Sims and Smurfs Still Lead, But Newcomers Gain Ground on This Week’s List of Fastest-Growing Facebook Games by MAU

Yes, it’s still The Sims Social and The Smurfs & Co. at the top of this week’s list of fastest-growing games by monthly active users. The real story is farther down the list where summer launches are gaining ground.

First is wooga’s Magic Land, turning up just behind FarmVille at No.4. Next, we have MiniMax’s Fruit Ninja Facebook port of dubious legitimacy, 水果忍者, at No. 5. Farther down at No.9 is Playdom’s GnomeTown, launched in July. Then at No.12 we have Baby & Me, a just-launched pet sim (for lack of a more appropriate term) that uses a monetization mix of video ads and decoration items. Mahjong Saga, another July launch, comes in at No.14 with MapleStory Adventures just behind. Arabic-language farming sim المزرعة السعيدة appears at N0.17 after a long absence from this list, with Chinese combat role-playing game 胡萊三國 (Hoolai Sanguo) sliding into No.20.

Top Gainers This Week – Games

1. The Sims Social29,798,330+7,577,834+34%
2. The Smurfs & Co9,748,931+1,658,451+20%
3. FarmVille35,448,969+1,092,130+3%
4. Magic Land2,615,486+873,558+50%
5. 水果忍者1,271,736+745,679+142%
6. The Pokerist club — Texas Poker4,653,920+741,451+19%
7. Diamond Dash11,148,678+711,625+7%
8. Mystery Manor2,507,703+490,528+24%
9. GnomeTown3,266,249+481,959+17%
10. DoubleDown Casino3,590,569+477,916+15%
11. Slotomania – Slot Machines6,302,382+459,066+8%
12. Baby & Me1,428,292+425,700+42%
13. Total Domination: Nuclear Strategy1,715,021+402,264+31%
14. Mahjong Saga3,752,757+367,278+11%
15. MapleStory Adventures2,819,883+352,065+14%
16. Ninja Saga6,516,141+344,406+6%
17. المزرعة السعيدة1,553,658+332,534+27%
18. Social Empires4,391,258+324,903+8%
19. BINGO Blitz2,138,127+316,096+17%
20. 胡萊三國1,451,944+259,922+22%

It’s refreshing to see so many new games on this list, particularly non-English Facebook games. Too often, we go three months at a time with the same games stuck in a holding pattern in our top 20s and it is very rare to see Chinese-language apps gaining ground anywhere but the fastest-growing games by daily active user list. To this point, we remind our readers that though language barriers may prevent us from delivering a full review of a foreign language game, we do not avoid covering newsworthy games just because they’re not in English.

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppData. Stay tuned for our look at the top weekly gainers by daily active users on Wednesday, and the top emerging apps on Friday.