[Every other week, we 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.
Though Zynga's most popular game, FarmVille
, continues to lose millions of users every week, the opposite is true for the developer's pioneer sim FrontierVille
. Released early last month, FrontierVille
already has 13.7 million monthly active users, 4.3 million of which started playing this week, and is currently the fastest growing Facebook game.
At number two is Verdonia
, Playdom's strategy game that has players managing a kingdom and its army. The title picked up 1.4 million users in the past week, growing its audience 180.4 percent to nearly 2.2 million.
Digital Chocolate's city-building title Millionaire City
has seen a surge of players recently and is the third fastest growing game on the social network, more than doubling its audience after adding 858,171 players in the past week, now boasting a total of 1.6 million.
EA Sports FIFA Superstars
from Electronic Arts and Playfish continues to benefit from the ongoing World Cup, sitting at number four and bringing in 705,738 new players this week, a 30 percent increase that brings its total amount of monthly active users up to 3 million.
Two more city/kingdom-building sims follow in the chart, CrowdStar's Hello City
at number five (+541,601 this week for a 5.2 million total) and Electronic Arts' My Empire
at number six (+522,750 this week for a 5.3 million total).
ZipZapPlay's bakery sim Baking Life
at number seven grew 27 percent this week and attracted 473,054 new customers for a 2.2 million total, and MetroGames' fashion store sim Fashion World
at number swelled 43 percent as it brought in 405,371 new users for a 1.3 million total.
At number nine, Mall World
almost reached 4 million users after enjoying 405,371 new shoppers this week. And the tenth fastest growing game on Facebook this week, Playdom's soccer title Bola
, saw its userbase grow nearly 7 percent and add 405,371 users to its 1.3 million 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