TA Gaming Stats - April 2013

By Chewie, 5 years ago
This report is for the period April 1st to April 30th 2013.

Welcome to the Stats for April here on TA. With the embarassments of March Madness here in the Stats office out of the way, April sees a slump in my Ewok helpers, the Statisticles, thanks to the dismal weather and the dismal release schedule. For most of the world, April Fools only occurs on one day, but for the Stasticles it lasts the whole month. Actually, scratch that, they never stop being fools.

Will April's new releases topple the might of March's titles or will big budget win out and show that we have now truly passed from the highs of mid Spring, into the lows of late Spring? Keep reading to find out.

Games Started
82,467 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 214,838 games between them (2,175 different games).

Well, there's your answer. Sort of. Last month's new release, BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360), sits pretty in first place, above April's new releases such as Injustice: Gods Among Us, Defiance and Dead Island Riptide (Xbox 360) in second, third and fourth places. However, don't forget that Bioshock was released in the last few days of the month so many of these starters still come from the initial rush of purchases near release. Last month's other big new releases don't fare quite as well as Bioshock, with Tomb Raider and Gears of War: Judgment almost neck-and-neck in fifth and sixth place. The only other new release from April to make the table is Star Trek in a lowly fifteenth. With even the number one title getting 11,000 starters, half of last month's number one, Gears of War: Judgment, when it comes to game's releases Spring has most definitely sprung.

The rest of the table is made up of the other releases from last month, including Army of TWO: The Devil's Cartel in seventh, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct in tenth and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 right at the bottom, and the biggest releases from the previous months, the most popular of which continues to be Far Cry 3, which sits ahead of more recent blockbuster entries in eighth.

Top Retail Games Started

In a turnaround from last month's sale dominated table, this month sees new releases taking the top spots on Arcade Achievements Won: BattleBlock Theater grabs almost 4,500 starters in first and Telltale Games' Poker Night 2 makes a play for second with 2,400. Two other new releases appear further down the table, with Motocross Madness in fifth with 1,500 starters and God Mode in twelfth with nearly 900. Although not technically new releases, the release of the Twisted Pixel Bundle brings us The Maw in eleventh, Comic Jumper in fourteenth and Splosion Man in eighteenth, with Ms. Splosion Man not getting a place.

Although they don't take the top spots like last month, sales still make their presence strongly felt thanks to consistent Arcade-themed Deals of the Week throughout the month: the fairly recently released Retro City Rampage takes seventeenth with over 600 starters due to the first week's sale; Marvel vs. Capcom Origins appears in nineteenth with 500 starters thanks to the second week's sale; I Am Alive and Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit take ninth and sixteenth with the popular third week's sale. Sadly, the fourth week's sale doesn't yield any places on the chart. However, a Microsoft Publisher Sale at the beginning of the month makes up for it and brings us Mark of the Ninja, Deadlight, Trials Evolution, Dust: An Elysian Tail and Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013.

Top Arcade Games Started

Did you know that Miniclip made four of their games free for a while to celebrate the release of Gravity Guy 2 (WP)? No? Well then you missed out. Idiot. 2,000-3,000 people didn't miss out as they all got their hands on Fragger (WP), Monster Island (WP), iStunt 2 (WP) and Gravity Guy (WP), letting them easily take the top four spots on Windows Phone Games Started.

Only three new releases make the table, with Cut the Rope: Experiments (WP) taking fourth place with 1,300 starters (a number no doubt boosted significantly after the price was reduced shortly after release), Amazing Alex (WP) in fifth with 580 starters and Ice Age Village (WP) in sixth with 500.

Like Arcade, sales dominate a large portion of the rest of the table, with Gerbil Physics (WP) and Z0MB1ES (on teh ph0ne) (WP) coming from the aforementioned Microsoft Publisher Sale and the reinstatement of the Deal of the Week for Windows Phone giving us Assassin's Creed: Altaïr's Chronicles HD (WP), Mush (WP), Tiki Towers (WP) and Sonic CD (WP).

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
22,012 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 48,301 games between them (1,789 different games).

Last month I said to expect the bottom place position of Bioshock Infinite on Retail Games Completed to change significantly. This month, I'm proved right as it easily takes the top spot with over 2,600 completions. Although the high number is also attributable to pure popularity as much as ease of completion (currently almost 10% of players have completed it).

DLC also gives bumps to the likes of Halo 4, Assassin's Creed III and Forza Horizon. The only new retail release to make the table is Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel in fifth with over 650 completions. So far almost 19% of players have finished the game; a much higher percentage than the first two Army of Two outings, which currently stand at 3.4% and 2.4%.

Elsewhere, the trend of people completing earlier games in a series when a new one is released gives us BioShock (Xbox 360) in fifteenth with 270 completions and Dead Island (Xbox 360) in nineteenth with almost 200.

Top Retail Games Completed

It's a familiar story on Arcade Games Completed, with The Walking Dead (Xbox 360) easily nabbing the top spot with over 2,000 completions. A number that is consistently inflated as it also includes people who have completed any individual episode without starting the next one.

The only new release to make the table is Telltale Games' Poker Night 2 in sixth with 250 completions. The reason the other new releases don't make the table is not just due to difficulty, but more to do with both BattleBlock Theater and Motocross Madness containing achievements that are currently unobtainable.

Many of the sale titles also prove easy completions, with Deadlight, Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit, Mark of the Ninja, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Magic: The Gathering - DotP 2013, I Am Alive, Dead Rising 2: Case Zero and A World of Keflings all making the table; the latter two despite not being popular enough to make Arcade Games Started.

Top Arcade Games Completed

Like its predecessor (which shows up in sixth), Cut the Rope: Experimemts proves a very easy completion on Windows Phone Games Completed, taking the number one spot this month with 770 completions, more than double the next title on the table. The only other new release to make the table is Amazing Alex in twelfth with 90 completions.

Although Fragger was the most popular of the free Miniclip titles, it's the similar grenade lobber, Monster Island, which proves the easiest completion, in second with 300 completions. Fragger does get a decent place in fifth with 175 completions, whereas iStunt 2 and Gravity Guy both prove too tough to make the table.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
121,879 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 4,176,583 achievements online between them (63,479 different achievements).

In a fairly rare feat for an entire month of stats, one title takes all the spots for Retail Achievements Won this month. Despite getting pretty decent numbers, titles such as Injustice: GAU and Defiance don't get a look in as Bioshock Infinite takes a clean sweep, including Saw the Elephant for completing the game in the middle of the table, showing that more people played and finished the game in April than started any other retail game. Impressive stuff.

Top Retail Achievements Won

Arcade Achievements Won gives us much more variety, with the new release, BattleBlock Theater, dominating the top half and the bottom half sharing places between Telltale Games' Poker Night 2, The Walking Dead and a single spot for Terraria

Top Arcade Achievements Won

Unsurprisingly those hugely popular free Miniclip games completely dominate on Windows Phone Achievements Won: Fragger takes six places, including the top four; Monster Island is more generous with its achievements, taking ten places; iStunt 2 only dishes out two; Gravity Guy is the stingiest with only one achievement in seventeenth. It's not all Miniclip domination though, as Cut the Rope: Experiments sneaks in right at the bottom.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

Last month saw Shooter and Action-Adventure almost neck-and-neck on Genre, but this month sees Action-Adventure lose 20million off its numbers, though it still retains a solid number two position. In third, Role-Playing extends its lead over Action, grabbing an extra 2million whilst Action loses over 1million, despite including new fighting release, Injustice: GAU. The biggest change further down the table is Card & Board, which leaps from eighteenth to tenth, thanks to Telltale Games' Poker Night 2.

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Shooter43,723,115
  • Action-Adventure26,965,614
  • Role-Playing15,712,504
  • Action11,933,673
  • Sports5,781,116
  • Racing5,257,401
  • Platformer3,005,588
  • Puzzle2,620,969
  • Adventure2,355,240
  • Card & Board1,844,797
  • Music & Rhythm1,260,506
  • Strategy1,155,755
  • Simulation1,083,229
  • Party953,924
  • Vehicular Combat369,633
  • Special368,690

That's April done with as we now look into May, with its mostly pretty lacklustre release schedule, although not quite as lacklustre as the Summer is currently looking. The Statisticles are even considering going into a Summer hibernation.
Written by Chewie
Chewie is a Wookiee from Kashyyyk. Since helping the Rebel Alliance defeat the Emperor, he has taken up Achievement-Hunting and Newshoundery on TA. Also, ice-skating.