A recent study conducted by the China Internet Network Information Center (CINIC) showed that the number of people accessing the Internet from mobile devices totaled 557 million as of the end of 2014, up 56.7 million year-on-year and accounting for 85.8 percent of the nation’s online population.
“With the expansion of fourth-generation services and the proliferation of smartphones, China had 248 million mobile online game players as of the end of last year, surging 32.9 million year-on-year,” CINIC said.
CNNIC is an administration and service organization set up on June 3, 1997 upon the approval of the competent authority and undertakes the responsibilities as the national Internet network information center.
Here we present the country’s top 10 free games apps on the iOS platform, according to statistics from industry research company App Annie.
No. 10 Asphalt 8: Airborne
Screenshot shows the poster for Asphalt 8: Airborne. [Photo/iTunes]
Asphalt 8: Airborne is a racing video game, developed and published by Gameloft, which is headquartered in Paris, as part of the Asphalt series. It was released on August 22, 2013 for iOS and Android.
The 2014 updated version of the game has added new tracks that allow the player to “discover the Great Wall of China.”
No. 9 F1 Race Stars
Screenshot shows the poster for F1 Race Stars. [Photo/iTunes]
F1 Race Stars is a video game originally developed by British Codemasters Software Company Ltd, released in November 2012. It is a kart racing game loosely based on the 2012 Formula One season, with circuits redesigned to feature loops, jumps and short-cuts.
The game’s Chinese version was launched by Hangzhou NetEase Leihuo Technology Co Ltd in March this year and offers in-app purchases.
No. 8 I like being with you
Screenshot shows the poster for I like being with you. [Photo/iTunes]
Produced by Southwest China’s Chengdu-based mobile games start-ups, named “Tai Xiao Bai’s games”, the characters in the game are displayed in a typical hand-drawn fashion.
According to the description, this is a sweet game in which the player controls a rabbit running around the moon with another rabbit (his/her lover). The game is simple to control and has very pleasant graphics and sweet music.
No. 7 Yong Zhe Da Mao Xian
Screenshot shows the poster for Yong Zhe Da Mao Xian. [Photo/iTunes]
Chinese tech giant Tencent’s advanced casual game YZDMX was launched in February. It is a shooting game that offers plenty of backgrounds, such as Pyramid, Terracotta Warriors and Tank Wars.
No. 6 Huan Le Dou Di Zhu
Screenshot shows the poster for Huan Le Dou Di Zhu. [Photo/iTunes]
Literally meaning “fight the landlord”, HLDDZ is a popular card game in the nation.
According to media reports, the original game was born in Hubei province. Following the popularization of the mobile Internet and Tencent’s instant messaging application QQ, the game was transformed into a mobile app and has gone viral around the nation.
No. 5 Quan Min Tu Ji
Screenshot shows the poster for Quan Min Tu Ji. [Photo/iTunes]
QMTJ is a first person shooter game published by Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Company Ltd in December.
No. 4 Kai Xin Xiao Xiao Le
Screenshot shows the poster for Kai Xin Xiao Xiao Le. [Photo/iTunes]
KXXXL is an elimination game launched by Beijing-based Happy Elements Company Ltd in February 2014.
No. 3 Back to Bed
Screenshot shows the poster for Back to Bed. [Photo/iTunes]
Back to Bed is a 3D indie puzzle game set in a unique and artistic dream world. Produced by Danish Bedtime Digital Games, the app was launched in August 2014.
No. 2 Meng Huan Xi You
Screenshot shows the poster for Meng Huan Xi You. [Photo/iTunes]
MHXY is a popular online game that was developed by Chinese Internet portal NetEase Corporation. The game is set as a background to one of ancient China’s well known novels — Journey to the West.
No. 1 Gong Bao Lao Tai Tai II
Screenshot shows the poster for Gong Bao Lao Tai Tai II. [Photo/iTunes]
GBLTT II is a barrage game published by Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Company Limited in March.