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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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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Twilight Inspired Pets On Sale in Happy Pets

10. July 2010

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Twilight Inspired Pets On Sale in Happy Pets

Tweet In a nod to teenage girls everywhere, Crowdstar has introduced four Twilight inspired pets to Happy Pets. The new animals are available in limited quantities, and are going fast. All four pets are available for 88 Facebook Credits. The two cats are called Sparkling Edward and Sparkling Victoria. Like their Twilight vampire namesakes, the [...]

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Limited Edition Pets Make a Return to Happy Pets

29. June 2010

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Limited Edition Pets Make a Return to Happy Pets

Tweet CrowdStar has answered public demand by re-releasing a series of seven, formerly retired, limited edition pets in Happy Pets. The set here consists of cats (of varying sizes) and horses. To be specific, users can once again head into the game’s store to purchase the following: Flame Horse – 88 Facebook Credits ($8.80 US) [...]

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Build the Dino Den to House Dinosaurs in Happy Pets

29. June 2010

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Build the Dino Den to House Dinosaurs in Happy Pets

Tweet CrowdStar has added a new building to Happy Pets in the form of a Dino Den. As the name would suggest, the Dino Den functions as a home for (new) dinosaur pets, but you’ll have to build the Den before you have a chance at earning both free dinosaurs, and the ability to purchase [...]

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Here’s Your Lineup of Happy Pets Dinosaurs

29. June 2010

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Here’s Your Lineup of Happy Pets Dinosaurs

Tweet If you’re willing to put in the time and effort to build a Dino Den in Happy Pets (see our full guide to building one by clicking here), you’ll have a wide array of new dinosaurs available for purchase in the game’s store. As of this writing, there are 15 different dinosaurs available to [...]

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Four New Mystery Gifts Are Now Available in Happy Pets

29. June 2010

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Four New Mystery Gifts Are Now Available in Happy Pets

Tweet If you like the idea of surprising your Happy Pets friends with free gifts, you’ll probably love the four new items that are available to send via the game’s free gifts page. The items aren’t just any gifts, they are actually different varieties of Mystery Gifts. The four types are the Outdoor Décor Mystery [...]

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Adopt the Peewee Sea Duck in Happy Pets to Help in Oil Spill Relief

28. June 2010

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Adopt the Peewee Sea Duck in Happy Pets to Help in Oil Spill Relief

Tweet The CrowdStar Cares promotion continues in Happy Pets with the release of the limited edition Peewee Sea Duck. The duck continues in CrowdStar’s partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, and sees 100% of the proceeds collected from purchases of the Peewee Sea Duck headed directly to help in the NWF’s ongoing efforts in helping [...]

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Purchase the Pot of Gold in Happy Pets for Free Facebook Credits, Coins, and More

28. June 2010

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Purchase the Pot of Gold in Happy Pets for Free Facebook Credits, Coins, and More

Tweet A new “idol-like” item has been added to Happy Pets, although the particular item in question isn’t technically an idol; rather, it’s a Pot of Gold, which can be placed in any room of your house after purchasing it from the store for 90 Facebook Credits (or $9 US). The Pot of Gold is [...]

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Here’s Your Chance to Collect All 10 World Cup Animals in Happy Pets

11. June 2010

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Here’s Your Chance to Collect All 10 World Cup Animals in Happy Pets

Tweet In celebration of the World Cup, CrowdStar has released a series of limited edition animals in Happy Pets. There are ten pets to collect in all, and they come in color schemes that celebrate some of the teams in the tournament. Aside from the eight pets representing various countries, there is also a World [...]

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New Happy Pets Idols Offer Double Experience

7. June 2010

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New Happy Pets Idols Offer Double Experience

Tweet Are you looking to level up faster in Happy Pets, but simply don’t have the time to play the game as often as you probably should to accomplish the task? In comes the new Experience Idol, an item that will help you do just that. There are actually two Experience Idols to choose from, [...]

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CrowdStar Releases Toy Story Animals in Happy Pets

7. June 2010

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CrowdStar Releases Toy Story Animals in Happy Pets

Tweet Continuing in Happy Pets’ recent tradition of honoring movies or television shows with new pets in the game, CrowdStar has released a new series of animals in the game to celebrate the release of Toy Story 3 in theaters. There is a Cowboy Cat, Space Ranger Cat, Alien Guinea Pig, Bacon Pig, Spring Dog, [...]

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New Happy Pets Free Gifts: Rocking Horses

31. May 2010

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New Happy Pets Free Gifts: Rocking Horses

Tweet There are three new free gifts to send in Happy Pets. The three come in the form of various colors of Rocking Horses. How your pet is supposed to ride a Rocking Horse, we’re not exactly sure, but the items are cute so we can’t complain. You have the option of sending a Pink [...]

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