Game Development Reference
Here are the key points we covered in this chapter:
The evolution of the Facebook game platform happens very rapidly, with sudden, unexpected changes
sometimes occurring in a matter of weeks. Despite the speed of evolution, there are some trends you can
probably count on.
In the near future, cross-platform games, especially those that use Facebook Connect to enable play
and sharing between smartphones/tablets and the web, will likely experience major growth. Also, games
with shareable user-generated content will probably become a popular category. Simulation games of the
CityVille/FarmVille variety, however, will likely continue to wane.
Designers should also think about how to leverage updates on Facebook, not to drive viral growth, but to
retain existing users.
While 3D graphics may also enjoy growth on Facebook, they will do so in a limited, constrained fashion.
The same is true for Google+. At the moment and for the next year or two, Google+ does not seem to be
a viable competitor with Facebook as a game platform, but will probably become an important secondary
market for social games.