Think mobile games have to be complicated to be successful? Think again. If you’re considering iOS development services, you should know that some of the most successful mobile games were easily developed and simple in nature.

Here are the top 5 easy-developed mobile games that attracted millions of players.

1. Angry Birds

Angry Birds is still one of the most popular mobile games in the world – even though it was released more than a decade ago. The entire Angry Birds series of games has more than 2 billion downloads across all platforms.

This wildly popular mobile game is simple and was easy to develop. Players use a slingshot to launch wingless birds at pigs. The goal is to destroy all of the pigs on the board. As players progress in the game, new types of birds become available for play.

Angry Birds is proof that you don’t need a complicated mobile game to become a viral success. This simple mobile game, released in 2009, holds the record for spending the most days on the Top Paid Apps chart. The original game spent 275 days at number one.

2. Candy Crush Saga

Addictive, free and easy to play. Candy Crush Saga is a match-three puzzle game that was originally released in 2012 on Facebook. Today, you can play Candy Crush on iOS, Android and even Windows Phone.

The game is simple: complete levels by matching three or more candies of the same color. Each match removes those candies from the board, bringing you one step closer to completing the level. Some boards have extra goals, and matching more than 3 of the same color can get you bonus points or other perks.

Candy Crush Saga is largely credited with being one of the first and most successful uses of the freemium game model. You can play the entire game without spending a dime, but you can also spend money to buy special actions that will help you clear boards.

When Candy Crush was at the peak of popularity, it was reportedly bringing in $1 million per day in revenue. In the 12 months preceding July 2018, the game generated an estimated $930 million in revenue.

This mobile game has received more than 2.7 billion downloads since its release and continues to be one of the most-played mobile games.

3. Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle

A free mobile game from the Dragon Ball franchise. Dokkan Battle, which was released in 2015, has received more than 300 million downloads and grossed over $2 billion in global revenue.

While the game has a variety of elements, they are all simple by nature and easy to develop. The game’s main levels are similar to board games. Players will find areas with different items, traps, power-ups and fights. But the fights aren’t the usual combat-style battle. Players fight against enemies through a puzzle system, like a match-3 game. Characters can be unlocked through in-game items or in-app purchases.

Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle continues to be one of the most popular, easy-developed mobile games.

4. Fruit Ninja

Games don’t get much simpler than Fruit Ninja. Despite its simplicity, this mobile game is highly addictive and has received more than 300 million downloads. Fruit Ninja became so popular that it expanded from iOS and Android to Windows Phone, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and even Oculus Quest.

The concept of the game is remarkably simple: slice through fruit with a blade. The blade is controlled through your phone’s touchscreen. As fruit is thrown onto the screen, players have to swipe their fingers across the screen to “slice” the fruit in half. Bonus points are awarded for slicing several fruits at once, and players can use multiple fingers to make multiple slices at the same time. To progress in the game, players have to slice through all of the fruit. Once three fruits are missed, the game is over. Bombs will occasionally be thrown onto the screen, which will end the game if the player slices through them.

Although Fruit Ninja incorporates a few challenging elements, the development of the game was easy.

5. Jetpack Joyride

A simple side-scrolling endless-runner mobile game that was originally released in 2011.

In Jetpack Joyride, Barry Steakfries, the main character, steals a jet pack and sets out on an adventure. The jet pack is controlled using a very simple single-touch system. Touch anywhere on the screen, and the jet pack will fire up, causing Barry to rise. Once you remove your finger from the screen, the jet pack turns off and Barry falls. Barry is in continual motion, so you can’t control his speed.

The goal is to travel as far as possible with the jet pack, collecting coins and avoiding hazards along the way. Any contact with any obstacle results in instant death.

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