One year and more than 14,000 games after the App Store first went live, we're getting a sense of the most popular genres on iPhone. But we're also starting to see a lot of me-too games.
Some of them are great, of course. Since the seminal Flight Control we've seen a number of line-draw games appear on the App Store, and the best of these advance the new genre rather than rehashing Firemint's formula.
However, for every DrawRace or Star Defense there's sluggish clone adding to the App Store's growing population crisis without giving anything new in return.
It would be disappointing for such a young games platform to start ossifying at this stage, so we've put on our thinking caps to come up with some alternatives for the key genres.