Having programmed four match-3s, I’m always interested in how the genre is doing. With the current prevalence of Hidden Object/Adventure games and Time Management games, match-3s seem to have fallen by the wayside a bit. Most of them never reach the BFG top 10, and none have got to no.1 for a long time.
Last night I did a bit of research to find out how many match-3 (or similar matching games) were in the BFG top 100. The answer is not very many as you can see by the chart below (click it to view it full size):
The chart is ordered by date released with the oldest at the top (oops, just noticed that the bottom ones should all say “08″ as the year, sorry about that). Some of the newer ones will probably slip out the top 100 soon, especially if they never got into the top 10 in the first place.
There are TONS of match-3s on BFG, but you can see that hardly any are in the top 100. This sounds bad for anyone making a match-3 now but it is encouraging to see that a really good one can make it into the top 10 and remain in the top 100 for a while.