Solid Gains for Islands, Fighters and Zynga in This Week’s Top Facebook Games by Monthly Active Users

There are no big surprises on this week’s AppData list of top games by growth in monthly average users (MAU), but several games are present that look set to become big successes, including a pair of newer titles from the larger developers Playfish and Playdom.

The pack is led by Birthday Cards, a persistently growing gifting app that we’ll cover over on Inside Facebook. Here’s the list:

Top Gainers This Week – Games
Name MAU Gain↓ Gain, %
1. icon Birthday Cards 41,242,773 +6,009,722 +14.57
2. icon FarmVille 75,476,475 +1,120,699 +1.48
3. icon Happy Island 10,612,387 +892,445 +8.41
4. icon Tiki Farm 6,333,103 +801,700 +12.66
5. icon FishVille 25,221,818 +705,243 +2.80
6. icon Mafia Wars 24,398,295 +591,077 +2.42
7. icon Gangster City 706,173 +568,997 +80.57
8. icon Little Warrior 1,057,079 +530,889 +50.22
9. icon Wild Ones 2,197,693 +523,510 +23.82
10. icon MindJolt Games 16,109,140 +472,473 +2.93
11. icon Texas HoldEm Poker 25,066,873 +464,276 +1.85
12. icon My Town 1,551,376 +390,730 +25.19
13. icon Country Life 8,017,883 +379,550 +4.73
14. icon 開心寶貝 1,158,474 +316,825 +27.35
15. icon Garden World 1,469,260 +232,973 +15.86
16. icon Nestle Crunch Challenge 282,214 +215,813 +76.47
17. icon Café World 30,264,162 +195,691 +0.65
18. icon MiniPlanet 473,165 +172,923 +36.55
19. icon Sanalika 445,682 +170,589 +38.28
20. icon DRIVe Around The World 547,196 +169,296 +30.94

As usual, the presence of Farmville on the list doesn’t mean much in terms of its percentage growth, not to mention the four other Zynga hits that registered: Fishville, Mafia Wars, Cafe World and Texas Hold’em Poker. Still, it seems that almost all of these games are continuing their growth, if very slowly, and Farmville did pass the significant milestone of 75 million MAU this week.

The island games, Happy Island and Tiki Farm, appeared to be slowing down when we posted last week. Nevermind; both have added more players this week.

Down in the seventh, eighth and ninth positions we have a trio of interesting games: Gangster City, Little Warrior and Wild Ones. To some degree, these are all action oriented games, at least insofar as they don’t involve nurturing something furry or scaly.

Wild Ones, a Worms-style artillery game by Playdom, has been appearing here for several weeks and hasn’t slowed its trajectory much. It does, however, face challenges in retaining players. The other two games are newer, and Gangster City is especially of note, as it’s Playfish’s challenge to Mafia Wars. The growth of Little Warrior, from an unknown developer, is also nothing to sniff at.

Glancing down, there are a couple more games that have consistently appeared on this weekly list: My Town, a sim-town game from Broken Bulb Studios, and 開心寶貝. Judging from their traffic (see My Town’s chart below) both will continue to be fixtures for some time to come.