December 22, 2011
Gardens of Time Tops Facebook’s List for Top-10 Games of 2011
In recent years, Facebook has become an increasingly popular forum for people who see gaming less as a passion and more as a way to socialize and connect with friends. This week, the multi-billion member social network released a list of its most-played games for 2011.
According to the list, the new game Gardens of Time overtook last year´s winner CityVille, which was bumped down a couple notches to third place. The virtual city-building game Sims Social by EA also beat out the FarmVille sequel to take the silver.
Gardens of Time requires gamers to battle the world´s “sinister forces” by hopping into a time machine searching through history for various hidden objects.
Facebook determined its winner by examining which games had over 100,000 active monthly users and then screening the contenders according to which one had the highest user-satisfaction rating.
“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,” wrote a Facebook representative on the website.
The company Zynga had a whole array games in the top-10 list, with Indiana Jones Adventure World coming in fifth place, Words With Friends in sixth, and Empires & Allies in eighth. They did not, however, manage to capture either of the much-coveted top two spots on the list.
Zygna, which went public this year, also had Facebook´s most popular casino game, Zygna Poker. Runners up included DoubleDown Casino, Bingo Blitz, Slotomania-Slot Machines, and Diamond Dash.
Here´s a complete list of their top 10 games:
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)
In addition to the top-10 list, the social network also spotlighted some rising stars in the gaming world, including Kixeye´s Battle Pirates, Kabam´s Dragons of Atlantis, and Rock You´s Gourmet Ranch.
Facebook also released a summary of 2011´s most talked about topics. Osama bin Laden was apparently the hottest topic of the year, followed by the Superbowl and the Casey Anthony trial.