Independent studios ruled this week’s paid iOS charts, with strong debuts from Tapbots, Omni Systems, and Colibri Games all making strong debuts on the iPad charts. Meanwhile, Cold Beam Games’ new title Beat Hazard Ultra performed strongly on both the iPhone and iPad charts.
This week’s top paid iPhone apps
Ragdoll Blaster 3 – Backflip Studios leads our iPhone charts this week in the No. 2 spot (and the No. 2 spot on the iPad charts) with its brand new game Ragdoll Blaster 3. A paid $0.99 app, the game is a physics puzzler that challenges players to launch ragdolls at targets, leaving the player to determine the angle and velocity needed to advance. The game has more than 100 levels and also includes in-app purchases.
[Update] TETRIS – EA’s newest version of the classic game of Tetris slides into the No. 9 spot this week. The app was updated on Feb. 3 to improve gameplay and make it easier for players to invite their Facebook friends through EA’s Origin service. TETRIS is $0.99.
Pocket God – San Francisco-based Bolt Creative climbs back up the paid charts into the No. 22 spot after a Feb. 2 update added the newest update to its game Pocket God. The episode is the first part of an ongoing story that Bolt Creative has promised will last several episodes. The update has also added a $0.99 Superbowl Skin pack in addition to the other decorative in-app purchases, all of which are $0.99.
Live Wallpapers – Live wallpapers come to the iPhone with Spark So’s No. 35 paid app, Live Wallpapers. For $0.99 users running iOS 5 can have an animated lock screen wallpaper, as long as the app is running in the background. Users can choose from the live wallpapers that come with the app or can use their own video.
Beat Hazard Ultra – One man studio, the UK-based Cold Beam Games’ title Beat Hazard Ultra makes a strong debut in the No. 38 spot this week. An arcade shooter than uses a player’s music library to generate the levels, the game includes 3 modes, 43 Game Center achievements and allows players to choose between two different control styles. Released on Feb. 9, Beat Hazard Ultra is on sale for $0.99.
This week’s top paid iPad apps
[Update] Where’s My Water – This week’s No. 1 paid iPhone and iPad app, Disney’s Where’s My Water continues to be a big hit. Updated on Feb. 3 to add Cranky’s story — 50 all new puzzles that require a player to move dirty water around, rather than clean — as a $0.99 in-app purchase, the game comes with more than 140 levels. Where’s My Water costs $0.99.
Food Network in the Kitchen – The Food Network’s companion cooking app Food Network in the Kitchen is this week’s No. 6 paid app. The $1.99 app gives users access to thousands of recipes from the Food Network’s celebrity chefs.
Tweetbot – Utilities make a rare showing on the iOS chart with popular third party Twitter client Tweetbot, which finally arrives on the iPad this week as a $2.99 paid app. Developed by two-man team Tapbots and released on Feb. 8, the app allows users to customize navigation, add multiple timelines, use smart gestures and supports services like Instapaper.
Eufloria HD – London-based Omni Systems makes our list this week with its new-to-iPad game Eufloria HD, a real time strategy game with a space exploration theme. The game features 25 levels, a Relaxed Mode for more casual gameplay and an original ambient music soundtrack. Eufloria HD costs $4.99 and is currently the No. 19 paid iPad app.
The Tiny Bang Story HD – Last but not least Russia’s Colibri Games makes our list with its game The Tiny Bang Story HD in the No. 27 spot. A point-and-click style adventure game with 30 different puzzles to solves, the game features detailed, hand-drawn graphics and was has won numerous awards. The Tiny Bang Story HD costs $2.99 and was released for iPad on Feb. 9.