It's been a while since I first released the Jewels on the Android Market. I suppose it is a good time to look up some statistics, so here you go!
|Number of installs total:||1,225,864|
|Number of active installs:||971,566 (79% of total)|
|Times played daily:||Well over 1.2 1.3 million|
|Ratings:||Rated 17,738 times (4.5 / 5 stars average)|
So it's been a blast, I still cannot understand why it's been so successfull. Ok, mostly because it's Bejeweled, but there are loads of other B-clones on the Android Market, so that doesn't explain it entirely. I guess there just was a (big) niche for a free & polished B-game.
Although some people have complained about the addition of ads — which are only in the main menu and not some distracting blinking colorful banners either, I need to clarify — turned out it really was the best thing to do. I'm not allowed to share any numbers, but it's been waaay over my lowly expectations..
I'd like to express my gratitude and thanks to all those numerous active players, and of course to the good folk at Google AdSense for making this possible! I had never anticipated it, but turned out that ad supported apps and games are indeed a viable business model.
…and still it's only the second most popular free game on the Market; I cannot beat that bloody Solitaire for the life of me!