The number of new sim, farm and city games is once again low on our weekly AppData list of emerging Facebook games, defined as those still under a million monthly active users and growing fast. Several of the top spots are once again held by Chinese-language games, as well.
Top Gainers This Week – Games
|2.||The Pokerist club — Texas Poker||355,220||+204,706||+136%|
|3.||Miscrits: World of Adventure||835,830||+179,122||+27%|
|9.||Texas HoldEm Poker – Deluxe ★★★★★★||832,044||+103,016||+14%|
|11.||Pool Master 2||977,894||+88,064||+10%|
|15.||CBSSports.com Franchise Basketball||230,983||+68,141||+42%|
|19.||Glory of Rome||297,088||+58,655||+25%|
購物天堂 has players construct an outdoor mall, while the other Chinese-language game at the top, 樂業超市, is another shop-creation game. These two, along with Paradise Life, were the only sim-style games to grow significantly (a handful also appear near the bottom of the list).
Miscrits: World of Adventure continues to grow with its monster-collection theme, which developer Broken Bulb Studios combined with an explorative RPG mode. In some ways the game is pretty typical, drawing on ideas already well-explored by Pokemon, but it definitely has its own flavor, as we covered in our review.
A competitor that launched just before of Miscrits, Gaia’s Monster Galaxy, has a significant lead with 5.5 million MAU. However, Miscrits is better designed from the standpoint of virality and monetization, so it should fare well even past a million MAU.
It was a good week for poker. The Pokerist club — Texas Poker, Gambino Poker and Texas HoldEm Poker – Deluxe ★★★★★★ all rank in the top ten. While none of the apps is visually or technically stunning, they seem to be growing by tapping international audiences in Asia and Europe.
As for the rest, Bingo Island, Tavla, Pool Master 2 and other titles all present game types that you might ordinarily play in a smoky bar. The only other title to stand out in the top ten is the kids’ MMO MilMo, which has broken past half a million MAU, though its stickiness has fallen to just three percent — whether that’s from players giving up or going to the destination site, we can’t tell.