We are seeing a real push toward making mobile gaming a legitimate option for authentic gamers. When we say authentic gamers, we explicitly mean gamers who want a high-quality experience from their mobile phones without catering to constant micro-transactions. In 2017 there were several notable titles that came out in order to fundamentally change the way that we look at mobile gaming as a platform. Among those games, these were the top sellers.
Starting off the list, Super Mario Run made Nintendo a happy mobile-gaming company. Nintendo’s first Mario mobile-app set records in terms of downloads and still holds the title as the top downloaded free game on the entire platform. Super Mario Run allows gamers the chance to traverse through several different but familiar game types as they collect coins, unlock items and decorate their own kingdom. While the game is ostensibly free, Super Mario Run hides most of its features behind a small one-time payment of $9.99. If you are a mobile gamer and want a deep and intuitive mobile Mario game, the price is well worth it
In the ‘paid games’ section, Minecraft once again ranked as one of the highest grossing titles on the application store. Minecraft is one of the biggest gaming sensations in the world and it continues to buck trends by finding more and more success. Mobile Minecraft brings everything you love about the PC version of the title and puts that power right into your pockets. Further down the list of top-grossing games, you will find titles like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as well as Terraria and even Assassins Creed.
Despite the initial instinct to scoff at mobile gaming as a viable platform, recent trends have shown that people are getting more and more into the platform. With the release of the iPhone X as well as Google’s own mobile phones, we are likely going to see several big mobile releases throughout 2018 to further push the hardware and market forward.