Game Storm Becomes 1st Pakistani Studio to Rank in Top 100 on Play Store

Game Storm Studio has become the first Pakistani studio to have an app ranked in the top 100 charts on the Google Play Store.

Their journey began as a startup over seven years ago. Today, they have several hundred games in their portfolio. However, Heart Surgery ER Emergency is their first game which has truly made it global.

 Heart Surgery ER Emergency ranked first!

Not only that, Heart Surgery ER Emergency reached the 37th rank in Games Sector (in US), whereas in All Category, it ranked 90th. To give you context, that’s three spaces below Skype!

Statistics From App Annie 

In Pakistan, the game has become equally popular. It retains the number one spot in Educational Games department. Overall, it ranks as the 41st most popular app and 8th most popular game.

The Gameplay

This is a game where you become a surgeon and take on the responsibility of saving someone’s life. The gameplay is incredibly simplistic and makes us think that the app is geared towards kids.

You just follow the surgery steps, whether they are placing a thermometer on the forehead through a drag-and-drop or cleaning a wound by swiping up-and-down the screen.

Game Storm Studio are building upon the success of this game and will be launching a sequel that promises better gameplay, graphics and most of all – fun.

About The Game Storm Studios

Since the inception of the company, it has employed over 150 people in Karachi and Lahore, making them one of the largest game developing software house in Pakistan.

The company makes games for various age groups, ranging from 3 to 35 years under different brands which makes their modus operandi a bit different that the rest of the competition.

Proudly ‘Made in Pakistan’, Game Storm Studios create their own intellectual property; from characters to storyline to game development to fluid graphics, everything is prepared and programmed in Pakistan which makes their success even more impressive.

Zarar is the Editor of Sports and Auto section and heads the Branded Content as well.


  • Wow, that’s really impressive.

  • waqar hussain

    Ranked 3.8 in play store. ?

  • Misleading headline. Certainly not the first :). Sponsored post; you have to add it in your disclaimer.

  • Another paid article :)

  • i_masads

    Sponsored article. Have you forgot We.R.Play’s The Lost Twins? They have made it to Editor’s Choice.

    • KMQ

      But but this is the first one to be featured on ProPK which is bigger achievement then editor’s choice ;-)

      • i_masads

        Making your way to Editor’s Choice can’t be paid but this article is definitely paid. :)

        • KMQ

          Aapne galat baat kardi hai, now get ready… Shah jee is going to say if you don’t like the post why don’t you just move on. :-p

          • i_masads

            I have shared what is true. That’s what really happens :)

        • aamir7

          We were not paid for this. Paid posts are mentioned clearly.

          • Haris

            AOA Guys,

            Please check the stats and downloads of both games.

            • i_masads

              Please check the quality of both games. :) Downloads are often deceiving of many games. Content quality, originality and player’s retention are the key traits, not just downloads :)

              • Happy for other’s success

                Both games seem to be made for different audiences and hence the difference in aesthetics.

                Instead of comparing apples to oranges, appreciate the fact that games from Pakistan are doing well.

                There is no need to get hostile about one game or the other. If this article was about the game from We r Play you would be defending it, and since it’s not you are being hostile. Be a good sport. Support Pakistani Talent!

              • Tahir

                Google’s ranking algorithm for the top charts is now based not only on the app’s downloads but also on the user engagement according to the following link:

                techcrunch[dot]com/2017/02/28/google-play-now-considers-user-engagement-not-just-downloads-in-ranking-games/

                The changes were reported by Google on 27 Feb and the top 100 ranking achieved by the Game Storm app was on 2 April. So it is reasonable to assume that its ranking then was based on its downloads and level of user engagement.

          • KMQ

            Aamir bhai if its not paid then the author should have researched before writing it as First Pakistani Studio to be ranked in top 100. I just checked the “Lost Twins – A Surreal Puzzler” and its is marked as Editor’s pick. and it has 1million + downloads and it says its from a studio in Islamabad Pakistan.

            • Tahir

              I think you need to research first what is the difference between the Google play store’s top charts and editor’s choice apps. Although Google doesn’t specify exactly how its ranking algorithm works for the top charts, it is believed that it is mostly based on the app’s no. of downloads, its ratings/reviews and usage stats.

              The Editor’s choice on the other hand is explained on the android developers website as the following:

              “Whether they’re destined to be big hits or serve a niche, the Editor’s
              Choice apps and games introduce users to the best in innovation,
              creativity, and design
              on Android. They’re hand-picked by the Google
              Play editorial team.”

              So basically, the two categories are different from each other.

              • KMQ

                Thanks for clarifying, that editor picks have nothing to do with being in top 100. Point well taken.

    • Tahir

      You are correct about the Editor’s choice part but as I have also explained in another comment, it is different from the play store’s top charts. The apps in the Editor’s choice are picked by an editorial team based more on the criteria of quality rather than downloads. The top charts are computed by a ranking algorithm based on the criteria of downloads and user engagement.

      You should learn and understand this difference first before saying such things like ‘sponsored article’ and mentioning ‘The Lost Twins’ which is totally unrelated to the context of this article.

      • i_masads

        Mate! There are several other games made in Pakistan that have made to the top 100. Of course, if its not sponsored, it must be favored. I am a game developer and producer too and I know the difference b/w editor’s choice and app ranking and I am watching this industry since it was born. Anyway you made yourself clear which is appreciated. ?

        • Muhammad Talha

          If Admin is saying that its not paid and if it was, they clearly mention that I think we should respect that. Plus they must have done some research before claiming this, as last time I saw it was above candy crush, I don’t believe there would have been several others in past. Its big achievement and we should respect that. Else you should mention app names with facts and chart shown here to support your claim.

  • Gulzar

    Look’s like another sponsored post, or writer is lame as kcuF, Can anybody explain how would GameStorm benefit from this sponsored post?

  • Happy for other’s success

    It’s a great honour for Pakistani developers whose games are competing with international hits. It would take time, but would get there – right at the top inshAllah. Pakistan has the potential and all we need to do is try.

    For naysayers, angoor khattay hain. A game cannot and would not make money with the news items if downloads are coming from Pakistan. A small open secret many in the industry know, but apparently everyone wants to look down on other’s accomplishments.

  • hmmm

  • HaTa

    Proud to be a pakistani, it’s a great achievement!

  • Anas Mujeeb

    Great Job! Good to see Pakistani Company is on Top :) Game Storm Studio

  • Malik Kamran

    propakistani i’m losing trust over you,posting bunch of paid/sponsored posts,planning to un-subscribe,time is money man

  • Saad Zaidi

    Proud to see the studio making marks… I have seen Pakistani developers working abroad because they don’t get paid much in Pakistan also they leave the country after higher education/experience due to uncertain political and security situation. Its good to see things getting better…