[Every other week, Gamasutra examines the fastest growing Facebook games (according to monthly active users), looking at which titles and developers are having the most success attracting new players on the social network.
LOLapps' Ravenwood Fair
, the creepy, woodland festival sim designed by game industry veteran and Id Software co-founder John Romero, stands at the top of the chart this week after gaining over 1.2 million monthly players and bringing its total user base up 24 percent to 6.4 million.
Chinese developer Boyaa is at #2 at with its card game, 德州撲克(中文版)
, or Texas Hold'Em Poker (Chinese Edition)
-- no relation to Zynga's own Texas HoldEm Poker
game, which also has a Chinese localization. Boyaa's app added 1 million new players (up 15 percent) for a total of 7.8 million.
Zynga's Texas HoldEm Poker
has a bigger audience with 37 million users, but it's only at #6 on the chart with 412,739 new players (up 1 percent). FarmVille 中文版
, or FarmVille (Chinese Edition)
, an actual Zynga release, grabbed #3 with 497,351 new virtual farmers and 3.8 million total users.
At #5, IGG Inc's GodsWar Online
welcomed 444,947 fresh recruits (up 37 percent), bolstering its ranks to almost 1.7 million. Draw My Thing
, a charades game from Omgpop that isn't as dirty as it sounds, took #7 and drew in 386,896 new players (up 326 percent) for a 505,457 total.
Game Insight's Big Business
is at #8 and has 338,660 new entrepreneurs (41 percent, 1.2 million total total), followed by Cie Games' Car Town
with 311,022 new drivers (up 4 percent, 7.8 million total) and Wooga's Happy Hospital
with 305,825 new patients (up 25 percent, 1.5 million total).
The full list of the top 20 fastest growing Facebook games along with exact monthly active user counts, are as follows: