CityVille Back on Top in This Week’s List of Fastest-Growing Facebook Games by DAU

Zynga’s newest game CityVille is back in the number one position this week after seeing a growth of over 633,000 daily active users. The game’s DAU count has been the important number to watch, as it — not monthly active users indicates long-term health, and monetization. So, according to our AppData tracking service, CityVille is seeing pretty fantastic engagement numbers with 20% of its MAU logging in to play each day.

Top Gainers This Week – Games

Name DAU Gain Gain,%
1. CityVille 19,881,055 +633,628 +3%
2. AddictingGames 440,182 +412,700 +1,502%
3. Ossuary 186,680 +186,576 +179,400%
4. Loan Consolidation 186,319 +186,088 +80,558%
5. Germz 185,736 +185,315 +44,018%
6. Zip-Zap 184,713 +184,522 +96,608%
7. Bubble Shells 184,641 +184,500 +130,851%
8. Baldy Dash 184,027 +183,909 +155,855%
9. R.I.P. 178,301 +178,171 +137,055%
10. Under the sands 177,188 +176,898 +60,999%
11. It Girl 1,384,031 +172,698 +14%
12. Monster Galaxy 807,945 +164,511 +26%
13. Ninja Saga 1,024,814 +155,876 +18%
14. mein Klub – Bundesliga 111,369 +104,751 +1,583%
15. Mafia Wars Game 2,579,091 +86,641 +3%
16. FrontierVille 5,412,357 +78,688 +1%
17. Dragons of Atlantis 291,811 +74,718 +34%
18. Ravenwood Fair 961,839 +67,260 +8%
19. Texas HoldEm Poker 7,606,842 +63,450 +0.84%
20. Games 1,502,395 +62,112 +4%

Mafia Wars is a game that we haven’t been hearing from too much lately, but Zynga’s popular role-playing application has had a resurge in activity. An extra 86,000 DAU logged in to Mafia Wars this week, which was most likely due to the release of the 6, 7, and 8 regions of the Italy expansion. New missions have also debuted for players over level 10 within the past week along with a series of improvements to the gameplay. Mafia Wars still sees over 2.5 million daily players, thanks in part to a strong mobile presence and a consistent release schedule bringing new activities to the game on a regular basis.

Ninja Saga is an older title that we reviewed back in January of last year. Borrowing heavily in theme and details from the popular anime Naruto, the game is a combination of an action RPG combined with the Mafia Wars-style mission based questing system. Players level up their ninjas through turn-based combat and quests, purchase pets, increase the size of their team by recruiting friends, and train with a dojo. Ninja Saga has been hovering between 700,000 and 900,000 DAU for the last few months but is gradually working its way back up to its all-time high of 1.2 million DAU.

Tami Baribeau is Senior Community Manager at ZipZapPlay and a contributor to Inside Social Games.