|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.
|1||Deer Hunter||GT Interactive||$20|
|4||Titanic: Adventure Out of Time||Cyberflix||$24|
|5||Microsoft Flight Simulator||Microsoft||$47|
|6||Riven: The Sequel to Myst||Broderbund||$43|
|8||Cabela’s Big Game Hunter||Head Games||$20|
|9||Wild Turkey Hunt||GT Interactive||$15|
|10||Age of Empires||Microsoft||$44|
|12||Star Wars: Rebellion||LucasArts||$45|
|13||Tomb Raider II||Eidos||$44|
|16||Links LS Golf 1998||Access||$43|
|17||Lego Island||Learning Company||$34|
|20||Tonka Construction||Hasbro Interactive||$20|
©1998 Strategy Plus, Inc.
|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|