Emerging Paid iOS Apps: Gamevil’s Air Penguin, Civil War Top the Charts

Over half of the highlighted apps to break into the top paid iOS app charts have been new, and some of these are only a few days old. As expected, the majority of iPhone applications to breach the top lists have been games, but for the iPad, educational apps and utilities came to the forefront.

New Titles Within Top iPhone Paid Apps List

Air PenguinAir Penguin — The #1 game on the paid iPhone apps list  comes from the folks over at mobile games publisher Gamevil. Released April 14th, the $0.99 title Air Penguin is a simple arcade, platforming-style title where users tilt their iPhone to navigate their penguin through the harsh Antarctic. Located in both Los Angeles and Seoul, Korea, Gamevil has been around since 2000, and is known well for games such as Soccer Superstars.

World of Goo — Also released April 14th is the iPhone port of the popular iPad game, World of Goo at $2.99. It has everything that the iPad rendition is known for. Players utilize living globs of goo to build structures in a very unique physics-puzzler. Its developer is 2D Boy, a pair of indie game developers (Ron Carmel and Kyle Gabler) based out of San Francisco. Currently, the game holds the #8 spot, but did make it all the way to #2 last Friday.

Angry Birds SeasonsAngry Birds Seasons — It isn’t a new game, but the Finnish company of Rovio Mobile has updated one of its veteran titles, Angry Birds Seasons, as of today, April 18th. The popular physics-puzzle game involving the hurling of birds at pig-constructed buildings, and destroying them, is now laden with chocolates, eggs, bunny hats, and 15 “Lucky GreenLevels,” just in time for easter. At $0.99, the game is currently #10 on the app charts. Beyond this update, the Accel Partners and Atomico Ventures-funded company has far more planned for the rest of the upcoming year.

Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey — Anyone that has spent time in the app store has likely come across Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey. This classic of classic hidden object games has milled about the top charts in times past, but a limited time “67% offer” has brought the cost down to $0.99 and the game up to #15. Updated April 5th, its developer is the Montreal-based Ludia. A cross-platform developer, Ludia builds games such as Family Feud on core consoles, mobile, and Facebook.

YOU DON’T KNOW JACK — In at #17 is a new (released April 14th) comedic trivia-style game, YOU DON’T KNOW JACK. The application is developed by Jellyvision Games, the game half of interactive entertainment company Jellyvision who has been around since 1989 (under the guise of Learn Television). This app is the iOS version of one of the company’s first games, the 1995 version of YOU DON’T KNOW JACK. The other half of Jellyvision is Jellyvision Lab.

New Titles Within Top iPad Paid Apps Lists

Pica FacebookFacebook for iPad with Chat – Pica HD — Sales do as much good in the digital world as they do in the analog, as Facebook for iPad with Chat – Pica HD moves all the way up to #2 on the paid iPad charts. Optimized for iPad 2 and on sale, the title is currently $1.99. A third party Facebook app, it has recently been updated (April 6th) to support Facebook Places and an auto-login to its chat system. Its developer is Dinh Ba Thanh, a developer of social networking and entertainment apps. That said, the company is actually a single individual by the name of Jason Dinh (though many of Dinh’sapps were made with the help of other individuals).

YOU DON’T KNOW JACK HD — As tends to happen when a new iOS title is released, if it does well on one iDevice, it typically does well on the other. As such YOU DON’T KNOW JACK appears once again, on iPad, at #6. The comedic trivia app from Jellivision Games was released April 14th and runs $4.99.

Civil WarThe Civil War Today — Educational value makes its presence known at #7 with The Civil War Today. A unique presentation of history, this title presents the the Civil War in the form of a daily updated digital newspaper, as if it were happening in the present, over the course of four years. Its developer is A&E Television Networks Mobile (specifically, the History Channel) and Bottle Rocket Apps, a larger Dallas-based iOS developer who has created apps and software for other major clients such as Discovery, ESPN, Disney, and so on. The new title was released April 11th and costs $7.99.

Angry Birds Seasons HD — At #11 is the newly updated (April 18th) Angry Bird Seasons HD from Rovio Mobile. Running at an HD price tag of $1.99, the game contains all the avian physics destruction of its iPhone counterpart, complete with Easter eggs, bunny ears, and candies.

Fahrenheit — The last new app of notice today is actually a weather app called Fahrenheit. Released April 8th at the price of $0.99, this application allows users to view temperature and weather, for any location, directly on their iPad home screen. As for its developer, International Travel Weather Calculator, they only host a handful of applications for iOS focusing on weather (they have also developed the utility app, Calculator for iPad). The new title is currently #17 on the top paid iPad apps list.