Virtual Environments, Chinese Developers Among Top 20 Facebook Games This Week

FarmVille is, as usual, leading our list of the top 20 Facebook gaming applications this week. Over the last seven days, continued its summer-long spurt, adding 3.44 million this week to reach 53.7 million monthly active users. In all, the list was top-heavy with games based in some sort of virtual environment, with farming being the most popular of the genre. In all, ten of the top 20 games featured some sort of virtual environment.

Top Gainers This Week
Name MAU Gain↓ Gain, % Developer
2.Friend Facts3,250,293+3,164,733+3 698.9Topzy
4.My Fishbowl4,768,917+576,204+13.7TwoFishes Interactive
5.(Lil) Farm Life4,317,991+535,763+14.2Greenpatch Inc
6.Restaurant City15,879,276+532,228+3.5Playfish
7.Pet Society18,888,308+514,113+2.8Playfish
8.Mafia Wars25,952,418+496,830+2.0Zynga
9.Write in Pictures423,249+423,249+0.0Write In Pictures
10.Sunshine Ranch1,881,221+384,897+25.7Rekoo
11.Animal Paradise3,143,308+374,211+13.5Rekoo
13.Country Story7,052,381+291,881+4.3Playfish
14.Friends For Sale!6,450,479+238,002+3.8Serious Business
15.Texas HoldEm Poker17,891,298+220,455+1.3Zynga
16.Mobsters 2: Vendetta2,831,269+189,850+7.2Playdom
17.Birthday Countdown577,795+177,491+44.3Internet Design Zone
19.How Sexy Is Your Name Calculator361,797+139,302+62.6Internet Design Zone
20.Jungle Jewels720,693+134,141+22.9GameDuell Inc.

Another recent trend is the rise of Chinese-language apps and China-based developers. Continuing from last week, TwoFishes Interactive‘s virtual aquarium, My Fishbowl, was in the top five. It gained 576,000 to total 4.77 million. While the game is available in multiple languages, most users appear to be speaking Chinese. Beijing-based Rekoo had two games on the list, virtual ranch Sunshine Ranch at number ten and virtual zoo Animal Paradise at number eleven. The former grew 385,000 to 1.88 million, the latter grew 374,000 to 3.14 million. Following at number twelve was 開心農場 or “Happy Farm,” a Chinese-language virtual farming game made by ELEX.

And a final note: Friend Facts came in at number two on the list because it is categorized as a game — the app mines Facebook data to give you random stats about friends, but it’s not a game in a traditional sense.