I know it's all the rage these days to get down on Zynga for their timesink-centric free to play Facebook games, but they are responsible for some ridiculous numbers. CityVille in specific is responsible for nearly 2.4m "Likes" on Facebook, and according to Wikipedia was Zynga's biggest game launch and has set the record for most monthly active users for an application ever on Facebook. Considering just how massive Facebook is, an accomplishment like that is absolutely incredible.

FarmVille [Free] hit the App Store quite a while ago now, and set expectations for what to expect out of Zynga's efforts on the iPhone. Initially the client was a little limited, but you were able to connect directly to your own existing farm and manage your crops on the go. If you were a FarmVille fanatic, this was amazing news.

Unfortunately, the iOS CityVille isn't a CityVille client at all. CityVille Hometown [Free] has the basic frameworks of CityVille, and looks a lot like CityVille, but you'll be starting a brand new city entirely dependent of your (potentially) already existing city on Facebook. Maybe it's just me, but this makes CityVille Hometown go from vaguely interesting to downright confusing. The App Store already has entirely too many time sink-laden building games, and not having the same Facebook link as FarmVille did easily makes it blend into the pack.

So I guess if you just can't get enough of CityVille, and want to completely start over on your phone, CityVille Hometown is for you. This really makes me wonder what Zynga's ongoing strategy is going to be for mobile devices. It always seemed to me that leveraging and connecting to these massive already thriving communities would be too huge to pass up. Regardless, it will be fun to watch Hometown on the charts to see how it does.

  • http://twitter.com/diego_rispo Diego Rispo

    zzzzzzz.....the next please....

  • mulligan

    hmm, I was able to fb connect ok..  sends messages to the other zynga users on facebook

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Right but unlike FarmVille, you don't load into your existing city. You start a new one.

  • Briker Ed

    I've been burnt once and now I stay away from Zynga. Not cause it's a timesing (I have no problem with that actually), but cause it's so heavily dependent on how many friends you have and how often you molest them for various reasons to keep your own playing interesting with a steady progress. 

  • JCman7

    Im actually really enjoying this game I gave up on my Cityville on FB for a while now mainly because it depended on friends so much but this one doesn't at all you can use coins instead of bugging your friends which is great. I really like it try it out

  • JCman7

    Im actually really enjoying this game I gave up on my Cityville on FB for a while now mainly because it depended on friends so much but this one doesn't at all you can use coins instead of bugging your friends which is great. I really like it try it out

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameka-Hart/676780030 Shameka Hart

      how do u connect with facebook i tried to post stuff and it won't let me

  • http://www.facebook.com/Melcp79 Melanie Parker

    Does anyone know why new added friends on FB don't show up in the hometown friends list?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shameka-Hart/676780030 Shameka Hart

    how do u connect to facebook it won't let me post anything or add friends but it say i'm coonect when i try???????