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.
Top Gainers This Week – Games
|2.||Price Is Right Game (BETA)||484,610||+182,369||+60%|
|4.||Free Flash Games||652,116||+104,118||+19%|
|5.||Bubble Town: Party Planet||497,770||+101,917||+26%|
|6.||Sports Illustrated Fantasy Football||526,025||+98,131||+23%|
|7.||Juega al Truco||266,426||+95,039||+55%|
|8.||Top Eleven Football Manager||275,817||+84,631||+44%|
|12.||Fantasy La Liga||505,821||+68,074||+16%|
|20.||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.