If all you think about when someone mentions games on Facebook is “FarmVille” and the like, you owe it to yourself to give the idea a second thought. That’s the message Facebook itself is trying to get out, especially with the release of its list of Games of the Year for 2013. The honorees reflect the diversity of gaming on the social networking behemoth, with offerings whose intended audiences range from casual to so-called core gamers.
Facebook’s pick for Game of the Year 2013, “Criminal Case,” falls somewhere in-between the two extremes. It’s a hidden object game that focuses on crime scene investigation and utilizes sharing mechanics in a much more engaging and relevant way than in many past social games. It also received regular content updates all year long to keep things fresh for players.
Games from a variety of genres make up the rest of the list of top new games. Click on the individual title links to right to those games’ pages on Facebook to learn more. As evidence of that diversity mentioned above, 10 of the games originated in Europe or the Middle East, eight are cross-platform, and eight are products of indie studios.
Facebook’s Best New Games of 2013
- “Bake Shop Drop“
- “Farm Heroes Saga“
- “Heart of Vegas“
- “Hit It Rich! Casino Slots“
- “Jelly Splash“
- “Kitchen Scramble“
- “Monster Legends“
- “The Smurfs & Co.: Spellbound“
- “Soldiers Inc.”
- “Solitaire Tales“
- “Thunder Run War of Clans“
- “Vikings Gone Wild“
The Facebook staff also picked some of their favorite games of 2013 (including the intriguing “Game of Thrones” social game, the MMO “Wartune” and the RTS title “War Commander”) and inducted several hugely successful games into its Hall of Fame. You can visit the developer blog to get the lowdown on all of these.
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