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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Dublin Challenge Mission Chapter 2 Now Open in Mafia Wars

28. September 2010

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Dublin Challenge Mission Chapter 2 Now Open in Mafia Wars

Tweet Last week, Zynga launched a new challenge mission in Mafia Wars entitled Challenge Mission: Dublin – Rob the National Bank. This week, Chapter 2 of the mission has been released, but in order to access it, you will first have to complete Chapter 1 (check out our coverage of Chapter 1 by clicking on [...]

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Mafia Wars Dublin Challenge Mission Now Open!

20. September 2010

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Mafia Wars Dublin Challenge Mission Now Open!

Tweet It’s time for yet another Challenge Mission to open in Mafia Wars, with this newest challenge offering users a chance to travel to a familiar (yet new) city in the game: Dublin. We say “familiar” because if you’ll remember back to the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, we were treated to a smaller, Dublin Derby [...]

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Build an Armory in Mafia Wars

18. September 2010

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Build an Armory in Mafia Wars

Tweet In addition to the Chop Shop and Weapons Depot, there is now a new building available for you to outfit and utilize in Mafia Wars. The building comes in the form of the Armory, which will allow you to build, you guessed it, pieces of armor for your mafia. The Armory is available to [...]

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Zynga 8 Game Challenge – $24,000 Giveaway in 24 Hours!

13. September 2010

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Zynga 8 Game Challenge – $24,000 Giveaway in 24 Hours!

Tweet Do you want to win $1,000? Of course you do! And wouldn’t you know it – Zynga wants you to as well! For today, and today only, Zynga is holding the 8 Game Challenge, rewarding $24,000 over today’s 24 hour period. While the promotion officially began at 12:01 AM this morning, you have until [...]

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Free Property Upgrade, Free Item With Game Card Purchase – Mafia Wars Updates

10. September 2010

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Free Property Upgrade, Free Item With Game Card Purchase – Mafia Wars Updates

Tweet “Free” is the operative word in Mafia Wars this week, as users are being given free items at every turn. There are two particular areas of interest where users can score some free loot. One is triggered by purchasing a Mafia Wars Game Card, while the other is achieved for simply clicking on a [...]

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Challenge the Bosses in Mafia Wars’ San Juan Event

9. September 2010

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Challenge the Bosses in Mafia Wars’ San Juan Event

Tweet After the massive popularity of the “Beat the Feds” mission that was available in Mafia Wars in August, Zynga has added another Challenge Mission to the game, this time in the form a mission called “In’s On in San Juan.” This mission was released earlier, but due to some technical difficulties, was removed. These [...]

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Chapter 3 of Mafia Wars Mumbai Now Available

7. September 2010

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Chapter 3 of Mafia Wars Mumbai Now Available

Tweet Attention Mafia Wars players! Chapter 3 of the limited time Mumbai Challenge Mission is now available. This mission is called “Box Office Bombay,” which is in keeping with Mumbai’s overall theme of “Make a Killing at the Box Office.” Chapter 3 offers four more jobs for you to master: Arrange the Murder of the [...]

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Mumbai Challenge Mission 2 Now Available in Mafia Wars

31. August 2010

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Mumbai Challenge Mission 2 Now Available in Mafia Wars

Tweet As we told you last week, the newest challenge mission in Mafia Wars takes us to Mumbai, with a mission tree called “Make a Killing at the Box Office.” Chapter 2 is now available in said mission, and is called “Fights, Cameras, Factions,” after the popular hollywood film phrase “Lights, Camera, Action!” The chapter [...]

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zLotto – Win Prizes in FarmVille, FrontierVille, PetVille, YoVille and Mafia Wars

28. August 2010

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zLotto – Win Prizes in FarmVille, FrontierVille, PetVille, YoVille and Mafia Wars

Tweet Zynga has launched an entirely new website and giveaway system outside of Facebook proper, that uses a Zynga-based account, along with your Facebook account, to offer you free prizes in five of their games: FarmVille, YoVille, PetVille and Mafia Wars – FrontierVille prizes are coming soon. The website and promotion are called zLotto, and [...]

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Mafia Wars Mumbai Challenge Mission Now Open

24. August 2010

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Mafia Wars Mumbai Challenge Mission Now Open

Tweet Much like Mafia Wars London before it, a new Challenge Mission has opened up in Mafia Wars, this time in the city of Mumbai. The Challenge’s tagline is “Make a Killing at the Box Office,” and as such, contains a theatrical theme. For those unfamiliar with the way Challenge Missions run in Mafia Wars, [...]

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Mafia Wars Cheats, Tips, Tricks and Strategies to Be Top Don

19. August 2010

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Mafia Wars Cheats, Tips, Tricks and Strategies to Be Top Don

Tweet Mafia Wars is one of Zynga’s oldest games, and it’s also one of the most complex – so complex in fact, that it can be easy to become overwhelmed when you’re first starting in the game, or even if you just take a break of a week or two! We’re here to help, though, [...]

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Mafia Wars Taps Snoop Dogg for Explosive Publicity Stunt

19. August 2010

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Mafia Wars Taps Snoop Dogg for Explosive Publicity Stunt

Tweet It’s official — there’s nothing rapper Snoop Dogg won’t do. But seriously, August 19 (tonight) at 9 p.m. EST, the D-O-Double G will be on hand to light up the armored truck in honor of Mafia Wars Vegas reaching 10 million players. You will be able to watch the big bang streamed live from [...]

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