Crime, Brains and Cupcakes on This Week’s List of Emerging Facebook Games

The next generation of Facebook RPGs is here, and its name is Crime City. The new Funzio title leads this week’s AppData list of emerging Facebook games, defined as those still under a million monthly active users, with 301,947 new MAU.

Here’s the list in full:

Top Gainers This Week – Games
Name MAU Gain Gain,%
1.App_2_129547877091100_7928 Crime City628,109+301,947+93%
2.App_2_146340918729491_2110 BRAAAINS225,207+221,356+5,748%
3.App_2_44856213161_1533 Cupcake Corner959,457+208,045+28%
4.App_2_128009963879156_9300 Toy Land752,563+163,761+28%
5.App_2_119866281385524_978 Wheel Of Fortune396,461+148,096+60%
6.App_2_120659861321435_49 Coffee Bar201,174+148,006+278%
7.App_2_132112723494733_5710 Jersey Shore660,755+129,919+24%
8.App_2_385041300032_4073 King.com328,873+124,333+61%
9.Original Bingo Island 2603,943+122,597+25%
10.App_2_106932686001126_9426 Mynet Çanak Okey685,946+115,423+20%
11.App_2_135261626503589_1397 開心水果(开心水果)811,720+108,996+16%
12.Original Gourmet Ranch561,055+106,559+23%
13.Original Evony431,167+104,627+32%
14.Original 創世紀2012981,012+98,854+11%
15.App_2_142877915739601_1727 Green Farm536,509+96,237+22%
16.App_2_142829442404617_8052 Bingo Charms336,228+94,011+39%
17.App_2_138319636201303_4321 Party Central246,400+92,269+60%
18.App_2_144857875531294_9721 夢幻都市129,409+92,239+248%
19.App_2_116880515011249_1321 My Sweet Shop594,331+89,392+18%
20.App_2_131548036878900_9811 彈彈堂 – Efunfun繁體版126,011+83,064+193%

What makes Crime City a next-gen RPG? It takes less than you might think. The game, which first appeared on last week’s emerging list, uses standard Facebook mechanics (one-click missions that can’t be failed), but with a 2.5D graphical overlay. The graphics serve to make a infinitely copied game concepts fresh again. Check it out, or just read our review.

BRAAAINS comes in next, with 225,356 MAU gained. This Broken Bulb Studios game reuses the same layout and mechanics that this development team used for Ninja Warz and then Office Wars, with players recruiting teams of zombies to fight other players. However, each new title has also evolved the concept, and BRAAAINS is getting good reviews so far.

OMGPOP’s restaurant sim Cupcake Corner is about to turn the million user corner. It’s followed by Toy Land, from RockYou!, which despite building respectable MAU has very poor stickiness, or the percentage of daily active players to MAUs. Right now the DAU / MAU is six percent, but it was as low as one percent toward the beginning of the week.

We can’t cover every entry on the list, but King.com is at least worth pointing out. The skill gaming portal has been on Facebook for months, but its traffic has been in a holding pattern for quite a long time, too. But the company must be watching the success of competitor GSN, which, not coincidentally, has Wheel Of Fortune on the list at number five.