Archive for April, 2010

Pet Society Adds Several Cinco de Mayo Outfits

Pet Society developer Playfish is releasing a large collection of both male and female Mexican clothing options in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, to accompany all the other new Mexican items. Just about the only thing more fun than stocking up on mexican food and turning your pet’s house into a Mexican villa is giving them a big bushy moustache and a colorful poncho, right?

It seems that for once boy pets are getting the bulk of attention. New male clothing and accessories include: Black & White Mariachi outfits, Colorful Sombrero, Mexican Moustache, Mexican Bandit Shirt, and a bright blue luchadore (Mexican wrestler) costume.

The boys don’t get to have all the fun, however. New female clothing options include: Bright Mexican Dress, Red Mexican Dress, and Lily Flower Crown.

Pet Society Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Pet Society developer Playfish went all-out with its Cinco de Mayo celebrations this week. Who knew the team at Playfish was so interested in Mexican independence? Or maybe this is just an excuse to get all our pets wearing sombreros and eating bean burritos. Most of the additions and changes outlined below will be hitting Pet Society next Monday, May 3rd.

First up, players can visit the food store and subscribe to the Mexican Food Delivery service. Your subscription will earn you one mexican dish per day for ten days, as long as you remember to log in and collect. Confirmed dishes include Beef Enchiladas, and “Agave Drink” (don’t call it Tequila!). Players can also purchase a Candy Pinata. Like the food subscription, if players purchase one they can check back daily for ten days to get an exclusive candy. Candies include Lemon Lollipop and Double Caramel Truffle.

Next, players can use their newfound mexican food to fish up a new Maracafish from the Pet Society Pond.

A variety of mexican furniture is also being released in celebration of the season. New furniture pieces include: Mexican wooden table and chairs, Sun & Moon Wall Decor, Colorful Mexican Maracas, Mexican Rug, Stucco Walls, and Terracotta Floors.

Finally, a premium Mystery Pinata is available in the Pet Society Boutique. Confirmed contents include a Guitarrón, and a Quetzal Bird.

Whew! We told you this was a big update. And we haven’t even gotten to the clothing yet! We’ll cover the new outfits in a follow-up post.

Hotel City Adds Playfish Decorations

Hotel City developer Playfish added a variety of new decorations this week, several of which have a spring or flowery theme. These new items are in addition to the new wallpapers and wall decorations added earlier in the week.

New items include: Where I Hay Down bed, Flower bed, Nature’s Path floor, Cupcake Party table, Spring Ceiling Lamp, Orange Flower, Flowers Screen Wall, and several others.

The majority of these items are for sale for coins. The only two Playfish Cash items that we spotted were two beds.

Mafia Wars Paris: Everything You Need To Know

When Mafia Wars developer Zynga first teased the upcoming release of a Paris expansion. SGC assumed it was several weeks if not months away. After all, there was a huge build up leading up to the launch of Bangkok, the previous expansion.

But, Zynga threw us all a curveball. Paris was sent live just a couple days after it was first announced.

We have a complete Mafia Wars: Paris guide Here is everything you need to know:

It is not a full-fledged expansion
Unlike Cuba, Moscow, and Bangkok, Mafia Wars: Paris is not a complete expansion. This is what Zynga meant by its cryptic “Challenge Mission” statement when Paris was first announced. There are no Paris properties, or loot items, and there are just a handful (most likely nine) missions.

Think of Mafia Wars: Paris as something bigger than the week-long special holiday events, but something smaller than a full city expansion.

It is only available for a limited time
The Paris Challenge missions are only available for about 18 more days as of now. After that, the city goes away forever!

Paris Has an actual, cohesive story
Previous Mafia Wars cities have had a loose plot line players advanced through. But in Paris, your mission is clear: Steal the Mona Lisa. Every mission you complete leads you closer to this singular goal.

It has exclusive loot
New high-end loot is available to players that master the three Paris Challenge levels:
Chapter 1: Parisian Fixer, ATK 30 DEF 61
Chapter 2: French Kiss, ATK 75 DEF 45
Chapter 3: DaVinci Q415, ATK 63 DEF 103

It unlocks in waves
Right now, only Chapter 1 is available. Players will be able to begin on Chapter 2 in four days, and Chapter 3 opens up in 11 days.

Paris has new rules
Mafia Wars: Paris does a bunch of things that are new to Mafia Wars. We’re here to break it all down for you.

When you first enter Paris, you will have access to just the first three jobs: Enter Paris, Track Down Your Fixer, and Gather Materials. These missions require energy as normal, but they also require “Paris Maps.” Players can earn 10 of these maps every 24 hours by visiting Mafia Wars: Paris. And they are also (rarely) found at random completing missions in other cities.

Paris features a new “heat meter.” Every mission you complete increases it. Once it reaches certain levels, each Paris mission will require more energy, and (much more importantly) more additional Paris Maps. These maps are quite rare, so players SHOULD NOT continue to complete Paris missions when the heat is on. The heat meter will return to normal after eight hours.

The basic idea with Mafia Wars: Paris is to BE PATIENT. Due to the heat meter climbing so quickly, players will only be able to complete a couple missions before they begin requiring two Paris Maps instead of one. Players might be tempted to continue completing missions anyway, until their maps are gone, but it is important that this temptation is resisted! The heat meter resets every 8 hours, but players can only earn more free Paris Maps every 24 hours.

So players that play smart, and only spend their Paris Maps when the heat meter is at its lowest state, will be able to survive and progress the fastest, over the long term. And maybe even pull off the ultimate heist… the Mona Lisa itself…

Mafia Wars Receives a Facelift

Mafia Wars developer Zynga is continuing to modernize their aging text-based mobster RPG, slowly but steadily converting every game element over to flash.

The most noticeable change is the new level-up pop-up that appears when a player reaches a new level. Besides the nifty new artwork, players are also given the opportunity to spend their new skill points right then and there, saving them the trip to the stats page.

Additionally, the New York property interface has been rolled out to Cuba, Moscow, and Bangkok. This means that players can now collect from all their properties in a city with one click. Properties in these expansion cities are also leveled-up in the same way New York properties are. Instead of individually paying to upgrade capacity, production quality, and production amount, players instead pay a fee to level-up an entire property, boosting its overall output. Property robbing has also been added to the expansion cities.

Lastly, Zynga seems to be testing out a new flash-based Jobs interface for Mafia Wars. Right now it is only available on the very first New York missions (Street Thug). The new interface is very similar to the old, but with progress bars and EXP earnings being displayed without the need to reload the entire page.

As we predicted back in February, it seems Zynga is slowly and steadily switching over all elements of Mafia Wars to a Flash interface, rather than the classic text/HTML interface. This will allow them considerably more flexibility when building Las Vegas and other future Mafia Wars expansions.

Happy Island Introduces Golden Shrine Mega Attraction

Happy Island developer Crowdstar added a new, ultra-expensive attraction, earlier today: the Golden Shrine. This attraction is for sale for an incredible 1,000,000 coins! To give you an idea of how expensive this is, consider that the second most expensive attraction, the Greenhouse, sells for 160,000 coins. That means the Golden Shrine costs six times as much. And keep in mind that the greenhouse is a new addition as well, and shattered the previous record for an attraction’s price tag.

Three ultra-expensive golden decorations have also been added: Golden Path (40,000 coins), Golden Stairs (75,000 coins), Golden Columns (100,000 coins). The price tag on these decorations might end up actually being more than the shrine itself over the long run, since players will likely need to purchase several to construct the shrine’s surroundings.

Most attractions grandiosity and price increase exponentially with each upgrade, so we’re very curious about what this Golden Shrine’s upgrades could possibly be. We also wonder where Happy Island can go from here…

Happy Island Brings Back Undersea Explorer

By popular demand, Happy Island developer Crowdstar has given players another chance to purchase the ultra-special Undersea Explorer. We wrote about this special offer the first time around, earlier this month.

The Undersea Explorer carries a hefty price tag – 199 FB$ ($19.90), but provides an equally hefty bonus. Any player that purchases one will earn 10,000 coins per day, for life. Unlike the previous offer, this time around the explorer is available in limited quantities. As of now, 12,699 are still available. Players are limited to one per island.

As we commented previously, we aren’t sure this special item makes much sense for high-level players. 10,000 coins per day is certainly a nice bonus, but most players are earning far more than that from their attractions anyway. What do you think? Is this item a good deal? Let us know in the comments.

Happy Aquarium Releases ‘Scrub Rob’

Happy Aquarium developer Crowdstar introduced another limited edition celebrity look-alike fish today: Scrub Rob. This spongy fish is designed to be as close to Spongebob Squarepants as Crowdstar thought it could get away with without getting into trouble.

Scrub Rob is for sale for 58 FB$ ($5.80), or 70 pearls. He is a limited time offer – the Scrub Rob special offer will end today at 2PM PST, or after the remaining 998 copies have been sold, whichever comes first.

I think it’s safe to say that these look-alikes have become a full-fledged trend. At least in Crowdstar’s titles. First was famous dogs in Happy Pets. Then it was a Finding Nemo clone in Happy Aquarium. And now this. Anyone have any guesses as to which celebrity copy will be next?

Tiki Farm Adds Full Screen Feature

Tiki Farm developer Playdom finally introduced the long-requested full screen feature in their tropical farming title, earlier today. Now players can interact with their island farm in glorious full screen resolution, blocking out all distractions.

One nice touch is that Tiki Farm’s full screen implementation is *true* full screen – it isn’t just blowing up the standard game window. This makes a big difference for Mac users or anyone else with a widescreen monitor. The aspect ratio of the game itself is tweaked to truly fill the screen, allowing you to see more of your island at once. Most games just take the standard game window and make it larger. So kudos to Playdom.

The full screen tool can be found on the upper right corner, next to the sound controls.

Happy Pets Adds More Rooms And Yards

The Happy Pets house just keeps getting larger and larger. In fact, for those advanced players that have unlocked, purchased, and expanded all the available rooms, the house can hardly still be considered a house at all – it is practically a mini-mansion at this point. Crowdstar announced today that two more rooms and two more yards are now available for high-level players to purchase.

- Room #7 – Unlock at level 60
- Room #8 – Unlock at level 70
- Yard #5 – Unlock at level 45
- Yard #6 – Unlock at level 55

All of these rooms can be purchased for 300 coins – no FB$ required! High-level Happy Pets players now have no less than 18 rooms at their disposal, if the special Nursery and Attic spaces are counted.