Chinese Games Break Out in This Week’s Top 20 Emerging Facebook Games

Taken with last week’s list of the top 20 rising games on Facebook, the contents this week reveal an interesting mini-trend: once again, multiple Chinese games are in the top 20. There are five in total, including Three Kingdoms Online and Happy Hotel. The other three, even more notably, are exclusively Chinese-language (you can probably spot them).

It’s no secret that Facebook has quite a few Chinese-language users. Even though Facebook is blocked in China, millions of people who speak various dialects of Chinese use the service across Asian and around the world. Larger developers, like Hong Kong-based 6 Waves and Beijing-based Rekoo, have already made a name for themselves in social gaming circles.

In the English-language category, ten of the apps you’ll see below were also present last week; these steady growers are worth keeping an eye on. More on some of them below. Here’s the list — remember that these are the games that gained the most users over the course of the last 7 days and ended the week with between 100,000 and 1 million users.

Top Gainers This Week – Games
Name MAU Gain↓ Gain, %
1.icon Garden World835,217+396,647+47.49
2.icon Wild Ones788,966+368,478+46.70
3.icon Three Kingdoms Online – Best Browser Game of 2009!857,967+338,310+39.43
4.icon My Town672,974+319,219+47.43
5.icon 開心寶貝427,189+225,895+52.88
6.icon Flying Dog826,573+171,154+20.71
7.icon Happy Hotel950,714+126,684+13.33
8.icon 開心花園446,177+97,802+21.92
9.icon Warstorm423,940+94,324+22.25
10.icon DRIVe Around The World206,026+88,810+43.11
11.icon Sanalika102,398+87,168+85.13
12.icon Bite Me614,197+83,905+13.66
13.icon Doorbell901,799+78,774+8.74
14.icon Spot The Difference312,737+68,524+21.91
15.icon Ninja Warz673,604+57,777+8.58
16.icon The True Age Test443,435+56,187+12.67
17.icon Which Zodiac Sign Are You Most Compatible With?267,791+54,854+20.48
18.icon Friend Block904,856+42,707+4.72
19.icon 歡樂癲地 Funland630,220+39,052+6.20
20.icon Dogbook889,957+37,464+4.21

Believe it or not, the majority of the games you just saw have nothing to do with farming. The exception there is Garden World, in the top spot, which is set to cross the million player mark soon.

Aside from that game, there’s a distinctly marshal tone to many of the rest. Wild Ones involves dogs shooting bazookas at one another; Three Kingdoms Online follows an ancient Chinese tale of war, while Warstorm is a card-trading game and Ninja Warz puts its focus on character training. Click through the text links following each name (except TKO) for our reviews.

Also present are a few assorted slow-growing apps that are nevertheless building up significant bases. Flying Dog fits in there, as does the vampire-themed Bite Me. The list also includes Doorbell and Dogbook, although neither of those are actually games.

Our pick to watch: My Town, which almost doubled from last week. While it borrows from the farming genre, there are enough unique touches to potentially guarantee the success of this city-building game’s small developer, Broken Bulb Studios, which also makes the slower-growing Ninja Warz.