Diner Dash mysteriously reappears at the top of this week’s emerging games list on Facebook

Playfirst’s Diner Dash tripled its monthly active users and scrambled to the top of our list this week, which is odd as the developer shut the game down in August. We’ve contacted Playfirst to find out what caused the spike.

The No. 2 spot on the list looks to be an illegal port of the Valve shooter Counter Strike. In reality, this isn’t a shooter at all: it’s a toilet paper-rolling game with links to other (legit) Facebook titles placed around the page. This isn’t the first time a Counter-Strike impostor has come to our attention, Counter Strike Red Team Go appeared on Facebook back in 2008 and was quickly dismissed as “a cheap knock-off and cash in that rips the soul out of game and puts it in an easily accessible web format.”

Retro World, meanwhile, continues to gain traction.  The game is now at No. 3, thanks to media attention over its new I Love Lucy expansion from last week.

Aside from Diner Dash, five other games saw gains of 100 percent or more: EA’s Solitaire Blitz, Legyen Ön is Milliomos! játék (“Become a Millionaire! game”), MindJolt’s Ball Rain, Zynga’s Blackjack and MindJolt’s Bowman. We’re fairly sure that Blackjack is indeed Zynga’s next title to appear in the Casino franchise; the app, however, currently directs players to Zynga Poker. We’ve reached out for comment.

Finally, don’t expect to see Legyen Ön is Milliomos! játék on the list next week, though, since the title’s Facebook page has a message — in Hungarian — explaining that the game has ceased operation because of something having to do with the European Union being a patent holder.

MAU Gain Gain,%
1.   Diner Dash 40,000 +30,000 + 300%
2.   Counter Strike 80,000 +20,000 + 33%
3.   Retro World 60,000 +20,000 + 50%
4.   Solitaire Blitz 40,000 +20,000 + 100%
5.   Who Has The Biggest Brain? 90,000 +20,000 + 29%
6.   彈彈堂 – Efunfun繁體版 90,000 +20,000 + 29%
7.   開心推金幣 80,000 +20,000 + 33%
8.   Legyen Ön is Milliomos! játék 20,000 +11,000 + 122%
9.   (Lil) Farm Life 50,000 +10,000 + 25%
10.   8-Ball 60,000 +10,000 + 20%
11.   Akinator 30,000 +10,000 + 50%
12.   Ball Rain 20,000 +10,000 + 100%
13.   Being Human 50,000 +10,000 + 25%
14.   Bet Tycoon – Betting Game 50,000 +10,000 + 25%
15.   Blackjack 20,000 +10,000 + 100%
16.   Bowman 20,000 +10,000 + 100%
17.   Candystand.com 40,000 +10,000 + 33%
18.   Car Madness 80,000 +10,000 + 14%
19.   Carbon Auto Theft 60,000 +10,000 + 20%
20.   Charadium 30,000 +10,000 + 50%

Due to a miscategorization, Bubble Raider was left off this list in error.

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppData. Come back next week for our top weekly gainers by monthly active users on Monday, our daily active users on Wednesday, and the top emerging apps on Friday.

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  1. Retro World takes players back in time on several old-school adventures says:

    [...] ’70s and ’80s nostalgia. The game has been available since mid-November, but has been gaining traction in recent weeks due to strong marketing efforts centering around the addition of new I Love [...]

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