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Games Sub Categories now in App Icon Color Analysis and Category keywords

If you’re working with gaming apps then this one’s for you! We’ve just added the games Sub categories to our App Icon Analysis and into the Category Keywords. The App icon analysis will help better understand what colors are most used in the icons of the top games in a given subcategory. The category keywords will give you insights on the top keywords of the top apps that rank in a subcategory.

Check our infographic on icon color!


App Icon Color Analysis for Games Sub Categories

The idea of this feature is to show you the most popular colors used in apps’ icons of a given category. To calculate the color spectrum of a category, we took the top 50 apps that rank in the category, we put all the icons together and applied a clustering algorithm on the pixels. This allowed us to extract a list of main colors (we put the limit at 12 different colors).

More about the methodology we used

Although this feature already existed on AppTweak for all app categories, for gaming apps, we only had the color spectrum for the category Games. Of course, one spectrum for all games is very broad, therefore we decided to split them into the subcategories. Here are some interesting insights we found:

App icon color palette - Games Arcade iOS USApp icon color palette - Games Strategy iOS USOn iOS, when we compared the color spectrum of Games Arcade and Games Adventure, we found very different results. The colors used in the icons of Arcade games tend to be very bright and flashy, whereas those used for Strategy games are duller and mostly in the black-grey-brown tone. The first set of colors make us think of fun and light games - typical casual games - the latter suggests more mid to hardcore games, that plunge you into a real-life universe.

App icon color palette - Games Card iOS USApp icon color palette - Games Casino iOS US

When we compare the colors of the games’ icon in the Card and Casino category on iOS, we found lots of similar colors. This is mainly due to the fact that many apps are in both categories. Card games like Poker, Blackjack etc. are referenced as both card games and casino games. That said, we do see that there is more gold color in Casino (coins) and more green color in Card (the typical card game table color).

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If we do the same exercise on Google Play, the results are even more marked. This is due to the fact that on iOS, a game can choose more than one subcategory, but, on Google, you can only reference your game in one Game category.

App icon color palette - Games Casual Google Play US
App icon color palette - Games Strategy Google Play USOnce again, we can see that games in the Casual category use much lighter colors than games in the Strategy category who opt for darker icons.

App icon color palette - Games Card Google Play US
App icon color palette - Games Casino Google Play US

When we look at the color palettes of Cards vs. Casino on Google, they aren’t so similar as on iOS. This time, the color green is much more present in icons in the Card category, and nearly absent in icons of the top games in the Casino category. Games in the Casino category tend to have a high presence of shades of yellow and orange in their icon, again because these colors are often associated with coins and luck.

Discover the color palette of your game’s category

Category keywords for Games Sub Categories

The category keywords give you a great insight of the top keywords within your game’s category. To calculate them, we fetch the top apps that rank in a given category, and for each app we check the keywords it ranks on. We then gather the keywords that were most repeated and for which the apps ranked the best.

More about the Category Keywords

Once again, this feature was already live on AppTweak for all app categories, but only available for the Games category. This led to a set of very broad and generic keywords linked to gaming, making the results difficult to use.

The category keywords for the Games category (iOS US)The category keywords for the Games category (iOS US)

We, therefore, decided to go one step further and show the category keywords for Games subcategories. Here too, the keywords we got were much more insightful!

Top category keywords for the Games - Word category (iOS US)Top category keywords for the Games - Word category (iOS US)

Who would have thought that the top category keywords for Word games nearly all have the keyword “word” in them? This explains why “word” has become so competitive.

Top category keywords for the Games - Trivia category (iOS US)
Top category keywords for the Games - Trivia category (iOS US)

Looking for a game to play with friends or family? Here’s a great source of ideas for popular Trivia games to play on your mobile phone.

Top category keywords for the Games - Adventure category (iOS US)
Top category keywords for the Games - Adventure category (iOS US)

Note how present the keyword “fortnite” and its misspellings is in this list. This gives us a good idea of how popular the game has become!

Discover the most used keywords per category in the infographic!

We did the same on Google Play, here again, you can find some really relevant keywords for your game. Make sure you’re not missing out on a popular keyword that’s relevant to your game!

Top category keywords for the Games - Action category (Google Play US)Top category keywords for the Games - Action category (Google Play US)

Just reading through these keywords will make you want to pick up your gun and jump into the heart of the action!

Top category keywords for the Games - Role Playing category (Google Play US)Top category keywords for the Games - Role Playing category (Google Play US)

These keywords clearly depict there are two parallel trends in Role Playing games, either you go for the fashionista girl that manages her fashion boutique, or you opt for the dark knights fighting in dungeons.

Top category keywords for the Games - Card category (Google Play US)
Top category keywords for the Games - Card category (Google Play US)

The next time you’re out of inspiration for a card game, check our category keywords of Card Games, you’ll find plenty of ideas!!

Get your Game’s keywords and creatives optimized

So that’s it for the new features that now include games subcategories. We really hope they will help you to both choose the right keywords for your game and perfect its icon. Keep in mind that Christmas is a huge peak period for gaming apps. Last year, gaming apps benefitted from a x12 boost in downloads around Christmas, so you definitely want to have your game’s metadata ready! If you’re still struggling with your game optimization, don’t miss our simple guide to ASO.

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