TV Commercials Vault Games to Top Tier of App Store Rankings

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Analytics firm App Annie has released its February data (via AppleInsider) on top-performing apps on iOS and Android for the month of February, highlighting how large developers have increasingly been able to leverage television commercials to help boost their rankings. Such tactics are obviously not within financial reach of most developers, but established players such as King and Big Fish Games have the resources to make an impact on television.

    In looking at the top App Store games by revenue in February, App Annie notes that King's Farm Heroes Saga leapt sixteen places from the previous month to land in seventh place, while Big Fish Casino moved up six places to just break into the top ten. Both games have benefited from television advertising in recent months, driving their visibility and user interest.
    Long-standing top performers Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Saga have also seen significant television advertising in recent months.

    The Flappy Bird phenomenon was obviously strong in the month of February, with developer Dong Nguyen's .Gears Studio ranking number one in total App Store game downloads in February, despite having only three titles in the store and Flappy Bird itself having been taken down on the 9th of the month. Even so, Flappy Bird ranked as the most downloaded game for the month, while another title, Super Ball Juggling, placed seventh.

    And of course the rush of copycats also saw an impact, with a number of Flappy Bird clones seeing substantial success during the month, particularly in the wake of Flappy Bird's removal. At one point late last month, one-third of all new App Store games were either clones of Flappy Bird or inspired by the title. Only a small fraction of those titles seeking to ride on the popularity of Flappy Bird experienced success, but those that did saw very high numbers of downloads.

    Article Link: TV Commercials Vault Games to Top Tier of App Store Rankings
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    those candy crush commercials are really annoying, the clash of clans isn't that bad.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2014
    Porto, Portugal
    Here's the deal.

    We now reached a point where the amount of apps is meaningless. There are thousands and thousands of "apps" (at least on Android) that are nothing more than a single wallpaper, or theme, or something about farts, etc.

    Now, the important metric should be app quality, supported APIs, design guidelines, etc. Of course the App Store is well above the others in this metric, but (as data shows) it's not enough.

    Copycat apps should be fiercely hunted down, devs penalized and the "filtering" should be tougher.

    Am I wrong?
  4. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005

    Who determines App quality? I have no interest in Clash of Clans, but obviously people enjoy it.

    The success of Temple Run (arguably a copy of Canabalt) had a bunch of copycat games, some of which were better than the original.
  5. macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2010
    TV Commercials Vault Games to Top Tier of App Store Rankings

    Shocking news.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2009
    Apple's App Review Guidelines

    " Apps that duplicate apps already in the App Store may be rejected, particularly if there are many of them.
    We have over 250,000 apps in the App Store. We don’t need any more Fart apps.
    If your app doesn’t do something useful or provide some form of lasting entertainment, it may not be accepted. "
  7. macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2008
    Houston TX
    Advertising works. It's impressive to see that App Store Games are making enough to advertise on television.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    I like that skeleton guy, he seems kinda cool.
  9. macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2010
    I love how the Clash of Clans commercial shows graphics that look nothing like the actual game at all.
  10. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Video games do that a lot. Even desktop games like Diablo has tv ads that look nothing like the game.
  11. macrumors 68000

    Oct 31, 2005
    It always amazes me at how many people have so much time on their hands that they can spend so much time playing games. They either need a job or a real life interacting with other humans.
  12. macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2010
    Yea I know, it just makes the original game look so disappointing after seeing an awesome 3d commercial only to find out the graphics are like a Tetris game.
  13. macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Great. So in 10+ years time when I finally finish developing my iOS game, I'll just have to find a few thousand euros/dollars to fund a TV marketing campaign to get it noticed.

    I'm beginning to sense a flaw in my business plan..
  14. macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2010
    TV ads cost a lot more than a few thousand euros.
  15. macrumors 68030


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY

    Advertising = More sales

    And a whole article to describe this 'phenomenon'? Maybe my calling is to NOT be a journalist, because I wouldn't even think this was NEWS, yet alone even THINK to write an article about something so obvious.

    Maybe the next MacRumors articles will be:
    iPhone 6 confirmed to include a touch screen.
    2014 MacBook Air to come in silver.
    Samsung releases an ad that mocks Apple users.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2008
    Hardy har, aren't you clever? Ugh, hasn't this stereotype died yet? I guess ignorance never truly dies.

    Since when does working or interacting with other humans encompass 24 hours of a persons day? Work occupies 8 hours, leaving a person with 9 hours left in their day (assuming they sleep 7 hours a night.) So if a person spends 1 hour a night playing games, they still have lets say about 7 more hours in their day.

    Give me a break. People like you act like you never have alone time to relax. Yea buddy, I bet you've got SUCH a busy life. Trolling aint easy.
  17. macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    "Hey dude! Come check out this quote on MacRumors." - Pot

    "Aw man, that's rich" - Kettle

    They game and you post on internet forums. I don't see the difference.:confused:
  18. macrumors 68020


    Jun 11, 2007
  19. macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there
    Since when are commercials telling the truth?
  20. macrumors 6502


    Jun 22, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Can't wait to play Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Saga on my iPhone 6 with an 5.5 inch HD screen resolution :D
  21. macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    And what are you doing right now that is so awesome?
  22. macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2011
    3 countries for tax benefit

    Apple put this guideline up solely for comedic value. They in no way enforce it and their management of the App Store is a joke.

  23. macrumors 68030


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Everything in moderation.

    8 hours of work, 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of play.
  24. macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2012
  25. macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2013
    There are people that play video games for 8 hours every day???

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