For anyone that has spent any significant time on Facebook, you may have noticed how many Facebook apps and games are nearly carbon copies of others. No matter where you look, you’ll see about 500 RPGs that all do the same thing using different names, about 1,000 quiz apps, and who knows how many gifting applications. With such an abundance of mediocrity, it becomes a challenge to find games that are truly different from the rest of the masses.
While this is by no means a comprehensive list, the titles below represent some of the most original Facebook games. No, this does not mean they are 100% original in all forms, but to make this list, the application must exhibit something uncommon amongst Facebook games, convey a new or interesting twist on old ideas, or display a new and interesting way to adapt a mainstream idea to the Facebook world. By all means, post your opinions.
10) Owned – Coolapps.com
As you know, gift giving applications are everywhere on Facebook, but Owned is one in which the actual gift is people. While passing out drinks, Pokemon, or pets is all find and dandy, it is infinitely more amusing to try and see how much you yourself are worth and to be given as a gift to others.
With nearly 3 million monthly users, this ego boosting app earns the #10 spot on today’s list.
9) Word Cube – Ankur Nagpal
Yes, yes, it is another word game. The difference here is this game actual employs strategic and tactical values. Instead of a flat, 2D, set of scrambled letters, players are presented with a 3D box of letters that not only makes it more visually difficult to unscramble, but the letters will disappear once used too many times.
Players, can also manually remove boxes from the word cube to see if they will have better luck on those below. However, once a box is gone, it’s gone for good, thus allowing players to strategically think about how to score the most points and if removing cubes is worth the risk.
8) Who Has The Biggest Brain? – Playfish
Certainly one of the more famous games on Facebook. The premise of the game is, actually, not that original. You’re probably wondering – then why is it on this list? The reason is this game takes the concept of an IQ test and employs it in a very creative and memorable fashion. Anyone that has played this game will remember doing so, and that makes it stand out above other IQ applications.
It’s a refreshing makeover for a tired concept.
7) Pokey – Bonehead Labs
Adopt a pet and take care of it. This is definitely a concept adapted from the old Japanese Tamagotchi pets from all those years ago. Pokey adapts the idea of a “living, breathing” virtual pet to Facebook. This cute and adorable puppy requires lots of love, and is certainly a nice addition to the Facebook space.
6) Nobility – Challenge Games
At first glance, this title definitely feels like your typical Facebook RPG. However, it actually is quite different. Nobility is, in fact, a political strategy game with a pyramid style hierarchy in which your goal is to acquire as many people beneath you as possible to boost your own rank, and if possible, get people with higher in game ranks.
Each item you purchase has its own special effect, and while purchasing items is not uncommon, the different effects are balanced in such away to create any number of strategic means to accomplish your goals. A Facebook game with this level of strategic depth is certainly far from commonplace.
5) Pet Society – Playfish
Part Tamagotchi, part The Sims, and part MMO, this Flash based sim game uses any number of features from other mainstream ideas and puts them together in a wonderful (and popular) package. Players in this game can not only take care of their own avatar/pet, but create a living breathing community within Facebook and interact with all the different player’s avatars.
Not only has Playfish created a fantastic community, the level of style that has been incorporated into Pet Society has truly differentiated it from other sim-based games.
4) Bowling Buddies – Playfish
Okay, granted, bowling is not the most original concept in the world, but it can’t be denied that the way Playfish designed the bowling in this game is a unique change. The fact that the bowling is tangibly done via the movement of your mouse makes this bowling game exponentially better than it’s counterparts. Speed, curve, momentum: all of this has a great feel and makes playing a round quite satisfying.
3) KickMania! – TheBroth
Hate to say it, but watching others get hurt is funny. No, don’t deny it. You know for a fact you’ve laughed at a friend who fell out of a chair, or walked into a door. This game is not deep, it’s not long term, but it is fun as hell to put you’re friend’s face on a crash dummy and kick their ass through the air as the crash through bombs and brick walls.
This title is short, but it is one of the most original games on Facebook.
2) Guess the Sketch Challenge– SocialHi.com
Pictionary for Facebook. Sure, it might be based on a board game, but the fact that it has been adapted into Facebook in such a well done way, makes it stand out distinctly from most other titles. In fact, how many drawing based games even exist total (even in mainstream)? Not many. The fact that anything at all with this sort of game mechanic even exists on Facebook is amazing.
Sure, it’s not perfect, but you have to admit, there certainly aren’t many like it lying around.
1) Guitar Master – Just 4 Fun Apps
Guitar Hero wannabe? Yeah, but it is a well applied wannabe for Facebook, that’s for sure. In fact, it’s about 10 times better than the actual Facebook Guitar Hero III game. It looks great, the music isn’t too bad, and the rhythm mechanic is well thought out for the type of control input being used.
Of course, once you’ve played through all the songs, it gets a little dull, but it is certainly greater, and longer entertainment from most of the applications out there.