In an interesting twist, the top grossing lists for the iPad and iPhone show a reversed picture of activity compared to last week. Though there were few new titles in general last time, the iPhone platform showed fewer new ones than the iPad. But now, the opposite is true. The iPad has only two new releases today, while all of the other highlights are older apps.
New Titles Within Top Grossing iPhone Apps List
Cut the Rope: Experiments — Cut the Rope: Experiments is the sequel to independent mobile developer ZeptoLab’s popular puzzle game, Cut the Rope. Released August 4th, the $0.99 game quickly breached the top paid iOS app charts combining the core physics-based play of the original (cutting a rope, or series of ropes, with one’s finger in order to get a hanging candy into the mouth of a waiting creature named Om Nom) with new physics-oriented mechanics introduced in Experiments. Currently, the game is ranked at #7 on iPhone and #12 on iPad.
Garmin U.S.A. — In at #10 is a newly released title (August 2nd) called Garmin U.S.A. The title is a GPS navigation app that hosts all of its maps within the application itself, allowing for it to work without cellular coverage. Features include voiced directions, 3D buildings and landmarks, speed limit alerts and so on. The title is credited to Garmin, a large corporation dedicated to developing navigation and communication products for cars and wireless devices. Garmin U.S.A. costs $39.99.
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions — A retro game remake appears this week in the form of Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. Ranked at #16, the $15.99 game is a turn-based strategy title set in the Final Fantasy universe and is the iOS rendition of the 1997, PlayStation classic. Released August 4th, the game is created by veteran Japanese console games developer and publisher, Square Enix.
Racing Live — Mobile developer Storm8 hosts two titles within the top grossing lists today starting with Racing Live. The game, however, is quite a dated title, having been last updated January 19th. Ranked at #44, the game is a massively multiplayer online racing title that has several types of cars and a player base that the company claims is larger than 2.2 million. The app is also free-to-play and monetizes itself through sales of virtual currency called Prestige Points. They sell in packs ranging in value from $2.99 to $9.99. Storm8 may also be seeking to raise $300 million in funding, with a $1 billion valuation.
Vampires Live — California-based Storm8 appears again at #51 with Vampires Live. An online social title, Vampires Live turns players into vampires as they seek to raise themselves from a lowly nothing to a top vampire lord. Beyond completing quests and recruiting friends, players can also fight against zombies from the game Zombies Live. Vampires Live is also free-to-play and monetizes itself through the sale of virtual currency. It was last updated January 19th.
New Titles Within Top Grossing iPad Apps List
Zombie Gunship — Zombie Gunship was previously only a top iPhone game, but now the title is topping the iPad charts as well. Today, it ranks at #15 on the grossing lists due to an August 6th update that has made the title an application for both devices. In the game, players bombard encroaching zombies from the relative safety of an AC-130 as they attempt to protect a bunker from ever growing numbers of zombies. It is developed by independent mobile games studio, Limbic Software and currently costs $0.99.
SHIFT 2 Unleashed for iPad — Moving down to #28 (#41 on iPhone) we come to a new release, SHIFT 2 Unleashed for iPad. Developed by veteran games corporation Electronic Arts, the app is a realistic racing title that lets players race in courses around the world such as Rio de Janeiro and Abu Dhabi; all while competing against friends via EA’s new Origin platform. It’s $6.99 and earns additional revenue through in-app purchases. The August 4th-released game was also featured on yesterday’s top paid iOS charts.
Rock The Vegas — Another familiar title that reappears on the top grossing iPad apps list today is Rock The Vegas. This previously profiled application is a social business sim game in which players construct their own version of Las Vegas. They must manage revenue and physical space. A free-to-play game, Rock The Vegas monetizes through the sale of virtual currency and earnable in-game currency. As for its developer, the game is created by Game Insight, a Russian social-mobile games maker which said it’s earning $1 million in revenue a month after Google’s cut from the Android version of Paradise Island.
Print n Share for Advanced Printing — It required going beyond the top 50 grossing iPad titles to find new apps not previously highlighted. Print n Share for Advanced Printing is a dated title (last updated January 31st) that allows users to print to the majority of WiFi and wireless printers. The application currently costs $8.99 and it also has the option to purchase further features in-app. Ranked at #56, the application is created by EuroSmartz, an application developer founded in 1994 and jointly based in both the UK and New Zealand.
Boingo Wi-Fi Credits — The #61 app is the final highlight of the day. Boingo Wi-Fi Credits is a free application that allows users to purchase Boingo credits in-app and utilize them to connect their iDevice to Boingo WiFi hotspots across the globe for one hour. Though it is a new highlight to this particular list, the title is quite old, and was last updated May 3rd, adding the ability to search for and find free hotspots. The app is developed by international company Boingo Wireless.