The App Store top charts are a weird place, especially in this brave new world of Chart Boost, paid installs, and the myriad of other schemes developers are using to catapult their games up to the top. You might've noticed over the weekend that Backflip Madness [$0.99] shot up from seemingly out of nowhere. We were crazy for the game when it was released earlier this year, posting a review, TA Plays video, and hidden trick guide in quick succession... But, without any recent updates or other noteworthy traditional reason that'd cause a surge in popularity, we were pretty confused by its place at #1.

It turns out, the promotional power of top YouTubers is rivaled by nothing else I've seen. YouTube mega star PewDiePie has over fifteen million subscribers, and the following video is all it took for Backflip Madness to be catapulted up the App Store charts:

...To which I say, awesome. Backflip Madness is an amazingly fun game, and I couldn't be happier to see it getting the attention it deserves. Definitely give it a download if you haven't already.

  • lr1919

    I was wondering... Thanks for the update!

  • Scot Damn

    Thank you Eli for showing me the hilarity that is PewDiePie. Dude is crazy!

    • dariusjr98

      Crazy in a bad way. I don't care what his fifteen million sheep say, he is extremely obnoxious. He acts like a 9-year-old, and is loud all the time for no reason.

      • defunct32

        15 mil sheep is a bit harsh, but that speaking voice is so cringe-worthy.

      • dariusjr98

        Have you seen his fans comments in "defense" of him?

      • defunct32

        I bet they're like Little Monsters?

      • dariusjr98

        I guess you can say that.

      • toxiccheese

        Then don't listen or watch. Calm down.

      • dariusjr98

        I don't. I watched a couple of times, didn't really like it, and moved on. I'm very calm, and I'm free to speak my mind about him. Are you calm? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • dariusjr98

        And on another note, saying "If you don't like it, then don't watch it!" is such an invalid argument. If people weren't to view one's work, there would be no way to form an opinion about it and/or them.

        So like I said, I tried, I didn't like it, so now I don't. You also sound like one of his fans, and I'm completely calm. The tone of the comment could've gone so many different ways, and I decided that I would go the non-hostile critical way. Sheep MIGHT have been a little too much, but like I said, have you seen his fans?

      • MkRwilliams

        Haters -_-

      • liteking

        You're a bit too smart & sane to understand this, man.

        PewDiePie is all about dumb & insane fun

      • Scot Damn

        He is a marketing genius. 15 million are following him for a reason. It's easy to criticize those at the top. I saw someone else comment that he doesn't deserve the attention. This isn't your spoiled nephew or niece though, the internet is brutal, people either like you or hate you for a reason. I find him mildly entertaining. You're comment about him acting like a 9 year old could also be said about Peter Griffin from Family Guy, a successful show. People like stupidity and ridiculous behavior in comedy.

      • dariusjr98

        In Family Guy's defense, because I admit I do enjoy Family Guy, it is written by a professional comedian. So even though Peter does act childish, it works because of the writing.

        PewDiePie is not a professional comedian. Some might consider him a professional YouTuber though. He screams a lot and hurts headphone users' ears (it happened to me), and spews profanity for no other reason than just because. Now all that might not be so bad if it all come together in some way, but unfortunately it doesn't, at least in my opinion.

        And to make this perfectly clear, I don't hate this guy at all. I don't even have permission to because I don't know him in real life. But I don't like his work, and I find him obnoxious.

      • Scot Damn

        I've never seen someone use so much text with such little meaning. Everything you said is entirely subjective. Your "argument" is hollow. It doesn't change anything I said above. Somehow we're talking about this guy hurting your ears, as if anyone cares?

      • Scot Damn

        I've never seen someone use so much text with such little meaning. Everything you said is entirely subjective. Your "argument" is hollow. It doesn't change anything I said above. Somehow we're talking about this guy hurting your ears, as if anyone cares?

      • dariusjr98

        I can see you're heated because of my other comment on the DT2 review. You know what, forget it. I'm wasting my time. Sorry for trying to be rational.

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      • defunct32

        He must be really well-loved, 15 million is a force to be reckoned with, but it seems that they also can't be reasoned with as well, time to pack our bags and move on, you coming?

  • drlemon

    Pewdiepie isn't the attention anybody deserves.

    • Snipyro12

      I'm all for youtubers, but I also don't see the appeal of PewDiePie nor understand how he rose to fame so quickly. I've tried watching his videos...and they don't strike me as any different from other channels who do game playthroughs. If anything, his shrieks turns me off a bit.

  • Kane

    Same thing happen with an app named - Akinator. A YouTuber named KSI promoted that.

  • hourglass

    Pewdiepie is a tumor on the brain of YouTube.

  • efforting

    15 million people clouding the gene pool.
    Though in spite of that, it looks like an interesting game.
    I would download it but I will wait until the PewDiePie hype dies down so as not to give him any more undeserving credit for the find.

    • homosaur

      *jerk off motion*

  • Jak Constantine

    I can't stand Pewdmustdie. I think the game still looks great.

  • NOEN

    I forgot how fun this game was. I need to go back to it. So is this this guys gig? Just play games and not be funny?.....and 15 million people actually like it? I guess to each their own.

  • nini

    I didn't know who this guy was, now that I do I feel like I'm part of the problem.

  • Lazer Kat

    I just bought it when it hot up the charts last night.
    I've been playing it for an hour or so...still on the first damn level, but I've enjoyed every minute and I feel like I'm always getting better.

    • Lazer Kat

      Beat level one finally, then beat two, three, and four immediately afterwards. This game is awesome...but I feel like it needs much much more.

  • philadendron

    The air physics look fun. I can't forgive the atrocious landing physics.

    • homosaur

      Way to completely miss the point, comments like this is why I quit reading iTunes reviews.

      • philadendron

        What point did I miss? I watched the video of the gameplay, then posted my opinion on how the game looked.

  • pinpoint007

    I was wondering the same thing last weekend, but like others said, this guy in the video is super annoying. Who would subscribe to this channel???

    • Pocketnova

      15 million people ๐Ÿ˜›

  • lux fox

    LOVED this game when it came out

  • Diaboliq

    Great game, terribly unfunny and immature youtuber... His demographic is 10-15 for sure