The ELSPA website (Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association) provides a monthly top of the most downloaded mobile games in the UK, thus being a pretty accurate java mobile gaming market monitor. Once in a while(that’s once a year, mind you!) they also compile a Top 50 list of mobile games downloads.
December, being the universal month of shopping, gives the most accurate information in the field(and future estimation). We’ll just start with it for now..
So.. what do we learn from last month’s top 10?
- DEAL OR NO DEAL GAMELOFT
- TETRIS EA MOBILE
- NEED FOR SPEED: CARBON EA MOBILE
- THE SIMS 2 EA MOBILE
- SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: PART ONE GLU MOBILE
- MONOPOLY: HERE & NOW GLU MOBILE
- THE SIMS 2: PETS EA MOBILE
- MONOPOLY GLU MOBILE
- PAC-MAN NAMCO MOBILE
- TETRIS MANIA EA MOBILE
What? WTH? OMG!
First of all: Deal or no Deal, that we kinda reviewed previously on Mobicritic, remained the best selling game in the UK, ever since it’s launch in November. Dude, that’s freaking huge. One of the least exciting mobile games being a best seller since day 1…
Secondly: EA MOBILE rules, with 5 titles of the top 10. Off course, Tetris and Tetris Mania have always been rounding the first three places in the best selling games chart for the last 12 months, making Tetris the best selling mobile game ever. But that’s no surprise, is it?
What’s even more exciting, however, is ELSPA’s top 50 best selling mobile games in the UK for 2006. Please bow to the results, as they are freakin’ astonishing. Among others, you can see that Gameloft’s Deal or no Deal has reached the third position, in only 2 months since its availability. Wow. Indeed, I’m astonished by UK’s mobile gamers. Are they blind or simply low IQ? Anyone enlighten me, please?
Anyway. No reason to be frightened. There are some interesting results there as well.
Top 50 best selling mobile games in the UK for 2006
- Tetris (EA Mobile)
- Sonic: Part One (Glu)
- Deal Or No Deal (Gameloft)
- The Sims 2 (EA Mobile)
- Worms (THQ Wireless)
- Pac-man (Namco)
- Monopoly (Glu)
- Block Breaker Deluxe (Gameloft)
- Tetris Mania (EA Mobile)
- Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (Glu)
- Tiger Woods 06 (EA Mobile)
- Championship Manager 2006 (Eidos)
- Need For Speed: Carbon (EA Mobile)
- FIFA 06 (EA Mobile)
- Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? 2nd Ed (Glu)
- Lemmings (Glu)
- LMA Manager 2006 (Codemasters)
- Family Fortunes (Player X)
- Doom RPG (EA Mobile)
- Monopoly Tycoon (Hands On)
- FIFA 07 (EA Mobile)
- FIFA World Cup 2006 (EA Mobile)
- New York Nights: Success In The City (Gameloft)
- Pub Pool (Infospace)
- Ronnie O’Sullivan Snooker (Player One)
- Jewel Quest (I-play)
- Sonic The Hedgehog: Part Two (Glu)
- Midnight Pool (Gameloft)
- Sim City (EA Mobile)
- WPT: Texas Hold ‘em (Hands On)
- Street Fighter II (Capcom)
- Ms Pac-man (Namco)
- Prince Of Persia: The Two… (Gameloft)
- Blockbusters (Player X)
- My Dog (I-play)
- Sexy Pool (Indiagames)
- Tamagotchi (Disney Mobile)
- 3D Pool (I-play)
- 3 In 1 Arcade Pub Pack (AMS)
- Tiger Woods 2005 (I-play)
- Torino 2006 (I-play)
- Scrabble (EA Mobile)
- Ice Age 2 (Glu)
- Zuma (Glu)
- The Weakest Link (I-play)
- Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Music Ed (Glu)
- Puzzle Bobble (I-play)
- FIFA Street 2 (EA Mobile)
- Michael Vaughan Cricket 06/07 (Player One)
- Call Of Duty 2 (Hands On)
* The Sims 2, besides being a pretty good game, is also a great selling one. We’re actually preparing a review here on MobiCritic as well.
* I haven’t played Glu Mobiles’ Sonic:Part One, but seeing this chart makes me want to. So.. there’s a review coming pretty soon..
* Monopoly is a best seller – and has been this way ever since the beginning of ELSPA charts – so January 2005; it changed franchise, format and implementation, but remained a great seller. Now in Glu’s implementation.
* Who wants to be a Millionaire remains one best selling series; after all, it’s been this way since 2005, and there are three titles from the series in the top 50.
* Gameloft is not very well represented in the UK, although it is a best seller in US, France and many more. Also, Digital Chocolate, in-spite of some great games, never seemed to achieve notoriety in the UK.
Other insights on ELSPA’s best mobile games of 2006 list over at Pocket Gamer
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