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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PetVille Messy Pet Challenge, Cafe World Game Cards – Zynga Game Updates!

4. August 2010

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PetVille Messy Pet Challenge, Cafe World Game Cards – Zynga Game Updates!

Tweet If you play either PetVille or Cafe World, you’ll be happy to hear about these new updates that will affect you in Zynga’s games. The PetVille update sees the release of new Challenges, including the Messy Pet Challenge, while Cafe World players now have the opportunity to pick up Cafe World game cards in [...]

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Jacob/Twilight Decorations in PetVille, Wholesale Catering Job in Cafe World – Zynga Gaming Updates!

2. August 2010

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Jacob/Twilight Decorations in PetVille, Wholesale Catering Job in Cafe World – Zynga Gaming Updates!

Tweet It’s time for another installment of Zynga Gaming Updates here on Frisky Mongoose. In this installment, we have some pretty big news from both PetVille and Cafe World. First, we see the second half of major Twilight themed items being released in PetVille, while Cafe World has received its first Catering Business order, that [...]

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Zynga Gaming Updates: Win 10,000 Cafe World Cash, Purchase Pet Cash Cards at 7-Eleven, Support the Gulf in YoVille

30. July 2010

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Zynga Gaming Updates: Win 10,000 Cafe World Cash, Purchase Pet Cash Cards at 7-Eleven, Support the Gulf in YoVille

Tweet Welcome to another installment of Zynga Gaming Updates. In this update, we take a look at upgrades found in the worlds of Cafe World, PetVille and YoVille. In Cafe World, users have a chance at winning a massive Cafe Cash jackpot, while PetVille players can now purchase real world PetVille game cards in a [...]

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PetVille Updates: Free Gift With Purchase of Pet Cash, New Twilight Themed Items Have Arrived

28. July 2010

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PetVille Updates: Free Gift With Purchase of Pet Cash, New Twilight Themed Items Have Arrived

Tweet The next time you log into PetVille, you’ll see that the game has gone through a couple of updates, the first of which sees an added incentive being offered to users who purchase a bunch of Pet Cash, while the other is the launch of the hotly anticipated Twilight theme of items in the [...]

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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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Zynga Gaming Updates: FrontierVille Water Items, Treasure Isle Collection Update, PetVille Daily Cleaning Bonus

23. July 2010

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Zynga Gaming Updates: FrontierVille Water Items, Treasure Isle Collection Update, PetVille Daily Cleaning Bonus

Tweet A lot has happened in the world of Zynga games since we last spoke, with three of the largest updates coming from FrontierVille, Treasure Isle, and PetVille. In FrontierVille, we see the addition of the water-centric items, Treasure Isle players can once again vault their collections multiple times, and PetVille players can now earn [...]

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Build A Treehouse in PetVille’s Fairy Meadows

19. July 2010

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Build A Treehouse in PetVille’s Fairy Meadows

Tweet Just as the land of Tahiki in PetVille allowed us to build a hut, which serves as an extra room to decorate in the game, the new land of Fairy Meadows also contains such a place. In this case, however, we take a trip from tropical beachfront real estate to space in the forest, [...]

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Zynga Game Updates: New Maps in Treasure Isle, New Fairy Meadows Items in PetVille, & A Discovery Log in FishVille

12. July 2010

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Zynga Game Updates: New Maps in Treasure Isle, New Fairy Meadows Items in PetVille, & A Discovery Log in FishVille

Tweet Zynga was incredibly busy this weekend, updating Treasure Isle, PetVille, and FishVille with new content. In Treasure Isle, we see the launch of new maps, while new Fairy Meadows items are now available for your home in PetVille. Finally, FishVille players can now compete against friends to finish their new Discovery Logs. Mysterious Seas [...]

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Pick Up Limited Edition Critters in PetVille

8. July 2010

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Pick Up Limited Edition Critters in PetVille

Tweet Attention all PetVille players! An exclusive item set is currently available in the Fairyland portion of the Outdoor store. The set is comprised of three forest critters: “The Future Butterfly” (the Caterpillar), the Daisy Trail Snail, and the Lady Ladybug. Each of the three costs 10,000 coins, so I hope you’ve been saving up [...]

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Here’s a Look at the Fairy Meadows Decorations in PetVille

7. July 2010

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Here’s a Look at the Fairy Meadows Decorations in PetVille

Tweet Now that you’ve unlocked the Magic Door to Fairy Meadows in PetVille, you’ll need some items with which to decorate your new room. Lucky for you, the game’s Garden Store has been updated to include a new section, entitled “Fairyland,” which will see you outfitting both your new land and your pet in a [...]

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Travel to Fairy Meadows Via New PetVille Magic Door

7. July 2010

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Travel to Fairy Meadows Via New PetVille Magic Door

Tweet Earlier in the week, we told you that a new Magic Door would be released in the near future in PetVille, and wouldn’t you know it? The future is now! The fairy themed Magic Door will lead to Fairy Meadows, but before you can travel to the world of enchantment and fairies, you’ll need [...]

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New Magic Door Coming Soon to PetVille

5. July 2010

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Tweet Ever since the Magic Door to Tahiki was revealed in PetVille, we’ve been able to see a second Magic Door, a roped-off door, next to it, labeled “Summer 2010.” It appears the wait for that door to open will soon be over, as Zynga has announced that the door will let us travel to [...]

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