Emerging Paid iOS Apps: Electronic Arts & Gameloft Dominate the Charts with Independence Day Sales

We’ve seen sales flood the top paid app charts before, and IndependenceDay weekendis no different. However, this time around, major sales dropping the price of several applications to $0.99  have been hosted by four big name companies including Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Konami, and Chillingo. Of those named, however, it was EA that filled most spots this week withboth new and old titles, leaving Gameloft at #2.

New Titles Within Top iPhone Paid Apps List

Transformers Dark of the MoonTransformers: Dark of the Moon — Sale or no sale, international core games developer and publisher Electronic Arts would have little problem seeing a rise for the newly released title, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Based on the recently released movie, the (currently) $0.99 app puts players in control of either Optimus Prime or Bumblebee as they fight their way through armies of Decepticons using dual-stick shooter controls. Released June 28th, the game is ranked at #2 for iPhone and #12 for iPad.

The Sims 3 Ambitions — Having been around since 1982, EA has quite the portfolio of titles, and one of its most popular franchises, The Sims, appears at #8 with The Sims 3 Ambitions. One of the older apps to appear today (released September 16th), Ambitions allows players to take their Sims and live out their dreams. Be they pursuing an extravagant career, raising a family, or building a beautiful dream home or business, Ambitions is one of the more involved Sims titles on iOS. Of course, since it is made by EA, it is also part of the 4th of July sale and thus costs $0.99.

N.O.V.A. 2 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance — As many of the top ten paid iPhone apps are filled with previously profiled titles, we move down to #20 (#11 on iPad) with global developer and publisher Gameloft‘s title, N.O.V.A. 2. Last updated May 11th with additional multiplayer maps, the game is a sci-fi first-person shooter that not only hosts a single player campaign, but a variety of multiplayer modes ranging from team deathmatches to capture the flag. Currently $0.99, the game also monetizes via a $1.99 in-app purchase.

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline — Rounding out the top paid iPhone apps list is another Gameloft application: Asphalt 6: Adrenaline. At the marked down price of $0.99 this racing game allows players to race around the streets of the world, traveling from Tokyo to the Bahamas against both computer controlled opponents and other users in online multiplayer. Additionally, the game allows players to collect the vehicles from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and other such car makers. Asphalt 6: Adrenaline was last updated March 2nd and is currently ranked at #24 for iPhone and #9 on iPad.

Street Fighter IV VoltStreet Fighter IV Volt — In at #37 is another new release (June 30th), but not one from any of the above noted companies. Street Fighter IV Volt is a fighting game from Tokyo-based international core games developer and publisher Capcom. Granting players control of the new characters, for iOS, of Balrog, Vega, and Cody, Volt also provides users with WiFi multiplayer support. Coincidentally, this game is also on sale for $4.99. However, the cost will increase $1 a day until it has reached its fixed price of $6.99.

New Titles Within Top iPad Paid Apps List

Dungeon Hunter 2Dungeon Hunters 2 HD — Skipping past previously highlighted applications, the #18 spot on the top paid iPad apps lists is held by roughly 11-year-old Gameloft in the form of Dungeon Hunter 2 HD. An older game, released December 16th, Dungeon Hunter 2 is a Diablo’esque, isometric action role-playing game that allows players to hack-and-slash their way through dungeons full of fantasy creatures with up to three other friends through WiFi, Bluetooth, or local wireless capabilities. Once again, the price is marked down to $0.99.

Need for Speed Shift for iPad — Moving all the way down to #27 is a Need for Speed game we have not highlighted for iOS before (though its sale on Android a while back was). Need for Speed Shift was last updated November  27th, and is a racing title from Redwood City, California-based gaming corporation Electronic Arts. Another game that lets users race around the world, Shift highlights features such as first-person driving and a “first-person crash dynamic,” as well as boasts for realism and handling. Additionally, players on the iPad gain access to eight exclusive cars such as the Lexus LF-A Concept. Need for Speed Shift is temporarily $0.99.

Command & Conquer Red Alert for iPad — Mark another tally in the EA column, as one of the most well known real-time strategy franchises rises back up to #36. Command & Conquer Red Alert is currently $0.99 and puts players in control of either the Soviets, Allies, or the Empire of the Rising Sun as they press through a series of 15 campaign levels or battle within quick non-story-based skirmishes. The game was last updated May 3rd.

Mirror's EdgeMirror’s Edge for iPad — At #41 is another, you guessed, EA application, but one of a very different genre. Mirror’s Edge for iPad is actually a free running (parkour) game. Essentially, this means it is a platformer as players control Faith Connors, a woman seeking to stop a hidden danger within a suppossed Utopian society. In addition to its single player campaign, players can also compete via a multiplayer mode on the same device. Expectantly, the price tag of Mirror’s Edge for iPad is $0.99. It was last updated December, 10th.

Call of Duty: Zombies HD — Finishing off the list of highlighted apps this week is Call of Duty: Zombies HD from Santa Monica, California-based core games developer and publisher Activision. Last updated January 7th, this game has risen due to another sale, marking the price down to $1.99 and bringing its ranking up to #47 on the top paid iPad apps list. In short, this first-person shooter mixes Call of Duty game play with the premise of surviving a horde of zombies. Moreover, the game supports four-player cooperative multiplayer both locally and over the Internet.