Facebook's most popular games in 2011

Facebook's most popular games in 2011

Summary: Facebook has released a list of 10 games. According to the company, these are the top 10 most popular games on the social network so far in 2011. How many have you heard of?

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As part of its usual plans to publish lists for what was popular in the past year, Facebook has now moved on to games. This list follows the the most shared articles in 2011, the top political articles for 2011, and a new section on the company's own Facebook Page called Memology 2011 (see top 10 global topics for 2011).

In 2011, Facebook users loved playing hidden object, simulation, and casino-related games with their friends, according to Menlo Park. The average game player on Facebook played more than three different gaming titles each month and played more than half the days they visited the site.

The biggest game titles are being built by developers around the world from Seattle, Santa Monica, Canada, Germany, Japan, Serbia, and Prague. The following list was compiled by looking at the top games on Facebook with more than 100,000 monthly active users and giving priority to those games with the highest user satisfaction scores. So, without further ado, here are Facebook's 10 most popular games in 2011:

  1. Gardens of Time (By Playdom)
  2. The Sims Social (By EA)
  3. Cityville (By Zynga)
  4. DoubleDown Casino (by DoubleDown Interactive)
  5. Indiana Jones Adventure World (By Zynga)
  6. Words With Friends (By Zynga)
  7. Bingo Blitz (By Buffalo Studios)
  8. Empires & Allies (By Zynga)
  9. Slotomania-Slot Machines (By Playtika)
  10. Diamond Dash (By wooga)

As you can see, the most popular game was not created by Zynga, the social game developer that tightly partnered with Facebook and quickly built a massive following of gamers. I've never heard of Gardens of Time, so I put the trailer up at the top of this post in case you haven't either.

I personally don't play any games on Facebook, but I do know some of my friends on the social network are pretty addicted. Do you play Facebook games, and if so, how many of the above 10 have you tried?

Topics: Social Enterprise, Mobility

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

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he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • RE: Facebook's most popular games in 2011

    Meh, gave up on Facebook games a long time ago. I have one friend who plays them, nobody else really does.

    Interesting how cityville is on the list, but you usually hear about farmville when Facebook games are mentioned in the news.

    "I???ve never heard of Gardens of Time, so I put the trailer up at the top of this post in case you haven???t either."

    Which sorta confused me further - it's a combination of a point and click and the classic style of Facebook games, it appears? Maybe?
    CobraA1
    • Re:Facebook games

      If you have interest there are some sites where you can publish your games and software for mobile phones, for example at www.juegosenmovil.com/index_en.php
      somzed
  • RE: Facebook's most popular games in 2011

    I block all facebook "apps/games" as they popup on my news feed.
    I don't understand why a game needs to be allowed to have access to all my information and be allowed to post as if it were me. You cannot even view info about a facebook game without allowing it to have all this access to your account.

    I'll stick to simple games like World of Warcraft with it's 11 million plus users that doesn't require me to hand over control of my facebook account.
    Sqrly
  • Yeah, whatever...

    I won't allow apps of any kind in my FB account. Every new game that pops up gets blocked. I barely give FB any personal info and I'm not about to share it with a bunch of game publishers.
    shawkins
  • RE: Facebook's most popular games in 2011

    Bejeweled Blitz is the only FB game I play.
    huygens1962
  • RE: Facebook's most popular games in 2011

    Zuma Blitz is my game but do play Bejeweled Blitz and Fortune Stones.
    BobbyM10
  • Sometime play....

    Pawn Stars, Who wants to be a millionaire, Bewled Blitz and Zuma
    RonCJK
  • RE: Facebook's most popular games in 2011

    I really wonder why Garden of Time in number one Game. It seems to me that Farmville has 4 or 5 times the number of players, I have Farmville friends from all over the world.
    I play the top 3 games on your list, Garden of Time is boring after a while, Sims requires way to much interaction, Cityville I played for awhile but just could not get into.
    bye-cycle
  • RE: Facebook's most popular games in 2011

    Hmm, I only play: Bejeweled; Castle Age; and, Mousehunt (Mousehunt being the ultimate occasional gamer's game)
    levstein
  • Just one FB game

    Mafia Wars (Zynga). I'm surprised it didn't make the list!
    drlarryr
  • RE: Facebook's most popular games in 2011

    Totally addicted to Gardens in Time and Words With Friends. Also play Mystery Manor and Jeopardy.
    kraabeasa
  • RE: Facebook's most popular games in 2011

    Totally addicted to Gardens in Time and Words With Friends. Also play Mystery Manor and Jeopardy.
    kraabeasa
  • Free Mobile Games

    nice collection, If you have interest there are some sites where you can publish your games and software for mobile phones, for example at www.juegosenmovil.com/index_en.php
    somzed