Cityville becomes the most popular Facebook app ever

Never mind all those "What Seinfeld character are you?" quizzes, casual arcade games, or even the once dominant Farmville. Cityville has become the singe most popular application on Facebook, surpassing the userbase of every other app.

Cityville, a game that allows users to build up their own virtual urban town, recruit their friends, and then watch it grow, has just eclipsed to a staggering 84 million monthly users. That means, on average, one out of every seven people who has ever created a Facebook account is an active Cityville player.

The game was created by Zynga (of course), and to reach the spot as the top Facebook game it only had to eclipse Farmville, another Zynga title. Farmville, once by far the most popular game on Facebook, only ever reached 83.76 million monthly users.

Fellow Zynga titles Texas HoldEm Poker and FrontierVille rank #4 and #5, with the game Phrases as the only non-Zynga title in the top 5. Rounding out the top 10 apps are:

6. Causes
7. Mafia Wars
8. Cafe World
9. My Year In Status
10. Give Hearts

When all of Zynga's apps are combined, its total number of monthly users is nearly 289 million, including overlap from users who play more than one Zynga game. The second place developer is Takeoff Monkey, with 57 million total monthly users.

[Source: AppData]

Jan 5, 2011


  • xumaximus - January 7, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    Can you say CITY-BUILDING PC GAME MARKET!?!? The last "TRUE" city building game out was SimCity 4 and that was many many years ago......and NO CITY LIFE and SIM SOCIETIES dont count!
  • Zepaw - January 6, 2011 1:57 a.m.

    I can never get into those kind of games. I hate how you have to wait real time for stuff to grow/build. I have played my (large) share of hands in Zynga Poker. Almost never on facebook though; I use the iPod touch app a lot.
  • Robusken - January 6, 2011 1:46 a.m.

    I'd say good job Zynga. As casual as these games are they can still become as addicting as an MMO. Of course I got past the whole casual phase myself....but still its a pretty impressive feat.
  • DeFade - January 5, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    I'm a gamer. My girlfriend doesn't play games. Yet... we both play Cityville and have fun with it together. It takes a handful of clicks per day and it's almost an MMO experience. If the success of this kind of game annoys you or is even somehow mysterious to you, you are missing the point of what gaming is and you can F off.
  • skeletalbutton - January 5, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    Weird how this is the most used Facebook app, personally I've never seen anyone in my friends list playing it, yet every second day someone's taken the 'how long would you last in a zombie apocalypse' quiz.
  • Fusionmix - January 5, 2011 10:01 p.m.

    I laugh at all the Zynga hate. These guys are geniuses - they make fun little games that cater to people who want to play fun little games. I personally can't stand Cityville - I own Sim City 2K, why play this crap? - but I must applaud its success. Props to Zynga.
  • WTeen8 - January 5, 2011 9:11 p.m.

    Zynga must die
  • oryandymackie - January 5, 2011 9:06 p.m.

  • kyle94 - January 5, 2011 7:09 p.m.

    Is that the city hall next to a toy store and then a bakery? Who designed this village!?!
  • Crabhand - January 5, 2011 6:59 p.m.

    I'm still utterly shocked that Zynga is getting as many players as they are. The casual market is quite staggering, and I'm sure a lot of "hardcore" gamers play some of these from the respite of challenge. I don't find much value in these games (sorry Lizzie), but it must have something if that many people play them.
  • Felixthecat - January 5, 2011 6:58 p.m.

  • EnragedTortoise1 - January 5, 2011 6:54 p.m.


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