In light of the growing number of new developers and apps on the iPhone and iPad, we’ve noted the newest applications (within the last two weeks) to make their way in to the top 25 applications on Apple’s top paid apps lists for both devices. Here is what we found:
New Titles Within Top 25 iPhone Paid Apps List
Pimp Your Screen — Pimp Your Screen cracked the iPhone paid apps list, landing at #6 after being released four days ago on March 10. Developed by the Belarus-based (Eastern Europe) mobile development, animation, and game development studio Apalon, they are actually a smaller part of the outsourcing company, MoveYourWeb. As for the application itself, it grants users the capability of customizing their iDevices with a variety of vibrant screens, skins, and neon effects. Moreover, the app works on all iOS devices — so long as the device has iOS 4.0 installed — adjusting image resolutions and displays to whichever device the app is on.
Rotate & Roll — Rotate & Roll fills the eighth position on the app list. Developed by a seemingly smaller outfit called GAMEXTAR Development Studios, the physics-based game involves the guiding of a googly-eyed ball from Point A to Point B, safely, by rotating the entire world. Along the way, players must avoid obstacles and collect stars. The game is one of the older new additions, having been available since March 1st.
iStunt 2 — One of the larger companies on this list, Miniclip is the developer behind iStunt 2. This ten-year-old British company hosts the online games site, Miniclip.com, which has a stated userbase of around 65 million. Their new iPhone title, released March 9th, is reminiscent of many of the site’s simpler games, consisting of simple physics-based game play as users perform snowboarding tricks and stunts on a downhill slalom. However, iStunt 2 spices things up with more bizarre mechanics such as zero gravity zones, floating mountains, and the occasionally, ill-placed, buzz saw.
New Titles Within Top 25 iPad Paid Apps List
GarageBand — Released March 10th, Apple’s long running music and recording software, GarageBand, has finally come to the iPad. Unsurprisingly, it’s taken over the iPad’s paid app charts at #1. Turning the device into everything from a piano to a guitar, users can play and create songs that can be shared via email, added to an iTunes library, or further edited via the Mac version of the software.
Real Racing 2 HD — Firemint has launched the successor to its popular Real Racing title, Real Racing 2 HD specifically for the iPad 2. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Firemint is a mid-sized developer also known for the path-drawing title Flight Control. As for Real Racing 2 HD, the racer is a realistic and visually impressive title. That said, the latter only applies for the new iPad, as users of a first generation device are presented with an irritatingly underwhelming experience. Released March 11th, the game is currently #8 on the iPad’s paid app charts.
Pimp Your Screen — Apalon sneaks it’s Pimp Your Screen app in, again, at #22 for iPad. Also released March 10th, the application comes with all the same features as the iPhone version, including colorful backgrounds, app shelves, neon effects, and a high resolution display.