Emerging Top-Grossing iOS Apps: Harry Potter & Top Paid Apps Grow

The top grossing charts showed familiar trends this week in that many of yesterday’s top paid iPhone and iPad applications made a second appearance today. Of all the highlighted titles, however, Harry Potter showed up frequently with both newer and older games rising through the top lists due to both sales and the release of the final film of the franchise last Friday.

New Titles Within Top Grossing iPhone Apps List

Happy Theme ParkHappy Theme Park — Starting out the list this week at #10 is a previously highlighted top free app, Happy Theme Park. Released July 8th, the game is a business simulation title where players build and manage their own theme parks. As such, the free-to-play game monetizes via the in-app purchases of virtual currency and earnable in-game currency.  As for the game’s developer, it is created by Canadian outfit Infinidy, who specializes in iOS games.

Blobster — Mobile games developer and publisher Chillingo, a U.K.-based division of Electronic Arts, hosts the #16 game on the top grossing iPhone apps list, Blobster. In the $0.99 game, players must platform their way through various traps, pitfalls, and so on by literally flicking an amorphous blob of a character. The new game was only released July 15th.

Harry Potter: Spells — With the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2 last week, Harry Potter applications have been rising across the iOS platforms. Sitting at #23 this week is a top paid app from yesterday, Harry Potter: Spells. Simplistic in its design, the game allows players to use hand gestures to cast different magical spells from Harry Potter and use them to duel against other users. Credited to media giant Warner Bros., the game is currently on sale for $0.99, along with other Harry Potter apps, in celebration of the film’s release.

9mm9mm  — In at #24 on iPhone (#28 on iPad) is a new title — released July 14th — by the name of 9mm. Made by veteran mobile games developer Gameloft, the game is a third-person shooter in which police officer John Kannon must stop a drug lord before he systematically takes out Kannon and the rest of his team. Costing $6.99, the application also monetizes by allowing its players to purchase an in-game currency (Cash) in quantities ranging from $0.99 to $49.99.

CityVille Hometown — California-based social games giant Zynga finally breaches the top grossing iPhone apps chart with its latest mobile release CityVille Hometown. A slimmed down version of its popular Facebook title, CityVille Hometown is still a free-to-play sim in which players build and manage their very own town. Last updated July 1st, the game monetizes through in-app purchases for virtual currency and ranges in quantities costing $0.99 to $99.99.

New Titles Within Top Grossing iPad Apps List

Rainbow SixTom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard HD — A former iPhone-only game from international casual games developer and publisher Gameloft is rising up the top grossing iPad list today. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard HD is currently holding the #13 spot and was released July 14th. In the app, players take control of Team Rainbow as they attempt to stop terrorist threats around the globe in a highly tactical first-person shooter. The newly released game also hit #12 on yesterday’s top paid iPad apps list.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 — Harry Potter applications continue to grow this week due to the final film’s release and a multitude of sales. Appearing on yesterday’s top paid iPad app charts, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 now reaches #14 on the top grossing iPad apps list. Credited to media corporation Warner Bros. the game allows players to take control of LEGO renditions of Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they make their way through their first four years of their stay at Hogwarts. Currently, the game is on sale for $2.99. The game is also ranked at #14 on iPhone.

Harry Potter Film Wizardry — In at #24 is another Harry Potter-centric application. This time, it is a digital book: Harry Potter Film Wizardry. The $12.99 book, released July 15th, is an interactive compilation of 2GB of slideshows, 3D objects, animations, and concept art that compose everything that went into the creating of the Harry Potter films. The title is published by Insight Editions, a California-based publisher of illustrated books centered around things such as photography and popular culture.

Reckless GetawayReckless Getaway — Yet another top paid game from yesterday appears today. In at #25 is a recently updated (July 15th) title, Reckless Getaway at $2.99. Developed by Polarbit, the game is quasi-racing game of cops and robbers as players must attempt to escape police, after robbing a bank, in a high speed highway chase. As for Polarbit itself, the company is roughly six years old and focuses primarily on 3D games within the mobile space.

Mystery Trackers: The Void HD — Moving down to #38, casual games veteran Big Fish Games makes yet another appearence on the top grossing iPad apps with Mystery Trackers: The Void HD. The game is yet another adventure-style, hidden object game and users must resolve the mysteries behind the Void family mansion and the strange Dr. Malleus Void who last inherited it. Last updated July 14th, the app is free-to-download, but costs $6.99 to unlock in full in-app. It is also currently marked down in price by 30 percent.