Hill Climb Racing, a mobile game from Finnish developer Fingersoft, is making waves in the Android game charts after reaching 8.5 million downloads since its release in early September.
The game, which is now clocking up about 300,000 downloads a day, involves racing a vehicle up hills, performing tricks and gaining bonuses that can be used to upgrade the vehicle.
The game is free to download and was released at around the same time as the heavily promoted Rovio game, Bad Piggies. However, Hill Climb Racing surpassed Bad Piggies in popularity in some markets including the USA, UK and Germany, according to Toni Fingerroos, founder of Fingersoft.
“Hill Climb Racing has become a phenomenal success on Android platform, topping the overall charts in three countries and game charts in 13 countries, including the USA, UK and Germany,” Fingerroos said.
Fingerroos, who was running the company alone, hired a full time developer to work on the Apple iOS version of the game, which was launched recently. The company also has a part time developer who will soon become full time, Fingerroos told CommsMEA.
Before creating Hill Climb Racing, Fingersoft created camera apps for Android devices. One of these apps, Cartoon Camera, received more than 10 million downloads, spurring Fingerroos to test his luck in the mobile games market. “I decided to put much more effort into this and ended up creating Hill Climb Racing,” he said.