Your title and thumbnail is essential in the early stages of your game being released. It is what causes people to click on your game and try playing it. While good gameplay is a must, you need people to view your game before you can get to that stage. I’ve taken the liberty of researching the titles and thumbnails of the top games of all time on Newgrounds and Kongregate to show you the what thumbnails and titles worked for the top games.
Newgrounds Top 11 Games
Kongregate Top 15 Games
The data for these graphs was taken directly from the top game lists of Newgrounds and Kongregate. Each caption on the thumbnails graphs shows what is inside the thumbnail. Gameplay means that the thumbnail showed gameplay. Character’s face means that the thumbnail’s primary focus was on the face of the character. Full Character means that the thumbnail was focused on whole body of the character, not just the face. Finally, Symbol/Title means that the thumbnail included a symbol representing the game and/or the game’s name in the thumb.
While thumbnails and titles aren’t alone enough to make a game reach the top-rated lists, it does give your game that extra push that might just add an additional 0 .01 of score that is needed to reach the best games list. How does your game rank up against these statistics?