Online gaming is big businesses, and more and more Facebook users in particular are using this platform for gaming purposes. Perhaps it’s because of the ease of access, perhaps it’s because of the social element or perhaps it’s because of the addictive gameplay of the games; whatever the reason, the fact remains that the number of Facebook gamers continues to rise.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular social network games that have proven to be exceptionally popular on Facebook, both in the past and in the present.
FarmVille is by far one of the most popular games on Facebook, ever! Fact! The user stats speak for themselves on this one, Farmville is Facebook’s most loved game.
At one point almost 10% of Facebook’s entire user base was playing this resource collection game. Perhaps one Farmville’s most ingenious and viral features is the neighboring element.
This farm simulation transformed resource gathering games by introducing this social element. Although the game could be played on its own, the act of introducing your friends to the game boosted your productivity immensely. Suddenly you found time for people you often didn’t have time for, and the game created a huge social experience.
While harvesting your crops (and the crops of your friends) you could also discuss your day, and earn extra rewards.
Zynga have hit a real winner with this particular gaming structure, and have since launched Farmville 2 and CityVille, along with a number of other games that all adopt this resource gathering social sharing gameplay style.
Although Farmville may now be dropping off the game rankings, it’s only because Farmville 2 has made improvements on the original platform and has now grabbed even more gamers than ever.
How many times have you thought that you’d love to play a good game of Scrabble?
We all get the urge every now and then, but more often than not there’s no one around to play with, and it’s a lot of hassle to set up the board game. Of course, you can always play desktop versions, but the computer has a habit of always getting the best letters.
With Words With Friends you can now play Scrabble any time you like, and rather than playing with a cheating computer you can play with your friends! Words With Friends is fast becoming a very popular Facebook game (this has probably been helped by the mobile version of the game).
Words With Friends works really well as a Facebook game because it is fundamentally based on classic game that everybody knows and loves.
Mafia Wars was once a very popular Facebook game, but its popularity appears to be subsiding with the rise of other newer games.
Classic gangster movies are a big hit with all generations, so it’s no surprise the games such as Mafia Wars are popular. Again, the game is successful because of its capacity as a viral game. You can create your own criminal organization and then hire your friends to join you in your criminal activities. It’s an impressive and highly addictive game that can quickly start to consume your every gaming hour!
No matter what genre or gameplay style you prefer you are bound to find a game you’ll enjoy on Facebook. Many games include the viral element enabling you to quickly encourage your gaming friends to join you in your latest game.
If you don’t like a game then no problem! With so many games to choose from, you’ll soon find a game that suits you!
Michael Clark develops games for social networking sites. He has a passion to develop new and interesting games. Here is the link which follows one of his gaming sites.