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Facebook's 2014 Games of the Year

by Han Cilliers (Lola)  Posted Friday, December 12, 2014 7:32:00 AM

 

Everyone knows someone that plays video games on Facebook. Social games have perhaps introduced more people to the world of gaming than all the AAA games combined. Facebook released their top games of 2014, with Cookie Jam taking the crown of Game of the Year. Facebook's top mobile games include the strategy game, Star Wars: Commando and their Hall of Fame include the classic, Zynga Poker.

The games were selected based on:

  1. Player ratings
  2. Strength of Facebook implementation
  3. Growth
  4. Overall quality

Please note that the lists are in alphabetical order.

Facebook's 2014 Game of the Year

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Launch date: May 2013

Platforms: Android, iOS, Facebook

Users: Rose to over five million players within a few months

Game summary: "Crunch your cookies before they crumble in Cookie Jam! Sprinkled with a deliciously sweet twist, this match-3 game is equal parts fun and challenging. Hop in your traveling bakery to set sail on this new puzzle adventure and explore mouth-watering patisseries from around the world. Whip your way though dozens of addictively sweet recipe-solving challenges by concocting scrumptious cookie combos. But crunch, crunch as fast as you can, or your batch will be ruined by the Gingerbread Man. It’s crunch time"

 

Facebook's 2014 Best New Games

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  • Bubble Witch 2 Saga - This was a year of successful sequels for King, starting off with a revamp of their classic bubble shooter, Bubble Witch Saga.
  • Candy Crush Soda Saga - King’s second sequel of the year takes Candy Crush Saga up a notch with dynamic, goal-driven matching designed to rescue gummy bears from drowning in the titular soda.
  • Hero Defense - Tower defense games have lasting appeal for Facebook players and Hero Defense from Shang Game Co takes it to the next level with a mix of adorable character designs for the various units.
  • Kim Kardashian: Hollywood - Glu's runaway mobile game success, starring one of Hollywood’s hottest stars, makes a splash on Facebook among more than a million players in just four weeks.
  • Klondike - This story-driven city-builder from Vizor Interactive sends players on a quest to rescue a lost gold-digger in a mountainous land.
  • League of Angels - This stylish role-playing game from Youzu Interactive features full-fleshed character classes and instantly-familiar gameplay mechanics.
  • Old Vegas Slots - This solid slots title from DGN Games continues to see success on both Facebook and mobile.
  • Sparta: War of Empires - Another successful game from a leader in the strategy genre, Sparta builds on the success of previous titles Stormfall: Age of War and Soldiers Inc. in an antiquity-themed adventure.
  • SuperCity - Proving city-builders are far from over, developer Playkot provides a highly-engaging experience for fans of the genre

Facebook's 2014 Best Mobile Games

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  • Boom Beach - Developer Supercell's second entry into the strategy category features a lush jungle setting.
  • Crazy Taxi: City Rush - The latest in the famed racing game series lets them swerve to avoid obstacles rather than drive the cab directly.
  • Disco Bees - An adorable and innovative match-3 puzzle game.
  • Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff - This game lets players recreate Quahog with familiar characters and buildings from the show.
  • Star Wars: Commander - A strategy game set in the Star Wars universe between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back

Facebook's 2014 Hall of Fame Games

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  • Bingo Blitz - Acquired by Caesar's Interactive, Playtika Santa Monica, some years back, this bingo game has staying power on our platform.
  • Caesars Casino - This casino game was the first to launch after Caesar's Interactive acquired Facebook game developer Playtika, and it's still going strong.
  • Top Eleven Be a Football Manager - One of the first football management sims on Facebook, and still one of the longest-running games.
  • Words With Friends - The Scrabble-inspired word game relaunched this year to a whole new audience.
  • Zynga Poker - Formerly known as Texas Hold 'Em Poker, this is one of the oldest games on Facebook and it still draws a crowd.

What's your top 2014 Facebook game? Keep an eye on GameZone for our own Top 10 Mobile Games of 2014.

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