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Mobile Gaming Trends: Popularity, Price and Monetization

Distimo’s analyst, Hendrik Koekkoek, revealed these stats in his report “Mobile Gaming Trends: Popularity, Price and Monetization“. Here’s a summary of trends we found insightful we thought you’d find to be of value…

• The average selling price of games declined by 28% over the last year, while the revenue generated by the most successful freemium games increased tenfold during this period in the Apple App Store for iPhone.

• The presence of virtual currencies within games is one of the main reasons behind the popularity and monetization success of in-app purchases. 35% of the 300 most popular free games in June use some sort of virtual currencies to monetize in the Apple App Store for iPhone.

• Looking at the 300 most popular paid for applications, 72% of downloads are generated by games while the remaining 28% of downloads are generated by applications other than games in the Apple App Store for iPhone.

• The total revenue generated by top grossing games increased by 79% year-on-year in the Apple App Store for iPhone.

• A small number of publishers dominate total game downloads: ten publishers account for more than half of all downloads among the 300 most popular paid games in the Apple App Store for iPhone.

• Notwithstanding the popularity of games, the growth rate of the number of applications other than games is higher than the growth rate of the number of games in most stores. The number of games has increased faster than other apps only in the Apple App Store for iPhone, the Apple App Store for iPad and GetJar, but the growth rate for games in other stores is lower than for other applications.

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10 Retro Games for the Modern Mobile

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Despite modern gaming technology, gamers are still eager for a throwback, now and then.

Modern mobile gaming has adopted retro style to create new experiences. Although the graphics and sound on retro games were once considered modern, now they’re considered an art form. Some have updated franchise games popular in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. Other games look like they could have been plucked straight from a past era.

Any way you stack it, retro has been reborn on iOS. Here are 10 throwback games you’ll love.

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10 Best iPhone Arcade Games

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In this fast-paced game, players control their jetpack-clad character through hazardous corridors full of lasers, electric fields and missiles. Along the way, earn coins and tokens toward cosmetic upgrades like new jetpacks, costumes, distance credits or revival ability. Luck is a big factor in this game, but it cuts both ways.

Price: $0.99

Players try to survive as long as possible across four game modes, using grappling hooks as transportation. The game modes, along with unlockable hats to customize your character, complement the simply fun swinging gameplay.

Price: $0.99

This endless runner game, initially popularized on Flash before being introduced on iOS, is well-known for its perfectly-tuned gameplay. Do you try to survive when the game accelerates to high speeds, increasing the possibility that an ill-placed window or a sudden obstacle dooms you to fail? Or, do you slow it down by cleverly utilizing the boxes in your path? The tradeoff requires more than reflexes, but strategic brainpower too.

Price: $2.99

While playing Tetris, have you ever imagined you were jumping over the blocks that constantly descended down, down, down? Well, that’s what this game is! Plus, enjoy a bonus mode that pays homage to handheld games of the past, and all the pixel art you can handle.

Price: $0.99

This is one of the most pleasant endless runner games around. The music and graphics create a happy and charming world. The game is easy to play: Just hold down on the screen to fly upward and loop-de-loop. Hitting bad cloud obstacles doesn’t mean game over, but it does reduce your score multiplier, so fly carefully and score as many points as possible!

Price: $0.99

Players try to survive while being bombarded by asteroids. A unique dual-swipe control system works great for trying to precisely navigate the asteroid menace. The game boasts a rocking chiptune soundtrack, unlocks rewards accumulated throughout the game, and takes total advantage of the high-resolution retina display and iPad screens.

Price: $0.99

Fans of GalagaSpace Invaders, and other retro shoot-em-ups will love this game too. Players flip between both sides of the battlefield in order to avoid damage, and to attack vulnerable enemies. Despite new elements and modern twists, the game still features old-school shooting fun.

Price: $0.99

Speed along neon-colored tracks in this endless racing game, while trying to unlock new cars and designs. All the tracks in the game are user-generated, so prepare for tracks with devilish twists and turns and amazing futuristic city scenery.

Price: FREE

This isn’t quite the Pac-Man you know and love. The basics are the same: Run around a maze and collect power pellets to eat ghosts. However, the maze constantly warps with each fruit that you eat, leaving players wildly attempting to survive!

Price: $4.99

Formerly entitled 1000 Heroz, this running game presents a new challenge each day: courses fraught with new perils and new leaderboards to conquer. Part of the fun is the ability to join custom leagues and compete with friends.

Price: $0.99

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10 Best iPhone Action Games

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One common complaint against mobile games is that they aren’t up to snuff with so-called “actual” games, that games like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja can’t compare to action-packed console and PC games. We’re putting that assertion to rest with the following 10 captivating mobile games, each of which holds its own against download services like Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network.

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10 Best Cross-Platform Multiplayer Mobile Games



More and more mobile game developers are learning that their titles have to reach across playforms if they want to bring everyone in on the fun. With the smartphone market more evenly segmented than ever (iPhoneand Android being the dominant operating systems), making games that people can play together, regardless of device, is key.

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10 Best Racing Games for iPhone

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This isometric-perspective racer has players trying to win races, but also take opponents out in the meantime.

Players compete in various events, from standard races to knockout races, and ones where specific weapons must be used. The most recent update allows up to 6 players to race against each other online.

Players race against the clock in this game, increasing their combo meter to go faster, which makes it easier to crash, but speed must be maintained to keep the timer from running out.

All the tracks in the game are created by users, through the easy-to-use level creator.

Players racing around tracks in this kart racer as Sonic the Hedgehog and other famous Sega characters. The game lets players pick up weapons and other items to try and sabotage their opponents on the tracks, which are all inspired by various Sega games.

While the game does serve as a nostalgia trip for Sega fans, it’s a great example of arcade-style kart racing. Challenge a friend over Bluetooth or up to three friends online.

This game from Firemint is one of the best racing simulators and best-looking iOS games. Players are behind the wheel of several real vehicle brands to race against up to 15 other opponents across a variety of locales.

iPad 2 owners will enjoy the TV-output options for up to 1080p, so they can use their iPad as a remote control. Split-screen multiplayer is available with other remote control devices.

Players must reach the end of the courses in this unconventional racing game without running out of gas.The game’s tracks are composed of random segments, so players learn how to navigate and adapt to the course changes and various hazards.

There’s also an endless mode, so players can challenge for high scores on randomly-generated levels.

iPad owners can compete with a friend on the same device.

In this racing game, players control a getaway car, avoiding cops and recklessly taking out anyone who is in the way.

The goal is to weave skillfully through traffic while destroying other cars and collecting coins and powerups. Crashing will limit the maximum number of points that can be earned in a level.

For those not content with sports cars, a separate mode with a big rig is available, where the only goal is destruction.

This game has players racing through tricky levels filled with ramps, midair gates, and other perilous elements. Players must tilt their device to angle a jet car in mid-air, and deploy their limited turbo strategically to make it through the air and complete the levels as quickly as possible.

The ability to see friends’ times and view their replays adds lasting value to this game.

This might be an unorthodox choice for the list, since it more closely resembles a side-scrolling platformer. However, its time trial gameplay — with courses that require repetition and practice to properly master — makes it share plenty of elements with more traditional racing games.

The addictive hook here is that there’s a new level to race on every single day, with global leaderboards comparing single races and overall performance.

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Imagine if Flight Control was a racing game – that’s what this game is.

Players draw lines around race tracks, and the faster a line is drawn, the quicker the player goes. With turbo boosts to deploy, there’s no just sitting back and watching the cars race.

The game features asynchronous online multiplayer, where players race three other players, trying to beat them to increase their online rank.

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Remember racing games like Pole Position and Rad Racer? This game pays homage to the classics, with simple graphics and racing that feels like it came straight out of the 80’s.

Of course, with upgradeable cars, money earned through wins and an overall more forgiving attitude, this is one that even modern gamers will want to play.

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