Games on iOS, or any OS for that matter can be incredibly lucrative. It's not so long ago that Dong Nyugen, the creator of hit game Flappy Bird was reportedly earning $50,000 a day before the game was taken down by the developer. Eight months after the game is still making money from the millions who still have it installed on their devices.
The game is just one of many that have proven to be million-dollar businesses with the likes of Angry Birds, Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Saga demonstrating how 'free' to download games can still generate money from advertising as well as in-game purchases and add-ons. Below is a list of the 10 biggest money making games on iOS sourced from Think Gaming.
1. Clash of Clans ($1,387,620 revenue per day)
Clash of Clans is a combat strategy game in which you can build your very own kingdom which you then protect from enemies and battle other players all around the world. The setup is simple and the interface easily navigated making it the most profitable game on the list.
2. Candy Crush Saga ($1,097,578 revenue per day)
Probably the most famous name on the list, Candy Crush Saga uses colourful graphics and simple rules that just like real candy keeps you coming back for more. The game is virtually endless with new levels being added every two weeks and has a clever system that stops you from playing after a certain number of failed attempts - the only way around this is too pay with real money or wait for hours at a time until you can next play.
3. Game of War – Fire Age ($710,273 revenue per day)
Very similar to Clash of Clans, Game of War - Fire Age also lets you become ruler of your own kingdom. You can build an empire and battle friends in real-time making the game an addictive strategy based game of war.
4. The Simpsons™: Tapped Out ($336,687 revenue per day)
The Simpsons™: Tapped Out, is possibly just as addictive as the TV show. The game lets you build your own Springfield whilst completing various challenges which allow you to compete with your friends on leaderboards.
5. Hay Day ($265,706 revenue per day)
If you have ever wanted your own chicken farm then this is the game for you. Similar to Clash of Clans but with less violence and war, this game lets you create your own farm and dominate the world.
The game offers impressive 3D graphics and a variety of activities to complete including customising your own farm, planting crops and raising animals.
6. Farm Heroes Saga ($222,904 revenue per day)
Farm Heroes Saga is from the makers of Candy Crush Saga and uses a very similar setup. In Farm Heroes Saga you get to collect cropsies and unlock bonuses and boosters in game which lets you level up and then compare high scores with your friends.
7. Big Fish Casino ($186,878 revenue per day)
If you are into gambling then this is the game for you. Big Fish Casino is full of virtual slot machines that let you win virtual prizes. You can play friends at games of Blackjack and test each others Poker skills.
8. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood ($157,629 revenue per day)
Many people want to live a life like Kim Kardashian and this game makes that possible, allowing players to make their hollywood dreams come true. You can either play as Kim or even create your very own character in your own self image. After this you can explore a world of exclusive clubs, luxury homes and hang out with other players whilst you compare each others styles.
9. Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff ($135,155 revenue per day)
The Family Guy game has plenty of interesting storyline to follow and offers plenty of random fun to entertain. It can be hard to put down when gaming along with friends.
10. Puzzle & Dragons ($119,457 revenue per day)
This RPG/Puzzle game uses simple gameplay that lets you escape into a world full of adventure, monsters and magic. The game offers the ability to make new in-game friends with other players - allowing you to exchange user IDs meaning you will never adventure alone again.