Sim Games Perform Well on This Week’s List of Fastest-Growing Facebook Games by MAU

The last week has seen some substantial growth with several games gaining over 500,000 new monthly active users (MAU). Ravenwood Fair is still gaining players at a rapid pace in the number one position, with an increase of over 1 million new MAU.  According to AppData, our metrics and analysis service that tracks the fastest growing games on Facebook, Ravenwood Fair needs only 1.6 million more MAU to pass Popcap’s Bejeweled Blitz and break into the top 10 games on Facebook.

Another game showing that it has some staying power is Gaia Online’s Monster Galaxy, a Pokemon inspired game that we reviewed back in December. Monster Galaxy has now crossed over 6 million MAU, which is a significant win for a company that has traditionally operated in the browser-based virtual world space disconnected from Facebook.

Top Gainers This Week – Games

Name MAU Gain Gain,%
1. Ravenwood Fair 9,478,040 +1,114,907 +13%
2. Monster Galaxy 6,096,036 +661,665 +12%
3. Big Business 2,101,568 +501,043 +32%
4. It Girl 8,771,548 +441,425 +5%
5. Dragons of Atlantis 2,225,768 +359,116 +19%
6. Paradise Life 2,596,341 +312,295 +14%
7. Happy Hospital 2,203,922 +274,755 +14%
8. Texas HoldEm Poker 38,030,341 +272,066 +0.72%
9. Draw My Thing 1,236,324 +260,664 +27%
10. Car Town 8,237,632 +228,313 +3%
11. Salon Street 966,937 +223,560 +30%
12. Dog Show Friends 865,939 +222,052 +34%
13. Okey 4,487,741 +221,043 +5%
14. Glory of Rome 728,093 +197,703 +37%
15. Backyard Monsters 3,555,771 +189,235 +6%
16. Ninja Saga 5,039,800 +187,431 +4%
17. Top Eleven Football Manager 1,581,098 +177,893 +13%
18. ESPNU College Town 1,550,055 +173,621 +13%
19. CSI: Crime City 2,208,731 +155,958 +8%
20. Mynet Çanak Okey 2,231,651 +145,793 +7%

Big Business is a city builder developed by Game Insight and published by 6waves that has finally been getting the attention it deserves. Though it doesn’t having the mass appeal and success of Zynga’s CityVille, Big Business has a more unique and traditional Sim City-style gameplay that appeals to many. Big Business features a unique micromanaging system that allows you to create a more involved virtual economy. We reviewed the game on Inside Social Games in December and felt that it did a good job of pushing the city building genre ahead. We’ll be watching Big Business closely to see how it fares over the next few weeks.

Salon Street is a brand new title by BitRhymes that launched on January 27, 2011. In just a bit over two weeks, Salon Street has managed to skyrocket to over 930,000 MAU, with 230,000 of those players gained in the past week. Salon Street is a traditional simulation game in which players run their own salon and tend to customer’s needs. Players keep their supplies stocked and perform services for customers such as manicures, eyebrow threading, and haircuts.  Salon Street is cute, easy to play, and has the advantage of being the first breakout salon themed sim game.

The data in this post comes via AppData, our data service tracking growth and trends across the Facebook platform.

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