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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RocketPlay Lets PeoplePlay Their New Sports Casino Game

5. September 2012

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RocketPlay Lets PeoplePlay Their New Sports Casino Game

Tweet I’m here to tell you today about a new Facebook game which involves the spread, the juice, and the steam, but which is not another restaurant or cooking title. Enter Sports Casino, an aptly named social betting game from TriplePoint client RocketPlay and Zynga. The game lets you drop virtual bets on major sporting events which [...]

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Super Bowl Sneak Peek: Angry Birds Rio Level Revealed

4. February 2011

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Super Bowl Sneak Peek: Angry Birds Rio Level Revealed

Tweet Wonder no more – here’s a sneak peek at the new Angry Birds “Rio” level, courtesy of an Entertainment Weekly exclusive screenshot. The image name suggests this will actually be a Golden Egg level, little to anyone’s surprise. The hidden Angry Birds level will be accessible to players via an embed code in the [...]

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Angry Birds Super Bowl Ad’s Got Game

3. February 2011

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Angry Birds Super Bowl Ad’s Got Game

Tweet Angry Bird players are set for a special bonus this Super Bowl Sunday. The iPhone game’s upcoming 30-second commercial is all the buzz today – apparently, it will feature an embedded code to unlock a secret new level. According to AdAge, “the spot will be the first Super Bowl ad that requires viewers to [...]

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Goal! Earn Free WeCash in the Fantasy Football Manager Open Beta

25. August 2010

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Goal! Earn Free WeCash in the Fantasy Football Manager Open Beta

Tweet Like fantasy sports? What about free WeCash? Good news then – WeMade Entertainment (a TriplePoint client) today announced that its free-to-play online fantasy soccer experience Fantasy Football Manager is now in open beta for the 2010-11 English Premier League season. Players are being invited to provide feedback in exchange for WeCash, WeMade’s virtual currency, [...]

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Fantasy Football Hits Facebook, Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

7. August 2010

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Tweet In May, Sports Illustrated and Kabam (formerly known as Watercooler) announced that they were bringing one of the most popular real-life social games to Facebook — fantasy football. Now, right before the 2010 football season kicks off, SI Fantasy Football arrives on Facebook. Much like the other fantasy football apps/sites out there, SI Fantasy [...]

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Top World Cup Players on Facebook: a Visual Aid

10. July 2010

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Top World Cup Players on Facebook: a Visual Aid

Tweet The World Cup has captured the hearts, minds, and Facebook posts of millions of people around the world. Whether it be poor plays, current matches or just plain favorites, individual players have been praised, scorned and mentioned in passing on Facebook for weeks. Ever wondered who was mentioned the most when? The New York [...]

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FIFA Superstars Players Make 3.3 Million World Cup Predictions

20. June 2010

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FIFA Superstars Players Make 3.3 Million World Cup Predictions

Tweet Playfish, now a division of Electronic Arts, released their first branded title a few weeks ago with FIFA Superstars on Facebook. The game is the first title to come out of the $400 million acquisition of Playfish by EA last fall. Since its launch, the game has gained 1.7 million monthly active users who [...]

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E3 2010: A Look At Shaun White Skateboarding (Multi-platform)

16. June 2010

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E3 2010: A Look At Shaun White Skateboarding (Multi-platform)

Tweet At this year’s E3, Shaun White was on hand at the Ubisoft press conference to show off his new video game, Shaun White Skateboarding. The team at Frisky Mongoose was luck enough to be on hand for the demo, and we’ve got all the details for you here. Before you start thinking that Shaun [...]

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EA/Playfish Launch EA Sports FIFA Superstars on Facebook

26. May 2010

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EA/Playfish Launch EA Sports FIFA Superstars on Facebook

Tweet As we told you earlier this month, Playfish has been hard at work developer EA Sports FIFA Superstars for Facebook. Well, the time has come for the game to launch, and we here at Frisky Mongoose jumped right in to bring you everything you need to know to get started. Your first step in [...]

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Facebook Sports Games Leave the Field Wide Open for FIFA Superstars, Madden

22. May 2010

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Facebook Sports Games Leave the Field Wide Open for FIFA Superstars, Madden

Tweet On Facebook, anyone can virtually raise pets, run theme parks, own restaurants, plow farms, head up a gang, and, well, if you think of it — there’s probably a game for it. However, there is one huge game genre that Facebook game developers seem to have difficulty tackling — sports. We’ve seen merely a [...]

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