Apple's tagline for the App Store has long been "there's an app for that," emphasizing the wide array of app categories available. But when it comes to spending money on the iPhone or iPad, Distimo's 2013 Year in Review report shows that games are continuing their utter App Store dominance. Of the 10 top grossing apps in the marketplace for 2013, all 10 of them are games.
If you've spent any time on the App Store this year, you'll likely be able to guess at least a few of the games on the list:
- Clash of Clans
- Candy Crush Saga
- Hay Day
- Puzzle & Dragons
- The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth
- Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North
- Minecraft - Pocket Edition
- Modern War
- The Simpsons: Tapped Out
- Big Fish Casino
It's also worth noting that nine out of the 10 top grossing apps are also free-to-play, with Minecraft being the singular exception. This isn't particularly surprising, considering that the vast majority of new games on the App Store are embracing the in-app purchase model with the fiery passion of a thousand stars.