Quiz RPG hits 26 million; is poised to dethrone Puzzle & Dragons' download total in Japan

The race is on

Quiz RPG hits 26 million; is poised to dethrone Puzzle & Dragons' download total in Japan

Things are heating up in Japan's free-to-play mobile market, as Colopl's flagship title Quiz RPG crossed the 26 million download milestone in Japan on 31 May.

This growth is particularly impressive considering Quiz RPG started off 2014 with a modest 17 million downloads to its name.

By adding close to 2 million downloads a month, Quiz RPG is rapidly closing in on GungHo's billion-dollar baby Puzzle & Dragons which reportedly hit 28 million downloads in Japan on 27 May.

What's particularly interesting is that Quiz RPG is growing at a much faster pace than the two-year-old Puzzle & Dragons.

Colopl needed just 18 days to jump from 25 to 26 million downloads, while Puzzle & Dragons took 37 days to increase from 27 to 28 million.

Numbers game

But while Puzzle & Dragons' growth in Japan has been slowing as of late, it's still well ahead of Quiz RPG in the top grossing charts - which is where the real bragging rights are.

Unfortunately, though, Puzzle & Dragons is struggling on this front as well with pressure being applied by Mixi’s upstart Monster Strike. In the past two weeks, Monster Strike has twice surpassed GungHo's flagship title to claim the top grossing spot.

But all's not doom and gloom for GungHo. Puzzle & Dragons Z found solid success on Nintendo's 3DS when it launched in Japan this past winter, and an expansion to the mobile version - dubbed Puzzle & Dragons W - is expected this summer.

[source: Serkan Toto]

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Summer LaRose
As long as they keep updating the game with new Trivia, I'll probably keep playing it. I'm super burned out on Match 3 games because so many have used the system now. That isn't to say I don't still play some and won't try new ones because I will. But I've always enjoyed Trivia and like these battling RPG like trading card games too and mixing the two was a great idea. I've been playing the US version here since it first was released before it became popular and I still like it a lot because new Trivia keeps being added all the time (and new cards too which is of course nice).

And although the IAP draw rates in it suck just as bad as any of the other games with cards you draw, it does give out a lot of A level cards in events that you can boost up to S level yourself. I'm pretty frustrated by the horrible draw rate in it so don't want to spend much more money on it unless that changes, or during special events where you get to choose to keep the card you got or draw again (meaning double chances for the good ones).

I do like the game and hope they keep up adding more Trivia questions all the time and that they know that's a major part of what is needed to keep the game going. I realize that the trivia needs to be totally different for each country but it doesn't seem like it would be super hard for them to get new questions written up and added into the game either. When Trivia starts to repeat that's when I get bored so they need to keep adding more to stay ahead.