It’s impossible to predict which apps will rocket to the top of app stores. There have been some truly surprising success stories over the years. No one would have guessed that a ridiculous app that revolved around feeding a cartoon rock would be a money maker, but sometimes the craziest ideas can find the most success. It’s important to take a deeper look at these apps instead of brushing them off as a lucky hit.
As mentioned above, the game Pou, which tasks players with feeding a cartoon rock every day to make it bigger, makes an insane amount of money. $356k a month to be exact. How is this possible? Pou is a great example of taking an old idea and adapting it to modern technology. People went crazy over digital pets like the Tamagotchi when they were first released in the ’90s. Pou is no different. It capitalizes on the sense of reward that a user experiences from completing a daily task. It might seem silly, but $356k a month isn’t silly.
Periscope, an app that lets you tune into someone else’s live video broadcast, has also become very successful. And why not? People already love YouTube stars and reality TV so it makes sense to let people tune into a live broadcast. It’s a smart app because it feeds into natural, voyeuristic tendencies.
Making the world’s most frustrating mobile game seems like a terrible business decision, but it worked for Flappy Bird. The game was insanely frustrating, which is what kept people coming back for more. At its height the game was making $50,000 per DAY. It’s a game that has been endlessly emulated, but none have ever achieved the same level of success as the original. The key was in simplicity and gameplay that felt like mastery was just within reach – even though it usually wasn’t.
When in doubt, look to the past! Items like the Whoopee Cushion are iconic, whether you like them or not. They may be vulgar, but they’re iconic because of they’re staying power. A Whoopee Cushion app was a natural choice for updating the gag. iFart, an app that did just that, was making $10,000 a day at its peak.
Taking a look at these apps it’s clear to see how they found success. Understanding why these apps were successful can help you make your own!
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