PocketGamer.biz analysis of announced iPad launch games highlights dominance of ports of iPhone puzzle games


For Immediate Release

London, UK– 23rd March 2010– With anticipation increasing prior to the launch of Apple’s iPad in North America on 3rd April, PocketGamer.biz has analysed data based on the games announced for the new device.

Using a list of 97 titles, (either publicly announced or that are known to be coming to the platform), the team discovered the typical launch game for iPad will be a port of an iPhone puzzle game developed by an indie American studio.

In terms of a detailed breakdown of the data, the most popular genres are;

Puzzle 26%

Action 12%

Sports 10%

Strategy 7%

Card or board games 7%

Shooter 6%

The origination of iPad games is as follows;

Port of existing iPhone game 65%

New title 16%

Version of console game 10%

Sequel of iPhone game 4%

Version of PC game 3%

Version of mobile game 2%

Breaking down the type of studios launching iPad games;

Indie 44%

Publisher 31%

Mid-tier developer 23% (large indie)

Other 2%

Finally, the geographical location of developers;

US 48%

UK 10%

Canada 7%

France 5%

Korea 3%

Germany, Finland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and Poland 2%

“It seems most iPhone game developers are planning to release a title for iPad, so it will be fascinating to see how this breakdown analysis changes as we get closer to launch and more games are announced,” said Jon Jordan, PocketGamer.biz editor.

“There’s certainly not going to be a lack of iPad titles available on 3rd April and we’re already seeing some novel announcements with the likes of Oujia board app SpiritPad, not to mention larger versions of old favourites such as Flight Control and Zen Bound.”

The full analysis can be read on PocketGamer.biz


For more information, contact Jon Jordan ( jon@pocketgamer.co.uk)


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