From new entries in blockbuster franchises to promising new IP, it’s safe to say that 2015 was one of the strongest years for gaming. This is reflected by all the impressive games on Google’s list of the 10 most searched games of 2015, though the most searched game overall may come as a surprise to many.
As it turns out, the most searched game on Google in 2015 was Agar.io, which is a free-to-play browser game with a focus on strategy and multiplayer. As evident by the fact that it was the most searched game on Google this year, it seems to have struck a chord with the gaming community, though its appeal probably extends beyond just traditional gamers.
The rest of the list is comprised mostly of big budget releases, with the top five consisting of Fallout 4, Mortal Kombat X, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, and Star Wars Battlefront. Annual sports titles are also represented, with the only new IP (besides Agar.io) on the list being the PS4 exclusive Bloodborne.
These 10 games were searched for the most on Google in the year 2015:
10. Battlefield Hardline
8. NBA 2K16
7. Madden NFL 16
6. Pokemon GO
5. Star Wars Battlefront
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
3. Mortal Kombat X
2. Fallout 4
Even though Agar.io outranked the likes of Fallout 4 and the top selling Black Ops 3, it’s unlikely to be remembered all that much a few years down the line. After all, 2014’s most searched Google game was Flappy Bird, and that turned out to be little more than a passing fad. Time will tell if Agar.io has more staying power, but we have our doubts, especially when put up against the likes of games like Fallout 4.
Besides Agar.io taking the top spot, it was also somewhat surprising to see the upcoming AR Pokemon mobile game Pokemon GO appear on the list. Very little has been said about the game since it was announced earlier this year, with Nintendo failing to capitalize on its apparent popularity during any events or Nintendo Direct presentations since. As illustrated by its high spot on Google’s list, there are many people that are very interested in the prospect of a mobile AR Pokemon game, and if developed with care, it could really give Nintendo’s move into the mobile market serious momentum.
Are you surprised by the top searched games on Google in 2015? What did you expect to be the most searched game on the list? Have you played Agar.io? Looking forward to the possibilities of Pokemon GO? Get at us in the comments below and let’s discuss Google’s most searched games of 2015.