Zynga is an uber-popular gaming company that specializes in games for Facebook, Yahoo and MySpace. Chances are that if you are on a social networking website you’ve seen a game made by Zynga including Farmville, Mafia Wars, or Treasure Isle. The games are addictive, fun and you may even pay money to do better during the game.
For all of the innovative games that Zynga has made, some are just silly or repetitive. Some games take forever to level up and others are genre games that are better on other platforms. Here are some Zynga games that you can avoid for various reasons.
Fashion Wars has had many glitches and hasn’t been a priority for Zynga. In fact, there is an entire Facebook page devoted to fans who have posted over 60 times asking the programmers to fix the game.
On the other hand, many of the other games on Zynga’s platform copy the same formula as Fashion Wars so maybe it’s just time to move on. Other fashion games on other free websites are more in depth and fun to play.
Zynga was criticized and sued by the developers of Mob Wars for copyright infringement and Zynga settled out of court for several million dollars. Even though they copied the formula from another game Zynga still had a hit with Mafia Wars.
When you have a mafia game you’d want more shoot ’em up action and even free online games such as Gangster Life would be better. Plus you can find tons of multiplayer online games in this genre that have much more playability.
Café World? As if users want to simulate going to a coffeehouse when there’s one on every street corner. What could possibly be fun about sitting in a dark corner watching every talking over coffee?
Café World copies the same formula as FarmVille. You can visit other cafés that your friends have made and earn points for taking care of your own. Having a farm sounds so much more appealing but Zynga is trying to cash in on the same old formula.
With all of the attention on poke games, why oh why did Zynga make a simple Blackjack game? Not only is blackjack a simple game to play but there is a lack of socializing and they have truly taken the point out of a social networking game.
There are tons of little blackjack games or card games better than this that you can find elsewhere. I’d be much happier with a game of spades or rummy on a social networking platform instead of blackjack.
YoVille is just like everything else Zynga that has a format of going around to different places to make friends, inviting friends, and even paying money to earn stuff. Consider this the Lower Manhattan version of FarmVille.
I suppose YoVille works if you miss big city life or if you live in the country and want a taste of a large city or even suburban paradise gone wild. I don’t see the point of YoVille as real life is pretty much like this already.
Perhaps my biggest criticism of all the games is that they cost money to play some aspects of them. While I applaud Zynga and Facebook for being able to raise capital with their model of paying for coins on the game it seems a bit superfluous. Advertisers would love to get their hands on the millions of hits per hour that Facebook can generate.
Zynga’s website provided much of the information for this article as did Facebook and Tech Crunch.