Virtual Environments, Chinese Developers Among Top 20 Facebook Games This Week

FarmVille is, as usual, leading our list of the top 20 Facebook gaming applications this week. Over the last seven days, continued its summer-long spurt, adding 3.44 million this week to reach 53.7 million monthly active users. In all, the list was top-heavy with games based in some sort of virtual environment, with farming being the most popular of the genre. In all, ten of the top 20 games featured some sort of virtual environment.

Top Gainers This Week
Name MAU Gain↓ Gain, % Developer
1. FarmVille 53,699,607 +3,443,061 +6.9 Zynga
2. Friend Facts 3,250,293 +3,164,733 +3 698.9 Topzy
3. YoVille 18,535,441 +936,428 +5.3 Zynga
4. My Fishbowl 4,768,917 +576,204 +13.7 TwoFishes Interactive
5. (Lil) Farm Life 4,317,991 +535,763 +14.2 Greenpatch Inc
6. Restaurant City 15,879,276 +532,228 +3.5 Playfish
7. Pet Society 18,888,308 +514,113 +2.8 Playfish
8. Mafia Wars 25,952,418 +496,830 +2.0 Zynga
9. Write in Pictures 423,249 +423,249 +0.0 Write In Pictures
10. Sunshine Ranch 1,881,221 +384,897 +25.7 Rekoo
11. Animal Paradise 3,143,308 +374,211 +13.5 Rekoo
12. 開心農場 3,496,079 +364,858 +11.7 ELEX
13. Country Story 7,052,381 +291,881 +4.3 Playfish
14. Friends For Sale! 6,450,479 +238,002 +3.8 Serious Business
15. Texas HoldEm Poker 17,891,298 +220,455 +1.3 Zynga
16. Mobsters 2: Vendetta 2,831,269 +189,850 +7.2 Playdom
17. Birthday Countdown 577,795 +177,491 +44.3 Internet Design Zone
18. Quiztastic! 729,135 +171,093 +30.7 Playfish
19. How Sexy Is Your Name Calculator 361,797 +139,302 +62.6 Internet Design Zone
20. Jungle Jewels 720,693 +134,141 +22.9 GameDuell Inc.

Another recent trend is the rise of Chinese-language apps and China-based developers. Continuing from last week, TwoFishes Interactive‘s virtual aquarium, My Fishbowl, was in the top five. It gained 576,000 to total 4.77 million. While the game is available in multiple languages, most users appear to be speaking Chinese. Beijing-based Rekoo had two games on the list, virtual ranch Sunshine Ranch at number ten and virtual zoo Animal Paradise at number eleven. The former grew 385,000 to 1.88 million, the latter grew 374,000 to 3.14 million. Following at number twelve was 開心農場 or “Happy Farm,” a Chinese-language virtual farming game made by ELEX.

And a final note: Friend Facts came in at number two on the list because it is categorized as a game — the app mines Facebook data to give you random stats about friends, but it’s not a game in a traditional sense.

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7 Responses to “Virtual Environments, Chinese Developers Among Top 20 Facebook Games This Week”

  1. Eric von Coelln says:

    Just an additional note – it looks like ELEX and TwoFishes Interactive are cross promoting their games via a toolbar similar to Zynga’s — see my notes (See my Sept 30th post: http://www.voncoelln.com/eric/2009/09/30/chinese-game-developers-jump-into-top-20-facebook-apps/).

    The toolbar has been a big driver for Zynga – it doubled the growth of Roller Coaster Kingdom from 820K daily active users to over 1.67 million in a day.

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  6. Bernice Noel says:

    Have tried the game and love it alot but now for some reason it wont load up just a blank page, what is wrong and can you help please,miss my game

  7. MARY says:

    HI

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