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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Puzzle & Dragons to Puzzle and Drag through Europe

17. June 2013

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Puzzle & Dragons to Puzzle and Drag through Europe

Tweet The last time we checked up on runaway mobile hit Puzzle & Dragons, we mentioned the game was raking in over $3.7 million every day. That’s an amazing figure, mind you, and impressive for any game, but here’s something you need to understand — that amount is based on P&D‘s audiences in Japan and the United [...]

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Wednesdroid: Transformers Legends

5. June 2013

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Wednesdroid: Transformers Legends

Tweet There are plenty of games out there with deceptively rich features: Puzzle & Dragons is more than a simple match-3 game; Thor: Lord of Storms is trickier than your usual 2D RTS. What I’m saying, I suppose, is that a game can be more than meets the eye. Appropriately, this holds true for Transformers Legends, a free-to-play game [...]

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Thursday Appdate: Tetris Blitz

30. May 2013

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Thursday Appdate: Tetris Blitz

Tweet One could start this examination with a brief look back at the ubiquity of Tetris, but anecdotal experiments are much more fun: start humming Korobeiniki right now, wherever you are. See how many people either join in, or ask why you’re humming the Tetris music. Bonus points for you, by the way, if you knew the [...]

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Thursday Appdate: Running with Friends

16. May 2013

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Thursday Appdate: Running with Friends

Tweet Friendship may or may not be magic, but it helps you accomplish an awful lot in the realm of gaming. In Zynga’s library alone, if you’ve got friends, you can match words, you can hang, maybe scramble a bit, share of game of chess; your friends are fairly versatile when it comes to recreation. [...]

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Wednesdroid: Monsterama Planet

15. May 2013

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Wednesdroid: Monsterama Planet

Tweet Much like the other days of the week build towards Wednesday in anticipation of the Google Play store update, so too does today’s featured Play Pick slowly swell in momentum and anxiousness towards a flashy pay-off in classic build-em-up style. Monsterama Planet, a free-to-play space colony builder by developer/publisher/fruit/bird Kiwi, takes the standard model of [...]

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Windows 8 PCs are Crazy Machines

14. May 2013

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Windows 8 PCs are Crazy Machines

Tweet Okay. Being able to solve simple problems by assembling needlessly complicated Rube Goldberg devices? That’s fairly crazy. Being able to share those devices with like-minded inventors across multiple platforms? That’s very crazy. Getting access to Crazy Machines Golden Gears via the Windows Store and being able to download the game on Windows 8 PCs digitally for [...]

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Sunstorm Games Hits a Milestorm

9. May 2013

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Sunstorm Games Hits a Milestorm

Tweet Sometimes, as a developer, all the good news hits at once in a perfect storm of boast-worthy data. If you happen to be Sunstorm Games, a TriplePoint client and mobile games developer, perhaps you look forward to the day you can call yourself a perfect Sunstorm — but until then, hitting 10 Million Monthly [...]

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Wednesdroid: Angry Birds Friends

8. May 2013

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Wednesdroid: Angry Birds Friends

Tweet Are they angry, or are they friendly? I guess the two aren’t mutually exclusive, as demonstrated in today’s featured game for the Wednesday Google Play update: Angry Birds Friends, another healthy dose of pig-smashery from the rascals at Rovio. It’s a new title that easily lends itself to a quick try, since it’s free, and [...]

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Win a Plants vs Zombies Adventures Beta Key

8. May 2013

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Win a Plants vs Zombies Adventures Beta Key

Tweet Playing in the beta test for Plants vs Zombies Adventures requires precise timing and quick reflexes. I don’t know whether you’ll need those things to play the game itself, but to actually get into the beta, that’s what you’re going to need: the new Facebook adaptation of PopCap’s PopuLar tower defense title is in beta right [...]

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Wednesdroid: Puzzle & Dragons

1. May 2013

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Wednesdroid: Puzzle & Dragons

Tweet So, here’s a funny story: I was checking out the titles on offer in today’s Google Play update, and one of the titles leapt out at me: Puzzle & Dragons. Yes, it’s very true that I love puzzles and I’m reasonably fond of dragons, but the title seemed familiar somehow. Probably because of all those [...]

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Dragons and Titans Let Wyrms Bite Your Facebook Off

1. May 2013

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Tweet I hope you enjoyed your last few weeks of not being on fire! As we warned you a while ago, TriplePoint client Wyrmbyte is bringing some high-quality dragons to your Facebook page in a Unity-powered MOBA title called Dragons and Titans. Today, that game is in open beta, meaning any of your friends can climb [...]

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Your Daily AppGratis: Fancy

29. April 2013

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Your Daily AppGratis: Fancy

Tweet Every day, TriplePoint client AppGratis hand-picks an app that they think you ought to have. They feel strongly enough about the app to make it free for a day. We download and check out what’s on offer — because it’s free. AppGratis has a special present for you today! All you need to do [...]

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