With today’s App Store refresh, Apple has introduced a new home page section that features the “Best New Game Updates” in its popular app distribution platform.
As its title suggests, the “Best New Game Updates” section highlights recently updated games of note — as opposed to recently released ones, which are featured in “Best New Games.” Previously, games with notable updates were included in “Best New Games.”
Doing this has considerable shortened the list of games on each list, helping iOS users to find games more easily on the Apple store, something that they might have missed out before, giving them almost tailor made search results according to their tastes.
Apple also came up with new monthly App Store section highlighting the best apps, games, and updates, joining the other highlighted sections for “App of the Week” and “Editor’s Choice”, further giving iOS users better discoverability for the most coveted games.
There is also an “Indie Game Showcase” section on the App Store in March which showcases the best games from independent developers, in case the normal Apple games do not suit your tastes. This also ensures more competition among iOS developers, ensuring better games and apps being churned out from the best minds, by the day.
The games that made it to the top list were Plants vs. Zombies 2, FarmVille 2, and Maleficent Free Fall (which has recently been upgraded with new enemy types, new animals, and new stages).
Also special placements on the “Best New Games” list may be underway, with Apple and Google fighting tooth and nail to get more and more freelancing developers under their wings for better games in their bags.
Apple has certainly been improving the discoverability of content in the App Store. Just a couple of weeks ago, it launched a new “Browse by Category” section to enable users to browse through apps under a specific classification or genre.
In iOS 8, which is scheduled for launch this fall, Apple is set to take discoverability further with a new Explore feature, app bundles, previews, and trending and related searches in the App Store.