Zynga Slingo and Hidden Chronicles this week’s gainer and loser among May’s Top 25 games

We’ve reached the last half of May, which means it’s time to examine the top half of May’s Top 25 games list.

The titles have significantly larger numbers of daily active users than games listed on the bottom half, so even though gains and losses can be much more dramatic, positioning isn’t as likely to change.

Editor’s Note: Due to a delay, traffic data hasn’t been refreshed for today; traffic numbers are current for May 23.

Here’s what we’ve looked at so far:

  • May 10, 2012: No. 25 (Candy Crush Saga) through No. 19 (Empires & Allies)
  • May 17, 2012: No. 18 (Bubble Island) through No. 13 (The Sims Social)

11. Bejeweled Blitz

EA PopCap’s Bejeweled Blitz is down to 3 million DAU after starting the month at a new peak of 3.4 million. As of January, the game usually hovered somewhere above the 3 million DAU mark; the recent peak came from a sudden traffic spike. The past six months show Bejeweled Blitz’s traffic regularly pulses, with small gains and losses, but overall traffic maintained a slow, steady increase. The game’s traffic may very well bounce up again within the next week and maintain the No. 12 spot. If it stays at 3 million DAU, though, Bejeweled Blitz might actually drop a spot, provided another game below it manages to keep on bringing in new users.

10. Zynga Slingo

Zynga Slingo shows strong gains since the start of the month, up by 500,000 DAU to 4.1 million. That said, this isn’t a noticeable increase for the game, which has been treading water at the 4 million DAU mark as of as of late March. The game’s daily active users haven’t grown significantly since that time, and  monthly active users are down to 16 million from an April high of 20 million. It seems unlikely that Zynga Slingo will gain much more traffic, but it may very well move up to the No. 10 spot anyway, since it currently has more DAU than Tetris Battle.

9. Tetris Battle

Tetris Online’s Tetris Battle is down from 3.8 million at the start of May to 3.5 million. This is another game that’s plateaued for several months and is starting to drop. Tetris Battle originally reached 3.5 million DAU in February, but any gains since have been small, gradual ones. Although the game tends to receive a traffic spike every few days, Tetris Battle probably won’t recoup enough DAU to bring it within striking distance of Zynga Slingo, so we expect it to drop out of the top 10 games for June.

8. Diamond Dash

Wooga’s Diamond Dash hasn’t been able to pass its early March peak of 4.7 million DAU, with  traffic now down to 4.1 million. The game started off strong for the month by shooting from 4.3 million DAU to 4.6 million. It lost most of that traffic in the last three weeks, however, falling as far down as 4 million. We did see Diamond Dash’s traffic drop to this point in early April, too, before beginning to climb back up, so it’s possible DAU might bounce back. Still, Diamond Dash’s placement on next month’s list doesn’t seem too likely to change unless it drops below 4.1 million DAU or it somehow gains more than 400,000 DAU in the next week.

7. FarmVille

Zynga’s FarmVille continues to gradually lose players, down from 4.6 million DAU to 4.5 million. This is a smaller drop than when it dropped from 5.2 million DAU to 4.9 million when we looked at the game in April. These numbers are a far cry from the game’s February 2010 peak of 32 million DAU, but Facebook’s game platform has dramatically changed since then and achieving numbers like that are next to impossible. Provided Zynga Slingo and Diamond Dash don’t see dramatic increases to their traffic, it seems unlikely that FarmVille will drop down on next month’s list. In fact, it may move up a spot if Hidden Chronicles continues its decline.

6. Hidden Chronicles

Zynga’s Hidden Chronicles is still bleeding users, down from 5.1 million DAU to 4.6 million. The decline began in March after it peaked at 7.4 million DAU. Based on this traffic pattern, Hidden Chronicles’s traffic may be lower than FarmVille’s next month, meaning it fall a spot to No. 8 on the June Top 25 list.
All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppDataStay tuned for next week’s continuation of our Top 25 gainers and losers, when we look at No. 12 through No. 7 on the list.