More Fish, Pets and Farming Facebook Applications in This Week’s Top 20 Daily Active Gainers List

AppData12PetVille continues to set the precedent for this week’s list of the 20 Facebook applications that gained the most daily active users this past week, according to AppData. Meanwhile, new and old faces make appearances on the list this week.

Zynga’s pet caring game was released at the start of the month and now has 3.5 million daily active users, up 74 percent over last week. It has been the number one app for daily active users two weeks in a row. Though its success hasn’t driven away older pet simulators from the top five as three of them are some form of the pet care genre.

Top Gainers This Week
Name DAU Gain↓ Gain, %
1.icon PetVille3,523,496+2,588,551+73.47
2.icon Zoo World1,269,426+555,085+43.73
3.icon Quiz Planet!449,322+366,637+81.60
4.icon Happy Pets2,935,312+343,440+11.70
5.icon (Lil) Farm Life1,421,867+316,632+22.27
6.icon How Well Do You Know Me?583,397+303,413+52.01
7.icon Facebook for iPhone9,331,129+296,354+3.18
8.icon Country Life1,414,679+282,041+19.94
9.icon Santa Yourself378,673+280,126+73.98
10.icon MindJolt Games2,048,218+254,110+12.41
11.icon Best Friends Forever281,597+253,926+90.17
12.icon Texas HoldEm Poker4,851,097+247,905+5.11
13.icon Friend Quiz1,043,181+230,084+22.06
14.icon Movies495,993+223,103+44.98
15.icon @Smiles390,983+218,762+55.95
16.icon Christmas Cards!909,873+213,016+23.41
17.icon Is Cool by cafe.com664,368+197,746+29.76
18.icon Fish Isle959,394+192,864+20.10
19.icon Friends’ Secrets190,282+190,282+100.00
20.icon FamilyLink.com (formerly We’re Related)1,016,510+138,733+13.65

Keep in mind, this list is of the apps that gained the most daily active users over the course of the past week. Our monthly active user top 20 lists, alternatively, show the overall growth of an app, and highlight apps that people may enjoy using only once or twice a month. The daily active user count is more valuable as a measure of how well an app monetizes, as users are most likely to pay when they come back every day. The data here was based off numbers taken from AppData on December 15th.

Anyway, Zoo World also continues to grow, although much of that growth appears to be coming from developer RockYou running the game inside of its other popular applications. The zoo-creating game made a surprising jump up the list to second place, going up 44 percent this week and now 1.2 million people are playing it daily.

Quiz Planet saw another high raise with 82 percent adding into a high for the app with 449,000 daily active users.

Behind it, Happy Pets held strong in this category over last week to land at 4th and didn’t suffer much from its competition’s success. CrowdStar’s pet simulator has been around one month prior to Zynga’s pet simulator, yet the game continues to do well on its own scale, adding about 343,000 or 12 percent for a new total of 3 million daily active players. While that’s 500,000 less than PetVille this week, time will tell as to which game will be able to distinguish themselves more successfully in the coming year.

Meanwhile, (Lil) Farm Life by Playdom received a boost from return players last week with a 22 percent raise and a 1.4 million daily active user base for 5th. All totaled, while the Ville series is huge, only PetVille saw a gain of daily active users last week with FarmVille and FishVille, in particular, not making appearances. In their place were two farm simulators, the aforementioned (lil) Farm Life and Country Life, which finished at 8th. And one fish simulator, Fish Isle, 18th.

In the Christmas apps, Santa Yourself is proving to have an audience, finishing this week at 9th with a 74 percent gain and jumping past Christmas Cards! for the first time this month. Though, Christmas Cards! finished at 16th and a boost in 23 percent.

Older apps also made a comeback this week. Released in May, How Well Do You Know Me? had a huge boost in daily users this week. Though not appearing in the top 20 last week, the app has jumped up to 6th place improving its DAU average by 52 percent and an approximate total of 583,000 DAU’s. And in the back of the list, Uno saw a surge in popularity jumping 41 percent and being played by about 327,000 daily active users, but it wasn’t enough. Uno finished at 21st today.

However, “life” apps, Friends’ Secrets and FamilyLink.com (formerly We’re Related) ended at 19th and 20th respectably. Friends’s Secret has been around for over a year, but the title rose, basically, from the dead, seeing an amazing 100 percent increase in daily active users. The title got 192,282 new players which is also its total DAU. Less amazing was Family Link’s 13 percent gain, but of which averages out to be just 2,000 less people then Friends Secret total DAU for an audience of 1 million daily active users.

Hopefully next week will see more new and old apps alike making the list along with further data on the status of the Ville series.