Let’s put things in perspective. Puzzle and Dragons, a game that has been ranked as one of the top grossing games in Japan reportedly already has 20 million downloads. While that’s already a massive number, it’s not nearly half of Flappy Bird’s 50 million downloads. It reportedly rakes in $50,000 dollars a day on ad-generated revenue. Not bad for a game that doesn’t have a single in-app purchase to make in a mobile gaming world where in-app purchasing seems to be the bread and butter of freemium games. More importantly, not bad for an indie game that was developed by a relatively obscure .Gears studio, which is in fact run by a single developer, Dong Nguyen
Following the game’s success, there have been over 90 clones that’ve cropped up to take advantage of the booming trend, and while most of those clones have inevitably been swallowed up into obscurity, a handful of them have broken into the top ranking games for the month of February both on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Let’s take a look at how these games are faring (For Asia, we looked at the top grossing games of Japan, South Korea, and China – the three biggest app markets in the region). The data used came from analytics from Distimo: