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Top 10 Mobile Games Made in Finland

This post is part of a new series that explores the top mobile games created in a country. Here are the top mobile games in JapanIndiaIndonesiaBrazilChinaIsrael and South Korea

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Besides being one of the more prosperous countries in the world economically, Finland is also among the best countries in the world by the number and quality of mobile games developed there.

That relatively small nation, set on the Scandinavian peninsula, gave birth to some of the best mobile games out there, including the famed Angry Birds. To make things even more interesting, for a relatively small country, Finland ranks #35 on the global game revenue list, according to a Newzoo report. With over 5M internet users, Finland creates almost $200M in revenue. Click To Tweet

This has prompted us to come up with a list of top 10 mobile games made in Finland, and the results are posted below. The games have been ranked by the number of downloads (Android) and overall rating on both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

*Interesting SDKs are courtesy of logo

minigore icon#10 Minigore 2

Android | iOS

Developer: Mountain Sheep Studios

Mountain Sheep is an indie game developer from Helsinki, Finland. The studio is best known for iOS games Bike Baron, Ice Rage, Minigore, Death Rally and its Early Access PC game Hardland. Mountain Sheep employs four people and is completely owned by its employees.
Published: 2012
Genre: Hack ‘n’ Slash / Survival
About the game: Minigore 2 is a sequel to Minigore and features main protagonist John Gore, and the main villain Metusalem, who created the Monstrosity and kidnapped John’s daughter, Jenny.
Interesting SDKs: 

 InMobi  Millennial Media 

bomber_friends_icon#9 Bomber Friends

Android | iOS

Developer: Hyperkani

Hyperkani is a game development studio located in Tampere. It has 18 Android games and 13 iOS ones, including Bomber Friends, Stunt Car Challenge and Air Hockey Speed.

Published: 2014
Genre: Action
About the game: Bomber Friends is a remake of the classic Bomberman game, built for new platforms and for the multiplayer. In it, players are thrown in a maze with the goal to trap others and eliminate them from the game by destroying them with bombs.
Interesting SDKs: 

AppLovin  Tapjoy 

angry birds 2 icon#8 Angry Birds 2

Android | iOS

Developer: Rovio

Rovio is a world-famous game development studio from Espoo, best-known for its Angry Birds series. The company was founded in 2003 as a mobile game development studio named Relude, and was renamed to Rovio Mobile (Finnish for pyre) in 2005.

Published: 2015
Genre: Puzzle
About the game: Angry Birds 2 is a sequel to the Angry Birds game, and the last in the series which features two games and approximately 13 spin-offs. In this puzzle game, a player must use a slingshot and fire a set of birds into a fortress where pigs are hiding and destroy it.
Interesting SDKs: 

 AdColony  Flurry 
Chartboost  prime[31] 
Applifier   Millennial Media 

boom beach icon#7 Boom Beach

Android | iOS

Developer: Supercell

Supercell is a mobile game development company founded in June 2010 in Helsinki, best-known for its hit game Clash of Clans. It is partially owned by SoftBank, which owns 73.2 percent of the studio and is the sole external shareholder.

Published: 2014
Genre: Strategy
About the game: If you haven’t lived under a rock for the past three years, you’ve heard of Boom Beach. Similar to its hit Clash of Clans, Boom Beach is an MMO strategy game that features city building, army training, resource gathering and warfare.
Interesting SDKs: 

 Tune  Helpshift 

 badland icon#6 Badland

Android | iOS | Windows Phone

Developer: Frogmind

Frogmind used to be a two-man independent game studio, based in Helsinki. The duo’s first (and currently only) game, Badland, which was in fact built by the two co-founders, has received public acclaim, becoming Game of the Year in 2013. The studio now employs 12 people.

Published: 2013
Genre: Action
About the game: Badland is a beautifully-looking atmospheric action-adventure game made for the iOS and Android platforms. It is also available on Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS Vita and the Wii U. Having more than 28 million players worldwide, it has been praised for innovative game design, creative levels and great graphics. It was declared Game of the Year for the Apple iPad in 2013.
Interesting SDKs: 

 AdColony  Vungle 
Chartboost  Flurry 
InMobi  Applifier 
Parse  Millennial Media 
 MoPub 

best_friends_icon#5 Best Fiends

Android | iOS
Developer: Seriously

Seriously is a young game development studio located in both Helsinki and Los Angeles. The team comprises of members with backgrounds at companies like Rovio, Supercell, 20th Century Fox and Disney and its first property, a game named Best Fiends, has already been named Mobile game of the year by FGA, and reached the Top Ten iPhone Games list by The Guardian. The company is backed by Korea Investment Corporation and Northzone, to name a few.
Published: 2014
Genre: Puzzle
About the game: Best Fiends is a wonderfully-crafted puzzle game featuring some adorably cute characters which breathe extra life into the game. It is also expanded by a storyline the developers call “Epic”. The game is often compared to Angry Birds – because it was created by a former Rovio employee, and because it has two important similarities: both feature cute characters and both are puzzle games.
Interesting SDKs: 

 Parse  Applifier 
Tune  Unibill
Helpshift 

hil climb racing icon#4 Hill Climb Racing

Android | iOS | Windows Phone

Developer: Fingersoft

Fingersoft is a game development studio which says it “makes and publishes fun games”. Pretty straightforward. The studio employs 20 people and has 10 games with more than 400 million installs across various platforms. The studio, based in Oulu, is famous for games like Benji Bananas, Fail Hard and Hill Climb Racing.

Published: 2012
Genre: Action
About the game: Hill Climb Racing is a 2D platformer racing game in which a player must travel the furthest possible distance in a stage, avoiding obstacles and steep hills along the way. Along the way, the player collects coins that can be used to unlock new stages and vehicles, and also purchase upgrades on previously unlocked vehicles.
Interesting SDKs:

 Flurry  InMobi 
AdColony  Chartboost 

angry_birds_icon#3 Angry Birds

Android | iOS

Developer: Rovio
Published: 2009
Genre: Puzzle
About the game: I don’t know if there’s a living soul on this planet that doesn’t know what Angry Birds is, but let’s go through the basics one more time, just in case. Angry Birds is a 2D puzzle game featuring a bunch of angry birds, a slingshot and pigs that try to hide from the birds in self-built shelters and castles. The player must use the slingshot to launch the birds into the shelters, destroying them and destroying the piggies.
Interesting SDKs: 

 AdColony  Flurry 
Chartboost  Applifier 
Millennial Media 

Hay-Day-Icon#2 Hay Day

Android | iOS
Developer: Supercell
Published: 2012
Genre: Simulation
About the game: Hay Day is a freemium mobile farming game, released for iOS on June 21, 2012 and Android on November 20, 2013.According to a 2013 report, Supercell earned $30 million a month from Hay Day and Clash of Clans, another game made by Supercell. In 2013, Hay Day was the 4th highest game in revenue generated.
Interesting SDKs: 

 AdColony  Vungle 
Tune  Helpshift

clash_of_clans_icon#1 Clash of Clans

Android | iOS

Developer: Supercell

Published: 2012

Genre: Strategy
About the game: Clash of Clans is a 2012 freemium mobile MMO strategy video game. In it, players build a community, train troops, and attack other players to earn gold and elixir, and Dark Elixir, which can be used to build defences that protect the player from other players’ attacks, and to train and upgrade troops. The game also features a pseudo-single player campaign in which the player must attack a series of fortified goblin villages.
Interesting SDKs: 

 Tune  Helpshift 
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