Our next destination as we move around the globe, looking at countries’ best mobile games, takes us to Brazil, the land of coffee, Samba and Ronaldinho. But besides being good at playing football and dancing in the street while wearing hilarious costumes, the Brazilians also have a well-established market for mobile games. In fact, Brazil is a true powerhouse when it comes to mobile games.
Here are some interesting facts about the Brazilian mobile game market:
The country has 200 million people, and ranks fifth in the world in both populace and land mass.
The populace loves mobile gaming – it’s far more popular than PC gaming or consoles. According to a study by analyst firm Blend and game developer Sioux, 83 percent of gamers say their preferred platform is mobile phones — PCs stood at 71 percent, and consoles at 56 percent.
Out of those 200 million, 23 percent own a smartphone (roughly 50 million people), which is also one of the key factors keeping the country from becoming a top 5 market in terms of revenue.
Still, those 23 percent spend some serious money in games. Brazilians who pay spend around 10-60 Reals per game ($3-$20). Even though the country is large and offers plenty of opportunity, it’s the Western developers who rule. Piano Tiles, Subway Surfers, Pou, My Talking Angela and My Talking Tom hold the first five places as the most popular Android games in Brazil, according to App Annie. On iOS, Traffic Rider, 8 Ball Pool and Candy Crush Saga also have strong presence.
So which are the top ten mobile games made in Brazil? Find out in the list below.
Tapps is a Brazilian game development studio, headquartered in Sao Paulo and focusing on casual games. Having started in 2012, so far it has developed and published almost 200 games for the iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms. With millions of downloads every week, Tapps Games is already one of the top publishers of mobile games in the world.
About the game: Cookbok Master – Be the Chef! is a game which will help you work on those cooking skills of yours. In the game, the player is tasked with creating kitchen works of art using more than 40 ingredients to cook with, like eggs, lettuce, onion, tomato… You will start as a beginner with few utensils and ingredients at your reach. But for each completed recipe you get stars, and every star you earn takes you a step closer to becoming a cooking master by unlocking new recipes, new ingredients and acquiring a culinary experience based entirely on real-life recipes.
About the game: UFB 2 – Ultra Fighting Bros is a fighting game with a different approach to the genre. It offers 50 challenges and combats, as well as two modes – Career and Multiplayer. The game features fighters from all over the world, including Bulldog Burton from the USA, Brutov from Russia, Hellga from Sweden, Rocha from Brazil, Raging Ramirez from Mexico and Brobot from Mars, making sure everyone has their favorite.
Developer: Top Free Games
Top Free Games is a mysterious game studio that describes itself only as the “creators of Bike Race and Racing Penguin” games. According to Crunchbase, this is a mobile games developer company building games for Apple and Android phones.
About the game: Racing Penguin – Flying Free is a physics based slide and fly game in which the player slides down the mountains of Antarctica and flaps the penguin’s wings to fly. It features a total of 5 worlds and 40 racing levels.
Developer: Aquiris Game Studio
Aquiris Game Studio is a company based in Porto Alegre. With eight years of history and a team of 40 people, it has been creating games for a broad range of platforms, from browser to PC and mobile. Now with Horizon Chase, the studio is taking a step further into the wild world of self-publishing.
About the game: Horizon Chase is an homage to the 80s and early 90s classic racing games. It features 16-bit graphics, cool cars and a huge garage for upgrades. The game is starring composer Barry Leitch, the creator of legendary Top Gear, Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 and Rush series of games soundtracks.
Asantee is a game studio from Brazil that doesn’t find it important to have a website in English language. It builds games for iOS and Android, based on the Ethanon game engine. Among its games are Magic Rampage, Magic Portals, Hit The Gator and Bee Avenger both for iPad, iPhone and Android.
Genre: RPG / Platformer
About the game: Magic Rampage is a platformer game, featuring RPG and hack ‘n’ slash elements. It offers in-depth character customization and multiple weapons, from knives to magical staves. The game features many dungeons, each with new obstacles, enemies and secrets, as well as Bonus levels, Survival mode and challenging boss fights. The game was built in 16-bit and brings “refreshed and engaging gameplay mechanics”.
About the game: My Boo is a virtual pet game in which the player is tasked with adopting, dressing, feeding and taking care of its new pet. The game in style of the famed Tamagochi also allows the player to tickle, tuck and bathe the pet, and decorate the rooms in which it lives. The game also features dozens of mini-games, with new ones coming with every patch.
About the game: Before smartphones, people used to read stuff written on hygiene products while on the toilet. Now, they mostly just tweet. Tapps wanted to tap into that time of day and create a game to be played while sitting on the toilet seat, so it built Toilet Time. The game is a compilation of mini-games all somehow related to relieving yourself – one time you’ll be tasked with pee-blasting the toilet seat, and another coughing at the perfect moment to cover up certain noises. With more than 10 million downloads on Android alone, it is one of the most popular Brazilian games.
Developer: Best Cool & Fun Free Games
When you have a game development studio named ‘Best Cool & Fun Free Games’, Google can’t help you much to find it. To make matters worse, the developers’ site is offline, and Crunchbase has no data. Nevertheless, we do know that Best Cool & Fun Games is from Sao Paulo, that it has more than 20 games on the Google Play Store, which have been downloaded more than 100 million times.
About the game: Bunny Shooter is a puzzle game similar to the Angry Birds series. The goal of the game is to destroy the bunnies that are hiding behind various obstacles, by shooting arrows into different elements on the stage and kickstarting a domino effect. It offers four worlds, with 60 stages each.
Developer: Top Free Games
About the game: Bike Race Free from Top Free Games is Brazil’s second most popular mobile game. It is a racing/arcade game in which players are tasked to traverse hard obstacles on their motorbike, while defying gravity and real-life physics. It features hundreds of tracks and innovative worlds, stunts, and multiple bikes. The game is frequently updated with new content, as well.
Developer: Best Cool & Fun Free Games
About the game: With more than a 100 million downloads on the Android platform alone, Ant Smasher is the ultimate king of Brazilian mobile games. The player is tasked with squashing as many virtual ants as possible by using his fingers. In the game’s latest version, it allows it to squash your friends’ photos, as well.