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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Trouble in The Ville: EA Sues Zynga for Copyright Infringement

3. August 2012

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Trouble in The Ville: EA Sues Zynga for Copyright Infringement

Tweet Electronic Arts has sued Zynga for copyright infringement, according to a statement released by the publisher earlier today. In a lengthy complaint made public just hours ago, EA states that in development of Zynga’s upcoming The Ville, the developer “copied and misappropriated the original and distinctive expressive elements” from The Sims Social, which EA [...]

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PetVille Celebrates Fall With Cabin/Camping Items, Halloween Contest

27. September 2010

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PetVille Celebrates Fall With Cabin/Camping Items, Halloween Contest

Tweet PetVille seems to be taking a page out of YoVille’s playbook with their new item theme, as the game’s Outdoor Store now offers a slew of items that will allow you to decorate for a trip into the great outdoors. In other fall-related news, we see the announcement of a new Halloween design contest [...]

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Block Party Invitations, More Enchanted Castle Decorations – PetVille Updates!

21. September 2010

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Block Party Invitations, More Enchanted Castle Decorations – PetVille Updates!

Tweet If you’ve finally finished building your Enchanted Castle in PetVille, you’ll be happy to know that developer Zynga has added more items to the Enchanted Castle store for your to furnish your newly unlocked room. In addition, Zynga is planning a Block Party event in the game, but they need users’ help in triggering [...]

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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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Build An Enchanted Castle in PetVille With Help From Friends

12. September 2010

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Build An Enchanted Castle in PetVille With Help From Friends

Tweet If you’ve already unlocked the Magic Door to the Enchanted Kindgom in PetVille, you were likely wondering when the Enchanted Castle would be ready to build in the game. Luckily for all of us, the time for waiting is over, and you can now build a castle of your very own to decorate and [...]

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Labor Day Mystery Crate, Win Enchanted Kingdom Items – PetVille Labor Day Event!

5. September 2010

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Labor Day Mystery Crate, Win Enchanted Kingdom Items – PetVille Labor Day Event!

Tweet It seems that most Zynga games are throwing Labor Day events this weekend, and PetVille is no exception. The PetVille Labor Day event comes in two parts. The first part will allow users to enter into a contest to win the entire Enchanted Kingdom collection, while the second comes in the form of a [...]

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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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Bambi Available In PetVille; Asian Isles in Treasure Isle – Zynga Updates!

27. August 2010

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Bambi Available In PetVille; Asian Isles in Treasure Isle – Zynga Updates!

Tweet Zynga has been busy updating their games this week, as both PetVille and Treasure Isle are offering new items to users. In Treasure Isle, we see the release of a completely new set of islands, ready to be searched and explored, and in PetVille, we see the release a new limited edition, Enchanted Kingdom [...]

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Unlock the Enchanted Kingdom Magic Door in PetVille

24. August 2010

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Unlock the Enchanted Kingdom Magic Door in PetVille

Tweet While it may not seem like much time has passed since the Fairy Meadows Magic Door was released in PetVille, Zynga has moved ahead to a third door, this one to the Enchanted Kingdom, a world full of magic and fairytale-like whimsy. You’ll find your first key to open the door when first logging [...]

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New Rooms, Furniture Clearance Sale – PetVille Updates!

12. August 2010

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New Rooms, Furniture Clearance Sale – PetVille Updates!

Tweet Zynga has been pretty busy updating PetVille this week. Not only have we seen the addition of new items (including limited edition items) in the growing Midnight Crypt theme, but now, we’ve seen players being given a place to store all of those items, via a home expansion. Also, a clearance sale is taking [...]

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Midnight Crypt Items, Magic Door Survey, Quests – PetVille Game Updates!

11. August 2010

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Midnight Crypt Items, Magic Door Survey, Quests – PetVille Game Updates!

Tweet A lot has happened in PetVille recently, both in the release of new items, and in the general flow of the gameplay. Zynga has not only added new items to the game’s store in the Midnight Crypt theme, but they’ve also revamped the Quest system to provide you with more goals to complete over [...]

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PetVille Midnight Crypt Items, YoVille Moroccan Accessories – Zynga Game Updates!

5. August 2010

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PetVille Midnight Crypt Items, YoVille Moroccan Accessories – Zynga Game Updates!

Tweet Welcome to another edition of Zynga Game Updates! In this installment, we see a slew of new items being released in two of Zynga’s games – PetVille and YoVille. In PetVille, a new theme of items, entitled Midnight Crypt, has been launched, while you can now purchase even more Moroccan themed items in YoVille. [...]

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