Mafia Wars Regain Lost Ground on This Week’s List of Fastest-Growing Facebook Games by MAU

It’s often the case that a large, older app from a developer like Zynga will appear atop our weekly AppData list of fastest-growing games by monthly active users, but usually the gains are just temporary fluctuations in playerbases of many millions of users.

But this week Zynga’s Mafia Wars appears to really be onto something. Including the week’s gain of 1.4 million new MAU, the game is up by about 2.4 million MAU this month:

Top Gainers This Week – Games
Name MAU Gain Gain,%
1.Original Mafia Wars Game23,690,452+1,444,469+6%
2.App_2_152645868106521_5766 My Kingdom1,409,001+1,190,726+546%
3.App_2_120563477996213_5785 Ravenwood Fair1,740,866+1,089,076+167%
4.App_2_129547877091100_7928 Crime City2,910,460+1,086,179+60%
5.Original Zoo World7,626,650+627,817+9%
6.App_2_135858749758063_4184 ESPNU College Town3,884,583+467,517+14%
7.Original Millionaire City11,909,818+457,503+4%
8.App_2_157531047591855_5508 Simply Hospital763,439+395,053+107%
9.Original JibJab1,162,203+330,999+40%
10.Original Bingo Island 21,628,033+330,537+25%
11.App_2_146340918729491_2110 BRAAAINS1,011,679+301,803+43%
12.App_2_141437422542260_5503 CSI: Crime City404,199+271,809+205%
13.Original School of Wizardry1,956,872+239,923+14%
14.App_2_157785064239480_3718 恐龍王國529,575+237,221+81%
15.App_2_45706744835_5418 World War1,711,975+236,718+16%
16.Original My Empire3,365,682+214,113+7%
17.Original Top Eleven Football Manager765,494+210,086+38%
18.App_2_115478888511670_1708 Card Rivals315,674+207,047+191%
19.Original Warstorm2,471,607+205,494+9%
20.Original Fantasy Basketball295,451+191,743+185%

Following Mafia Wars, most of the apps on the list are new. My Kingdom is the latest Chinese-language game from Happy Elements, whose largest title otherwise is 開心水族箱 (Happy Aquarium). The company has been leaning toward giving its games English-language names recently for some reason, although it has yet to release localized versions. My Kingdom, in any case, feels fairly similar to Ngmoco’s We Rule.

Ravenwood Fair, the newest game by LOLapps, is now also the company’s biggest game, and is on a trajectory to surpass the company’s top app overall, Gift Creator, by next week. We reviewed the game when it was released, just under two weeks ago.

Crime City is also fast becoming a hit, although the company behind it, Funzio, is not a well known name (yet). It’s followed by another old title, Zoo World, which like other RockYou! titles reversed a long decline in the middle of October.

Also note that the 6waves-published title Sim Hospital has been renamed to Simply Hospital, possibly due to Electronic Arts’ claim on the word Sim in games. Whether Sim or Simply, the game is still doing very well, and should cross a million MAU within another week.