Emerging Top Free Apps on iOS: Retro Arcade Classics, Notes, & Science Flood the Top Charts

The top free iOS app charts have shown a great deal of change in the past seven days with several new applications appearing within the top 10. Nevertheless, even those beyond these rankings proved to be extremely interesting, while those within showed quite the affinity for the classic games (be they analog or digital) of yesteryear.

New Titles Within Top iPhone Free Apps List

Sea BattlesSea Battles Lite — Starting out the list of top free iOS applications, and holding the #1 spot, is a new game (released June 10th) by the name of Sea Battles Lite. The game is essentially the board game of Battleship, as players place a series of ships on a 10×10 grid and attempt to sink their opponent’s fleet; which they cannot see. Hosting both single and multiplayer, the title is created by a Russian developer out of Vladivostok, in Siberia, named Kama Games. Founded in 2009, this company’s focus spans several platforms, including iOS, Android, Facebook, and so on.

Racing Penguin, Flying Free — Having been released June 16th, the #2 app on the top free iPhone apps list is Racing Penguin, Flying Free. In the game — which has risen due to being temporarily free — players control a penguin as they slide up and down snowy hillsides to escape hungry polar bears individual levels. Unfortunately, the design is far from original, and utilizes the exact same core mechanics as the highly popular iPhone game, TinyWings. The app is credited to Top Free Games – Best Apps, an enigmatic, and apparently French, developer for iOS and Android.

Turtle Fly — J2Sighte hosts the #3 app this week. The game is Turtle Fly, a bizarre game in which users control a genetically modified flying turtle as they test fly it through an array of aerial obstacles in an attempt to reach the highest point they can. The rise of the game is due to its being part of FreeAppADay. As for its developer, J2Sighte is a small indie developer for iOS whose past titles include A Doodle Flight, Doodle Evil Fly, and Doodle Kart. Turtle Fly was last updated May 24th.

Line JumperLine Jumper — Line Jumper(last updated June 18th) is yet another game in the series of “line” games from Robert Szeleney of Austrian developer Djinnworks. Another game where users try to reach as high a point as possible, players now draw lines in order to platform their way to the top. Filled with bumpers for launching the player upward, rag doll physics, and competitive leaderboards, the real reason this game — which now holds the #5 spot — has grown recently is due to temporarily being made free. As a sidenote, these line-based Djinnworks games have breached the top lists several times before.

Dream Bride — In at #6 is an entertainment app called Dream Bride. The application is, for lack of a better term, a “dress-up” app in which users are able to customize and create their own avatar brides and share them with friends. Free-to-play, Dream Bride monetizes through several in-app purchase ranging from designer dresses to accessories and hair styles. The app has also recently been updated, as of June 14th, to include new content such as new wedding destinations and backdrops, new hairstyles, and other such bridal elements. As for it’s developer, the company behind the app is Noovo Games, a social and mobile “entertainment” startup out of Palo Alto, California.

New Titles Within Top iPad Free Apps List

Bamboo PaperBamboo Paper – Wacom Notes for Stylus — Those that have been following the top iOS charts for a while will likely have noticed that note taking apps for iPad have been growing more popular. As such, Bamboo Paper has shot to the top of the free iPad apps lists and holds the #1 spot. In essence, it turns the iPad device into a tablet notebook, allowing users to take notes, make sketches, bookmark their pages, and share with friends. What’s more is that the application is made by international company Wacom, whose U.S. branch is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington (which is owned by Wacom Company, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan). Wacom is best known for its stylus pens and PC tablet accessories. The tremendous growth is due to a June 16th update that has reduced the sale price to free until the end of June.

Science360 for iPad — Education is in at #3 in the form of Science360 for iPad. This fairly new app, which was released June 8th, is from independent federal agency, The National Science Foundation (NSF). As such, Science360 contains a multitude of science and engineering images and video from around the world. Additionally, the app features a news feed that displays breaking news from any NSF-funded institution.

BreakOut Mania HD — Moving down to #5 is another game concept from yesteryear, BreakOut Mania HD. The June 8th-released game is an iteration of the classic BreakOut game in which players remove blocks from a playing field by bouncing a ball around with a paddle. The difference here, is that players control the speed of the ball, and earn bonus points for faster speeds. Free-to-play, the game monetizes through the in-app purchasing of extra levels for $0.99. It is developed by SixHourSoft, a small iOS developer of under 10 people based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. BreakOut Mania HD is the iPad variant of the original iPhone version, BreakOut Mania.

GalagaGalaga 30th Collection — More classics breach the top charts this week with Galaga 30th Collection at #8. The game was launched June 9th, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the original Galaga arcade game. The app contains redesigned and “modernized” remakes of all four Galaga games including Galaxian, Galaga, Gaplus, and Galaga 88. Though it is free to download, players must purchase most of the content in-app. As one might expect, the developer behind the app is Santa Clara, California-based Namco Networks America, part of international games developer Namco Bandai. Namco is also the developer of the original Galaga.

Gravitarium2 — At #14 is an interesting app called Gravitarium2. Listening to different types of music, players must use their fingers to create brilliant and colorful abstract animations drawn with what the app calls a “star flow.” These drawings, so-to-speak, can be saved as presets and even created with multiple users. The creator behind the app is noted as Robert Neagu, who appears to have been the sole developer behind Gravitarium2, with the soundtrack by Silent Strike.