Following Zombie Jombie, GREE International has pushed out a second social game specifically geared towards a non-Japanese audience – and Alien Family, released on iOS in English (download), is doing pretty well.
Just like Zombie Jombie, Alien Family has peaked at the No. 4 spot in the ranking of free apps in the US App Store (Zombie Jombie quickly slipped down the charts and is now No. 116 in that ranking. It’s still pretty solid at No. 48 among the top grossing apps).
As a fresh title, Alien Family can even top the success of Zombie Jombie. It will take a while for the “alien farming simulation” to appear in the top grossing app ranking.
I checked the data mentioned above on March 31, 2012 (1130pm JST)
A company like GREE can “buy” their way into the App Store ranking easily (i.e. by mass-buying ads or using Openfeint as a formidable promotion platform), which is why these successes have to be taken with a grain of salt.