As social gaming continues its rapid ascent as a profitable entity, so too its inches ever closer to being the most popular method of interactive game playing. While video game titles were once the most profitable and widely played within the industry, social gaming experiences are now offering a great deal more value to users. Quite aside from the fact that they are free to play and supported by an innovative and ingenious business model, they are also more diverse in terms of their nature and appeal to the wider public.
Three Top Social Games: What is Everyone Playing Online in 2012?
With this in mind, it is worth addressing the best and most popular social games for 2012. Consider the following titles:
- Farmville 2: The concept of a social game title having a sequel is an unusual one, not least because by their very nature and design such entities are evolutionary. Zynga’s reasoning for the introduction of a sequel is far from being flawed or financially motivated, however, as the latest version embodies an entirely different philosophy to its predecessor. Not only does it benefit from enhanced graphics that offer a far more realistic game playing experience to its users, but the title has also captured relevant farming techniques that elevate the franchise to an entirely new level.
- Angry Birds Friends: Forget everything that you think you know about Angry Birds, as the modern version is far removed from the original iPhone incarnation. Developed by social gaming developers Rovio, great strides have been made to adapt and customize the experience specifically for Facebook users. Featuring unique power-ups, enhanced leader board graphics and an advanced share facility through which users can post their scores and achievements, Angry Birds Friends has proved a significant hit with social media users from throughout the world.
- Sim City Social: Evolving from the shadows of Facebook’s much vaunted Cityville game, Sim City Social has been designed to attain the next level of real time and interactive game play. Designed and developed by EA and Playfish, the title has emerged as one of the most popular and impressive games in its genre, and provides a comprehensive and consuming experience that few other titles can match. From reactive structure to real time events, Sim City social embodies the core principle of social gaming and creates an incredibly impressive virtual world.
The Bottom Line for Social Gamers
These titles are just three of many currently available on the market, but they also manage to stand apart from their rival gaming experiences. Both uniquely empowering and rewarding for users, social games are establishing themselves ahead of more traditional platforms and threatening to dominate the sector on a global scale.
Now that modern titles are also showcasing improved graphics and in game options, the social gaming industry is moving from strength to strength. This swift and relentless ascent looks unlikely to end any time soon, especially as the industries core business model continue to create the illusion of free entertainment for users.