. Two are actual [...]

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New Happy Aquarium Tank Mates: Baby Angel, Batfish & More

28. June 2010

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New Happy Aquarium Tank Mates: Baby Angel, Batfish & More

Tweet There are a few new Tank Mates available in Happy Aquarium. You can find them under the Special tab, or under the reserved Tank Mates section of the game’s store. The trio of items come in the form of a Baby Angel, Baby Red Devil and Batfish. The Baby Angel and the Baby Red [...]

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Adopt the Bottlenose Dolphin in Happy Aquarium to Help in Oil Spill Relief

28. June 2010

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Adopt the Bottlenose Dolphin in Happy Aquarium to Help in Oil Spill Relief

Tweet CrowdStar has teamed up with the National Wildlife Federation to raise funds for oil spill relief. They are looking to us, the players, to help in their fundraiser by offering a new Bottlenose Dolphin for purchase in Happy Aquarium. The Bottlenose Dolphin costs 88 Facebook Credits, or around $9 US. You can customize it [...]

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