Distimo have released their latest report based on 2010 data that compares games in the Apple App Store, BlackBerry App World, Google Android Market, Nokia Ovi Store and Windows Marketplace. The major findings of the report include:
- Games on the Windows Marketplace and BlackBerry App World are most expensive at $4.91 and $4.60 (on average) respectively.
- The Games category on the Apple App Store with the most titles available is Puzzle.
- Games published in the Role Playing category on the Apple App Store are most expensive, averaging $7.96 per game. Most other game categories average between $1.30 and $2.60.
- 22% of the most grossing game titles in the Apple App Store were published in the Action category. The Arcade and Adventure categories were second and third with 12% and 9%, respectively. Interestingly enough, although the Puzzle category is the largest games category in the Apple App Store, relatively few of these games generate enough revenue to be ranked among the top grossing game titles.
The Distimo reports continually highlights the fact that BlackBerry apps are relatively too expensive. While I appreciate that RIM have created an app economy that has more quality, albeit less quantity, this doesn’t really apply in gaming. BlackBerry games are too expensive considering they’re not nearly as fun as iPhone games. You’re paying more for a BlackBerry game and not getting as much value as with the iPhone. I would love to see more tools offered to developers so they can make more compelling games for BlackBerry at a low price point.