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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Happy Island on Android, Playdom Passes CrowdStar in Userbase

1. September 2010

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Tweet Just yesterday, we brought you the news that Playdom has brought Social City to the Android, and today we can add another Facebook title to that list. In other Facebook news, we see that Playdom has now passed CrowdStar in terms of overall user numbers. Happy Island Now Available on Android Back in early [...]

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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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Medieval/Lord of the Rings Items, Back to School Sale in Happy Island

14. August 2010

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Medieval/Lord of the Rings Items, Back to School Sale in Happy Island

Tweet In celebration of the back-to-school season, CrowdStar is holding a big sale on coin purchases in Happy Island. If you’ve been saving some of your Facebook Credits for a great chance at transforming them to in-game coins, here’s your chance! In addition new Medieval themed items will have your tourists thinking they’ve traveled back [...]

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Happy Island Tips, Tricks, Strategies & Cheats for Tropical Tourism Success

6. August 2010

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Happy Island Tips, Tricks, Strategies & Cheats for Tropical Tourism Success

Tweet Hey Happy Island fans, how would you like some tips, tricks and strategies for making your tourist attraction the most amazing in town? If you want to keep visitors on your island, make them happy and level up quickly, here is some info (provided by Gamezebo) that you should know about CrowdStar’s Happy Island [...]

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175 Free Facebook Credits, Gingerbread House, Open A Locked Lantern – Escape With Happy Island Updates!

3. August 2010

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175 Free Facebook Credits, Gingerbread House, Open A Locked Lantern – Escape With Happy Island Updates!

Tweet If you haven’t played Happy Island in a few days, the next time you do so, you’ll be met with quite a few updates. First, CrowdStar is now offering all users a new opportunity to earn 175 Free Facebook Credits via a cross-promotion with Shoebuy.com, or you can spend some of your hard earned [...]

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Happy Island Updates: New Attractions, Decorations, and Limited Edition Item Bundles

23. July 2010

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Happy Island Updates: New Attractions, Decorations, and Limited Edition Item Bundles

Tweet CrowdStar has been busy updating Happy Island this week, with new attractions, new decorations, and even new limited edition item bundles. The item bundles can be found as soon as you login to the game, via a pop-up and icon on the right-hand side of the gameplay area, while the new attractions and decorations [...]

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CrowdStar Gaming Updates: Happy Island Adds Picnic Tables, Win Coins in Zoo Paradise Contest, & Upgrade Your Piggy Bank in Happy Pets

13. July 2010

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CrowdStar Gaming Updates: Happy Island Adds Picnic Tables, Win Coins in Zoo Paradise Contest, & Upgrade Your Piggy Bank in Happy Pets

Tweet CrowdStar has updated three of their games this week. In Happy Island, we’ve seen the release of quite a few new picnic table decorative items, while Happy Pets has seen an update to their Piggy Bank / daily prize feature. Finally, for those users playing Zoo Paradise, you can now enter a very simple [...]

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Create the Great Wall of China on Your Happy Island

8. July 2010

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Create the Great Wall of China on Your Happy Island

Tweet To go along with the recent release of Asian themed items in Happy Island, CrowdStar has released a series of “Great Wall” decorations, that will allow you to – you guessed it – build your very own Great Wall of China on your Happy Island. The wall can be built in three sections – [...]

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New Happy Island Attractions Give Nod to the Last Airbender

8. July 2010

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New Happy Island Attractions Give Nod to the Last Airbender

Tweet CrowdStar must be excited about the new film The Last Airbender, as they have released a full set of items in the game in honor of the film’s release. The four attractions are Elemental Temples, and they come in the form of a Fiery Shrine, a Frozen Shrine, a Geo Shrine and a Breezy [...]

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New Happy Island Decorations Offer Nod to Summer and… Tetris?

5. July 2010

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New Happy Island Decorations Offer Nod to Summer and… Tetris?

Tweet CrowdStar has added a series of new decorations to Happy Island, and what an interesting mix they are. Items like “King’s Kite,” “JR’s Kite,” and the BBQ Pit are easy enough to explain, as we’ve now officially entered summer, and the developer apparently wants you to be able to decorate for it. The… interesting [...]

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Pick Up A Happy Island Item Bundle On A Serious Discount

5. July 2010

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Pick Up A Happy Island Item Bundle On A Serious Discount

Tweet If you’ve got five Facebook Credits on hand, and you play CrowdStar’s Happy Island, the developer is hoping that you’ll be willing to spend those credits on one of four discounted packages, one for 50,000 coins, and the other three for some seriously discounted limited edition item bundles. First things first – all of [...]

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Happy Island LE Now Available on iPhone

2. July 2010

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Happy Island LE Now Available on iPhone

Tweet Back in May, we brought you the news that CrowdStar and Sibblingz would be bringing Faebook gaming hit Happy Island to the iPhone. That day has arrived, with the app now being available on the iPhone App Store for 99 cents. While there had been a bit of confusion as to whether or not [...]

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