Vegas City, Bar World and More on This Week’s List of Fastest-Growing Facebook Games by MAU

Thanksgiving didn’t change much on our weekly AppData list of fastest-growing Facebook games by monthly active users — more or less the same mix of large and small developers is present with only a couple new entrants. Here’s the full list:

Top Gainers This Week – Games
Name MAU Gain Gain,%
1.App_2_159048707462697_4831 Vegas City2,746,935+877,045+47%
2.Original FrontierVille29,271,413+603,957+2%
3.App_2_125318280856717_8426 Island God1,515,461+419,956+38%
4.App_2_142727279103775_7311 Hollywood City3,107,475+414,168+15%
5.App_2_164819630206264_37 Epic Fighters721,374+381,723+112%
6.App_2_129547877091100_7928 Crime City6,256,827+327,563+6%
7.App_2_128246950529106_698 Bar World635,811+310,334+95%
8.App_2_120563477996213_5785 Ravenwood Fair4,429,099+307,112+7%
9.App_2_162461630459416_9977 La sfida delle città501,394+294,670+143%
10.App_2_114335335255741_9738 City of Wonder6,443,840+291,101+5%
11.App_2_149288638421413_1755 寵物戰爭304,017+279,583+1,144%
12.App_2_157531047591855_5508 Simply Hospital2,944,742+278,463+10%
13.Original Social City5,775,591+222,009+4%
14.Original Bubble Island5,682,563+216,981+4%
15.Original Monster World5,190,136+215,910+4%
16.Original 德州撲克(中文版)3,354,700+213,853+7%
17.App_2_146118892073972_2344 Mighty Pirates581,274+211,889+57%
18.App_2_256799621935_1837 Car Town7,213,091+203,820+3%
19.App_2_367415665181_4980 Puzzle Saga349,324+191,980+122%
20.App_2_175202372495964_5248 OyunPark356,718+186,251+109%

As before, Digital Chocolate has multiple games on this list. This time it’s four of the top five: Vegas City, Island God, Hollywood City and Epic Fighters. The problem for all of these games is relatively low stickiness, or the percent of monthly actives coming back daily.

But while some commenters have made this problem out to be a fatal flaw for DC, it’s not clear yet that the company can’t continue with relatively low stickiness, since its better games have shown good long-term growth to offset their lower DAU. It’s also worth noting that quite a few of the games on the list also have DAU / MAU lower than 15 percent, perhaps signaling a new norm for certain genres.

Crime City comes in sixth, after the flood of DC games. Although its growth of 327,563 new MAU is still strong, we can see from the game’s MAU chart that the gains are slowing:

Next up is Bar World, a new take on the nightclub-management style of game. Most games that have sought to follow in Nightclub City’s footsteps have failed to impress, but Bar World may be able to do well, based on our review of the game. Bar World may also be able to benefit from scooping up departing Nightclub City players; the latter game has lost about two million MAU in two months.