Ah, Facebook games. They are evil yet also insanely addictive. I confess that I’m hooked on Candy Crush Saga, and I used to play that weird Assassin’s Creed Facebook game, too. This year, Facebook gave out a Game of the Year award, and it may surprise you.
Over on the Facebook Developer Blog, the faces behind the book inducted four games into the 2013 Hall of Fame: Candy Crush Saga, DoubleDown Casino, FarmVille 2 and Slotomania. In fact, of the 23 games selected for awards:
- 10 come from studios based in Europe or the Middle East
- 8 are cross-platform, integrating with Facebook on web and mobile
- 8 were developed by indie studios
- 7 are mid or hardcore games
- 5 are arcade games
- 5 are casino or slots games
So, which game took top prize? It’s Criminal Case from Pretty Simple. According to the Facebook case study on the game, it’s a grittier hidden object game that is incredibly popular with adults.
Coming upon a crime scene, players search for and analyze a series of clues, interrogating suspects and ultimately identifying the perpetrator. Within six months of launch the game already had over 7 million daily active users.
Seven million daily active users? How many games would kill for those kinds of numbers? And that, my friends, is why Facebook games are so important. Sure, they may be for the filthy casuals, but we all love them anyway.