Dong Nguyen, developer of the indie smash hit Flappy Bird, used to earn $50,000 per day before he took the game down, because he found it "too addictive". Even now, after almost eight months, he is still racking up quite a lot of money thanks to the millions of ad impressions Flappy Bird is serving up to the millions of people who have it installed on their phones and tablets.
Flappy Bird is just one example of a mobile game that became a million-dollar business. There are more, many of which have grown into huge merchandises like Angry Birds. Such games are very addictive by design and very difficult to put down. Through various tiny fees and in-app purchases, you can exchange your real money for virtual goods. This simple mechanism proves to be very effective as there are games that get more than 50,000 new users daily.
Below you can find a breakdown of 10 games that are currently topping the charts on iOS. Along with short descriptions and screenshots, we've added estimated daily revenue. The information, courtesy of Think Gaming, is trustworthy and proves how ridiculously lucrative making mobile games can be.
1. Clash of Clans ($1,387,620 revenue per day)
A combat strategy game, in which you can build your very own kingdom, protect it from the enemies, and battle players from all around the world. Clash of Clans features eye-candy graphics and intuitive interface that turns dominating the realm into a walk in the park.
2. Candy Crush Saga ($1,097,578 revenue per day)
A delicious matching game with colourful graphics and simple rules. Candy Crush Saga allows you to play with your friends to see who is better at collecting sweets and create elaborate combos. Candy Crush Saga offers hundreds of challenging levels, with brand new ones being added every two weeks.
3. Game of War - Fire Age ($710,273 revenue per day)
Similarly to Clash of Clans, Game of War - Fire Age allows you to take on a role of a ruler of the fantasy kingdom. You can build an empire, train a hero, craft weapons, and form alliances against other players. The game lets you walk in a king's shoes and battle friends in real-time. Advanced social and strategy aspects of Game of War are what makes this title insanely addictive.
4. The Simpsons™: Tapped Out ($336,687 revenue per day)
Everybody loves The Simpsons, right? The mobile game known as The Simpsons™: Tapped Out is as hooking as the show itself. You get to build Springfield from the ground up, complete various tasks and challenges, compete with your friends on leaderboards, and enjoy exclusive content from TV’s longest-running comedy.
5. Hay Day ($265,706 revenue per day)
It is time to make your dream about your very own chicken farm come true! There is a good reason why Hay Day became one of the most popular games available on the market. Similarly to Clash of Clans, it lets you create something from a scratch and dominate the world... or country, in this case.
With Hay Day, you can build and customize a farm, raise animals, plant crops, and complete various orders and challenges. You can also trade your good with other players and make real friends - all that seasoned with a pinch of wonderful 3D graphics.
6. Farm Heroes Saga ($222,904 revenue per day)
From the makers of Candy Crush Saga, comes Farm Heroes Saga - a very similar game that uses the same mechanics to deliver pure fun. This time around, you get to collect cute cropsies and unlock bonuses and boosters that take the game to a whole new level. You can take on your friends and beat their high scores to become the true Farm Hero.
7. Big Fish Casino ($186,878 revenue per day)
If you're ready to gamble, download Big Fish Casino. This simple, yet insanely addictive game reinvents the idea of a virtual casino. It comes with a wide selection of slot machines that let you win great prizes.
You get to play live with your friends, throw them a challenge in Blackjack, test your Poker skills, and customize your stuff with free gifts and boosters.
8. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood ($157,629 revenue per day)
Millions of people from all around the world want to have a red carpet adventure like Kim Kardashian. With this game, it is more than possible. You can follow the super star or create your very own, with unique personality and appearance.
Then, you can live your life in a virtual world filled with exclusive clubs, upscale boutiques, and luxury homes. Invite your friends to play together, compare styles, exchange gifts, and unlock special bonuses.
9. Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff ($135,155 revenue per day)
It's time to get the stuff done... or maybe not? You do not get to worry a lot when you're playing Family Guy on your iPhone. It's a fun game with plenty of options and an interesting storyline to follow. There are also advanced social aspects that make it very hard to put down, especially when you game along your best friends.
10. Puzzle & Dragons ($119,457 revenue per day)
Puzzle & Dragons is an epic RPG/puzzle/match-three game that claims to be the most popular mobile game in Japan. It uses simple gameplay to lure you into the world of adventure, monsters, and magic.
In addition to eye-catching action, you can collect monsters and create unique teams to fight your enemies with. With the ability to make in-game friends and exchange user IDs, you will never go on an adventure alone.