It’s time to look at the Top 25 Facebook games for April 2013.
Starting this month, Inside Social Games will report on the top 25 Facebook games using AppData’s estimated monthly active users (MAU_E) and estimated daily active users (DAU_E). MAU_E and DAU_E are estimated MAU and DAU values based on current performance data from Facebook and our six-year-old database of historical Facebook application metrics. By analyzing trends in our database of almost 400 million measurements of how MAU and DAU function and move over time, our data scientists have been able to develop algorithms for estimating MAU and DAU values for Facebook applications.
Both of April’s lists saw King, which recently rebranded from King.com, continue to hold the top spots, though Zynga is still close behind and with more titles in the top 25 lists overall.
Taking a look at game rankings based on MAU, which is the best measure of a title’s overall reach on the social network, King’s Candy Crush Saga is still on top despite losing an estimated 296,656 MAU in March. King’s only other titles in the top 25 are its Diamond Dash-style gem-matching game Pet Rescue Saga, which came in at the No. 6 spot with an estimated 22.9 million MAU after a gain of 437,254, and bubble-popping puzzler Bubble Witch Saga, which gained 422,856 for a total of 18 million MAU.
Meanwhile, Zynga titles still make up nearly half of the list, taking up 13 spots. Zynga’s biggest gainer and the biggest gainer of the month overall is ChefVille, which added an estimated 4.8 million new MAU for a total of 15.6 million. ChefVille first came out in August 2012. Back then we recommended that players wait before they jumped in. Zynga’s most popular game this month is still FarmVille 2, despite losing 262,317 users.
Zynga’s CoasterVille saw a big loss in MAU, shedding 2.8 million users and dropping down one spot to No. 5. The two big losers for the past month are also Zynga titles: Bubble Ocean Safari and Words With Friends. Bubble Safari Ocean dropped from the No. 19 spot to the No. 21 spot, losing 1.2 estimated MAU, and Words With Friends managed to hold the No. 11 spot after loosing 1.1 million estimated MAU.
Now it’s time to turn to DAU, which is the best representative of a game’s core audience. Here too King’s Candy Crush Sage pulled ahead of Zynga’s FarmVille 2, with an estimated 15.2 million DAU and 8.2 million DAU respectively. Zynga’s CoasterVille, which debuted on the Top 25 list at the No. 5 position, holding the position for a few months, saw a sizable loss of 469,000 estimated DAU, dropping it to the No. 14 spot with 2.3 million DAU. Zynga’s Texas HoldEm Poker saw a much greater drop in DAU than it did in MAU, loosing 933,708 users.
The most significant gainer on the list goes to Pretty Simple’s Criminal Case, which added 1.6 million DAU. We recently talked to Pretty Simple about its formula for success of simply allowing a talented team to produce quality content, an approach which has clearly paid off.
All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppData. Come back next week, when we start reporting again on the fastest-growing Facebook games by DAU and MAU.