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Games Rule iPhone App Downloads

The popularity of games on the iPhone is making some developers see it as a legitimate competitor to Nintendo's DS and Sony's PlayStation Portable.

Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users just want to have fun, per a report from ComScore that showed games dominate the most-downloaded category.

Apple's App Store has been a tremendous hit, as consumers have downloaded more than 800 million apps in less than a year. Of the 25 most-downloaded apps, ComScore said a dozen were games. The top spot was occupied by the rhythm game Tap Tap Revenge, which has been installed on 32% of all devices that accessed the App Store. Other games on the list include Pac-Man, solitaire, bowling, and Sudoku applications.

"Tap Tap's success demonstrates that there is ample opportunity in the app space for any publisher to obtain significant distribution with a product that engages users," ComScore VP Brian Jurutka said in a statement. "Since the number of app users is growing nearly 10% each month, that opportunity will only continue to grow for both existing and emerging app developers."

The iPhone and iPod Touch are rapidly becoming a viable platform for game developers, and could eventually challenge Nintendo's DS and Sony's PlayStation Portable. While it does not have the installed base of Sony's or Nintendo's mobile gaming consoles, the iPhone does have a robust processor, 3-D graphics, and network connectivity.

At last month's Game Developers Conference, many game creators said the iPhone platform represents a large opportunity for game publishers of all sizes. The upcoming iPhone 3.0 software should make the platform more compelling for game creators because it will enable in-app purchases, push notification, and peer-to-peer multiplayer gaming with voice chat.

Some of the other apps that were on the most-downloaded list include social networking programs from MySpace and Facebook, the Internet music-streaming Pandora program, and a virtual lightsaber app from Lucasfilm.

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