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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One-Eyed Wonder Joins Happy Aquarium

27. June 2010

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One-Eyed Wonder Joins Happy Aquarium

Tweet For Happy Aquarium players, there’s a new fish in town: the One-Eyed Wonder. Also know as the Cyclops Fish, the new tank inhabitant is available in limited quantities for a limited time, doubling the reasons you should grab it now rather than later. The Cyclops Fish will disappear on June 29th at 11:59 PM [...]

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Expand Your Happy Aquarium With Five New Animals

18. June 2010

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Expand Your Happy Aquarium With Five New Animals

Tweet Over the past few days Crowdstar has added a total of five new animals to Happy Aquarium. Two of the new additions are available in limited quantities and are only available while supplies last. The last three will be available for players over level 50 to purchase in the Store. On the Specials tab, [...]

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Hammerhead Sharks Come to Happy Aquarium

12. June 2010

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Hammerhead Sharks Come to Happy Aquarium

Tweet You can now buy a Hammerhead shark in Happy Aquarium. It costs 79 Pearls or 66 Facebook Credits. It grows into an adult in 32 hours. It is a limited fish in the game, and there are only 25,542 of them left as of right now. You can choose whether or not the pet [...]

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Happy Aquarium SunFish Dwarfs All Others

9. June 2010

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Happy Aquarium SunFish Dwarfs All Others

Tweet If you’re looking for a truly eye-catching addition to your Happy Aquarium tank look no further than the Giant Sunfish, a new limited time fish that can be purchased for your tank and cared for like any other fish in the game. Available to the next 36,000 or so people that login with the [...]

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CrowdStar Adjusts Pearl Rewards in Happy Aquarium

9. June 2010

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CrowdStar Adjusts Pearl Rewards in Happy Aquarium

Tweet The next time you login to Happy Aquarium, you’ll likely be met with a pop-up similar to the one at left, letting you know that CrowdStar, the game’s developer, has changed the way that Pearls are awarded in the game. While you’ll still receive a Pearl bonus each time you level up in the [...]

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Adopt a Soccer-Playing Lion in Happy Aquarium in Celebration of the World Cup

7. June 2010

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Adopt a Soccer-Playing Lion in Happy Aquarium in Celebration of the World Cup

Tweet If you’ve already purchased a World Cup background for your tank in Happy Aquarium, but want to add more of the spirit of the game to your tank, head over to the game’s store and click on the Tank Mates section to find a new soccer playing lion that is now available to purchase. [...]

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Celebrate the World Cup with Happy Aquarium Tank Backgrounds

7. June 2010

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Celebrate the World Cup with Happy Aquarium Tank Backgrounds

Tweet Hey World Cup fanatics! Do you play Happy Aquarium? Want to dress up your tanks with the colors of your favorite team? CrowdStar will let you do just that, by adding a new World Cup flag to your tank as its background. The new World Cup flags represent France, Italy, Spain, England, Brazil, Germany, [...]

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CrowdStar Releases Three New Tank Mates in Happy Aquarium

3. June 2010

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CrowdStar Releases Three New Tank Mates in Happy Aquarium

Tweet CrowdStar has announced the release of three new tank mates in Happy Aquarium. Tank mates, for those who have yet to purchase one, or are just new to the game, are those animated creatures or people that can swim around your tank wearing goggles, snorkels, fun costumes and the like. This release is Hawaiian [...]

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Can You Collect All Five Tiki Heads in Happy Aquarium?

2. June 2010

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Can You Collect All Five Tiki Heads in Happy Aquarium?

Tweet Looking for some new “stackable” objects to decorate your tank in Happy Aquarium? Or, perhaps you’d just like to add a tropical twist to your waters? Either way, you can now collect five different Tiki Heads in the game, which can be stacked and transformed into a tall totem of sorts. Aside from the [...]

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The Mating Idol is Back in Happy Aquarium

1. June 2010

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The Mating Idol is Back in Happy Aquarium

Tweet CrowdStar has re-released an idol in Happy Aquarium – the Mating Idol which was first seen back in April – in an effort to allow those who weren’t playing or didn’t purchase the item back then to do so now. For those unfamiliar with the concept of idols in CrowdStar’s games (we’ve seen them [...]

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The Kissing Fish Has Made a Reappearance in Happy Aquarium

31. May 2010

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The Kissing Fish Has Made a Reappearance in Happy Aquarium

Tweet Did you miss out on your chance to receive a Kissing Fish in Happy Aquarium back in February? If so, I’m about to make your day, as CrowdStar has re-released the fish, albeit temporarily, into the game’s waters. The Kissing Fish can be purchased from the game’s store for 125 coins each. Although you [...]

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CrowdStar Re-Releases Five Limited Edition Items in Happy Aquarium

26. May 2010

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CrowdStar Re-Releases Five Limited Edition Items in Happy Aquarium

Tweet Due to popular demand, CrowdStar has re-released a series of five formerly expired items to the waters of Happy Aquarium. These five items were limited edition items, meaning that they eventually sold out, and that’s the format they come in once again. The five items are the Pink Shark, Zemo (based on Nemo from [...]

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