Industry News
Sales rankings for the first six months of 1998
by Jason Ocampo
NEWS: PC Data's Top 20

With the half point of the year reached, it’s time to take stock of the best-seller lists.

StarCraft may have had the strangle lock on the No. 1 position these past few months, but the highest-selling PC game for the first six months of the year is Deer Hunter according to figures recently released by marketing and research firm PC Data.

Deer Hunter's success stems from its popular hunting theme andthe fact that it’s average retail price is less than half that of the No. 2 game, StarCraft. Two other hunting games inhabit the list, Cabela’s Big Game Hunter at No. 8, and Wild Turkey Hunt at No. 9.

The Top 20 list also has its share of "perennial" inhabitants. Stalwarts such as Myst (No. 3), Diablo (No. 14), and NASCAR II (No. 18) still continue to sell despite the fact that they’re more than a year old.

Three strategy games made the list. The aforementioned StarCraft as well as Age of Empires at No. 10 and Star Wars: Rebellion at No. 12.

The action genre is represented by four titles. Quake II, at No. 7, is the highest ranked action game. At No. 11 is Frogger, and at No. 13 is Tomb Raider II. Meanwhile, the current action game de jour, Unreal, appears on the list at the No. 15 position.

Adventures games did well, as Myst, Titanic: Adventure Out of Time, and Riven all appeared in the Top 10.


Top PC Games, First Half of 1998
Rank Game Publisher Avg.
1 Deer Hunter GT Interactive $20
2 StarCraft Cendant $43
3 Myst Broderbund $18
4 Titanic: Adventure Out of Time Cyberflix $24
5 Microsoft Flight Simulator Microsoft $47
6 Riven: The Sequel to Myst Broderbund $43
7 Quake II Activision $46
8 Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Head Games $20
9 Wild Turkey Hunt GT Interactive $15
10 Age of Empires Microsoft $44
11 Frogger Hasbro Interactive $38
12 Star Wars: Rebellion LucasArts $45
13 Tomb Raider II Eidos $44
14 Diablo Cendant $36
15 Unreal GT Interactive $40
16 Links LS Golf 1998 Access $43
17 Lego Island Learning Company $34
18 NASCAR II Cendant $27
19 Monopoly Hasbro Interactive $28
20 Tonka Construction Hasbro Interactive $20

Source: PC Data, Reston, Virginia

©1998 Strategy Plus, Inc.
Posted 8/17/1998

Age of Empires Windows 95 IBM CD ROM 10/97 $24.95
Diablo Windows 95 IBM CD ROM 01/97 $9.95
Frogger Windows 95 IBM CD ROM 11/97 $18.95
Links LS 98 Windows 3.11 IBM CD ROM 07/97 $18.95
Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 Windows 95 IBM CD ROM 09/97 $39.95
Monopoly IBM CD ROM 10/95 $17.95
Myst IBM CD ROM 03/94 $17.95
Myst 2: Riven Windows 95 IBM CD ROM 11/97 $24.95
Quake 2 Windows 95 IBM CD ROM 12/97 $17.95
Rebellion (Star Wars) Windows 95 IBM CD ROM 03/98 $28.99
Starcraft Windows 95 IBM CD ROM 04/98 $24.95
Tomb Raider 2 Windows 95 IBM CD ROM 11/97 $12.95
Unreal Windows 95 IBM CD ROM 06/98 $22.95