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.
|2.||Friend Facts||3,250,293||+3,164,733||+3 698.9||Topzy|
|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|
|9.||Write in Pictures||423,249||+423,249||+0.0||Write In Pictures|
|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|
|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.