Lucky Train and Price is Right Head Up This Week’s List of Emerging Facebook Games

By Chris Morrison Comment

This week’s AppData list of emerging games on Facebook, defined as those still under a million monthly active users, features remarkably few titles that fit into the typical farming, city and virtual space categories associated with social gaming.

See how many you can spot:

Top Gainers This Week – Games
Name MAU Gain Gain,%
1. Original Lucky Train 880,337 +189,126 +27%
2. App_2_122353571139137_4163 Price Is Right Game (BETA) 484,610 +182,369 +60%
3. Original 開心魚塘 971,098 +135,478 +16%
4. Original Free Flash Games 652,116 +104,118 +19%
5. Original Bubble Town: Party Planet 497,770 +101,917 +26%
6. App_2_120127801359754_7313 Sports Illustrated Fantasy Football 526,025 +98,131 +23%
7. App_2_140505602636868_3646 Juega al Truco 266,426 +95,039 +55%
8. Original Top Eleven Football Manager 275,817 +84,631 +44%
9. Original Party Resort 853,119 +80,538 +10%
10. App_2_212798393542_2183 Woozworld 189,418 +78,707 +71%
11. Original NanoStar Castles 461,834 +75,066 +19%
12. Original Fantasy La Liga 505,821 +68,074 +16%
13. App_2_141568572549589_8214 神來也朋友村 115,701 +64,971 +128%
14. App_2_123903147643151_5363 Social Park 264,614 +62,605 +31%
15. App_2_118583028170267_5631 Lady Popular 334,042 +62,447 +23%
16. Original Gourmet Ranch 408,948 +56,213 +16%
17. App_2_108589655859196_4155 Mahjong Trails 200,889 +54,800 +38%
18. Original Glamble Poker 870,614 +51,421 +6%
19. App_2_105028829550543_8324 TKO Deutschland 170,161 +44,651 +36%
20. Original i Like Slots 126,195 +41,635 +49%

Lucky Train, in the top spot, is one of the closest to a typical Facebook game, featuring a city-building theme with a somewhat unique train-based growth mechanic. The A Bit Lucky game should cross a million MAU by this time next week. Since we reviewed it, a few new features have also gone in, like non-player characters to route trains to (the game required interaction with humans when it started).

Price Is Right Game (BETA), by Ludia, should be an interesting one to watch. A few months ago, Family Feud (by a different developer, iWin) proved that titles based off retro game shows can get millions of users on Facebook. Price is Right is if anything a more hallowed name than Family Feud, so it’s in the realms of possibility that it, too, will take off — although the game hasn’t grown much for the past four days.

Going to number three, 開心魚塘 is a twist on the fish-raising genre, but it’s a Chinese-language game, which sets it apart from the pack. 神來也朋友村, at number 13, is also Chinese-language; it appears to place players in an interactive town.

Free Flash Games, at number four, is pretty much what it sounds like — a Flash games portal. Bubble Town: Party Planet, an arcade game by I-play, is more interesting. It’s most reminiscent of Wooga’s Bubble Island, a bubble-popping game with a level system based on different islands, which reached a peak of six million MAU.

Take a look over the rest of the list for more interesting finds, like the fantasy football games, Sports Illustrated Fantasy Football and Top Eleven Football Manager, and NanoStar Castles, the card-based RPG that Digital Chocolate recently began promoting; the game went more or less empty for almost four months until the company finished fixing technical flaws, and starting advertising for players.