Gardens of Time Growing Again on This Week’s List of Fastest-Growing Facebook Games by DAU

Playdom’s hidden object game, Gardens of Time, climbs back into the top two on this week’s list of fastest-growing Facebook games by daily active users as tracked by AppData. Looks like strategy games haven’t squeezed out the casual genre just yet.

Meanwhile, Empires & Allies continues to dominate the top 20 lists by growth across DAU and monthly active users as the game turns a month old today. Its nearest competitors by genre, Kabam’s Global Warfare and Digital Chocolate’s Army Attack, also continue to grow, though the latter’s DAU leveled off in such a way as to exclude it from appearing on this week’s list.

A quick note about strategy versus casual: Empires & Allies and its nearest competitors are turn-based strategy games where artificial intelligence controls a player’s opponents and awaits the player’s move before attacking. This type of gameplay is considered more “casual” than the kind found in true real-time strategy games like Kixeye’s Battle Pirates, where the player can control individual units during a synchronous battle against a player or AI-controlled opponent. The reason for this has to do with time invested by the player; the more time required to achieve victory conditions, the less “casual” the game is considered to be.

Top Gainers This Week – Games

Name DAU Gain Gain,%
1. Empires & Allies6,831,823+358,651+6%
2. Gardens of Time3,067,611+141,540+5%
3. Global Warfare201,481+83,567+71%
4. Slotomania – Slot Machines789,603+70,730+10%
5.inFAMOUS Anarchy118,975+63,147+113%
6. Feevo119,912+58,072+94%
7. Cooking Mama96,696+54,032+127%
8.Akvaryum208,373+53,884+35%
9. แฮปปี้คนเลี้ยงหม948,694+52,727+6%
10. Monster World1,470,431+51,704+4%
11. Social Empires242,004+51,167+27%
12. BOSS維加斯169,108+44,739+36%
13. Diamond Dash1,580,558+38,771+3%
14. Dragons of Atlantis442,281+36,406+9%
15. Draw My Thing151,741+35,216+30%
16. Foursquare309,731+33,216+12%
17. Addicting Games133,735+33,080+33%
18. Mynet Çanak 101 Okey114,389+27,561+32%
19. Mi Pecera44,907+25,485+131%
20. MMA Pro Fighter88,142+25,319+40%

Playtika’s Slotomania continues to show consistent growth across both DAU and MAU, though its DAU is vulnerable to outages due to game maintenance. In the past month, the developer has released new content to the game in the form of a pirate-themed slot machine and multiple upgrade periods that are reflected in the DAU. Interestingly, the developer today is asking players to vote on which mobile device they’d most like to see Slotomania playable on as the developer commits to a cross-platform strategy.

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppData. Stay tuned for our look at the top emerging apps on Friday.