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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RockYou Launches Official Zoo World Blog, Gives Away Free Vitamins!

24. September 2010

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RockYou Launches Official Zoo World Blog, Gives Away Free Vitamins!

Tweet RockYou has made some major strides recently in attempting to connect more their community, namely, in the launch of an official blog for their most popular Facebook game, Zoo World, which currently sits at around 9 million monthly active users. The Zoo World blog functions much in the same way as a traditional Facebook [...]

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Thursday Throwdown: Zoo World or Zoo Paradise? You Decide!

9. September 2010

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Thursday Throwdown: Zoo World or Zoo Paradise? You Decide!

Tweet Welcome to another edition of the Thursday Throwdown here on Frisky Mongoose. This week, we jump back into the world of Facebook gaming by taking a look at two zoo games, CrowdStar’s Zoo Paradise, and RockYou!’s Zoo World. Before we do that, though, let’s take a second to recap last week’s events. Last week, [...]

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Install the CrowdStar Gamebar, Receive Rewards in Happy Pets, Happy Aquarium & More!

17. August 2010

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Install the CrowdStar Gamebar, Receive Rewards in Happy Pets, Happy Aquarium & More!

Tweet While the CrowdStar Gamebar has been available for some time, there was never really any incentive for players to install it, that is, until now, as CrowdStar has updated the bar to offer rewards to players in four different games, should they choose to download it. In Happy Pets, players will receive the CrowdStar [...]

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Frisky Hands-On: Zoo Paradise for iPhone

29. July 2010

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Frisky Hands-On: Zoo Paradise for iPhone

Tweet While Zynga’s FarmVille and Playdom’s Social City may receive most of the attention when it comes to Facebook games that have made the transition to iPhone titles, CrowdStar’s Zoo Paradise has also made the leap, thanks to YouWeb. Unlike another of CrowdStar’s iPhone games, Happy Island, Zoo Paradise instantly connects to your Facebook account, [...]

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CrowdStar Gaming Updates: Happy Island Adds Picnic Tables, Win Coins in Zoo Paradise Contest, & Upgrade Your Piggy Bank in Happy Pets

13. July 2010

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CrowdStar Gaming Updates: Happy Island Adds Picnic Tables, Win Coins in Zoo Paradise Contest, & Upgrade Your Piggy Bank in Happy Pets

Tweet CrowdStar has updated three of their games this week. In Happy Island, we’ve seen the release of quite a few new picnic table decorative items, while Happy Pets has seen an update to their Piggy Bank / daily prize feature. Finally, for those users playing Zoo Paradise, you can now enter a very simple [...]

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Attract Birds to Your Zoo Paradise With Free Bird Feeder

11. July 2010

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Attract Birds to Your Zoo Paradise With Free Bird Feeder

Tweet Zoo Paradise has gone to the birds! No, no, I don’t mean it in a bad way. I’m talking about CrowdStar’s newly released collection: the bird collection. Just like the butterfly collection, you’ll need to purchase a Bird Feeder to attract birds to your zoo. No worries though; the Bird Feeder is entirely free [...]

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Won’t You Help the Zoo Paradise Trapped Animal?

8. July 2010

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Won’t You Help the Zoo Paradise Trapped Animal?

Tweet In keeping with the tradition found in most CrowdStar games, the developer has released a new “locked box” item in Zoo Paradise. The locked box can be found inside your zoo. Clicking on it will show you that a poor creature is trapped inside the box, which is locked with four locks. You’ll need [...]

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Enter Zoo Paradise Contest for A Chance at 5,000 Coins

6. July 2010

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Enter Zoo Paradise Contest for A Chance at 5,000 Coins

Tweet CrowdStar is holding a contest in Zoo Paradise that doubles as a fan survey. They are asking users to make a comment in one particular post on the game’s official fan page on Facebook, answering a simple, two part, question – “What is your favorite Zoo Paradise Habitat and why?” Simply write a comment [...]

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Rainbow Fantasy Items Come to Zoo Paradise

5. July 2010

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Rainbow Fantasy Items Come to Zoo Paradise

Tweet CrowdStar has released a new item theme in Zoo Paradise, and it comes in the form of “Rainbow Fantasy.” This theme contains multiple rainbow-themed animals, like the “My Little Unicorn,” a white unicorn with rainbow colored hair, a Rainbow Zebra and Tiger, both with multi-colored stripes, a Rainbow Toucan with a rainbow beak, and [...]

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New July 4th Items in Zoo Paradise

4. July 2010

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New July 4th Items in Zoo Paradise

Tweet Your zoo is looking a little drab. I didn’t want to be the one to say it, but, it’s the 4th of July! Have some holiday spirit. Where are the fireworks? The excessive use of red, white, and blue? Don’t worry, CrowdStar has come to the rescue with the new Fireworks Stand. Patterned in [...]

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New Limited Edition Golden Dragon in Zoo Paradise

3. July 2010

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New Limited Edition Golden Dragon in Zoo Paradise

Tweet A Golden Dragon has been found by Midas Expeditions and they really want you to take it off their hands in Zoo Paradise. There’s just one catch: you’ll have to buy the Midas Expeditions Idol first. The Idol costs a whopping 90 Facebook Credits and is placed in your zoo. Every day for 14 [...]

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Celebrate the 4th of July in Zoo World

30. June 2010

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Celebrate the 4th of July in Zoo World

Tweet Are you ready to celebrate the Fourth of July in Zoo World? I hope so, because whether you’re ready or not, the celebration has begun, with the game’s boat (found at the entrance of your zoo) being entirely themed in red, white, and blue, for the Independence Day celebration. The “Happy 4th of July” [...]

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