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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Creatures of the Night Invade Zoo Paradise

27. June 2010

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Creatures of the Night Invade Zoo Paradise

Tweet Zoo Paradise has become host to a new collection of animals who are both dark and sinister, and surprisingly cute. The newest collection comes right after the addition of three albino animals, an interesting contrast for your attractions. The new Werewolf is available in limited quantities, with only 1500 left. It sells for 63 [...]

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CrowdStar Introduces New Animal to Help Out With Oil Spill

19. June 2010

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CrowdStar Introduces New Animal to Help Out With Oil Spill

Tweet Yesterday CrowdStar launched a campaign called CrowdStar Cares, offering a new animal in Zoo Paradise for donations to the National Wildlife Foundation. 100% of the proceeds will go to NWF to aid in mobilizing volunteers and protecting the 400+ species of wildlife threatened by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The new [...]

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Crowdstar Adds a New Minigame to Zoo Paradise

17. June 2010

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Crowdstar Adds a New Minigame to Zoo Paradise

Tweet Zoo Paradise has a new minigame: Where’s Walter? The game is (unsurprisingly, based on the name) inspired by Where’s Waldo. Now when you log in to your zoo, you will be prompted by a pop-up to find Walter who is hiding in your park somewhere. You will have 5 minutes to search for and [...]

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Crowdstar Asks: What Is Your Favorite Thing About Zoo Paradise?

14. June 2010

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Crowdstar Asks: What Is Your Favorite Thing About Zoo Paradise?

Tweet The developers of Zoo Paradise want to know: what do you like best about the game? Crowdstar is running a contest, of sorts, over at the game’s fan page. Tell the team what you like best about Zoo Paradise in the comments for a chance to win 5,000 coins for free! How the winner(s) [...]

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New Zoo Paradise Items Are Out of This World!

12. June 2010

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New Zoo Paradise Items Are Out of This World!

Tweet Earlier this week, Crowdstar crashed a UFO into your zoo. Now they’ve unleashed the UFO’s inhabitants, adding aliens as purchasable animals. There are a total of five new aliens, complete with a barren and cratered Alien Habitat, all of which cost Facebook credits. Four of the aliens are available in limited quantities only and [...]

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Send Your Friends a Free Animal Mystery Gift Box in Zoo Paradise

11. June 2010

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Send Your Friends a Free Animal Mystery Gift Box in Zoo Paradise

Tweet Want to give your friends free animals in Zoo Paradise? Now you can with the new Animal Mystery Gift box. The Animal Mystery Gift box functions in the same way as the Mystery Decoration gift box, in that neither you or the friend you send the box to will know what’s inside until they [...]

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Zoo Paradise Adds World Cup Animals and Flags

7. June 2010

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Zoo Paradise Adds World Cup Animals and Flags

Tweet If you’re a World Cup fan that also happens to play CrowdStar’s Zoo Paradise, you’ll be happy to know that the developer has released quite a few new items to their zoo tycoon game in celebration of the World Cup. Mostly, this item release consists of flags, which cost 10 Facebook Credits each ($1 [...]

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Get the Limited Edition Golden Throne in Zoo Paradise

6. June 2010

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Get the Limited Edition Golden Throne in Zoo Paradise

Tweet A new item has been added to Crowdstar’s Zoo Paradise on Facebook. This time the addition is the Golden Throne, a golden (you guessed it) toilet. You will have to clcean the Golden Throne every 8 hours, but here’s the best part: the toilet attracts an infinite amount of visitors, meaning you will never [...]

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Travel To Wonderland With Zoo Paradise New Animals

30. May 2010

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Travel To Wonderland With Zoo Paradise New Animals

Tweet The Wonderland theme has finally come to CrowdStar’s Zoo Paradise in the form of three new animals: Magic Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, and White Rabbit. All three are purchasable by Facebook credits only and are limited quantity. Animals and their characteristics are detailed below. Magic Caterpillar A green caterpillar with orange hookah. Costs: 72 Facebook [...]

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Zoo Paradise Offers Idol That Halves Upgrade Times

29. May 2010

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Zoo Paradise Offers Idol That Halves Upgrade Times

Tweet CrowdStar has added a new item to the shop in Zoo Paradise. The Upgrade Idol can be found in the Decorations section and has a special effect on your zoo: it cuts upgrade times in half forever. This is great news for players since some of the more advanced upgrades can take hours or [...]

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RockYou Announces Eventual Changes to Collecting Profits in Zoo World

26. May 2010

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RockYou Announces Eventual Changes to Collecting Profits in Zoo World

Tweet Over on the official Zoo World website, RockYou has announced that the way we collect our daily profits from our zoos will change in the near future. First, the ticket price feature will be removed entirely, and the amount of funds you receive will be dependent on your zoo’s overall value. Next, Zoo Days [...]

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RockYou to Introduce New Island Feature to Zoo World

21. May 2010

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RockYou to Introduce New Island Feature to Zoo World

Tweet A new feature is coming to Zoo World in the near future, as developer RockYou has announced (via the game’s forums) that you’ll soon be able to unlock full islands with the help of your Zoomates, rather than just unlocking sections of islands by species. The island limit for each user will remain at [...]

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