A new GamesBeat event is around the corner! Learn more about what comes next.
November was a big bounce back for one of mobile gaming’s most successful companies.
King jumped back to the top of the download charts on iOS and Android with its most recent release, Candy Crush Soda Saga, according to industry-tracking firm App Annie. As part of its monthly report, App Annie found that the new social-puzzle game was able to draw on the success of the original Candy Crush Saga without knocking it out of the top 10.
“Candy Crush Soda Saga retains the familiar match-3 gameplay and Saga Map that made the original so popular,” reads App Annie’s report. “[And the game] adds new game modes, characters, and candy combinations to bring new elements to the franchise. King thinks of Candy Crush Soda Saga as a sister title rather than a sequel to Candy Crush Saga, noting that they will continue to update both games.”
King wasn’t alone in finding success by expanding on a popular franchise. Glu Mobile, the makers of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, broke into the top of the downloads chart on iOS with Contract Killer: Sniper, which is a sequel to the Contract Killer series.
Three top investment pros open up about what it takes to get your video game funded.
To increase the game’s social aspects, Glu added a new PvP feature to its fundamental design, allowing players to attack other player’s bases and steal their resources. This type of social gaming can be an effective way to drive user engagement as it pulls players back to the game when they come under attack.
Here’s the full top 10 for downloads on iOS in November:
- Candy Crush Soda Saga
- Stick Hero
- Dumb Ways to Die 2
- Wind Travel
- Candy Crush Saga
- Words With Friends
- Crossy Road
- Clash of Clans
- Contract Killer: Sniper
- FIFA 15 Ultimate Team
Another game that jumped into the top 10 includes Wind Travel. The endless runner was No. 5 on iOS, and the game helped Tencent claim the No. 1 spot on the top-grossing publisher’s list on Apple’s mobile platform.
Publisher Electronic Arts maintained its spot at No. 2 with continuing contributions from its FIFA 15 Ultimate Team game.
Here’s the full list of top publishers:
- Electronic Arts
- Ketchapp Studio
GamesBeatGamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. How will you do that? Membership includes access to:
- Newsletters, such as DeanBeat
- The wonderful, educational, and fun speakers at our events
- Networking opportunities
- Special members-only interviews, chats, and "open office" events with GamesBeat staff
- Chatting with community members, GamesBeat staff, and other guests in our Discord
- And maybe even a fun prize or two
- Introductions to like-minded parties