This week’s leaderboard of the fastest growing games on Facebook based on monthly active users is dominated by Wooga’s Diamond Dash. Though the game hasn’t added any new content since it exploded in popularity last month, there is something special about matching colorful gems while increasingly ominous music plays that really makes players enjoy these games. Diamond Dash borrows quite heavily from the puzzle game titan Bejeweled Blitz, with voiceovers and sound effects that are nearly indistinguishable between the two. The result, whatever the causes, is that it’s been growing at a rapid pace (over twice as fast as any other game this week).
Another game that is making its way up the chart is Zombie Lane, the latest Digital Chocolate game. This charming and high quality social game makes zombies something for fun and entertainment rather than something to be afraid of. Zombie Lane just launched last month and already has almost 2 million MAU according to AppData, our metrics platform for monitoring the traffic in the top growing Facebook games.
Top Gainers This Week – Games
|9.||Dragons of Atlantis||3,310,745||+208,910||+7%|
|11.||Slotomania – Slot Machines||1,780,430||+153,052||+9%|
|17.||CSI: Crime City||2,127,474||+119,835||+6%|
|20.||Treasure Land by Kudos Media||702,490||+105,594||+18%|
Gourmet Ranch is a farming and cooking simulation game that was developed and released by Playdemic last summer (who were acquired by RockYou in January). While still a rather simple game, Gourmet Ranch brings in more elements of both growing crops and using them in production to make food. For some time, farming games were popping up left and right and players seemed to be feeling some “farming fatigue”. As a whole, there is nothing wrong with Gourmet Ranch, but it does feel as if the genre is quite stale. Players seem to be agreeing, as its monthly retention hovers around 10-13%. RockYou have stated that their prime focus is on making social games rather than lightweight applications, so we’re hoping that their future efforts will feel fresh and innovative.
Bubble Island is another Wooga game that we’ve been hearing a lot more about lately. This new twist on a classic bubble popping arcade game launched in January of 2010. When we reviewed it, we felt that it was quite the entertaining rendition of a familiar favorite. When it first released, Bubble Island consisted of a series of game levels laid out in a progression-based adventure format with increasingly difficult puzzle games standing in the way of getting to the next level. Since then, a “blitz” style mode has been added that simply allows players to play for 60 seconds and compete for a place amongst their friends on a leaderboard. Both Bubble Island and Diamond Dash have the same bright and cheerful art style and high level of polish, which leads to a great experience for players who enjoy both.
Stay tuned for our look at the top weekly gainers by daily active users on Wednesday, and the top emerging apps on Friday. The data in this post comes via AppData, our data service tracking growth and trends across the Facebook platform.