I often pick on Zynga's social games; that's what comes of being the biggest fish clumsily flopping through the pond. I poke at the company's financial troubles, bemoaning game closings. I've been known to revel mildly when their more popular games lose players to the underdogs (every other Facebook game developer).…
Twas the day before Christmas and all through the house, these are the games that are keeping parents from cooking and wrapping presents and the children from stumbling over internet porn.
Suddenly hip to the fact that folks love the hell out of some colored bubble popping, Zynga launches a pair of new games in the seven-month-old Bubble Safari series. Is it still a safari if it's underwater?
Zynga has given millions of Facebook gamers free toys to play with. Now it's time to spread the love. Today Zynga launches "Oh, What Fun!", a digital charity drive for Toys for Tots, spread across seven popular social games.
I guess today is the day for popular Facebook games to come to iOS. First King.com's Candy Crush Saga, and now Zynga's increasingly popular gem tapper Ruby Blast arrives, tied-into but lacking the more recent features of its Facebook counterpart.
While I busy myself playing games like The Grinns Tale and the newly-released CityVille 2, the rest of Facebook mills about the old familiar haunts, munching on candy and clicking up exotic cuisine.
FarmVille 2's meteoric rise to fame slowly turns this week, as players realize they enjoy building restaurants, playing Scrabble and matching candy much more than they do farming.
Last week Zynga's Bubble Safari was in fourth place in the app leaderboards with 4.9 million daily active users. This week it's in the eighth place with only 3.6 million. Has the world finally realized that monkeys are giant jerks?
Most Facebook games make you pay if you're having too much fun. Or they make you wait. Or they require you to bug your friends. The question is simply: how long will the game wait before it smacks me with this roadblock?
You are probably one of three people.