Cell Sport Market Overview April 2022

April was an attention-grabbing month for occasions and collaborations as cellular sport builders made essentially the most of Easter, April Idiot’s Day and Ramadan celebrations to experiment with new options and limited-time modes. Offended Birds Journey! celebrated its first seasonal occasion with the Easter Kiosk which launched a particular Easter foreign money and limited-time store, whereas Golden Week celebration occasions occurred in loads of Japanese cellular video games together with State of Survival and Guardian Tales. 

Elsewhere, Roblox hosted a GRAMMY celebration occasion that includes reside music performances and in addition revisited its Chipotle collaboration. Fortunately, no servers had been harmed within the course of this time! April launched an enormous replace for Genshin Affect too, with its phased Hues of the Violet occasion bringing a great deal of new content material within the type of fundamental quests, facet quests and banner gachas galore. 

Final 12 months, our analysts stated hybrid parts are key for the success of 4X titles. Living proof: April’s top-grossing chart, which led to a number of 4X hybrid technique video games reaching new positions. April additionally noticed some attention-grabbing improvements with blockchain options: Summoner’s Struggle: Misplaced Centuria celebrated its one-year anniversary with new play-to-earn blockchain mechanics, whereas the social metaverse app Highrise awarded NFT homeowners with Creature Cash for participating in a limited-time unique occasion. 

To be taught extra about all of those occasions and updates, in addition to the newest charting positions, be sure to maintain studying to get the complete lowdown on cellular sport market updates in April. 

US Market Overview

Clash Royale got a new type of progression vector, Card Masteries.
Conflict Royale acquired a brand new sort of development vector, Card Masteries.
  • The Battle Cross is again in RAID: Shadow Legends! The primary iteration of the Battle Cross was launched to the sport all the best way again in February 2020, however it had just one season and by no means reappeared till now with this new iteration, Forge Cross.
The Weekly challenges are only available to players who have purchased Gold Pass for RAID: Shadow Legends' Forge Pass.
The Weekly challenges are solely obtainable to gamers who’ve bought Gold Cross for RAID: Shadow Legends’ Forge Cross.
Lords Mobile introduced Artifacts, opening a new way of boosting the player's powers to new heights.
Lords Cell launched Artifacts, opening a brand new approach of boosting the participant’s powers to new heights.
  • Solitaire puzzle sport Solitaire Dwelling Design has added compelled adverts, which means that after gamers have to look at an computerized advert each time they full a degree. 
  • On a extra basic observe, our US analysts report that many video games that didn’t already embody a Battle Cross system have added one over the previous month, together with the beforehand talked about RAID: Shadow Legends and a number of on line casino video games. Furthermore, one of many hottest cellular gaming developments proper now, numerous minigame modes, appears to be gaining recognition as an increasing number of video games have just lately added a minigame mode to their sport. The most recent ones to hop on this development are Slots video games specifically.

April has additionally been the month of 4Xs video games based mostly on current happenings within the US top-grossing listing. Many more recent hybrid 4X Technique video games, together with Strolling Useless: Survivors, Age of Origins, Puzzles & Survival, Prime Struggle: Battle Sport, and The Ants, reached new top-grossing ranks throughout April. We predicted again in June final 12 months that the rising ‘hybridization’ of cellular video games would open up new income streams, and this now appears to be coming true. For those who haven’t learn our weblog submit on the subject but, test it out right here.


  • Roblox hosted a sequence of various collaboration occasions final month: 
    • The primary collaboration, the GRAMMY Week collaboration occasion, happened in a Las Vegas Strip social hangout foyer space the place gamers might fly round with planes, get pleasure from a digital live performance by GRAMMY-nominated artist Camilo, and participate in GRAMMY award scavenger hunt for unique rewards.
    • The collaboration that might or might not have been chargeable for breaking Roblox final time is again once more. Roblox and Chipotle joined forces once more to host a Chipotle Burritor Builder collaboration occasion. The occasion teleported gamers again to the primary authentic Chipotle restaurant in 1993 in Denver, on which the occasion’s social foyer space was based mostly. Gamers started working within the restaurant, rolling burritos for patrons in a time administration minigame.
    • Roblox’s Beatland occasion was a collaboration occasion with Telekom Digital Beats. As typical with Roblox occasions, the occasion included an digital music-themed hangout hub with a particular sport made for the occasion. The spotlight of the occasion was a reside present by DJ Boris Brejcha, which happened throughout the occasion weekend.
Chipotle is making a comeback to Roblox! This time, the collaboration event featured the first original Chipotle restaurant, where players got to work rolling burritos for customers in a time management minigame.
Chipotle is making a comeback to Roblox! This time, the collaboration occasion featured the primary authentic Chipotle restaurant, the place gamers started working rolling burritos for patrons in a time administration minigame.
Genshin Impact released yet another massive update! The main event, Hues of the Violet Garden, was released in phases, and each phase featured not just main quests and side quests but also the main quests' own subquests (minigames)!
Genshin Affect launched yet one more large replace! The principle occasion, Hues of the Violet Backyard, was launched in phases, and every part featured not simply fundamental quests and facet quests but additionally the primary quests’ personal subquests (minigames)!
  • Summoners Struggle: Misplaced Centuria, Summoners Struggle’s PvP targeted real-time Tactical Battler spin-off combined with auto-battle RPG mechanics, celebrated its first anniversary by implementing ​play-to-earn blockchain mechanics via two new cryptocurrency tokens.
  • Speaking about blockchain mechanics, one other sport using blockchain mechanics, Highrise, a social metaverse app with customization parts, featured a Creature Membership Put on occasion, which rewarded Highrise Creature Membership NFT homeowners day by day Creature Cash that may very well be used to attract a Creature Membership Put on limited-time gacha for unique beauty merchandise rewards.
  • Easter introduced the primary seasonal occasion, Easter Kiosk, to Offended Birds Journey! Easter Kiosk had the acquainted occasion mechanics from the opposite Offended Birds titles, with gamers having to gather particular Eggs foreign money from regular ranges, which might then be spent within the occasion store to buy rewards.
Easter brought the first seasonal event, Easter Kiosk, to Angry Birds Journey!
Easter introduced the primary seasonal occasion, Easter Kiosk, to Offended Birds Journey!
  • Caesars Slots’s Legions is all about teamwork! Within the limited-time co-op occasion, gamers had been matched randomly with others to type Legions, and wanted to gather collectively Flags from Missions to succeed in reward thresholds to get rewards earlier than time was up.
Caesars Slots’s Legions is all about teamwork!
Caesars Slots’s Legions is all about teamwork!

Along with many Easter occasions (akin to Section 10’s Bunny Playground renovation occasion), April additionally featured a couple of Ramadan-themed seasonal occasions (in video games like Garena Free Hearth and Prime Struggle: Battle Sport) in addition to occasions celebrating April Idiot’s day. We are going to quickly submit a weblog submit about this 12 months’s most enjoyable April Idiot’s occasions, so keep tuned!

New prime 200 grossing entrants available on the market

  • Platformer Stumble Guys managed to interrupt into the top-grossing 200 final month.
  • Loafer sport Gold and Goblins: Idle Merge has been scaling steadily for a while, and final month it lastly reached the top-grossing 200.
  • ECHOES of MANA is a model new turn-based RPG from Sq. Enix that managed to peak into top-200 final month.

China Market Overview

Ace Racer (王牌竞速) introduced a home system where players can decorate their garage to their liking with different furniture and decorations.
Ace Racer (王牌竞速) launched a house system the place gamers can enhance their storage to their liking with totally different furnishings and decorations.
Sausage Man's (香肠派对) new Wuxia-themed season of Battle Pass includes Chinese fantasy-style accessory and skin rewards.
Sausage Man’s (香肠派对) new Wuxia-themed season of Battle Cross contains Chinese language fantasy-style accent and pores and skin rewards.


  • MMORPG Revelation (天谕) held a house competitors occasion, the place gamers might enhance their properties and take part within the occasion to win rewards, akin to furnishings and a limited-time occasion title. The theme of this occasion was “marriage,” because the replace additionally added a new marriage system to the sport.
    • Together with the competitors occasion, the sport additionally held a collaboration occasion with Sanrio characters, together with Sanrio-related objects, akin to an outfit, an avatar body, and a mount.
To celebrate its new marriage system, Revelation (天谕) organized a home competition event with the theme "marriage."
To rejoice its new marriage system, Revelation (天谕) organized a house competitors occasion with the theme “marriage.” 
Dreamland New Jade Dynasty (梦幻新诛仙) celebrated the third day of the third month of the Chinese calendar with an event that featured a singing competition for the players.
Dreamland New Jade Dynasty (梦幻新诛仙) celebrated the third day of the third month of the Chinese language calendar with an occasion that featured a singing competitors for the gamers.
 Canal Towns (江南百景图) continued spring festivities with a Qingming festival dedicated event that featured an event-only subscription plan.
 Canal Cities (江南百景图) continued spring festivities with a Qingming competition devoted occasion that featured an event-only subscription plan.
  • Tencent’s Craz3 Match (天天爱消除) had an attention-grabbing “color-book” occasion, 涂色本, the place the thought was that gamers might shade numerous sorts of drawing sheets with a particular “pen” foreign money.
Craz3 Match (天天爱消除) held an interesting "color-book" event, where players could color various kinds of drawing sheets with a special "pen" currency.
Craz3 Match (天天爱消除) held an attention-grabbing “color-book” occasion, the place gamers might shade numerous sorts of drawing sheets with a particular “pen” foreign money.

New prime 200 grossing entrants available on the market

  • Tencent’s MMORPG Black Desert Cell (黑色沙漠) hit the Chinese language market final month, rating at its highest within the top-grossing thirty first place and first within the downloads listing.
  • JianYu ZhiWang (咸鱼之王), an idle RPG with an attention-grabbing trying artwork fashion, ranked at its highest within the top-grossing 96th place final month.
  • ShenKong ZhiYan (深空之眼) is an ARPG with Mihoyo/Nier vibes. In April, the sport managed to succeed in the top-grossing place seven at its highest.

As a particular observe, Sky: Youngsters of Mild (光·遇) has just lately garnered vital recognition on China’s prime charts. Final month, the sport was seen for the primary time amongst China’s top-grossing three video games.

Japan Market Overview

Collaborations and anniversaries

  • LINE Bubble 2 celebrated its seventh anniversary with a collaboration occasion with Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers), a well-liked Japanese sequence together with manga/anime/drama.
    • The collaboration occasion additionally featured an progressive IAP supply, the place the participant might get a greater deal by finishing missions.
LINE Bubble 2 x Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) collaboration occasion replace included a intelligent IAP supply, the place the participant might get a greater deal by finishing missions.
LINE PokoPoko's collaboration event with GeGeGe no Kitarou gave players a chance to collect collaboration characters by participating in various events, like bingo levels and Nezumi-Otoko's secret dungeon puzzle RPG stages.
LINE PokoPoko’s collaboration occasion with GeGeGe no Kitarou gave gamers an opportunity to gather collaboration characters by taking part in numerous occasions, like bingo ranges and Nezumi-Otoko’s secret dungeon puzzle RPG levels.
  • On the finish of April, a web-based mahjong PvP sport Jantama (雀魂 -じゃんたま-) organized a collaboration occasion with Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai, giving the sport an enormous income enhance and a spot within the top-grossing 10 listing. 
    • For the occasion, 4 collaboration characters had been launched to the world of Jantama. The occasion additionally got here with its personal occasion mode.
Jantama’s (雀魂 -じゃんたま-) collaboration occasion with Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai gave the sport an enormous income enhance and a go to to the top-grossing 10.
  • Gran Saga (グランサガ) collaborated with Closing Fantasy XV, making this Gran Saga’s first ever collaboration occasion! The occasion featured content material akin to a login bonus with a collaboration pores and skin as a last reward.
Active players had the opportunity to receive a collaboration skin as a final login bonus reward during the Gran Saga (グランサガ) x Final Fantasy XV collaboration event.
Energetic gamers had the chance to obtain a collaboration pores and skin as a last login bonus reward throughout the Gran Saga (グランサガ) x Closing Fantasy XV collaboration occasion.
Shadowverse (シャドウバース) x Uma Musume Pretty Derby's collaboration included normal battles split into various difficulties as well as puzzle stages.
Shadowverse (シャドウバース) x Uma Musume Fairly Derby’s collaboration included regular battles break up into numerous difficulties in addition to puzzle levels.
A rhythm sport Sakurazaka46・Hinatazaka46 UNI’S ON AIR’s (櫻坂46・日向坂46 UNI’S ON AIR) 2.5 Anniversary occasions gave the sport a really spectacular income enhance. (Supply: GameRefinery SaaS Platform)

New prime 200 grossing entrants available on the market

  • 聖剣伝説 ECHOES of MANA is the most recent installment to the Mana sequence, launched on April twenty sixth. The sport has since been within the prime 50 (and even briefly visited the highest 200 within the US).
  • ユグドラ・レゾナンス is a turn-based RPG, which advertises itself as a “time synchro RPG,” which means that the sport’s time, and presumably even climate situations, sync in actual time to the present real-life time and climate. The sport peaked on the top-grossing place 38, however is at present among the many top-grossing 120 video games.
  • スプライトファンタジア-精霊物語- is a cutesy MMORPG and a successor to PC MMORPG GrandFantasia. The sport peaked at GR 61, however appears to be like to be falling out of the highest 200.
  • AZUREA-空の唄- is a brand new MMORPG by Zlong, at present within the top-grossing 50.
  • オリエント·アルカディア is an everyday auto-battle RPG however has managed to carry a constant place among the many top-50 video games.


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