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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Add A Touch of Baroque Opulence to Your Restaurant City With New Decorations, Free Gifts and Food

22. July 2010

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Add A Touch of Baroque Opulence to Your Restaurant City With New Decorations, Free Gifts and Food

Tweet This week’s newest item theme in Restaurant City is Baroque Opulence, and while not as large as some past themes we’ve seen released in the game, there are still enough items here to give your restaurant a makeover. The theme starts with a set of Ebony and Ivory Palatial Chairs, which can be placed [...]

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Celebrate the Psychedelic 60′s With New Restaurant City Decorations, Free Gifts, and Recipes

15. July 2010

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Celebrate the Psychedelic 60′s With New Restaurant City Decorations, Free Gifts, and Recipes

Tweet It’s Thursday, which means that another update has hit the virtual store shelves of Restaurant City. This week, rather than moving on to a new theme, Playfish has decided to stay put, at least for one more week, right in the 1960′s. We were introduced to the theme last week, with the basic items [...]

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Restaurant City Free Fan Ingredient: Apple

10. July 2010

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Restaurant City Free Fan Ingredient: Apple

Tweet Restaurant City has dived straight in to the 60s, offering you and your guests peace, love, and free ingredients. The newest free ingredient offering is in the form of Apple and is available to Restaurant City fans only. If you aren’t a fan, you can become one over at the official Facebook page. You [...]

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Decorate the Outside of Your Restaurant City With 1960′s Items

9. July 2010

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Decorate the Outside of Your Restaurant City With 1960′s Items

Tweet If you’ve already decorated the inside of your Restaurant City in the spirit of the 1960′s (check out the full lineup of items in our guide), and still have some money to spare, why not decorate the outside of your restaurant to match? Head out to Street View and click on the stack of [...]

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Spread Peace, Joy and Love With Restaurant City 1960′s Items

9. July 2010

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Spread Peace, Joy and Love With Restaurant City 1960′s Items

Tweet As we told you earlier in the week, this week’s theme in Restaurant City is 1960′s Pop Chic, and just like every week, the new recipes (in this case, singular – see the Bundt Cake) precede the release of the decorative items by at least a day. However, the wait for the full theme [...]

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Restaurant City Free Fan Ingredient: Coffee

7. July 2010

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Restaurant City Free Fan Ingredient: Coffee

Tweet To get us ready for the full release of 1960′s Pop Chic items in Restaurant City (as a reminder, new items hit the game every Thursday, so be sure to look out for our guide containing those items tomorrow), Playfish has released yet another free ingredient in the game, this time in the form [...]

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Restaurant City Free Fan Ingredient: Mint

7. July 2010

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Tweet Playfish has released another free ingredient in Restaurant City. If you’ve been playing the game with any regularity recently, you’ll recognize this free ingredient as one that was handed out just a short time ago – a free Mint ingredient. The Mint will be a great garnish to any drink you make in your [...]

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Get a New Pop Magic Box in Restaurant City

6. July 2010

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Get a New Pop Magic Box in Restaurant City

Tweet This week’s theme in Restaurant City will take us back to the 1960′s, with a slew of orange, pink, and green items that are sure to make you cool cats want to go out and buy them all. First though, the game has seen the release of a new Magic, or Mystery Box. What [...]

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New Restaurant City Recipe: Bundt Cake

6. July 2010

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New Restaurant City Recipe: Bundt Cake

Tweet There’s a new theme in Restaurant City this week – 1960′s Pop Chic, and to go along with that, we have a new Dessert Recipe in the game: the Bundt Cake. The Bundt Cake is a dish with limited availability, meaning that if you don’t learn it in the next 19 days, it will [...]

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Restaurant City Free Fan Ingredient – Cream

5. July 2010

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Restaurant City Free Fan Ingredient – Cream

Tweet Need some Cream in Restaurant City? You’re in luck! Playfish has decided to make the Cream ingredient their newest free ingredient, in a giveaway taking place on the game’s official Facebook fan page. The Cream, which is only available for the next 24 hours, goes along with an ad for the Drinks Tower decor [...]

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Restaurant City Free Fan Ingredient: Mint

4. July 2010

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Restaurant City Free Fan Ingredient: Mint

Tweet Playfish is wishing Restaurant City fans happy Independence Day with a free mint ingredient. Mint is the latest ingredient to be added to the game and is in short supply, so players will be thrilled. Mint has not been available as a free gift yet, so fans trying the new drink recipes have limited [...]

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Attract the Paparazzi to Your Restaurant With New Outdoor Hollywood Decorations

2. July 2010

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Attract the Paparazzi to Your Restaurant With New Outdoor Hollywood Decorations

Tweet You can now let your friends and potential customers in Restaurant City know exactly what they’ll see when they walk inside your Hollywood-themed restaurants by decorating the outside in like items. You can see these items by heading out to Street View and then clicking on the stack of red bricks you see there. [...]

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