Just like books and movies, games have genres, too. If you're an industry professional, understanding the top genres can be helpful in business. And, if you're just an enthusiastic gamer, you might need this information for trivia eventually — you never know.
Here are four super-popular mobile gaming genres for Android users, according to Statista.
Flappy Bird, Super Nano Jumper, and Comic Boy are all considered casual games. So what makes a game… casual?
Well, typically these games have a lighter learning curve. They also don’t demand a lot of time from the player, meaning sessions are shorter.
Additionally, casual games are generally designed to appeal to a mass audience. It’s worth noting that plenty of mobile games are technically considered casual even if they fit into another genre. According to an article by Udonis, Casual games make up 78% of mobile game downloads.
You might have guessed already, but Puzzle games are notoriously popular on both the Google and Apple App Stores. Drop Four, Color Maze, and Tetris are just a few fun and challenging puzzle games we love. Depending on who you ask, Candy Crush and Bejeweled are also considered puzzle games, but a more specific type, called a Match 3.
The anatomy of a puzzle game: Gameplay that requires you to think logically or conceptually to achieve a win. Sudoku and Wordscapes are some of the most commonly played puzzle games.
Simulation games are characterized by their similarity to real life. Most often, these games replicate the feeling of real-life events, like the famous Sims game we all know and love. Other common themes include caring for a pet, interior designing, hunting, or flying an airplane.
Did you know simulation-style games are used for training purposes, too? Imagine playing a version of “The Office” to prepare for the dynamics of working 9-5.
Runners are those fun games you stand over your friends shoulder to watch. Subway Surfers and Temple Run are the two most notable runner games to date. One of the best things about runner games is that there are seemingly no limits to how far you can go.
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Which of these genres do you find yourself playing most?