Evony, Pogo Reappear on This Week’s List of Emerging Facebook Games

Free-to-play strategy MMO Evony leads this week’s list of emerging Facebook games, defined as the fastest growers still under a million monthly active users. Evony isn’t emerging for the first time, though; the game has been up and down before. The game attempts to siphon players off to its own dedicated website, so it may have decided another round of player acquisition was worth the marketing cost.

Here’s the rest of the list:

Top Gainers This Week – Games
Name MAU Gain Gain,%
1. Evony 800,486 +277,371 +53%
2. Route du Rhum – La Banque Postale 248,022 +247,979 +576,695%
3. CSI: Crime City 551,551 +244,194 +79%
4. Pogo Games 481,315 +218,638 +83%
5. 恐龍王國 602,278 +163,465 +37%
6. Mahjong Trails 962,261 +162,086 +20%
7. Card Rivals 396,087 +160,368 +68%
8. Roman Taxi 574,802 +153,530 +36%
9. 超級職場 — 超人氣!免費休閒養成遊戲! 227,132 +149,162 +191%
10. Vegas 398,616 +138,160 +53%
11. Top Eleven Football Manager 816,122 +138,005 +20%
12. Time Bomb 157,324 +130,585 +488%
13. Coffee Bar 693,087 +125,809 +22%
14. Robot Unicorn Attack 924,267 +120,648 +15%
15. Fashion Addict 438,120 +118,979 +37%
16. Mi equipo de amigos! 400,826 +117,370 +41%
17. Super Crayon 404,415 +115,678 +40%
18. Sunny Beach 418,066 +109,322 +35%
19. Var Mısın? Yok Musun? 160,308 +105,021 +190%
20. 德州撲克♠互動版 ♠♥♦♣ 最好玩的德克薩斯撲克遊戲 ♠♥♦♣ 208,044 +103,467 +99%

Route du Rhum – La Banque Postale appears to be a yacht racing game, or perhaps an app to track real-life regattas — your non-French-speaking writer had some difficulty figuring out the interface. In any case, the app is one of the few French-language entries we’ve seen top our lists.

CSI: Crime City has just become the most successful of Ubisoft’s dozen or so games on Facebook. It took the TV-series based crime-solving game just two weeks to cross half a million players. There are likely many more CSI fans to pull into the game, so its growth should continue for some time.

Pogo Games is the Facebook extension of pogo.com, an Electronic Arts casual gaming division separate from Playfish. Although Pogo has been on Facebook since April, we hadn’t seen much movement from it until now. Besides drawing in new players, the app also has a couple new games, including a Scrabble variant called Scrabble Sprint.

Moving down, Card Rivals is worth a quick look. Digital Chocolate recently released the game to replace NanoStar Castles, an earlier card game; however, the new version seems to share some of the problems of the old, in that few players return on a daily basis.