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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Unlock 2 New Districts, Add Mickey Mouse to Your City – Social City Updates!

28. September 2010

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Unlock 2 New Districts, Add Mickey Mouse to Your City – Social City Updates!

Tweet It’s been a while since we’ve seen new districts being made available in Social City, but now that drought has been crushed in a big way. In addition, we see the release of a Mickey Mouse statue that will look great as the centerpiece of your Disney theme park in the game. Unlock New [...]

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Neighbor Tab, High School, Big Ben & More – Social City Updates!

3. September 2010

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Neighbor Tab, High School, Big Ben & More – Social City Updates!

Tweet Playdom has released quite a few new items in Social City since we last spoke. While some of these updates are the usual Limited Edition or Build Menu items, there is now a new Neighbors tab that will allow you to customize and deal with all of your Social City neighbors (or potential neighbors) [...]

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Social City Now on Android, Super Factories Now Available

31. August 2010

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Social City Now on Android, Super Factories Now Available

Tweet Playdom is having a big week this week, as they have not only updated the Factory system in Social City with the release of the Super Factories, but they have also released a Social City app on the Android platform. Download Social City on Android If you don’t have an iPhone, but want to [...]

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Social City Motocross, Tiki Resort Slide & More – Playdom Gaming Updates

25. August 2010

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Social City Motocross, Tiki Resort Slide & More – Playdom Gaming Updates

Tweet While no grand-scale updates have hit Playdom’s games so far this week, a few minor updates have been released, in the form of new limited edition buildings in both Social City and Tiki Resort. As limited edition, these items will only be available in both games for a short amount of time, in both [...]

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Play Market Street; Receive Free Building, & More – Social City Updates!

20. August 2010

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Play Market Street; Receive Free Building, & More – Social City Updates!

Tweet A new round of buildings has been released in Social City, with new options being available in both the game’s newspaper (those being limited edition items) and in the game’s traditional marketplace. In addition, users who play Playdom’s new game Market Street will receive a free item in Social City as a reward. New [...]

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Beach House, Palm Trees, Waterpark – Social City Summer Updates!

12. August 2010

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Beach House, Palm Trees, Waterpark – Social City Summer Updates!

Tweet As we count down the final days of summer, and the hurriedly approach to the beginning of the school year, we see Playdom letting summer go with a bang, by bringing back some old water, beach, and otherwise Summer themed items, in addition to adding new items to the game, for those who already [...]

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Tiki Resort Wheel, Social City Wallace Building & More – Playdom Gaming Updates!

11. August 2010

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Tiki Resort Wheel, Social City Wallace Building & More – Playdom Gaming Updates!

Tweet There have been a few items released in Playdom’s games already this week, with the addition of new limited edition buildings to Social City, and the launch of a Spin to Win wheel in Tiki Resort, along with a new Charm bundle in the game that will set your wallet back a hefty sum. [...]

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New District Available, Flashback Sale, New Items – Social City Updates!

7. August 2010

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New District Available, Flashback Sale, New Items – Social City Updates!

Tweet A whole slew of updates have launched in Social City, with Playdom not only adding new limited edition items to the game’s newspaper, but also relaunching the Mega Flashback Sale. The biggest update of all, however, is undoubtedly the release of a new district. Expand to the West With a New District If your [...]

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Newspaper Stand, Dental Clinic, Design Contest Winner – Social City Updates!

6. August 2010

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Newspaper Stand, Dental Clinic, Design Contest Winner – Social City Updates!

Tweet Quite a few updates have launched in Social City since we last spoke. There are new items available in the Newspaper, as well as in the game’s store, or Build Menu. On top of this, the Social City Building Design Contest has come to a close, and the winning item is now available to [...]

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Stratosphere in Social City; Water Slide in Tiki Resort – Playdom Gaming Updates!

4. August 2010

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Stratosphere in Social City; Water Slide in Tiki Resort – Playdom Gaming Updates!

Tweet Two of Playdom’s Facebook games have received updates recently, with Social City offering new limited edition buildings via the in-game Newspaper, and Tiki Resort offering new attractions, ready, willing, and able to please your tourists (and help you bring in the virtual cash, of course). Social City Limited Edition Buildings: Commerzbank Tower & Stratosphere [...]

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Dino Park & Chinese Restaurant in Social City, Flowers Are Blooming in Ranch Town, Make A Wish in Country Story – Facebook Gaming Updates!

2. August 2010

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Dino Park & Chinese Restaurant in Social City, Flowers Are Blooming in Ranch Town, Make A Wish in Country Story – Facebook Gaming Updates!

Tweet A lot has happened in the world of Facebook gaming since we last spoke. For one, the lineup of limited edition buildings in Social City has been updated yet again, and what’s more – new plant life has begun to sprout in the stores and on the ranches of Meteor Games’ Ranch Town. Finally, [...]

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Social City Updates: Double Your Money on City Bucks, New Limited Edition Buildings, Condos and Cemetary

30. July 2010

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Social City Updates: Double Your Money on City Bucks, New Limited Edition Buildings, Condos and Cemetary

Tweet Playdom seems to be one of the most active developers on Facebook today, not only with releasing new games, but in updating the games they already have, with Social City seeing three updates since we last spoke. The first comes in the form of new limited edition buildings, while there are also new permanent [...]

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