More than 6,000 games are now available on the iPhone’s App Store, with games representing 23.1 percent of all downloadable content for the platform.
There are currently 6,276 games available
on the App Store - by far the most numerous style of content on the store, according to website Mobclix. The second most popular category is the more vaguely defined Entertainment with 3,682 downloads (13.6 percent) – although many of these include game style applications.
In the games category, 75.8 percent of titles are paid-for content, with puzzle games proving the most popular, followed by arcade, action, family, kids, educational, board and strategy.
A total of 27,131 applications are available on the store in total, of which 20,972 (77.3 percent) are paid-for content and 6,159 (22.7 percent) are free. Other popular categories include books (2,450 applications), utilities (2,319 applications) and education (1,886 applications).
The iPhone/iPod touch format has attracted increasing interest from traditional video games companies in recent months, with mobile developer Gameloft recently revealing that the App Store was already its biggest client
Companies ranging from iD Software
have also announced major new titles for the platform, many based on existing franchises such as Quake
and Metal Gear Solid