The upper echelons of the top iOS paid apps lists have, once again, been a little tame. Between both the iPhone and the iPad only a pair of new faces found themselves within the top ten applications. Of course, part of this slow down is due to many of the new and interesting apps appearing are those that have been profiled once before.
Of the apps that did appear, while the onset of sales did improve some of Gameloft’s iPad applications’ rankings, new and recently updated ranks also proved dominant. It is also worth noting, that along this same thread, the previously noted update to Angry Birds Rio (adding new levels) has boosted the game back up to #2 on both the iPhone and iPad devices. Prior to this update, the game milled about the #7-#10 spots.
New Titles Within Top iPhone Paid Apps List
Army of Darkness Defense — Colorado-based mobile developer Backflip Studios has a new popular app in honor of the Evil Dead series: Army of Darkness Defense. Released May 12th, the game is already #10 on both iPhone and iPad and was done through a special deal licensing the creative content from MGM Studios. Players take their boomstick and chainsaw and led the medieval armies of of Arthur against the armies of the undead as they protect the Necronomicon in this simplistic, 2D strategy, tower defense title. Backflip Studios is best know for its Paper Toss franchise that breached the 50 million download mark earlier this year. The game is currently on sale for $0.99 ($2.99 on iPad), and also monetizes through the in-app purchasing of coins (which are used for unit/defense upgrades).
Death Rally — Death Rally marks the #15 spot on this week’s top paid iPhone apps list. If it sounds familiar, that’s because the game was previously #26 on the top grossing iPad apps list and to paid iPad charts (currently it is #1 on iPad). However, this dual-stick, top-down racer — which pits users into a destruction derby-like setup, arming each car with heavy weaponry — has risen again due to a May 10th update adding new tracks, in-app purchases, and general performance improvements. Additionally, the game has been marked down to $0.99 as a sale price. Its developer is Finnish core game maker, Remedy Entertainment, known for titles such as Max Payne, Alan Wake, and the original (1996) Death Rally.
FatBooth — A much older app appears this week at #18 in the form of FatBooth from young iPhone and Mac app developer Pivi & Co. An app that simulates what one might look like with quite a few extra pounds and joins Pivi’s family of other simple party-style apps such as BaldBooth and AgingBooth. Running $0.99, the app has always often been within the top 50 iPhone apps, but its May 5th update has boosted it slightly. The new update improves not only the title’s face detection, but also the face transformation effect. Moreover, it has been localized for both French and Japanese.
Foodies — Foodies is a new game (released May 5th) that tasks users with winning the love of their life… by eating. Using simple tap controls and physics, players control a bizarre looking “Foodie” as they attempt to impress the demanding Miss Pam by, well, getting fat. The game is played by drawing a line for the player avatar, Sam, to bounce off of so he can eat floating food. Costing $0.99, it is developed by Nano Titans, a very small indie games developer of only two individuals with only this title under their belt. The game is currently ranked at #20.
Hipstamatic — At #28 is another recently updated application and the first non-game of the day. Hipstamatic is an iPhone photography app that boasts several types of lenses, flashes, films, and effects. Its May 14th update, however, has included new lenses, “HipstaPaks” (which are packs of things such as lenses and bought via in-app purchasing), and Twitter sharing. It’s creator is Synthetic Corp, a small, San Francisco-based developer that has been around since 2006. Currently, the app costs $1.99.
New Titles Within Top iPad Paid Apps List
Splinter Cell Conviction HD — The only new (to these lists) iPad app to breach the top 10 this is one from the large international mobile and casual games developer Gameloft. In at #8 is the highly dated (released August, 2010) Splinter Cell Conviction HD. A stealth game where users play special forces operative, Sam Fisher, as he attempts to rescue his daughter, the game’s sudden rise is due to a significant sale that had dropped the current $4.99 price to $0.99.
Let’s Golf! 2 HD — As part of the same above noted sale from Gameloft, Let’s Golf! 2 HD also sees a significant rise. The quirky golf game, which was last updated January 24th, has risen all the way up to #16. Like Splinter Cell, the sale marked it down to $0.99. However, it will now likely decline as its price is now back up to $4.99. Other inclusions with this sale were Eternal Legacy HD (currently #26), Jams Cameron’s Avatar for iPad, Let’s Golf! HD, and Real Football 2011 HD/Real Soccer 2011 HD.
StarFront: Collision — Yet another Gameloft game appears, with StarFront: Collision HD at #19. Originally only for iPhone, the StarCraft-style real-time strategy game adapts the genre well to iOS as users attempt to exude control over a rare space-age resource named Xenodium. This new iPad version was released May 12th and costs $6.99.
Craigslist Pro for iPad — Moving away from games for a moment, the #29 application is an iPad version of the popular classifieds website, Craigslist. Developed by Escargot Studios, Craigslist Pro for iPad is an older app whose recent update (May 11th) held only minor posting bug fixes. The real force behind its rise is due to a temporary 50% off sale marking it down to $0.99. Escargot Studios is an iOS developer who hosts just over a dozen different iPhone and iPad apps; many of which are centric to Craigslist.
Siege Hero HD — Wrapping up the top paid iPad list this week is Siege Hero HD at #34. Released May 10th, the game is similar in respect to Angry Birds’ web-game predecessor, Armor Games’ Crush the Castle. Developed by Irvine, California-based Armor Games themselves, a small to medium-sized game maker who focuses on simple Flash games for their web portal, the app tasks users with the demolishing of poorly built castles using taps rather than launching projectiles. At $2.99, Siege Hero is currently 40% off.