There are now over a million apps on the App Store. There are another million on Android’s Google Play. Nearly 50 million apps are downloaded every single day and there have been over 75 billion total downloads from the App Store alone. It’s no secret that mobile applications are big business! They’re running up huge numbers and creating a billion dollar industry that didn’t even exist ten years ago. But, what are the best-selling apps of the last twelve months? Who are the real winners?
Well, first it’s important to differentiate between best-selling and highest grossing. The highest grossing apps include Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Saga. These are free to download, but generate millions daily through in-app purchases. This list highlights the best-selling apps; they have a price-tag up front. Let’s get stuck into the list shall we?
Anyone who follows gaming or the app industry won’t be surprised to see Minecraft at the top of the list. It is the single best-selling game of all time. Based on the simple task of creating structures with blocks, it has taken the entire world by storm. It started on consoles before making the leap to mobile devices. Now, there is an online version with multiplayer access through Minecraft servers. If you haven’t had chance to play it yet, try it for yourself!
- 7-Minute Workout Challenge
Few people have time for a full trip to the gym every day. Our lives are hectic and it’s easy to fall out of a sensible exercise routine. 7-Minute Workout Challenge changes that by making a quick and easy workout on your phone. You simply follow the tutorials and mix up the exercises every day. There are a lot of health and exercise apps out there, but this is the winning app!
- Heads Up!
Heads Up! Is based on the simple game that you’ve probably played in the past. You hold your phone to your forehead with a name or object displayed. Your partner has to describe what or who it is without saying the word. Made famous by Ellen Degeneres on her prime-time show, the app quickly became a sensation.
- Football manager
Since the earliest games consoles were introduced, there have been football manager games. You take charge of your favourite team and coach them through the season. You pick the squad, the formation and make the substitutions. You’ll do everything that a professional football manager does. For football lovers, it’s an addictive and brilliant game.
- Cut The Rope 2
Cut The Rope is 2014’s standout platform game. Like all platformers, the premise is simple. But, the puzzles are tricky and addictive! The protagonist is a small, cute monster that needs feeding. You must cut the rope in the correct place to give him the treat!
- Plague Inc.
Completing the lineup is Plague Inc. It’s another brilliant gaming app with a simple concept at its heart. It’s a strategy game where you must infect the entire planet with a deadly virus. Sounds easy? Wait until you try it!
And so we come to the end of our list. Minecraft is the runaway winner here. Will it hold on for yet another year?