App Annie has released a new report on the most popular Google Play apps of all time worldwide.
It ranks Subway Surfers as the most downloaded game on the service.
Puzzle & Dragons, which recently achieved 10 million downloads in North America, is the highest grossing.
The top 5 downloaded games were
- Subway Surfers (Kiloo),
- Candy Crush Saga (King),
- Pou (Zakeh),
- Temple Run 2 (Imangi), and
- Hill Climb Racing (Fingersoft)
Of the top 10 downloaded games, 9 are casual, with the exception being Clash of Clans, which ranked 10th.
Clash of Clans found more success on the top grossing chart, however, landing the number two spot just below Puzzle & Dragons.
The full list of top grossing games is:
- Puzzle & Dragons (GungHo Online),
- Clash of Clans (Supercell)
- Monster Strike (Mixi),
- Candy Crush Saga (King), and
- Game of War (Machine Zone).
The majority of the games in the top download charts are at least three years old, though interestingly the top grossing games feature slightly more recent games – Com2uS' Summoners War, which ranked 8th on the top grossing chart, has only been available for just over two years.
6 of the 10 games in the top grossing chart are from Asian developers.
There's also an obvious regional divide between the two charts – the majority of games in the top downloaded chart are from western developers, while 6 of the 10 games in the top grossing chart are from Asian developers.
The report also claims that the revenues for four of the top grossing games come almost entirely from Japan, where these games' publishers are based.
App Annie then compared the charts with the game's MAUs in 2016 by country, finding that most of the games are still being played today in various territories, but both Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans are still finding success globally.
You can check out the full report via the App Annie blog.