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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Thursday Throwdown: Tiki Farm or Island Paradise? You Decide

15. July 2010

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Thursday Throwdown: Tiki Farm or Island Paradise? You Decide

Tweet Welcome to another edition of the Thursday Throwdown here on Frisky Mongoose! While last week saw us taking a break from the world of Facebook games, to offer a comparison between two of the biggest mobile phones around – the Droid X and the iPhone 4 – this week sees a return to Facebook [...]

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Meteor Games’ Facebook Updates: Ranch Town Gets Fertilized, Island Paradise Adds New Topiaries

14. July 2010

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Meteor Games’ Facebook Updates: Ranch Town Gets Fertilized, Island Paradise Adds New Topiaries

Tweet Meteor Games has been busy updating their Facebook games this week, as we see new additions in both Island Paradise and Ranch Town. In Ranch Town, we find that there is a new fertilizer item that will make your virtual pocketbook very happy, while over in Island Paradise, a new set of Topiaries will [...]

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Never Suffer Withered Crops Again in Island Paradise With the Wither Eliminator

10. July 2010

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Never Suffer Withered Crops Again in Island Paradise With the Wither Eliminator

Tweet Withered crops getting you down? Meteor games has added a new item to Island Paradise so that you never have to endure withered crops again: the Wither Eliminator. The charm will keep your crops healthy and whole forever, eliminating the chance that your crop will die or wither before you can harvest. The Wither [...]

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More Eastern Garden Items Now Available in Island Paradise

6. July 2010

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More Eastern Garden Items Now Available in Island Paradise

Tweet To go along with the release of the other Eastern Garden items in Island Paradise, Meteor Games has released a new set of decorations to the game’s store. There are three items in particular worth noting. The first is the Torii Gate, available to users level 19 and above. It costs 5,000 coins to [...]

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Island Paradise Offers Eastern Garden Items

2. July 2010

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Island Paradise Offers Eastern Garden Items

Tweet There are three items available in Island Paradise’s new theme – Eastern Garden. The “Eastern” here refers to Japan, and the three items come in the form of an Eastern Tea Set, Folding Fan and Koi Pond. The Koi Pond is one item in particular to look out for, as it’s a limited edition [...]

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Prepare Your Island For Independence Day With Island Paradise New Items

27. June 2010

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Prepare Your Island For Independence Day With Island Paradise New Items

Tweet U.S. Independence Day is just around the corner, exactly one week from today. That gives you just enough time to properly deck out your island in Island Paradise with the new patriotic decorations! Don’t wait too long; the new items are only available for 13 days. Start off the celebration by picking up a [...]

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Celebrate The Solstice With New Island Paradise Items

18. June 2010

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Celebrate The Solstice With New Island Paradise Items

Tweet The 2010 Summer Solstice is almost upon us, being June 21st, and developer Meteor Games is inviting you to celebrate with new decorative in items in Island Paradise. The items are only around for a limited time, so catch them before they’re gone. There are three new decorative items available in the shop. The [...]

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Island Paradise Items Say Thank You To World Cup Hosts

15. June 2010

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Island Paradise Items Say Thank You To World Cup Hosts

Tweet Meteor games has added some new items to Island Paradise to say thank you to South Africa for hosting the World Cup. The items are purely decorative and consist of tribal elements, a Zulu Shield and pair of Djembe Drums. Both items are purchasable with coins. The Drums unlock at level 10 and cost [...]

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The World Cup Celebration Continues With Island Paradise New Uniforms

12. June 2010

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The World Cup Celebration Continues With Island Paradise New Uniforms

Tweet Meteor Games has added another round of World Cup inspired items to Island Paradise, this time in the avatar customization screen. Five new shirts and pants have been added to the clothing library, patterned to represent team uniforms. Now your avatar can show their true colors! A full uniform will cost you 2,000 coins, [...]

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New Island Paradise Items Celebrate the World Cup

11. June 2010

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New Island Paradise Items Celebrate the World Cup

Tweet Meteor Games has begun a World Cup celebration in Island Paradise, releasing new decorative items and a new set of country flags in the game. For the decorative items, which, mind you, will only be available for a limited time, there is a new Soccer Net and Soccer Ball, both of which go for [...]

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Meteor Adds a Summer Themed Mystery Crate to Island Paradise

8. June 2010

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Meteor Adds a Summer Themed Mystery Crate to Island Paradise

Tweet There is a new Mystery Crate in Island Paradise, and it comes in a Summer theme. By purchasing the crate, you’ll receive one of five new exclusive items, some of which can even be placed in the water off the shores of your island as a decoration. To be clear, “exclusive” here means that [...]

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Get Ready For Fun In The Sun With New Island Paradise Items, Credits Sale

29. May 2010

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Get Ready For Fun In The Sun With New Island Paradise Items, Credits Sale

Tweet Island Paradise is heading head first into Summer with the new Beach Fun line of avatar and decorative items. Developer Meteor Games urges players to get properly dressed with the new bathing suits and accessories. You’ll find the bikini top and bottom in the avatar customization screen, through the red t-shirt icon at the [...]

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