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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Celebrate a Japanese Spring with New Tiki Farm Items

17. May 2010

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Celebrate a Japanese Spring with New Tiki Farm Items

Tweet After celebrating Japan in Social City a few weeks ago, Playdom has brought the theme to another of their games – Tiki Farm. Luckily for us, Playdom has made it easy to distinguish which items in the game’s store fit in this new theme, by listing them for us when we first log into [...]

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Receive Your Free Cow in Tiki Farm

14. May 2010

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Receive Your Free Cow in Tiki Farm

Tweet Taking a page from the playbooks of other Facebook games, Playdom has added Livestock to Tiki Farm, and has given all users a free cow, along with some alfalfa to feed it. You’ll find your cow in your gift box, and after placing it on your farm (the location is up to you), you’ll [...]

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Tiki Farm Allows for More Countries to Celebrate Their Heritage

11. May 2010

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Tiki Farm Allows for More Countries to Celebrate Their Heritage

Tweet Playdom recently expanded the list of available country flags in Tiki Farm, bringing the total from 20 total represented countries to 30. While there is no “new” designation on items that are new to the game’s store, the total list of available country flags in the store is as follows: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, [...]

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Adopt a Momma Duck and Her Ducklings in Tiki Farm

10. May 2010

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Adopt a Momma Duck and Her Ducklings in Tiki Farm

Tweet In honor of Mother’s Day, Playdom released a Momma Duck, along with a baby duckling, as a free gift on the game’s free gifts page. If you missed its release, never fear, as the item is still available to send to friends in the game. As announced by Playdom on the game’s official fan [...]

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Tiki Farm Gains Three New Decorative Items

10. May 2010

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Tiki Farm Gains Three New Decorative Items

Tweet Looking to add some luxurious new items to your land in Tiki Farm? Playdom has just the answer for your virtual craving, with the release of three new items to the game’s store. The Mayan Temple is the least expensive of the three items, at 50,000 coins, but saying that it’s inexpensive isn’t really [...]

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Help the Narwhol Transform into a Unicorn in Tiki Farm

7. May 2010

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Help the Narwhol Transform into a Unicorn in Tiki Farm

Tweet The next time you’re tending to your Tiki Farm, be on the lookout for a new feature Playdom has added to the game in the form of a transforming Narwhol. The Narwhol will pop up randomly as a lost animal, which you can then ask your friends to adopt by clicking on the appropriate [...]

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