Clinging tenaciously to its top spot on the Facebook daily active users list, King.com's Candy Crush Saga keeps itself a couple hundred thousand players beyond FarmVille 2 by getting everyone stuck on level 86 and then taunting them.
Since I started covering the social gaming scene for Kotaku I've been regularly checking the numbers over at AppStats to see which Zynga games were topping the charts on any given day. You can imagine my surprise when the name on top of today's daily active users chart had King.com next to it. Way to go, Candy Crush…
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.
I spent an inconveniently substantial portion of last night trying to clear away gels in one level of King.com's Candy Crush Saga. Knowing that an additional million people are experiencing the same frustration this week makes me feel better.
Despite recent efforts to revitalize the game with an element of progression, Ruby Blast Adventures digs itself a 2 million player hole in this week's Facebook winners and losers.
Now don't get too excited; Zynga is still on the tops of both the gainers and losers charts this week. CityVille 2 added nearly eight million users this week, but I want to talk about the two positions behind that, populated by a pair of games from King.com.
Smell that? That's the fragrant odor of rotting vegtetation, courtesy of the nearly five million players that didn't bother tending their virtual crops in FarmVille 2 last week.
Out with the relatively old and in with the new, that's the theme of this week's list of Facebook games losers and winners, as Zynga's latest 'Ville title grows and its next-to-latest shrinks.
For the past couple of months I've been taking time every Monday morning to report on the top ten Facebook games by daily active users. That list has barely budged in four week. Here's a better pair of lists — the top fan gainers and losers of the week, featuring a chart that's almost entirely Zynga!
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?
Two straight weeks of FarmVille 2 being at the top of the daily active users Facebook game charts is plenty. This week I'm bending the laws of time and space to imagine a chart without Zynga—a chart in which Candy Crush Saga reigns supreme.
When last we left our intrepid gathering of the top ten Facebook games by daily active users, Zynga's FarmVille 2 had made a dramatic leap to the head of the pack. It's still there, bigger than before.
FarmVille 2 didn't place on last week's list of the top ten Facebook apps by daily active users. Then I invited a few friends.
With six of ten of the most-played games this week from one development studio, perhaps I should call this new weekly feature "What Zynga Games Facebook is Playing This Week".