gbrainy best of 2008 according to Softonic and other stats

As you probably now, gbrainy is a brain teaser game (that includes memory, calculation and logic puzzles) that I started to write on summer 2007 and that already reached version 1.0.

This week I was informed that gbrainy has been selected by Softonic as one of the best new programs during 2008 (thanks!). Softonic is a Spanish download site very popular in Spanish speaking countries. According to OJD, a company used by all the advertisement companies as a source of truth measuring popularity of newspapers and web sites, Softonic has 30 milions of unique users per month. gbrainy started to get popular in Softonic when it got a good editoral review early this year which give it visibility to its community. Since then, almost 60000 people has downloaded it and generated 117 comments. The feedback in these comments have been of great value to keep improving the game. 

Obviously the fact that has been selected by Softonic is not very relevant at a global scale. For example, gbrainy in CNET Download lives still unnoticed (btw, any idea of other popular English download sites?), but it does highlight for me the fact that is one of the very few free games in its category and that users love it.

On top of this particular download site, gbrainy for Windows has any average of 210 downloads per day.  On the Linux front, it is more difficult to get some aggregated statistics since it is distributed by many sources. According to Ubuntu popularity statistics gbrainy is installed in 8912 computers of 870627 that participate in the popularity contest, that is 1.02% of the users. Not bad compared to last summer (June 2008) when it was only 0.05%. 

During this Xmas break I have been working on adding Mono.Addins support to gbrainy (to be released in version 1.1). Now, it is possible to extend gbrainy with new games using Mono.Addins. These extensions can be developed as independent components and you do not require to recompile gbrainy or even have its source code. It is even possible to set up a web site to distribute new games to already existant users of gbrainy.

BTW, happy new year!

jordi Wednesday 31 December 2008 - 4:55 pm | | Default

two comments

Sandy

Hey, that’s great Jordi! Congratulations!

Sandy, (Email ) (URL) - 31-12-’08 19:16
Vadim P.

Some more stats: http://popcon2.ecchi.ca/package/gbrainy...

(site is a WIP though)

Vadim P., (URL) - 02-03-’09 02:36
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