So what game would you consider to be the most played ever? Solitaire? Castle Wolfenstein? Maybe Everquest or Quake? Well, guess again. The oldest (and most frequently installed) game ever is Minesweeper.
Think about it for a minute: This game has been around since Windows 3.1, requires less concentration then solitaire, is small enough to hide when he boss shows up, and was wasting time long before the internet came out.
You know Popcap wished that Bejeweled had half the market penetration that Minesweeper has. And that’s why Minesweeper is the “most successful game ever“.