Playdom Becomes Third-Largest Developer on This Week’s List of Fastest-Growing Facebook Games by MAU

Playdom’s gains on this week’s AppData list of fastest-gaining apps by monthly active users are enough to push the top five developer into the third-place position, above both CrowdStar and RockYou!

Its two newest games, City of Wonder and Market Street, both got top placement:

Top Gainers This Week – Games
Name MAU Gain Gain,%
1. Original Pirates Ahoy 6,724,676 +3,063,492 +84%
2. App_2_114335335255741_9738 City of Wonder 2,606,883 +2,547,354 +4,279%
3. App_2_125301840827866_9721 Market Street 9,094,156 +1,182,008 +15%
4. App_2_256799621935_1837 Car Town 3,664,060 +867,785 +31%
5. Original Nightclub City 7,612,635 +746,208 +11%
6. Original Millionaire City 5,860,862 +712,461 +14%
7. Original Zapapa games 4,200,138 +640,771 +18%
8. Original Tattoo City 2,256,775 +623,751 +38%
9. Original Armies 2,392,900 +445,828 +23%
10. Original 開心 Lounge Bar 1,381,762 +431,956 +45%
11. Original Monster World 2,934,658 +379,009 +15%
12. Original Lucky Train 770,695 +351,260 +84%
13. Original Games 6,272,726 +310,519 +5%
14. Original Friend Block 2,451,928 +305,081 +14%
15. App_2_121754687869283_9419 snsplus 956,841 +300,487 +46%
16. App_2_347486061825_9369 Cafe Life 2,231,639 +287,507 +15%
17. Original Kingdoms of Camelot 5,278,367 +278,456 +6%
18. Original Zoo Paradise 5,030,612 +267,865 +6%
19. App_2_130409810307796_5127 Tetris Battle 1,475,956 +265,456 +22%
20. Original Fashion World 5,019,361 +254,158 +5%

City of Wonder follows the now well-worn city building genre, but the game’s closest cousin may be Civilization, given the liberal use of technology trees, Wonders of the World and other Civ-like features. The comparison may become even more interesting if Sid Meier ever gets around to releasing a Facebook version of his game, which was announced almost a year ago.

As for Market Street, the retail sim’s growth is slowing as it nears 10 million MAU. But at this point, the 10 million mark is one that few developers reach with their games, excepting Zynga. It should be interesting to see if City of Wonder can reach follow in Market Street’s footsteps over the coming weeks.

Car Town, the next app down, is from a smaller developer that’s fairly new to Facebook, Cie Games. But it’s getting support from much bigger brands — namely, the car companies whose vehicles are shown in the game. Honda, for instance, just started a virtual billboard campaign, while other manufacturers have allowed their names and marks to be used.

Nightclub City and Millionaire City are both somewhat older games that nevetheless continue to grow. The top ten is rounded out by three more that are newer: Zapapa games, Tattoo City and Armies. All three are worth a look, but in short, they’re respectively a game portal, tattoo shop sim, and war RPG.