• Author arn
  • Posted On2009-09-08 16:41:26
  • News

main_appstore20080612A promising sounding report from market research firm Fade LLC claims to have compiled a list of the Top 10 iPhone games by units sold. They offer an enticing list of seemingly precise sales numbers as of July.

1. Tap Tap Revenge Classic - 4,036,348
2. Fieldrunners - 1,638,916
3. Flight Control - 1,381,320
4. Touchgrind - 990,086
5. Zombieville USA - 960,868
6. iShoot - 843,392
7. Super Monkey Ball - 748,063
8. Hero of Sparta - 747,716
9. Enigmo - 686,160
10 The Sims 3 - 669,280

The problem is that Apple doesn't provide these sales numbers, so the only real way to get accurate ones is from the developers themselves and Fade's numbers don't agree with both public and private sales numbers from the developers listed. For example, Pangea revealed their Enigmo sales numbers to be 810,000 as of January 2009 -- far more than the 686,000 reported by Fade.

We contacted a number of the developers on the list, and so far, all of them report the numbers are well off target. Ethan Nicholas reports the sales of iShoot [$1.99] to be at 550,000 copies total so far -- again well off the 843,000 listed above. Illusion Labs (TouchGrind [$4.99]) and MikaMobile (Zombieville [$1.99]) have also responded stating their internal numbers are also well off Fade's. Also absent from the list are Flick Fishing which has sold over 1 million copies and Crash Bandicoot which topped Apple's own list of all-time top app sales. In fact, the only figure that seems close is Flight Control which recently announced reaching 1.5 million in sales.

Due to pent up interest, we expect these numbers to get a lot of attention over the next few days, but they clearly are a very inaccurate representation of the top iPhone game sales.

Update: We've since been contacted by Fade who reveals their methodology. Their sales numbers are extrapolated based on user polls.

  • iPhone sales numbers are based off of iPhone and iPod Touch user polls. Sales are then verified through official user reviews on products sold. We estimate that over 500,000 users participate in this system with verified sales.
  • We then use the actual user base that participates in conversion-based metrics to extrapolate sales for titles available on the iPhone and/or iPod touch devices, based on a number of factors including price, reviews, release version, and ratings.

They go on to explain the discrepancy with some of the numbers are due to discounts which may cause sales to skyrocket for periods of time and later taper down. So, while there may be some value in their numbers looking into the future, we're don't think total sales estimates are going to be it.

  • TGR

    YES! Let's post about fake sales numbers!

  • TGR

    YES! Let's post about fake sales numbers!

  • SalsaMD

    Enigmo sales numbers to be 810,000 as of January 200"9"

  • SalsaMD

    Enigmo sales numbers to be 810,000 as of January 200"9"

  • Acidbottle

    only got flight control in that top 10 and would rather jam my nob in a door than play it ever again.

    • LBG

      lol
      I agree with you that this top ten is total bullshit, but there is no need for jamming your nob in your door (literally laughing out loud at the though of this).

  • Acidbottle

    only got flight control in that top 10 and would rather jam my nob in a door than play it ever again.

    • LBG

      lol
      I agree with you that this top ten is total bullshit, but there is no need for jamming your nob in your door (literally laughing out loud at the though of this).

  • Samka

    Pocket god have over a million it's confirmed by bolt creative.

  • Samka

    Pocket god have over a million it's confirmed by bolt creative.

  • matax

    Also TRISM. It must have sold a lot

  • matax

    Also TRISM. It must have sold a lot

  • http://pocketgod.blogspot.com davecazz

    4 mil for tap tap is so overflated its not even funny, I doubt they even hit 1 mil. flick fishing should be up there, we are only not there because we are not classified as a game (but we have games in our app and are at 1.5 mil). flight control just hit 1.5 and crash bandicoot is well over a million and might have over 1.5. so I think #1 is crash, then #2 is flight control, #3 is Pocket God, then #4 is flick fishing.

    • Gigidey

      Also, Tap Tap was free until about a month (or 2) ago, I think they're also counting the downloads when it was free.

  • http://pocketgod.blogspot.com davecazz

    4 mil for tap tap is so overflated its not even funny, I doubt they even hit 1 mil. flick fishing should be up there, we are only not there because we are not classified as a game (but we have games in our app and are at 1.5 mil). flight control just hit 1.5 and crash bandicoot is well over a million and might have over 1.5. so I think #1 is crash, then #2 is flight control, #3 is Pocket God, then #4 is flick fishing.

    • Gigidey

      Also, Tap Tap was free until about a month (or 2) ago, I think they're also counting the downloads when it was free.

  • spiffyone

    Monkey Ball had hit ~500,000 sold by November of last year, and you're honestly telling me a game that only recently dropped out of the top 100 paid game charts sold only a little over 200,000 units since that time?

    I call B.S.

    Absolute B.S.

    Same deal with Crash Nitro Kart not being listed. WTF?

  • spiffyone

    Monkey Ball had hit ~500,000 sold by November of last year, and you're honestly telling me a game that only recently dropped out of the top 100 paid game charts sold only a little over 200,000 units since that time?

    I call B.S.

    Absolute B.S.

    Same deal with Crash Nitro Kart not being listed. WTF?

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