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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iPad Giveaway, Random Horse & Cat Come Back – Happy Pets Updates!

29. September 2010

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iPad Giveaway, Random Horse & Cat Come Back – Happy Pets Updates!

Tweet CrowdStar is doing all they can to stay at the #2 on the AppData developer leaderboards, as they have updated Happy Pets with two updates that should make fans of the game very excited. The first sees the developer giving away a free iPad, while the other offers users another chance at a random [...]

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Happy Pets Releases Dragons, Adds Glue for Sticking Furniture to the Ceiling

23. September 2010

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Happy Pets Releases Dragons, Adds Glue for Sticking Furniture to the Ceiling

Tweet CrowdStar went all out this week advertising the release of their newest animal breed in Happy Pets – the dragon (perhaps that’s one of the reasons why the game has gained over 1 million players in the last week). While the sale on those new animals is now over, any interested player can still [...]

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Vote In Photo Contests, Purchase an Iguana – Happy Pets Updates!

17. September 2010

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Vote In Photo Contests, Purchase an Iguana – Happy Pets Updates!

Tweet CrowdStar has been hard at work updating Happy Pets this week, starting with the introduction of some long-awaited pets in the form of Iguanas. Once you purchase an Iguana, you’ll be able to show them off via the game’s Photo Show-Off feature, and even win coins and experience points in the process. New Iguanas [...]

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Build A Chicken Coop in Happy Pets, Receive A Free Chicken!

14. September 2010

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Build A Chicken Coop in Happy Pets, Receive A Free Chicken!

Tweet Similar to the Dino Den or Horse Stables in Happy Pets, CrowdStar has added a new animal housing structure in the form of a Chicken Coop. No, your game hasn’t suddenly turned into FarmVille – this new Chicken Coop will simply function as the home for the new Chicken pets that have been released [...]

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Fan Appreciation Event II, Arctic Dog Giveaway – Happy Pets Updates!

13. September 2010

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Fan Appreciation Event II, Arctic Dog Giveaway – Happy Pets Updates!

Tweet CrowdStar first brought us a Fan Appreciation Event back in April, which was a week long celebration giving away that concluded with the giveaway of the CrowdStar Cat, a free cat for all users who logged in that day to play the game. Now, a second Fan Appreciation Event has been announced, but you’ll [...]

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Randomly Generated Dinosaurs, Albino Pets – Happy Pets Updates

7. September 2010

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Randomly Generated Dinosaurs, Albino Pets – Happy Pets Updates

Tweet CrowdStar has been hard at work updating Happy Pets with a literally endless supply of new pets. How is this possible, you ask? Well, aside from the new standard Albino pets, they have now released new “random” pet generators, in the same vein as the random cat generator we saw released in the game [...]

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Adopt A Happy Parrot, Create A Random Cat – Happy Pets Updates!

20. August 2010

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Adopt A Happy Parrot, Create A Random Cat – Happy Pets Updates!

Tweet CrowdStar’s Happy Pets has updated with two interesting additions this week, first in the form of a new lost animal, the Honey Parrot, and second, the creation of a “random cat” feature that will allow you to create a random, multi-colored cat in the game’s store. Won’t You Adopt the Orphaned Honey Parrot? A [...]

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Seven New Rooms Available, Instant Adoption Idol – Happy Pets Updates!

17. August 2010

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Seven New Rooms Available, Instant Adoption Idol – Happy Pets Updates!

Tweet CrowdStar has been showing Happy Pets a lot of support over the last few days, unleashing a slew of new rooms in the game, and a new idol that will allow you to add to your animal collection in a big way, everyday you play the game. Seven New Rooms Available While the amount [...]

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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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Pet Duplicator, Bears Added to Happy Pets

13. August 2010

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Pet Duplicator, Bears Added to Happy Pets

Tweet A few interesting updates have been added to Happy Pets this week, in the form of a new set of Bear pets, and a Pet Replicator, which will let you literally clone one of your pets. Clone Your Pets With Pet Replicator If your friends have been jealous of some of your limited edition [...]

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Permanent Horses, Social Breeding – Happy Pets Updates!

10. August 2010

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Permanent Horses, Social Breeding – Happy Pets Updates!

Tweet As we told you last week, Social Breeding was announced by CrowdStar for Happy Pets. However, at the time, the feature had not yet been added to the game. That all has changed this week, as not only can you now breed your pets with your friends, but you can also purchase horses from [...]

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Message Inbox, Unicorns & Pegasus, Social Breeding Coming Soon – Adopt These New Updates in Happy Pets!

3. August 2010

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Message Inbox, Unicorns & Pegasus, Social Breeding Coming Soon – Adopt These New Updates in Happy Pets!

Tweet Happy Pets has updated quite a bit since we last spoke, with three particular news items making waves in the world of CrowdStar’s pet simulation game. First, we see a new Message Inbox added to the bottom right corner of the gameplay are, a new set of Unicorns and Pegasus pets available to purchase [...]

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