[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.
Not counting Birthday Cards, RockYou's gifting app that's categorized as a game for some reason, Funzio's mafia game Crime City
leads the list this week after gaining nearly 1.2 million monthly users, boosting its mob size by 50 percent to 3.6 million total players.
At #3 is Ravenwood Fair
, LOLapps' recently launched sim about a "scary forest" -- it's the developer's only game that currently has access to Facebook's communication channels after the social network punished the studio
for its role in recent user privacy breach troubles.
Developed with the help of game industry veteran and Doom
designer John Romero, Ravenwood Fair
has a total of almost 2.3 million monthly players after growing by 91 percent in the past week and attracting 1.1 million new users.
Arabic gifting app لعبة الحقيقة is at #4, followed by another foreign title, Happy Elements' My Kingdoms
, a sim with now 1.8 million users. The Chinese game added 841,988 players, expanding by 92 percent this week.
After that, RockYou's Zoo World
came in at #6 (+739,752 users, 8.1 million total), Zynga's Texas HoldEm Poker
took #7 (+587,890 users, 36.6 million total), and DTAC's dtac one D.I.Y.
ranked #8 (+525,457 users, 1.5 million total).
In the last two spots for the top ten fastest-growing Facebook games, Zynga's Mafia Wars
was at #9 after absorbing 516,987 more virtual mobsters into its 23.5 million total users, and RedSpell's Simply Hospital
landed at #10 with 407,946 new patients and a 1 million user total.
The full list of the top 20 fastest growing Facebook games along with exact monthly active user counts are as follows:
All charts and data are courtesy of Facebook application metrics and trends site AppData