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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Beat the Feds Challenge Now Live in Mafia Wars

15. August 2010

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Beat the Feds Challenge Now Live in Mafia Wars

Tweet A new challenge has been added to Zynga’s Mafia Wars in the form of a “Beat the Feds Challenge.” For those that choose to participate (the event is totally voluntary), you’ll be able to fight against four different federal agents to earn some awesome rewards that will help you in your battles later on [...]

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Mafia Wars $25k Contest & New Las Vegas Trailer

11. August 2010

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Mafia Wars $25k Contest & New Las Vegas Trailer

Tweet Zynga is giving away $25K to promote the recently released Vegas expansion in Mafia Wars. Here’s the graphic new promo trailer in all it’s gangster glory. For an overview of what to expect from Mafia Wars Las Vegas, check out our extended coverage here: http://friskymongoose.com/travel-to-las-vegas-in-mafia-wars/ To stay up-to-date and view all our latest hands-on [...]

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FarmVille Gearhead Ribbon, Frontier Chainsaw, & More – Zynga Game Updates!

10. August 2010

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FarmVille Gearhead Ribbon, Frontier Chainsaw, & More – Zynga Game Updates!

Tweet Quite a few updates have been launched in Zynga’s games so far this week, with three particular updates taking place in FarmVille, Mafia Wars and FishVille. In FarmVille, we see the addition of a vehicle-centric ribbon, while Mafia Wars (in association with FrontierVille) is offering a very unique Chainsaw to players. Finally, you can [...]

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Homestead Decorating, Mafia Wars Sharp Axes – FrontierVille Updates!

10. August 2010

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Homestead Decorating, Mafia Wars Sharp Axes – FrontierVille Updates!

Tweet A new week is upon us in FrontierVille and with it comes new updates. First, the game’s water decorating contest has ended, opening up the possibility for even more users to win more free Horseshoes, and secondly, Zynga has launched a cross-promotion in the game with Mafia Wars that will see you being able [...]

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Mafia Wars Vegas Fun Facts: 100 Million Robberies, 250 Million Fights

5. August 2010

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Mafia Wars Vegas Fun Facts: 100 Million Robberies, 250 Million Fights

Tweet Mafia Wars Vegas has arrived (as if you didn’t know already), and as far as I’m concerned, this is the best expansion yet. The jobs have been broken down into new energy and fighting paths, which does a good job catering to different types of players. Properties have been replaced with a Casino that [...]

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Travel to Las Vegas in Mafia Wars!

29. July 2010

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Travel to Las Vegas in Mafia Wars!

Tweet That’s right – after weeks of teasing us with the news that Las Vegas would be coming as a playable location in the game, Zynga has finally launched the city in Mafia Wars. You may or may not be happy to know, however, that the gameplay here has been changed a bit, so things [...]

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Zynga Gaming Updates: Spin the Lucky Stash Wheel in Mafia Wars, Collect Fairies in PetVille, Build A Cafe World Lightning Stove With Fewer Parts

26. July 2010

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Zynga Gaming Updates: Spin the Lucky Stash Wheel in Mafia Wars, Collect Fairies in PetVille, Build A Cafe World Lightning Stove With Fewer Parts

Tweet Here we are again, offering you a quick look at the updates Zynga has launched in its Facebook game this weekend. In this update, we take a look at a new Las Vegas-themed feature in Mafia Wars, the addition of new Fairy items in PetVille, and Try Your Luck at Mafia Wars’ Lucky Stash [...]

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Thursday Throwdown: Mafia Wars or Gangster City? You Decide

22. July 2010

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Thursday Throwdown: Mafia Wars or Gangster City? You Decide

Tweet Happy Thursday everyone! Welcome to another edition of the Thursday Throwdown here on Frisky Mongoose. Last week, we took a look at tropical farming by having a Throwdown between Tiki Farm and Island Paradise. The results of last week’s poll are in, and it turns out that there really was no contest between the [...]

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Welcome to Las Vegas: Exclusive Mission Available in Mafia Wars

11. July 2010

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Welcome to Las Vegas: Exclusive Mission Available in Mafia Wars

Tweet At last, a chance to get some hot Vegas loot in Mafia Wars! Zynga has launched an exclusive Vegas Mission called “Whack the Rat”, available through 11:59 PM PST Friday the 16th. The new mission includes three jobs and gives players a shot at mastery, collection completion and a new achievement called “What happens [...]

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Earn A Grill Father Super Stove in Cafe World By Playing Mafia Wars

7. July 2010

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Earn A Grill Father Super Stove in Cafe World By Playing Mafia Wars

Tweet Most of us have come to know and love Cafe World Super Stoves for their one-click cooking, saving us the time of preparing ingredients individually, but did you know that you can now earn a Grill Father variety of Super Stove, for free, just by playing Mafia Wars? It goes like this – Look [...]

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Play Mafia Wars for Free Fuel in FarmVille

5. July 2010

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Play Mafia Wars for Free Fuel in FarmVille

Tweet The next time you play FarmVille, be on the lookout for the icon of a pink and black present in the top left corner of the gameplay area. Clicking on this will alert you to a new cross promotion being held by Zynga in Mafia Wars and FarmVille, that will see FarmVille players rewarded [...]

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Celebrate Mafia Wars’ Second Birthday With Bonus Car Parts

5. July 2010

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Celebrate Mafia Wars’ Second Birthday With Bonus Car Parts

Tweet If you’re one who has yet to level up your Chop Shop in Mafia Wars to level 10, you’ll be pleased to learn that in honor of Mafia Wars’ second birthday, Zynga has launched a new promotion, allowing you to build cars in your Chop Shop twice as fast. Not only that, but you’ll [...]

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