Ten lesser known ‘must-play’ Facebook games

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Facebook gaming is all the rage these days, partly because these games are often really good, and partly because you can play with your friends and spam people share your achievements, etc.

And while there are some very well known games out there such as CityVille and Empires & Allies; in Facebook as in life, it is not necessarily the best games that are the the most popular.

This post will list 10 excellent free (or freemium) Facebook games that are less well known than some of the more famous games, but in many cases are even better.

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Here’s the list (and number of active users as of Oct 11th 2011). The games were ranked based on the number of monthly active users.

  1. Pool Live Tour: top notch pool game with a social twist
  2. EA SPORTS FIFA Superstars: Real football & soccer: first class soccer management sim
  3. Army Attack: turn based strategy comes to Facebook
  4. Airport City: addictive airport management sim
  5. Shadow Fight: beat up your Facebook friends
  6. Edgeworld: terrific space themed RTS experience
  7. UberStrike: a brilliant team based multiplayer 3D first person shooter
  8. My Country: the best city simulator on Facebook
  9. PGATour Golf Challenge: 3D golfing action
  10. Kobe’s Basketball Academy: quirky Basketball management sim



1.Pool Live Tour:  top notch pool game with a social twist

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Pool Live TouSTAR RATEPool games are popular on Facebook, but Pool Live Tour has to be one of the best out there.

Aside from chatting and playing with friends, Pool Live Tour can match you with thousands of real Facebook users ready for a challenge. It is also one of the only ones that lets you purchase/upgrade items such as

Star Rating 4.6  | Monthly active users: 2,960,115 (as of 11/10/2011).



2. EA SPORTS FIFA Superstars: Real football & soccer: first class soccer management sim

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A first rate football (soccer) management sim that is highly playable and addictive. Manage your players and their performance as well as your team’s finances; compete against your Facebook friends as they manage other teams in the same EA SPORTS FIFA Superstars Real football & soccer! STAR RATEleague.

All I can say is: if you haven’t played this type of football management game before it is time to start; you will not be disappointed.

Star rating 4.5 | Monthly active users: 2,478,771 (as of 11/10/2011).



3. Army Attack

: turn based strategy comes to Facebook

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A turn based strategy game of map domination. Compete against the enemy over territory and resources in this very engaging game.

(1) Army Attack star rateYou cannot play against your friends; however, those friends who play this game can share some of their resources with you to lend a helping hand (from their own, separate gaming sessions).

Star rating 4.9 | Monthly active users: 2,298,326 (as of 11/10/2011).



4. Airport City: addictive airport management sim
Excellent game alert! Airport City is an airport-building simulation game that manages to (a) offer a significant game of complexity, and (b) keep you engaged for a vey long time.

Airport City star rateAs in CityVille, your Facebook friends are incentAirport City star rateivized to visit your airport and check out the wonderful progress that you made, giving this game the kind of social dimension that Facebook can deliver so well.

Star rating 4.7 | Monthly active users: 2,172,533 (as of 11/10/2011).



5.Shadow Fight: beat up your Facebook friends

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Ever wanted to beat up your Facebook ‘friends’? Well now is your chance. Shadow Fight is a very well built Kung Fu fighting game that employs moves triggered by keyboard combinations.

Shadow Fight STAR RATEFight against your friends or against CPU monsters in order to build up experience and earn coins, etc. Coins earned can be used to buy weapons and other items, or (of course) you can purchase these items for real world money.

Some Shadow Fighting action.

Star rating 5.0 (although based on a tiny sample of 5 reviewers) | Monthly active users: 1,802,627 (as of 11/10/2011).



6. Edgeworld

: terrific space themed RTS experience

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(4) Edgeworld - Mozilla Firefox_2011-10-15_10-28-17Grab resources and build up your base in this space themed isometric Real Time Strategy game. You can fight and compete against other players that are not on your friends’ list. You can chat with other players to agree on a non-aggression stance between the two of you, for example. One neat feature is the way your forces evolve over the course of the game (see video below).

Stick with this one past level 7 and you will find it becoming exponentially more rewarding.

EdgeWorld weapons evolution

Star rating 4.3 | Monthly active users: 1,500,000 (as of 11/10/2011).



7. UberStrike: a brilliant team based multiplayer 3D first person shooter

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A Facebook-based 3D first person shooter that kicks a**. UberStrike is a Counter Strike-influenced team based multiplayer played with other Facebook users. Play this game fullscreen (via by pressing Alt+F), for the best experience.

Multiplayer 3D first person shooter action, courtesy of Uberstrike

UberStrike star rateAs you might expect, progressing through levels accumulates coins that can be used to purchase advanced weapons, armor, and other items, etc.

Star rating 4.1 | Monthly active users: 890,267 (as of 11/10/2011).


8. My Country

: the best city simulator on Facebook

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CityVille may be the most popular game on Facebook, but gamers who want something more serious and in-depth will find ‘My Country’ to be the better game of the two, and certainly the more realistic.

My Country star rateAs in CityVille, you can compete against your friends and show off your urban creations. Definitely check this one out.

Star rating 4.7 | Monthly active users: 631,337 (as of 11/10/2011).



9. PGATour Golf Challenge: 3D golfing action

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Tired of all the sports management games? Then try this game for some 3D golfing action..

EA SPORTS™ PGA TOUR® Golf Challenge star rateThe first thing you notice about this one is that the objects and 3D environment are just so well modeled. The next you you notice is that it is just pure plain fun!

Star rating 3.8 | Monthly active users: 102,251 (as of 11/10/2011).



10. Kobe’s Basketball Academy

: quirky Basketball management sim

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The second sports management sim in this post , Kobe’s Basketball Academy is a first rate sports management simulator, this time for readers whose imagination is captured by Basketball rather than soccer.

Kobe's Basketball Academy - Mozilla star rateKobe’s Basketball Academy’s objective is to take charge of a your team of students and progress through the leagues. Kobe himself will guide and help you along the way via video snippets scattered throughout the game.

Star rating 4.4 | Monthly active users: 72,426 (as of 11/10/2011).


Thanks go to Alaa K for doing most of the research for this article. Have other Facebook games that people need to know about? Let us know in the comments section.