Match-3 still alive?

20 06 2008

I was checking Runes of Avalon 2 performance on Big Fish Games yesterday (well, not good at all) and was very surprised by what I saw in the top-10 list.

First of all, I stopped checking the TOP 100 chart becausemy games are no longer there and I don’t think it’s going to change until I release Pony World Deluxe. I went straight to match-3 chart and saw a new game – FISHDOM on #1 place.

Well, #1 in match-3 genre is not something amazing, but breaking into TOP 10 is (#8 on June 19th). It’s even more amazing because FISHDOM is not BFG exclusive and because it was done within one day of launch of the game.

What is FISHDOM? It’s a classic match-3 game. It’s well polished and it has a little META game – you can build a tank and put in fishes. I would say it’s a straight Big Kahuna Reef rip off.

Which only proves that casual players don’t like too much innovation.

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3 responses to “Match-3 still alive?”

20 06 2008
Maciej (21:49:36) :

Come on, it’s not that bad. First of all Runes of Avalon 2 are now on 9th place at :) and second, Fishdom is a very polished game that is closer to Cradle of Rome or Fish Tycoon so one should expect it to have some relative success.

23 06 2008
Roman Budzowski (11:55:11) :

Yes, Runes of Avalon 2 does much better on than it did on, but it might be that it is just emerging market and it is much easier get in top 10.

For sure in terms of sales cannot compete with global

I do think it’s good that Fishdom got into top 10 – if your game is designed and executed with all “casual” principles in mind it can do well despite of genre it is (still, some genres make it easier for you).

2 07 2008
Jake Birkett (12:15:04) :

Yeah I’ve downloaded Fishdom and it’s in my match-3s to play folder. I have a personal interest in match-3s and like to check them all out. It’s good to see some can still make it into the top 10 like Ancient Quest of Saq.

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