Relax, folks. PopCap’s popular game Plants vs. Zombies isn’t on Facebook, even though your friends’ Timelines may be saying otherwise. This isn’t anything new, but some illicit clones have been gaining some recent traction on the social network.
As we noted in our emerging Facebook games post last week, there was a title called Plants vs. Zombies on the list. Although that game’s traffic has fallen off, another has started to rise on the social network. Our AppData traffic tracking service shows this title has 190,000 monthly active users and 3,000 daily active users. But it’s still not the real game.
We knew this wasn’t the real thing as soon as we looked at the AppData page, since “Unnamed Developer” is credited, but it should also be immediately obvious to anyone who opens the game and finds the canvas surrounded by spammy ads for non-EA titles. Not only that, but the game’s graphics are obviously stretched and fragmented.
Clones like these aren’t anything new. We’re constantly seeing random developers launch versions of classic mainstream video games like Mario Bros. and Grand Theft Auto alongside fake versions of Angry Birds and Bejeweled Blitz for a long time. Still, Timeline posts like the one pictured at right have been picking up over the past few days. Some of them are worded a bit more legitimately than this one was, but they’re all fake. Don’t bother clicking on these links until PopCap officially unveils the game (which it hasn’t hinted will happen any time soon).