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Zynga's FrontierVille Continues To Lead Fastest-Growing Facebook Games

Gamasutra's bi-weekly look at the fastest-growing Facebook games sees Zynga's FrontierVille continuing to draw millions of new users, while a trio of Chinese games and quiz apps pick up hundreds of thousands of players.
[Every other week, we'll examine 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.] Zynga's FrontierVille, which has remained on the top of the "fastest growing Facebook games" chart since its launch last month, is still #1, picking up almost 2.8 million users in the past week. Now the fifth most popular app on the site according to total audience size, the pioneering sim has a userbase of 19.6 million players. FrontierVille's growth isn't as rapid as when we measured it earlier this month, though, when the title saw gains of 4.3 million users in a single week. Still, the game has helped greatly with regaining the millions of users Zynga's recently lost in its other offerings, such as FarmVille and Cafe World. While FrontierVille keeping its spot at the top of the tally isn't surprising, the rise of Chinese applications in the rest of the list is. Element Analyst Creator, a make-your-quiz app from Hong Kong firm Pencake Limited, is at #2 as it picked up 1.1 million users in just the past week for a total of 2.3 million quiz fans. Another Chinese app, 開心 Lounge Bar ('Open Mind Lounge Bar'), a restaurant management sim that launched four months ago but has recently seen an influx of new players, is at #4 with 708,325 new users, impressive considering its total count of 736,154 users. And at #7 is 建立你的測驗 ('Create Your Test') by Yourownapps.com, which also looks like some kind of quiz app, with 469,063 users for a total of 506,841. The rest of the top 20 is made up of English titles, with notable gainers including Digital Chocolate's Millionaire City at #2 (+961,087, total of 3.5 million), iwi's SuperFun Town! at #5 (+519,739, total of 1.1 million), ZipZapPlay's Baking Life at #6 (+483,395, total of 3.3 million), and Electronic Arts/Playfish's EA Sports FIFA Superstars at #8 (+455,808, total of 4.6 million). At #9, Verdonia, Playdom's strategy title launched just last month, continues to prove that less casual titles can attract players on Facebook, adding 384,375 new users to its 3.3 million total. And Metrogames' fashion store sim Fashion World, with 366,488 new designers joining its 2.2 million total, is at #10. 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.

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