MMOs, Cards and Spies on This Week’s List of Emerging Facebook Games

Massively multiplayer online games may be totally unproven on Facebook, but that’s not keeping companies from continually trying them out. We have two on this week’s AppData list of emerging Facebook games, with one right on top:

Top Gainers This Week – Games
Name MAU Gain Gain,%
1. GodsWar Online382,414+271,885+246%
2. UNO® Boost570,512+201,684+55%
3. Hero914,466+182,006+25%
4. Totally Spies! Fashion Agents982,586+143,834+17%
5. FameTown724,259+141,759+24%
6. Habbo Hotel España864,727+119,918+16%
7. Dragons of Atlantis673,693+117,565+21%
8. Paradise Life677,895+116,575+21%
9. MilMo328,093+113,715+53%
10. Texas HoldEm Poker – Deluxe ★★★★★★395,594+103,792+36%
11. Galaxy X839,853+100,469+14%
12. Trial Madness 2729,506+93,921+15%
13. Zombie Mosh317,237+75,867+31%
14. Dromadaire138,226+72,592+111%
15. Make Me Babies188,067+71,152+61%
16. Happy Hospital988,280+69,140+8%
17. Footbo City315,615+64,653+26%
18. My Shops351,456+57,638+20%
19. Magic Mall278,456+56,208+25%
20. Party Lands135,970+55,059+68%

GodsWar Online, despite its Peloponnesian War-influenced theme, is from an Asian developer called Igg (I Got Games) that runs its own portal, igg.com. As MMOs go, it’s pretty uninspired (and badly translated), but it does load and run without any significant hiccups, which is what has kept several previous MMOs from thriving on Facebook. The game has taken off over the past week.

To find the other MMO, look down to number nine, MilMo. We recently reviewed this kids’ game, and also found its design to be somewhat lacking. It’s not clear whether the makeup of the games or the habits of Facebook’s players are affecting these games, but it appears that despite their growth, both GodsWar and MilMo will end up with poor player retention numbers.

UNO® Boost is number two on the list, a version of the old card game by GameHouse, with the addition of several flashy new features. Boost has actually been around since September, but only recently started growing quickly.

Totally Spies! Fashion Agents is an originally French-language game that also works in English, and should appeal to teenage girls; it has also been around for a while, having initially launched in August. Its style and play is aimed closely at teenage girls.

Finally, finishing out the top five on the list, FameTown has popped back up. But the game appears to still have some of the same problems we pointed out when we reviewed it in early December, so its growth isn’t likely to last.