Emerging Top Free Apps on iOS: Games & Customization Rise on iPhone, While TV & Videos Fill the iPad

The free iOS app charts are never a let-down when it comes to discovering new up and coming applications. Most of the new appearances this week for both devices breached the top five spots, with a couple from the iPhone also rising on iPad. Games and customization apps dominate the iPhone with most being relatively new releases. As for iPad, television and film showed more growth, but hosted less new apps, and primarily gave rise to older ones hosting recent updates.

New Titles Within Top iPhone Free Apps List

Rat On A SkateboardRat On A Skateboard — Rat On A Skateboard is the new #1 free iPhone title this week. Developed by Donut Games, a casual online games portal that is actually part of  Malmö-based Swedish Game Development, which was founded in 2003, the application is a simple game where users perform extreme skateboarding stunts with Ratty as he rockets down obstacle laden courses. Released May 10th, the game is only temporarily free. Rat On A Skateboard is also #4 on iPad.

Look Again! — In at #2 is yet another top free game to rise due to FreeAppADay. Look Again! is a simplistic puzzle game in which users must quickly identify patterns within a veritable collage of images. The game is developed by Smappsoft, a small, two-year-old company based out of San Francisco. Centered around iOS applications, the company has released several apps associated with music. The app was last updated May 3rd, granting users to play any level at any time.

MetalStormMetalStorm: Online — The #3 app this week has been seen this week. It’s K2Live’s new hit app, MetalStorm: Online. Rising high on yesterday’s top grossing iOS apps list, the game is a free-to-play air combat simulator that puts users into competitive, one on one dogfights or in cooperative play against endless waves of AI opponents. The title is monetized via in-app purchases used to upgrade one’s aircraft. As for Z2Live, this Seattle-based iOS developer’s previous release was Trade Nations, but has still recently raised a second round of funding led by Draper Fisher. Released May 12th, MetalStorm is also the #2 app on iPad.

i Lock Screen Free — Splash Gene has recently released a new application called i Lock Screen Free that allows users to customize and share their iPhone lock screens with four-day weather forecasts, custom text, various themes, and so on; all without jailbreaking. Released May 4th, it is the only non-game app for iPhone this week and it comes in at #4. Regarding Splash Gene, the company is fairly enigmatic, but has created dozens of simple utility, customization, and wallpaper applications. Splash Gene, based on its official blog, also appears to be based out of China.

Spray Can 3 — The #5 app is another older application to this week’s iPhone list. Spray Can 3 was last updated April 23rd and is an app that basically turns one’s handset into a spray can, allowing them to create graffiti artwork that can be shared with the Spray Can community. The company, rapidrabbit, notes the title as being downloaded over 1.5 million times, and is a small web and iPhone apps developer based out of Greifswald, Germany. The application monetizes itself through the in-app purchase of new backgrounds and ad removal.

New Titles Within Top iPad Free Apps List

PBS KidsPBS KIDS Video for iPad — PBS Kids is is an educational television network for children, and its new mobile app — released May 12th — called PBS KIDS Video for iPad has shot all the way up to #3 on the top free iPad charts. As one would might expect by the name, this child-safe application allows kids to watch PBS videos from an iPad with new ones added each week. Additionally, the app includes information on each PBS Kids television series for parents to view.

Tap The Frog HD — At #13 is another slightly older title called Tap The Frog HD from Playfo. Released April 21st, the game is a compilation of arcade/reaction-based mini-games involving frogs… lots and lots of frogs. It’s rise, however, is due to the fact that the game is being offered for free for only a limited time. Playfo is a new, and very small (only three individuals), Ukrainian game developer. Tap The Frog is their first title.

ABC PlayerABC Player — As an increasing trend, major television networks have been creating companion apps for for their networks on iPad. ABC Player is a moderately older application, having been last updated April 29th, but allows users to watch ABC shows directly from their iPad. The application is created by ABC’s digital arm of the corporation, ABC Digital. The app is currently ranked at #14.

SnagFilms — SnagFilms is yet another video-viewing application to appear on this week’s list. Ranked at #23, the application — which allows users to watch award-winning documentaries for free — was updated today, May 18th, with improved load times and more videos. The title is brought to users by New York-based SnagFilms.com (founded in 2008), a site whose credo is to bring users documentary films for free on the web and allow them to “snag” (share) them anywhere on the web. SnagFilms’ library of videos is well over 1,000.

Supermarket Mania 2 HD — #26 marks the last highlight this week and filling it is Supermarket Mania 2 HD. Released May 12th, the game is a a simple casual game where players manage a grocery store in a quickly-paced, almost Dinner Dash-style fashion. As it stands, the app is free-to-download, but is unlocked in full by a $6.99 in-app purchase. Also, this purchase is noted as 50% off. The developer behind the game is Stockholm-based G5 Entertainment, a 10-year veteran casual games developer and publisher for mobile, handheld consoles, and PC/Mac