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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Social City Updates: Sumo Wrestling, Junkyard, Free Items & More

28. July 2010

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Social City Updates: Sumo Wrestling, Junkyard, Free Items & More

Tweet Playdom hasn’t let yesterday’s acquisition announcement with Disney stop them from updating their Facebook games, as Social City has received two noteworthy upgrades already this week. The first comes in the form of new limited edition items available to purchase from the game’s Newspaper, while the other is found on both the game’s free [...]

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Playdom Gaming Updates: New Social City Buildings, Tiki Farm Mother Goose Items, and Tiki Resort Wonders

26. July 2010

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Playdom Gaming Updates: New Social City Buildings, Tiki Farm Mother Goose Items, and Tiki Resort Wonders

Tweet Playdom has been hard at work updating their games over the last few days, and we’re here to share all of that news with you! In Social City, we see the release of new limited edition buildings in the game’s newspaper, while Tiki Farm contains a new Charm that will help you rescue you [...]

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Social City Updates: Voting Now Open in Design Contest, New Limited Edition & Permanent Buildings

23. July 2010

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Social City Updates: Voting Now Open in Design Contest, New Limited Edition & Permanent Buildings

Tweet Social City has updated quite a bit this week, as we see not only new limited edition buildings being available in the game’s newspaper, but we also see new permanent buildings being added to the Build Menu, and the launch of fan voting in the game’s first ever Design Contest. New Limited Edition Buildings: [...]

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Social City Weekend Wrap-Up: New Limited Edition Buildings, Build Menu Items, & Bonus on Game Card Purchases

19. July 2010

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Social City Weekend Wrap-Up: New Limited Edition Buildings, Build Menu Items, & Bonus on Game Card Purchases

Tweet Once again, Playdom was busy over the weekend, updating Social City with loads of new goodies. The game’s newspaper now offers new limited edition buildings, and the Build Menu now offers some new permanent editions that will give everyone something to look forward to. Finally, Playdom is offering some great incentive to users who [...]

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Social City Updates: Get A Taste of the Wild West, or Go Green With New Solar Homes

14. July 2010

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Social City Updates: Get A Taste of the Wild West, or Go Green With New Solar Homes

Tweet Playdom has added a few new items to Social City via two game updates. The first update sees a new addition being added to the game’s lineup of five limited edition buildings, while the second update is to the game’s free gifts page. Add A Pink Western Mansion to Your Town There is but [...]

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Social City Weekend Wrap-Up: New Limited Edition Buildings, Free City Bucks, & New Contracts

12. July 2010

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Social City Weekend Wrap-Up: New Limited Edition Buildings, Free City Bucks, & New Contracts

Tweet If you didn’t play Social City this weekend, you missed out on a few major game updates. We now have new limited edition buildings to choose from, along with a new cross-promotion that will see all participants walking away with 85 City Bucks, and even some new contracts for high level players. New Limited [...]

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Playdom Adds New Residential Item, Free Gifts to Social City

9. July 2010

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Playdom Adds New Residential Item, Free Gifts to Social City

Tweet To go along with the new limited edition buildings that are available in the Social City newspaper, Playdom has released not only a new, permanent residential building, but has also released four new free gifts, all fitting into the “Trailer Community” theme. First, though, the Residential item – the building is a Subsidized Housing [...]

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New Social City LE Buildings: Trailer Community and Olympic Swimming Pool

9. July 2010

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New Social City LE Buildings: Trailer Community and Olympic Swimming Pool

Tweet There are two new limited edition buildings available to purchase in the Social City newspaper. The two items are quite different, being at totally opposite ends of the spectrum. First, we have the Olympic Swimming Pool, which is a large item, taking up a 3×3 square area of land. It can be purchased for [...]

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New Social City Building: Museum of SCIENCE!

8. July 2010

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New Social City Building: Museum of SCIENCE!

Tweet Playdom has released a new limited edition building in Social City, and it comes in the form of a Museum of SCIENCE! No, the caps haven’t been added by me – you really have to say the word “science” with feeling, as Playdom designed it that way. At any rate, the building takes up [...]

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Design A Building for Social City and Earn 100 City Bucks

8. July 2010

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Design A Building for Social City and Earn 100 City Bucks

Tweet Have you always had a great idea for a new building in Playdom’s Social City? What about a terrain item or decoration? If you answered yes to either question, then Playdom’s new “Social City Building Design Contest” is for you! The contest asks you to come up with a building, terrain, road or decoration [...]

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FrontierVille Still Gaining Fast on Facebook, Social City on the Rise Agaian

6. July 2010

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FrontierVille Still Gaining Fast on Facebook, Social City on the Rise Agaian

Tweet The latest AppData statistics suggest that FrontierVille isn’t done gaining users, along with a few other surprises. FrontierVille is still the biggest gainer in its whopping lead of 3.4 million users this week. This brings its total to a whopping 15.2 million. Other gainers like newcomer Verdonia from Playdom is also gaining fast with [...]

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New Social City Buildings: Observatory, Wishing Fountain and… UFOs?

6. July 2010

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New Social City Buildings: Observatory, Wishing Fountain and… UFOs?

Tweet There are five new items available in Social City, all of which can be found on the front page of the New City Gazette, the game’s newspaper that loads each time you enter the game. These buildings are limited edition buildings, meaning that they will only be available to a certain amount of people [...]

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