Aug 25, 2020, 9:48 am979 pts
Since its release in 2008, the App Store has grown from strength to strength to become a world leading platform for distributing apps. It began with a mere 500 apps, which seems a laughable number when compared with the 2.2 million apps available on there today.One of the App Store's most popular and profitable app sectors is the gaming section, where gamers are able to choose from over 260,000 games. From puzzles to fantasy quests to online bingo, there is something to cater for every taste. However, with such a vast array to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Old classics that have been around for a while such as Minecraft, Crossy Road and Pokémon Go still appear in the top end of the charts but there are plenty of other App Store games that have enjoyed success in 2020 so far, too.
The category of sports games is right at the top of the list. With games like F1 Manager, Football Manager and Score Hero being exceedingly popular in 2020, users have been getting their sports fix from the virtual world rather than through live TV over the course of recent months.
Another category that has a seemingly endless influx of users and available games are runner games. With Subway Surfer and Temple Run still firm favourites amongst the mobile gaming community, there is still room for the more with Sonic Dash 2 being a recent popular choice.In addition to independent mobile games, there are a number of games based on the big brother of gaming – consoles. This year lots of the large console developers have released games for mobile. These include Activision with Call of Duty and Nintendo with Animal Crossing to name just two. There is clearly a market now for condensed console games on mobile as the demand for gaming-on-the-go and the number of smartphone users steadily rises. This capacity for mobilised console games was previously not possible due to the lower capabilities of smart phones than we see today.
The ability to set up games over the internet for phones has also led to a revolution in how classic games are played. Games such as Scrabble, Monopoly and bridge can now be played by anyone anywhere. These games have led to other industries following suit. In terms of games to watch, Bingo has seen a huge boost in popularity in recent years, with mobile users all over the world now able to play online bingo, slots and games from the comfort of their smartphone. The popularity of online bingo is certainly one to watch as 2020 progresses, with popular online games often making the move to the App Store.
The App Store has led to some serious innovations with how games can be played over the last 12 years. Indeed, a new smart phone is now a serious rival to the PSPs brought out in the late noughties. It will be interesting to see how further developments of RAM and graphics will further enhance what the iGaming community can experience on mobile in the future.