Emerging Top-Grossing iOS Apps: Updates Push Addmired, Gameview Titles Higher

While some of yesterday’s top paid applications showed themselves again on the top grossing charts, many older titles pushed their way higher. Many older apps rose with recent updates that added new content — namely mobile-social games such as those from Addmired and Gameview Studios. Additionally, of all the highlighted iPhone apps, all were games with the rankings spread fairly thin, while the slighly more consolidated iPad hosted a greater variety of application types ranging from games, to magazines, to aviation software.

New Titles Within Top Grossing iPhone Apps List

AC-130Zombie Gunship — Previously profiled, yesterday’s #2 paid iPhone app, Zombie Gunship, is now today’s #1 top grossing app. Priced at $0.99, the game takes a new spin on the zombie apocalypse as users mow down hordes of undead with the heavy duty guns of an AC-130. Users attempt to protect a bunker for as long as possible, saving as many civilians as possible, before they are inevitably overrun. The developer behind the game is the same company who created the popular app, TowerMadness, a small independent mobile developer based out of Palo Alto called Limbic Software.

Original Gangstaz — An older app shows growth this week in the form of Original Gangstaz. The free-to-play title from Addmired is a social RPG that allows users to participate in missions, gang wars, and build up a criminal empire. There are even a few “Yo momma” jokes. The growth is mainly because of a July 21st update that has added several features such as new levels, bosses, loot, push notifications, and the ability to form a 50 person “Crew.” To monetize, the game hosts several in-app purchases for virtual currency ranging from $4.99 to $19.99 as well as a purchasable character class. As for Addmired itself, this Y Combinator and Baseline Ventures-funded outfit out of Sunnyvale, California is focused around social and mobile games and currently hosts about a dozen total titles on iOS. Original Gangstaz is currently ranked at #8.

Stickman BMX — Stickman BMX continues to do well, coming in today at #14 on the top grossing iPhone apps list. Currently hosting a launch sale at $0.99, the game is a side-scrolling platformer where users simply try to get from Point A to Point B on a BMX bike. Oh, and they are challenged with a variety of physics enabled obstacles within an absurdly bizarre environment. The game is made by Traction Games, a casual and mobile games studio based in Sydney, Australia.

Original Gangstaz RockOriginal Gangstaz Rock — Addmired appears again today at #32 with Original Gangstaz Rock. The game play of Original Gangstaz Rock is, for all intents and purposes, the same basic play of as the previously noted #8 app, but gives players a different theme and skins. That said, its climbs was triggered by the same reason as its higher-ranked predecessor — the same July 21st update adding the new Crews feature as well as new levels, bosses and items.

Tap Ranch 2 — Moving down to #37 is yet another older title, Tap Ranch 2 from Gameview Studios. It is a social farming game where players build and manage their own ranches growing crops and raising animals. A bit of a dated application, Tap Ranch 2 has been given new life via a July 14th update that has added multiple ranch support and a new “Greenhouse” magic spell. In terms of monetization, the game is free-to-play, and allows players to purchase virtual currency and earnable in-game currency, in-app, in quantities ranging from $0.99 to $49.99. As for Gameview itself, the company is a mobile developer founded last year that was acquired by Japanese mobile giant, DeNA.

New Titles Within Top Grossing iPad Apps List

Sid Meier's PiratesSid Meier’s Pirates! for iPad — The newly released (July 21st) iPad remake of Sid Meier’s Pirates! continues to rise up the app charts, coming in today as the #2 top grossing iPad app. The simulation title literally gives users the life of a 17th century Caribbean pirate, allowing them to live out their days in any way that they desire with the option of attempting to redeem the sullied name of their family. With tremendous amounts of game play options — from bounty hunting, to trade, to pillaging — the $6.99 title is well worth the price, and was yesterday’s top paid app. It is created by core games developer and publisher, 2K Games, a California-based company known for games such as Civilization V and Bioshock.

WingX Pro7 — WingX Pro7 is an aviation application that has risen in recent time. Last updated July 23rd with moving maps and updated airspace information, WingX provides its users with a myriad of GPS information, weather data, A/FD and AOPA directories, and a multitude more for pilots. Though the app is $0.99, most of the monetization comes from an $99.99 annual subscription as well as additional subscriptions for Synthetic Vision as well as a $29.99 in-app purchase for fuel prices. The app is credited to Hilton Software, a California-based company centered around aviation solutions. WingX Pro7 is currently ranked at #12.

Doors of the Mind – Inner Mysteries HD — Big Fish Games is a larger casual games developer and publisher with offices in Washington, Canada, and Ireland, thus it’s not surprising to see them hosting yet another top grossing title. Released July 21st and ranked in at #17 is the adventure-style hidden object game, Doors of the Mind – Inner Mysteries HD. This latest title puts players into the realm of dreams as they attempt figure out the cause behind their recent influx of nightmares. Free-to-download, Doors of the Mind follows the common monetization method used by Big Fish Games, which is charging for an in-app, full game unlock for $6.99.

National GeographicNational Geographic Magazine — In at #19 is National Geographic Magazine. The digital magazine brings all the worldly topics readers are used to from National Geographic, and has risen up the top grossing iPad app charts due to a July 20th update adding in monthly and annual subscriptions for $1.99 and $19.99 respectively. Of course, individual issues can also be bought in-app for $4.99. The company credited for the app is the National Geographic Society, whose application, 50 Places of a Lifetime also rose up the top paid charts earlier this month.

Cars 2 World Grand Prix Read and Race — Rounding out today’s highlights, at #30, is Cars 2 World Grand Prix Read and Race. The application is a $6.99 digital book in which users follow an original, interactive story that allows players to build and customize their own Grand Prix team as they progress in the story and race against Lightning McQueen in a final race. The developer credited to the app is Disney Publisher Worldwide Applications, a branch of The Walt Disney Company, centric to creating digital storybooks for the iOS platform. Cars 2 World Grand Prix Read and Race also breached yesterday’s top paid list.