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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Restaurant City is Closing Down the Kitchen

1. May 2012

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Restaurant City is Closing Down the Kitchen

Tweet Back in the day, we here at Frisky Mongoose were big fans of Restaurant City, one of Playfish’s early Facebook offerings. The title was one of many in the company’s portfolio that ultimately led to their acquisition by EA, and kept us all going with its ingredient-swapping, dish-cooking, decor-placing, bathroom-mopping antics. So, it is with [...]

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What Kind of Facebook Gamer Are You?

18. February 2011

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What Kind of Facebook Gamer Are You?

Tweet Facebook! It is everywhere and everything, and it consumes us all. I would bet ten dollars that, as you read this, you’ve got Facebook open right now in another tab or window. It is also home to several thousand games, with more arriving every day, appealing to audiences from every walk of life. So, [...]

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Earn Free Playfish Cash in Restaurant City, Hotel City, & More!

29. September 2010

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Earn Free Playfish Cash in Restaurant City, Hotel City, & More!

Tweet While developers like Zynga or CrowdStar have the “free premium currency” systems down to what seems to be a science, either rewarding users as they level up in games, or even offering extra opportunities like Lotto Tickets in Cafe World or the PetVille Genie Gems game, Playfish is the odd man out, with Playfish [...]

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Create A Garden Cafe In Restaurant City With New Items & Food

23. September 2010

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Create A Garden Cafe In Restaurant City With New Items & Food

Tweet It’s another Thursday, which means another new theme has officially been launched in the restaurants of Restaurant City. This week, Playfish is continuing in the upscale, sophisticated set of themes we saw beginning last week with the Coffee Bar items, as this week’s theme gives you all of the items necessary to build an [...]

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Head to A Coffee Bar in Restaurant City With New Items and Food

16. September 2010

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Head to A Coffee Bar in Restaurant City With New Items and Food

Tweet This week’s theme in Restaurant City takes us to a Metropolitan Coffee Bar, where your guests will be able to eat various pastries and of course drink coffee. However, before they can do that, you’ll need to first transform your restaurant into the Coffee Bar proper, which is where the wide variety of new [...]

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Take A Trip to Tuscany With New Restaurant City Items and Food

9. September 2010

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Take A Trip to Tuscany With New Restaurant City Items and Food

Tweet In keeping with the current geographical theme in Restaurant City, this week’s new items take us on a trip to Tuscany. There are plenty of new items, both premium and non, available to decorate your cafe to look like it rests in the heart of Italy, and if you have the ingredients, you’ll be [...]

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Experience the Arabian Nights With New Restaurant City Items and Food

2. September 2010

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Experience the Arabian Nights With New Restaurant City Items and Food

Tweet Last week, Playfish took us to the world of Morocco with their item theme based around a bazaar. This week, we take barely a hop, skip, or jump to the new theme, as we are being taken on a grand tour of the Arabian Nights. This theme contains new decorative and functional items, along [...]

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Travel to Morocco With New Restaurant City Items & Food

26. August 2010

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Travel to Morocco With New Restaurant City Items & Food

Tweet This week’s new item theme in Restaurant City takes us to the streets of Morocco, where the colorful food and clothing stands come together to form a bazaar. The items in this theme are equally colorful and vibrant, containing all sorts of intricate patterns and designs. There are new free gifts and recipes also [...]

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Restaurant City Celebrates Sports With New Items and Food

19. August 2010

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Restaurant City Celebrates Sports With New Items and Food

Tweet Playfish seems to have used last week’s introduction of the Bowling Alley as cause for an entire sports-themed week in Restaurant City, as that’s exactly what we see this morning. The theme will have your guests sitting on themed chairs, eating off of themed tables, and even eating themed food. Let’s take a look [...]

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Shake Rattle and Bowl With New Restaurant City Items and Food

12. August 2010

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Shake Rattle and Bowl With New Restaurant City Items and Food

Tweet As we guessed last week, a second week of the 1950′s theme has come to Restaurant City, with a sort of secondary theme, in the form of bowling, being added in. The same car tables and chairs and other diner items fit in perfectly here, with these items adding the finishing touches to your [...]

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Get Greased Lightning With New Restaurant City Items & Food!

5. August 2010

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Get Greased Lightning With New Restaurant City Items & Food!

Tweet It’s another Thursday, which means that another new item theme is upon us in Restaurant City. This week, we launch straight from the baroque, antique era of Versailles and France into the 1950′s, with a Diner/Drive-in theme that will have you singing songs from the movie Grease before all is said and done. The [...]

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The French Theme Continues in Restaurant City With New Decorations, Food, and Free Gifts

30. July 2010

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The French Theme Continues in Restaurant City With New Decorations, Food, and Free Gifts

Tweet For a second week in a row, Playfish is celebrating French opulence in Restaurant City, with this week’s theme, specifically, being “Versailles Grandeur.” The theme is mostly represented by a series of new decorations that will help you continue the over-the-top extravagance that is Versailles. The coin items include a White Courtesan Chair, five [...]

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