I recently started poring over the search terms to the Playstar Arcade in some more detail.
I found something quite interesting. A number of search terms carried the phrase “no download”.
Here’s a brief summary:
- free online ipad games no download
- mobile games no download
- online ipad games no download
- free games no downloads
- free mobile games no download
- free online games for ipad no download
- free online mobile games no download
- online games no download
- free online games with no download
I receive a healthy amount of traffic from search engines, most of which are on desktop. I’d love for this to shift to mobile but that will take some time. None the less it’s encouraging to see that people are looking for games to play and are aware that games can be played without the need to download an app.
Although the phrases listed above are all variations on a couple of themes they show a brief insight in to the mind of the searching gamer. That list accounts for around a third of all phrases that include “no download”.
The intriguing phrases are the ones that contain “iPad”. I imagine it’s fairly common knowledge amongst the iOS community that there is no support for Flash or any other 3rd party browser plug-in. So this can really only amount to games that can be played in the web browser natively.
The same cannot be assumed for those searching more generally for “mobile” or simply “online”. But by virtue of the fact that they’ve included “no download” I’d assume that they are referring to browser games.
There is a clear opportunity for HTML5 games here. As the quality of HTML5 gaming rises (and it should as publishers demand more visual quality at least) we can hopefully start to see a level of education amongst the browser gaming public that “HTML5”, at least in a gaming sense, can be synonymous with not only quality gaming but crucially “no download”.
Strictly speaking it could also become synonymous with “online”. But let’s not muddy the water as its real strength is of course in “offline”. That’s a different story.
HTML5 is quicker to type and probably ultimately far easier to remember.
Let’s look at that list again with the words changed to suit the HTML5 developer.
- free HTML5 ipad games
- mobile games HTML5
- HTML5 ipad games
- free games HTML5
- free mobile games HTML5
- free HTML5 games for ipad
- free HTML5 mobile games
- HTML5 games
- free HTML5 games
We’re getting there…