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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Camp Yo Collectibles, Outdoor/Picnic Decorations – YoVille Updates!

25. August 2010

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Camp Yo Collectibles, Outdoor/Picnic Decorations – YoVille Updates!

Tweet Regardless of the fact that the Camp Yo Bathroom items have already been released in YoVille, which normally signifies the end of a theme in the game, the Camp Yo theme is continuing to gain speed, with the release of a second set of collectible items, along with a new set of outdoor decorations [...]

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Take A Trip In An RV, Buy New Furniture in YoVille

23. August 2010

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Take A Trip In An RV, Buy New Furniture in YoVille

Tweet For the first time since the Hollywood theme, an additional real estate option has been added to the YoVille Realtor’s Office that fits in a currently available theme. In this case, not only can you purchase the expansive “Camp Yo” from the realtor’s office, but you can now also buy a large RV trailer [...]

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Camp Yo Kitchen Furniture, Cars & A Speedway – YoVille Updates!

19. August 2010

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Camp Yo Kitchen Furniture, Cars & A Speedway – YoVille Updates!

Tweet A few exciting updates have come to the world of YoVille, starting with a release of a slew of Camp Yo themed items for the kitchen, and ending with the release of an item that users have been absolutely clamoring for in the game – cars. Cook Up Some S’mores With Camp-Yo Kitchen Items [...]

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Wooden Bedroom Furniture, Camp Yo Collectibles – YoVille Updates!

17. August 2010

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Wooden Bedroom Furniture, Camp Yo Collectibles – YoVille Updates!

Tweet The Camp Yo theme continues to expand in YoVille this week, with the release of items for the camp’s many bedroom spaces. It expands even further via the new trio of collectible items that are available to purchase via the game’s furniture store. For the bedroom items, you’ll be happy to know that the [...]

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Head to Camp Yo With YoVille Real Estate and Items

12. August 2010

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Head to Camp Yo With YoVille Real Estate and Items

Tweet Zynga is offering YoVille players a chance to get in touch with nature and the environment via their newest item theme, which is focused on cabins and the great outdoors. Fittingly, the theme starts in the YoVille Real Estate Office, as Camp Yo, a cabin in the woods, is now available to purchase. Camp [...]

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Surfing Photobooth, Classic Hollywood Sale – YoVille Game Updates!

9. August 2010

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Surfing Photobooth, Classic Hollywood Sale – YoVille Game Updates!

Tweet For those who haven’t logged into YoVille in a few days, a few interesting happenings have occurred in your absence. First, a massive sale is currently taking place in the game’s Furniture Store, and secondly, an entirely new section has been added to the Furniture Store, containing, as of now, one “Fun” item. Purchase [...]

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PetVille Midnight Crypt Items, YoVille Moroccan Accessories – Zynga Game Updates!

5. August 2010

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PetVille Midnight Crypt Items, YoVille Moroccan Accessories – Zynga Game Updates!

Tweet Welcome to another edition of Zynga Game Updates! In this installment, we see a slew of new items being released in two of Zynga’s games – PetVille and YoVille. In PetVille, a new theme of items, entitled Midnight Crypt, has been launched, while you can now purchase even more Moroccan themed items in YoVille. [...]

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Zynga Gaming Updates: Win 10,000 Cafe World Cash, Purchase Pet Cash Cards at 7-Eleven, Support the Gulf in YoVille

30. July 2010

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Zynga Gaming Updates: Win 10,000 Cafe World Cash, Purchase Pet Cash Cards at 7-Eleven, Support the Gulf in YoVille

Tweet Welcome to another installment of Zynga Gaming Updates. In this update, we take a look at upgrades found in the worlds of Cafe World, PetVille and YoVille. In Cafe World, users have a chance at winning a massive Cafe Cash jackpot, while PetVille players can now purchase real world PetVille game cards in a [...]

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YoVille Updates: New Moroccan Kitchen Items, New Limited Edition Collectibles

28. July 2010

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YoVille Updates: New Moroccan Kitchen Items, New Limited Edition Collectibles

Tweet As we told you just yesterday, new items would be added to YoVille that fit in with the “Moroccan Kitchen” theme, and sure enough, that time is now, as new items are now available to purchase via the game’s Furniture Store – over 60 new items, actually. As you might expect from previous releases [...]

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YoVille Gaming Updates: Moroccan Bathroom Furniture, New Moroccan Clothing

27. July 2010

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YoVille Gaming Updates: Moroccan Bathroom Furniture, New Moroccan Clothing

Tweet The Moroccan theme in YoVille continues to expand, with this newest release seeing the addition of Bathroom furniture and new clothing items to the Furniture and Clothing stores, respectively. For starters, the Bathroom section of the Moroccan theme comes complete with 49 items, most of which are centered around the same four color themes [...]

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Zynga Gaming Updates: YoVille Moroccan Bedroom Items, Treasure Isle Boats, & FishVille Bayou Items

22. July 2010

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Zynga Gaming Updates: YoVille Moroccan Bedroom Items, Treasure Isle Boats, & FishVille Bayou Items

Tweet Zynga has been hard at work updating a few of its game this week, including the release of new Moroccan themed bedroom items in YoVille, a Bayou themed item set in FishVille, and new boats in Treasure Isle. Let’s take a look at all three, shall we? Bring A Taste of Morocco to Your [...]

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YoVille Updates With A Moroccan Theme: New Home, Furniture and Clothing Now Available

16. July 2010

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YoVille Updates With A Moroccan Theme: New Home, Furniture and Clothing Now Available

Tweet YoVille has been updated in a big way this week, with a slew of items being released in both the Furniture and Clothing stores in a new Moroccan theme. Before we get to those items, however, you’ll need a place to put the new furniture, which is why you might want to take a [...]

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