Back in 2014, one of the best-selling games for Android and iPad was something called Monument Valley. If you never played it (me neither) and you'd like to see it in action, there's a clip on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC1jHHF_Wjo which will give you a good idea of what it looks like. And very good it looks too.
But what's perhaps even more interesting is that the company behind the game have recently made public a whole array of financial figures, which give an amazing insight into the costs and risks associated with producing a game. You can find out, for example, how much it cost to program Monument Valley, how many sales it made in each country and on each hardware platform, the total income, how many people downloaded it, which was their favourite part of the game, and much more too.
As someone who's followed the technology industry for more than 3 decades, I know that such candid information is very hard to come by. Which makes the information on http://monumentvalleygame.squarespace.com/blog/2015/1/15/monument-valley... even more interesting. Check it out, and it'll help you appreciate just what's involved in creating a market-leading product in today's mobile-centric world.
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