Most shared games on AppsZoom in 2012
By: Peter Warrior on: Dec 19, 2012
So 2012 comes to an end and we still have a lot of things to talk about. This will be our last year we are only into Android because we felt that iOS users deserve AppsZoom, too, and because it was pretty indefensible to keep a so great editorial and technical teams for some users and disregard others.
Anyway, if you have landed here it must be because those long-awaited holidays are about to start and you are curious about what have been the most shared games all over this year.
You might be surprised, but not much.
Fifth of the list is Jetpack Joyride, by Halfbrick Studios, even when it was released at the end of Q3. It was truly a port from iOS that was worth waiting for. Its simple mechanics and addictive gameplay made it go sky-high (oh, what a pun!) in the charts.
Fourth is Gameloft's Real Football 2012 (Real Soccer 2012 in Europe), most likely because there was Euro 2012 back in Summer, it's a free game when its direct competitors aren't and, why not say it aloud, it's quite a piece of game. Gameloft didn't spare efforts and got David Villa, the famous Spanish forward, to be featured even at the icon of the game itself.
Even when Amazing Alex and Bad Piggies accumulated zillions of downloads, Rovio's best move was to go back to Angry Birds franchise and raise it up again through a holy alliance with Lucasarts. Long story short, ABSW deserves to go down in history as the best Angry Birds game so far, while we wait how Disney purchase of Lucasarts may affect future Angry Birds releases.
Gameloft has achieved to put two titles in this top 5, so it must mean that they are doing something right. GT Racing was their mobile version of what a driving simulator can be nowadays, and you can bet it is really good. In addition, it was free (supported by in-app purchases as it couldn't be otherwise) since its release, so it shouldn't strike anyone that players go for it before spending the dough in the more arcade-oriented Asphalt franchise, also Gameloft's by the way.
And here it is. The most shared game this 2012 has been Imangi's Temple Run. We fought against a myriad of fake and malware apps since it was first announced, its release was delayed and some users experienced unbearable lagging and glitching. Thankfully, everything got fixed and everybody enjoyed the game to the point of exhaustion. If you don't believe it, roam a while around Youtube and you'll see videos of 10, 20, 30 and even 40 million points records, though is difficult to discern which are true and which aren't. Anyway, here's the game that put seriously in danger Angry Birds' supremacy on Android ecosystem.
Later, Disney hired Imangi to make a game about their last blockbuster, Brave.