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Top charts in App Store is so broke?

02-18-2016, 10:17 PM
#1
Joined: Jan 2015
Location: Liberty city
Posts: 2,765
Top charts in App Store is so broke?

I've checked the top charts for paid and free for two years and it seems to hardly ever change.
Can it be right are so many people everyday buying games like akinator the genie or the game of life for months at a time and only having 20 reviews.
Why won't they just fix this feature. They could make millions more each month
02-19-2016, 07:00 AM
#2
I know right, every single day they keep the same apps. I mean how could that many people buy one app for this long.

02-19-2016, 11:53 PM
#3
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Ibaraki, Japan
Posts: 904
For 99% of iOS users, those top charts are the only place they find things to buy. It's a miracle they change as much as they do.
02-20-2016, 04:03 AM
#4
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: U.S.A., earth
Posts: 215
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jayg2015 View Post
I've checked the top charts for paid and free for two years and it seems to hardly ever change.
Can it be right are so many people everyday buying games like akinator the genie or the game of life for months at a time and only having 20 reviews.
Why won't they just fix this feature. They could make millions more each month
It's not just games. Some pundits and those otherwise in the industry have said it's ruining (non-game) apps too.

And you're asking why Apple won't fix this? They're already raking in the money. They don't seem to care where the money's coming from. They can do what they're currently doing now, or spend resources at it, but in the end, they'll lose at b/c they probably won't see any gains.

Also, other articles say that when the iOS AppStore first came out, the big wigs underestimated how prominent it would be. Indies were able to flourish. Now, the likes of Google, Facebook, etc. have gotten in, they now reap most of the revenue... for a group that only represents a minority. Not unlike the actual American economy.

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Originally Posted by Shaun Musgrave View Post
For 99% of iOS users, those top charts are the only place they find things to buy. It's a miracle they change as much as they do.
This. That's the thing... when you're on a platform with a lot of casual/quick gamers, then the best selling items would certainly reflect that. I'm fairly certain that most of those buyers most won't be coming to places like TA.com to get their curated picks, and do ANY research.
02-20-2016, 08:01 AM
#5
Joined: Oct 2012
Location: Michigan, USA
Posts: 1,192
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shaun Musgrave View Post
For 99% of iOS users, those top charts are the only place they find things to buy. It's a miracle they change as much as they do.
Yes. This is exactly how I used to find games before I stumbled upon TA.
02-21-2016, 06:05 PM
#6
For years I used that to gauge which games to buy. Thankfully, I found TA. I agree, it seems SUPER broken.
02-22-2016, 05:08 AM
#7
Is there a place on TA where you can find user curated games? I guess the forums have this, but it would be nice if users curate game lists are well organized and easy to find. Readers can then also up-vote good lists.
02-22-2016, 05:25 AM
#8
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Europe, CET
Posts: 2,454
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Originally Posted by TernTek View Post
Is there a place on TA where you can find user curated games? I guess the forums have this, but it would be nice if users curate game lists are well organized and easy to find. Readers can then also up-vote good lists.
Not really, aside from various forum posts. I posted my own lists in reply to questions several times. One of these days I'll get around to making a thread for my recommendations, so I can use it for reference.

Having a game list as part of forum profiles would be great. @TA Staff: Wonder if it's possible to add that?

Sidenote: If we start discussing this topic, we should move it to a new thread.
02-22-2016, 06:03 AM
#9
Joined: Jun 2014
Location: Brazil
Posts: 982
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Originally Posted by Nullzone View Post

Having a game list as part of forum profiles would be great. @TA Staff: Wonder if it's possible to add that?

Sidenote: If we start discussing this topic, we should move it to a new thread.
That would be great!
02-22-2016, 04:29 PM
#10
Joined: Jul 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 735
I like this- a bitch about the App Store thread Yep it's crazy, Ketchapp have two games there by virtue of being two aesthetically pleasing, but not actually brilliant games. (Splash, Stack)
Picked out a good game though called Merged, haven't seen that featured TA. Not sure if it's actually classed as a match 3! But it's a good one.
The other crazy popular App Store hit was this game about driving into a petrol station. I guess it's novelty for kids.