Another Friday post about minor items of interest.
Candy Crush and Pokemon Go Slip
Superdata Research put out their monthly chart for December 2016, which showed Pokemon Go slipping down to 4th place on the mobile list.
I think I am mostly surprised that the game is still holding out in the top five now that winter is here and that the game has clearly worn on some people during its first six months.
Also of note, Candy Crush Saga is down in 10th place. While lower than it has been previously, I remain surprised that it is still on the list more than four years down the road.
Superdata also has a 2016 summary report that you can get for free which puts some dollar amounts to a few of their charts.
Pokemon Go Expands
This week sees the addition of creatures from Pokemon Silver & Gold into the mix players can catch.
Eggs have been hatching certain Johto Pokemon for a while, but now you should be able to find new Pokemon out and about in the world.
Pokemon Bank Update
On the 3DS hand held side of the franchise, Pokemon Bank has finally been updated to work with Pokemon Sun & Moon. You can now move Pokemon from previous 3DS Pokemon RPG titles into the latest game.
In addition you can get the Z-crystal for Mew by scanning the QA code in the linked announcement.
Hearthstone on My iPad
After dumping Candy Crush Saga from my iPad, I found I did not really have a good “sit on the couch and play while I watch TV” sort of game left. With the fancy new iPad able to run more modern games, I started poking around at the App Store to see what I might download. I also went down the list of games I had already tried and found Hearthstone. So I grabbed that.
I had not really played it since the game came out, and I only played it then because Blizzard offered up a mount for WoW players who won three games. I had put it on the old iPad 2 as well, but never got into it. This time around things have been a bit different. So far it sort of works as a replacement. I am not into collectible card games at all, so it being a dumbed down version of whatever probably means it is well suited to me. I barely remember how the game works, but I seem to win once in a while, so it is working out.
Also, looping back to a previous bullet point, Superdata reports that Hearthstone is the highest grossing collectible card game, with the money quote being:
Hearthstone earned roughly four times as much as its closest competitor in 2016 and is forcing the digital CCG market to transform
And so it goes. I still don’t plan to spend any money on the game myself unless I somehow really get into it.
EverQuest II Down
And,as a final item, it was reported over at EQ2 Wire yesterday that EverQuest II had to be taken down unexpectedly yesterday and problems logging on still persist as of the latest update this morning.
That is it, on towards the weekend.