January 23, 2013
One of the more fascinating games to arrive for iOS has reached a huge new milestone. The Room, Apple’s 2012 iPad App Of The Year, has now been downloaded 1 million times, according to The Guardian. First launched in September, The Room is a game of mystery that stars a strange box that is filled with a steady stream of secrets just waiting to be uncovered. Created by Fireproof Games, The Room has the distinction of being one of the few premium games of late to actually find financial success in the App Store. As The Guardian confirms, 17 of the 20 top-grossing iPhone and iPad games in the U.K. are so-called free-to-play games. In the U.S., the numbers are even more dire for premium apps. Only one of the 20 top-grossing iPad games is currently premium. That is the $6.99 Minecraft - Pocket Edition. According to Fireproof's Barry Meade:
When we were number one in the US iPad charts, we weren't even breaking the top 100 in the Top Grossing chart. But we're doing very well. There's absolutely room for premium games on iOS. People aren't not going to buy something because it's not free-to-play.The Room, which Juli Clover first reviewed in December, is priced at $1.99. The iPhone equivalent, The Room Pocket, just so happens to be a freemium game. However, sales of this game are not included in the total mentioned above.