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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Put On Your Wizard Hat and Take a Gander at New Happy Island Attractions

30. June 2010

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Put On Your Wizard Hat and Take a Gander at New Happy Island Attractions

Tweet There are four new items available for your shopping pleasure in CrowdStar’s Happy Island – two attractions, and two decorations. For the attractions, fans of wizards and magic will love the Wizard School and Wizard Field, which seem to be subtle nods to the lore of Harry Potter. Both are limited edition attractions, available [...]

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Search N.D’s Dig Site for New Items in Happy Island

30. June 2010

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Search N.D’s Dig Site for New Items in Happy Island

Tweet CrowdStar has released a new interactive decoration in Happy Island. The decoration is called N.D.’s Dig Site, and it costs 89 Facebook Credits to purchase (around $9 US). By clicking on the item once every 24 hours, you’ll receive a prize. For the first 14 days that you click on the Dig Site, you’ll [...]

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Happy Island’s Offshore Bank Makes Collecting Profits Easier

29. June 2010

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Happy Island’s Offshore Bank Makes Collecting Profits Easier

Tweet If you enjoy playing Happy Island, but find the process of clicking on each individual attraction to collect its profits annoying, you might look into purchasing the new “First Happy Bank,” which CrowdStar describes as an offshore island bank. If you do decide to purchase it, you can do so for 99 Facebook Credits, [...]

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What’s Inside This Locked Happy Island Crate?

29. June 2010

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What’s Inside This Locked Happy Island Crate?

Tweet Floating in the ocean off of your resort in Happy Island, you’ll find a new locked crate. The crate bobs up and down with the motion of the water, and has an air hole through which you can see a blinking eye. The crate even animates with an exclamation point above it, alerting you [...]

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Happy Island Salvage Ship Searches Your Happy Island for Treasures

29. June 2010

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Happy Island Salvage Ship Searches Your Happy Island for Treasures

Tweet If you have an extra 2,400 Happy Island coins burning a proverbial hole in your pocket, why not purchase the new Salvage Ship? The item costs just that, and can be placed in your archipelago view, where it can be used to search for treasure and rare items once per day. Once you purchase [...]

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Add “Summertime Sports” Items to Your Happy Island

29. June 2010

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Add “Summertime Sports” Items to Your Happy Island

Tweet While Happy Island has never been known for its large, expansive item themes, CrowdStar does tend to release small groupings of similarly themed items at random intervals, with this week’s update fitting in with that tradition. The update itself celebrates outdoor sports, with new attractions that will allow your tourists to play volleyball, basketball [...]

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CrowdStar Cares Campaign Continues In Happy Island

20. June 2010

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CrowdStar Cares Campaign Continues In Happy Island

Tweet We told you about the CrowdStar Cares campaign in Zoo Paradise yesterday, and now Happy Island has joined the campaign with a new Bottlenose Dolphin Pod. The Pod is purchasable for 99 Facebook Credits, which is about $10. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the National Wildlife Foundation to help mobilize volunteers [...]

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Spruce Up Your Island With New Happy Island Items

18. June 2010

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Spruce Up Your Island With New Happy Island Items

Tweet To add a little more variety to your plant selection in Happy Island, CrowdStar has added some new plants to help you landscape your island. There are five new items in total located in the Featured section of the Island Shop. Not enough purple on your island? Now you can purchase the Lavender bush, [...]

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Undersea Explorer Available in Happy Island

15. June 2010

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Undersea Explorer Available in Happy Island

Tweet Crowdstar has brought the Undersea Explorer back to Happy Island due to popular demand. The item is an Attraction but won’t be found in the Shop. To purchase the item you will need to click on the submarine icon to the right of your screen. The item will earn you 10,000 coins every day, [...]

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Grab Some New Decorations in Happy Island

12. June 2010

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Grab Some New Decorations in Happy Island

Tweet One thing a properly happy island needs is some nice decorations. Thankfully, the folks over at CrowdStar are mindful of this and have added a handful of new decorations for your own Island. Most of these new decorations are famous architectural pieces, such as “The Thinker” statue. Said statue will set you back 7,000 coins. [...]

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Celebrate the World Cup With New Happy Island Items

9. June 2010

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Celebrate the World Cup With New Happy Island Items

Tweet CrowdStar has released a series of limited edition decorations and even an attraction in Happy Island in celebration of the World Cup. As you might have guessed from other games’ coverage of the sporting tournament, the decorations here come in the form of Country Flags (with one exception), while the attraction is a soccer [...]

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New Happy Island Attractions: Marine Park, Thrift Store & More

8. June 2010

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New Happy Island Attractions: Marine Park, Thrift Store & More

Tweet CrowdStar has added four new attractions to Happy Island, and luckily for all of us, these seem to be permanent additions to the game, rather than limited edition, meaning that if you’re not high enough of a level to purchase them now, or perhaps just don’t have the funds, there’s no rush to do [...]

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