Strategy and Sports Take Over This Week’s List of Emerging Facebook Games

The latest fast-growing strategy game has hit the top of this week’s AppData list of emerging Facebook games, which includes titles still under a million monthly active users. Ikariam – The free browser game exploded upward this week, capturing 651,192 new users.

Top Gainers This Week – Games
Name MAU Gain Gain,%
1.Original Ikariam – The free browser game824,980+651,192+375%
2.App_2_144320435592910_7250 Critter Island651,718+475,893+271%
3.App_2_149314558413832_1420 小小戰爭368,935+367,880+34,870%
4.App_2_138575656172984_7917 Madden NFL Superstars404,956+363,210+870%
5.App_2_138368046186693_7846 CBSSports.com Franchise Football433,590+330,230+319%
6.App_2_36706751821_9203 FantaBook431,923+273,444+173%
7.App_2_144448922260339_1126 Chucke la taupe228,285+224,890+6,624%
8.Original Free Flash Games918,144+187,982+26%
9.App_2_150787614949180_7705 Candy Shop206,471+155,572+306%
10.Original Bubble Town: Party Planet727,378+143,313+25%
11.Original i Like Slots320,636+142,689+80%
12.App_2_108589655859196_4155 Mahjong Trails367,918+123,740+51%
13.App_2_132112723494733_5710 Jersey Shore383,457+115,413+43%
14.Original Ameba Pico851,809+109,918+15%
15.App_2_112594238780474_8273 Robot Unicorn Attack187,306+109,214+140%
16.App_2_140878142619017_3572 Digger150,026+106,409+244%
17.App_2_123870190982202_9543 Ultimate Fan112,760+103,743+1,151%
18.Original Ben 10 Omniverse155,513+101,048+186%
19.App_2_139352202755445_6610 龍之契約113,154+99,129+707%
20.App_2_117771671605440_4 La Tomatina134,873+98,556+271%

Ikariam contains elements of other games on Facebook, like City of Wonder and Kingdoms of Camelot, but it’s also fairly unique for the platform. There’s a reason for that: Ikariam is a popular web-based MMORPG whose first version was released way back on 2006, pre-dating social gaming entirely.

Critter Island is the second fastest grower, having accelerated significantly from last week, when it led a weaker list as number one. The island management game, by LOLapps, has gotten almost uniformly positive user reviews since its launch.

小小戰爭 is the latest from Chinese developer Five Minutes, but we can’t say much more than that at the moment, as it won’t load. Following it is Madden NFL Superstars, the latest from Electronic Arts. One might expect the fabled Madden franchise to take off on Facebook, but so far it’s only growing at a moderate pace, just edging out its football-themed competitor CBSSports.com Franchise Football.

The sports don’t stop there; FantaBook is an Italian-language soccer game. That’s followed by Chucke la taupe, which involves hitting a mole with Chuck Norris (a man who, in the past, hasn’t appreciated being used on Facebook).

If you’ve got time, check out a few of the apps further down. Candy Shop is the latest from Tall Tree Games, while both Bubble Town: Party Planet and Mahjong Trails use the popular mechanic of putting arcade games in an island-based wrapper. Finally, MTV fans shouldn’t miss out on Jersey Shore, the latest guido atrocity.