Top 25 Facebook games of April 2012

April Fool’s Day has come and gone, meaning it’s safe for us to take a look at the top 25 Facebook games without fear of prank entries.

We start with the top 25 games by daily active users (which is the best way to gauge a title’s core audience), where only seven of the games on this month’s list saw gains. The largest gain belongs to Zynga Slingo at 3.6 million DAU with second place going to Rovio’s Angry Birds at 1.67 million DAU. The former launched in March and the latter in late February, meaning neither game had anywhere to go but up in the early part of their life cycles. King.com’s Bubble Witch Saga, meanwhile, had the third-highest gain of April with 600,000 new DAU, moving up to the No. 6 spot on the list from last month.

The largest losses for the month belonged to CastleVille and CityVille, respectively.

Moving on to monthly active users, which measures a title’s overall reach on Facebook, Zynga’s CityVille saw a repeat performance from last month. Even though the game lost 2.3 million MAU, it had almost 9 million more than the No. 2 game, Texas HoldEm Poker. The largest loss belonged to The Sims Social, which dropped by 2.9 million MAU. This traffic dip is in spite of the recent content expansion that launched on March 21, letting players’ Sims acquire careers.

Almost half the games on this list saw gains in April. The largest gain belongs to Angry Birds, with 16.1 million new MAU. Zynga Slingo wasn’t far behind, gaining 12.3 million MAU. As previously noted, both of these are newer games, so such high gains aren’t too surprising at this point. Bubble Witch Saga and Fruit Ninja Frenzy both tied for the third-highest gains, each earning 2.6 million MAU.

This post originally appeared on our sister site, Inside Social Games.

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