Social gaming developer Zynga has once again hit web gold, this time with a game called FrontierVille which has been billed as Farmville meets Oregon Trail. In just two weeks FrontierVille has gathered up more than 5 million users and continues to grow. The 5 million mark is based off “active” daily users, the actual number is no doubt higher.
Zynga calls the game a spinoff to their ultra-popular Farmville and this time around the app was developed by Brian Reynolds a famous game designer most popularly known for his work on Civilization and Rise of Nations.
FarmVille users will notice that the game offers more options such as controlling multiple avatars which allows users to create and control entire families. The levels of complexity for the game have also been increased for a more enjoyable experience that has helped keep gamers enthralled for longer periods of time. However some aspects haven’t changed, for example as a family game you won’t experience the bloodshed of those times, but you do have to harvest your crops and tend to your livestock…hmmm that sounds familiar! In any case it’s a fun game with more interactivity which is helping gain an audience.
But how did the game get so big so quickly? By badgering Facebook users to give up their friends! When you sign up you’ll be asked three times in a ten minute period to invite your friends, then you’ll be asked pretty much constantly after that point to invite other players. Then again it’s not hard to convince Zynga players to try their new games, after all they have over 200 million Farmville players alone and their MafiaWars application also has a very loyal following.
What do you think about FrontierVille? I’m not a huge fan of FarmVille, but I have found FrontierVille to be more addictive and a better overall interactive experience. I’m excited to see what Zynga has down the road for social gaming, specifically when they officially launch their own social gaming network.