Facebook hands out game awards

Filthy casual

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.

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Author:Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

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  • No Longer SIR Twakkus

    In all honesty, I have never played any FB games.

    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      I have. But once I get to level 5 or 10 in (pretty-much-the-same-game-with-a-different-coat-of-paint) I get bored. Then I go back to what used to be real games. But now appear to be not-so-real anymore. Casual is becoming the new norm. :P

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      I was addicted to Castle Age.

  • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

    More people than on DotA. Casuals don’t seem so casual anymore. Especially considering just how much time some of these people drop into these games. They certainly spend more time in many Facebook games than I do in Skyrim shouting at dragons!

    • Weanerdog

      That is because you can’t play Skyrim at work

      • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

        Lol. This is very. Very. True.

        Which is a shame. My productivity would exponentially increase if I could slay a dragon or two during lunch!

        • Mossel

          Are you sure about this?

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            No. :P But it’s worth a try?

          • Mossel

            And then SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad lost his job! hehe

        • Weanerdog

          Lunch, no one plays facebook at lunch

  • Admiral Chief of Souls

    What’s facebook?

  • Mathias

    I played Mafia Wars for three days.

    And that’s it.

  • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

    I’ve played countless FB games, but at the moment only on Candy Crush Saga.

    Those games are good for killing time when things are loading, or when you’re waiting for someone to finish shopping etc.

  • Corporal Stick

    FB couldn’t give us nice games, but at least they gave us block apps. That is better than any FB game ever was!

    • That Tall Twit Norm

      Agreed.

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