Top 5 of July - Action Games

Posted on Aug 1st 2020 by Miira Vehviläinen
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In this new series, I am going to analyze different App categories in the end of the month and see the journey of the Apps which end up being in the Top 5 of App Store by the end of the month. These ranking are located in the US and are based on the analytics from Sensor Tower.

First up is Action Games. The reason I chose this category to be the first one to analyze, is simply because this is the category of games, that I tend to go for. The Top 5 of July in the Action Games Section, in the US, on 28th of July, were:

1. Subway Surfers

2. Cube Surfer!

3. Stealth Master

4. Roblox

5. Bullet Rush!




The first thing I did, was to analyze the color scheme of these Top 5 Apps and the first thing I noticed, was that every app except Roblox, has a very similar color scheme in the icons and very similar screenshots overall. Roblox uses colors such as grey, dark brown, dark green and other very darkish, kind of ”muddy” colors, when the other apps use very bright and vivid colors.

The biggest difference in the screenshots is that Roblox has them horizontal, since the game is played horizontally. In addition, the same color scheme as before is used in the screenshots, which makes the game seem more mystic and ”dark”. Also, some screenshots have certain ”slogans” or instructions to the game, where as some games as explanatory enough themselves, to not need anything else than the visual. Another factor is that two of these Apps, Cube Surfer! And Bullet Rush!, use exclamation points in their title. Maybe that is striking for a user.


In addition to the visuals, I analyzed the ranking of these apps within July. I discovered several interesting points which I wanted to highlight. 


1. Subway Surfers

Was published in 2012

During July, stayed 15 days being number 1 

Stayed the whole July in the Top 3



2. Cube surfer!

Published in February 2020

Hasn’t stayed constantly in the Top 5 for the whole month

Stayed 9 days in the Top 3



3. Stealth Master

Published 8th July 2020

Made Top 100 July 22nd

Made Top 10 26th

Made Top 3 28th 

(Today, the 30th, it has already dropped out of Top 3)



4. Roblox

Published in 2011

Stayed the whole July in Top 5 

Stayed majority of the month in Top 3



5. Bullet rush!

Published in June of 2020

Made Top 100 on the 5th of July

Made Top 10 on the 22nd of July

Made number 1 on the 22nd July

Stayed in the Top 3 for less than a week



What was interesting to me, was the fact that the oldest games (Subway Surfers and Roblox), had the most stability in the rankings. Their ranking did not change that much during July as compared to the others. The other three are very new and you can see form the analysis, that their ”fame” has been very inconsistent and comes as fast as it goes. It will be interesting to see, what will happen during the next few months. 

Miira Vehviläinen
Miira Vehviläinen

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