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
|1.||Ikariam – The free browser game||824,980||+651,192||+375%|
|4.||Madden NFL Superstars||404,956||+363,210||+870%|
|5.||CBSSports.com Franchise Football||433,590||+330,230||+319%|
|7.||Chucke la taupe||228,285||+224,890||+6,624%|
|8.||Free Flash Games||918,144||+187,982||+26%|
|10.||Bubble Town: Party Planet||727,378||+143,313||+25%|
|11.||i Like Slots||320,636||+142,689||+80%|
|15.||Robot Unicorn Attack||187,306||+109,214||+140%|
|18.||Ben 10 Omniverse||155,513||+101,048||+186%|
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.