In this article, we have evaluated how the mobile arcade games industry has shaped up from 2012 until today. Find out some of the biggest arcade games that have been dominant, plus the crazy numbers.
Angry Birds and the Temple Run Era
Ten years ago, the most popular arcade game was Angry Birds, the once-popular casual puzzle mobile game. It was published in 2009, and by 2012, it was the most rated game with 1.225 million evaluations as of July 2012. Save for Temple Run, no other arcade game was anywhere near Angry Bird in terms of popularity. Nevertheless, these two games remained on top for the next several years.
The Mobile Arcade Scene Today
But, how is the mobile arcade games industry ten years later?
Angry Birds is no longer angry; we have new kids on the block. Today, Subway Surfers is the most popular arcade game for Android. While the game was released in 2012, the regular updates made it the most downloaded game in 2017. At the time of writing, the endless running mobile game has raked in 36,310,989 evaluations.
In terms of popularity based on evaluations, Piano Tiles 2 is the second most popular arcade game, followed by Geometry Dash Lite and Hungry Shark Revolution. Angry Birds comes in at fifth ahead of Zombie Tsunami and Fruit Ninja Free. At seventh and eighth is Jetpack Joyride and Smash Hit. Temple Run is at tenth.
While most popular games will make place for new favourites, arcade games seem to be here to stay as a contender for the best form of online entertainment.