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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User Appreciation Month Brings Inventory Search, New Cottage Items to YoVille

29. September 2010

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User Appreciation Month Brings Inventory Search, New Cottage Items to YoVille

Tweet Not to let User Appreciation Month go out without a bang, Zynga has added a greatly anticipated feature to YoVille in the form of Inventory Searching. In addition, more English Cottage items are available in the game’s store, along with two new fall-themed collectible items. Find Exactly What You Want With Inventory Searching! Two [...]

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English Cottage Home & Living Room Decor Now Available in YoVille

23. September 2010

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English Cottage Home & Living Room Decor Now Available in YoVille

Tweet I hope you’ve taken plenty of time to look at the Romantic theme of items in YoVille, as there is now an entirely new item them with which to occupy your time. The theme comes in the form of a virtual English Cottage that you can purchase at the Realtor’s Office, as well as [...]

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Customize & Train New Exotic Pets in YoVille

16. September 2010

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Customize & Train New Exotic Pets in YoVille

Tweet After adding new cars that your YoVille avatars can “drive” around in on the world’s maps, Zynga has added another in-depth feature to the game in the form of new exotic pets. These pets can be dressed up, trained to do tricks, and even allowed to walk around with you, just like those YoVille [...]

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Romantic Kitchen Furniture, New Avatar Accessories – YoVille Updates!

15. September 2010

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Romantic Kitchen Furniture, New Avatar Accessories – YoVille Updates!

Tweet The Romantic item theme continues to expand in YoVille this week, as Zynga has released a slew of new items to both to the Furniture and Clothing Stores in the game. First, the furniture store now offers all of the items you’ll need to create a lovely Romantic kitchen, while the Clothing Store will [...]

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Zynga 8 Game Challenge – $24,000 Giveaway in 24 Hours!

13. September 2010

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Zynga 8 Game Challenge – $24,000 Giveaway in 24 Hours!

Tweet Do you want to win $1,000? Of course you do! And wouldn’t you know it – Zynga wants you to as well! For today, and today only, Zynga is holding the 8 Game Challenge, rewarding $24,000 over today’s 24 hour period. While the promotion officially began at 12:01 AM this morning, you have until [...]

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Romantic Collectibles, Bedroom Furniture, Free Gifts – YoVille Updates!

10. September 2010

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Romantic Collectibles, Bedroom Furniture, Free Gifts – YoVille Updates!

Tweet YoVille has been updated quite a bit this week, as Zynga works to prove that September really is Player Appreciation Month in the game. This newest update sees the release of both new Romantic themed Bedroom furniture and accessories and Romantic themed collectibles, along with the return of a familiar item to the game’s [...]

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Treasure Isle Whales, YoVille Romantic Home – Zynga Gaming Updates!

8. September 2010

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Treasure Isle Whales, YoVille Romantic Home – Zynga Gaming Updates!

Tweet Zynga has been hard at work updating their Facebook apps this week, as both Treasure Isle and YoVille have been updated to include new items. In Treasure Isle, we see the release of whales that will add to your maximum energy, while in YoVille, we see the release of a new home to go [...]

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Enter the Romantic Era in YoVille With New Furniture & Clothing

4. September 2010

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Enter the Romantic Era in YoVille With New Furniture & Clothing

Tweet It appears as though the Camp Yo theme has finally come to an end in YoVille, as the game’s Furniture Store is now being stocked with items in a “New Romantic” theme. This theme looks to contains a lot of over-the-top, classical furniture, with bright and busy patterns and interesting lines. So far, only [...]

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YoVille Daily Spin Wheel, FrontierVille Picnic Items – Zynga Gaming Updates!

1. September 2010

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YoVille Daily Spin Wheel, FrontierVille Picnic Items – Zynga Gaming Updates!

Tweet Zynga has been hard at work updating two of their games, YoVille and FrontierVille. In YoVille, we see the addition of the (previously hinted-at) Daily Bonus Spin Wheel, while in FrontierVille we see a new item theme hitting the store’s proverbial shelves. FrontierVille Items Celebrate the Last Days of Summer Amidst the rush to [...]

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New Car Types, Outdoor Foliage, Clothing – YoVille Updates!

31. August 2010

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New Car Types, Outdoor Foliage, Clothing – YoVille Updates!

Tweet Quite a few new items have been released into YoVille’s stores since we last spoke – most notably, a series of four more cars for your avatar to drive around in. In addition, the outdoor, nature inspired theme has continued to expand with some truly natural items, and you can even find some outdoor [...]

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zLotto – Win Prizes in FarmVille, FrontierVille, PetVille, YoVille and Mafia Wars

28. August 2010

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zLotto – Win Prizes in FarmVille, FrontierVille, PetVille, YoVille and Mafia Wars

Tweet Zynga has launched an entirely new website and giveaway system outside of Facebook proper, that uses a Zynga-based account, along with your Facebook account, to offer you free prizes in five of their games: FarmVille, YoVille, PetVille and Mafia Wars – FrontierVille prizes are coming soon. The website and promotion are called zLotto, and [...]

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FrontierVille Varmint Cannon, YoVille Daily Spin & More – Zynga Coming Attractions

26. August 2010

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FrontierVille Varmint Cannon, YoVille Daily Spin & More – Zynga Coming Attractions

Tweet While we at Frisky Mongoose normally reserve our coverage for items that have already been released in the world of Facebook games, sometimes there are announcements from developers that are just too good to pass up. Such is the case this week, as Zynga has been busy announcing “coming soon” features in both FrontierVille [...]

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