Emerging Top Paid iOS Apps: Tetris, Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies and The Bard’s Tale

This week’s paid iOS charts were filled with new apps, but unlike previous weeks where sales and seasonal updates drove the ranking changes, aside from an update to Angry Birds Seasons, the apps rising to the top of the paid charts this week were mostly new. EA, Chair Entertainment and Activision all had high profile game launches and texting utilities from FTW Innovations and Golden Future Apps both did well.

New Titles on the Top Paid iPhone Apps List

Tetris – This week’s new #1 is EA’s radical reinvention of its game Tetris. The latest version of the game is $0.99 and includes all-new modes to convince players to try the current version of the classic. The game now features in-app purchases of a premium currency called T-Coins, as well as a monthly $2.99 T-Club membership that brings players additional benefits. EA gave Inside Mobile Apps a preview of the new version of Tetris last month.

[Update] Angry Birds Seasons – Rovio’s Angry Birds doesn’t slip far from the top this week, holding on to the #2 spot with the latest version of Angry Birds Seasons. The app has been updated with 25 Christmas-themed levels featuring gingerbread, lights, bells and all the trimmings of the holiday season that are unveiled one at a time in an advent calendar. The Mighty Eagle is also now available as a $0.99 in-app purchase. Angry Birds Seasons is $0.99 and was updated on December 1st.

Infinity Blade II – The original Infinity Blade was one of the biggest hits in the history of iOS and its sequel Infinity Blade II is looking to follow in that game’s footsteps, grabbing the #5 top paid app spot this week. The story of Chair Entertainment’s and Epic Games’ hack and slash style RPG picks up where the previous game left off, but the game itself has been updated with new powers, abilities, and combat styles. Infinity Blade II is $6.99 and our full review of the game can be found here.

TextPics – The first of two texting applications to make the paid charts this week, #19 ranked TextPics allows users to easily insert pictures and emoticons made from letters, symbols and international fonts into their text messages. The app also features Facebook and Twitter integration and is on sale for $0.99 as part of a 50% off sale. The app was created by California based FTW Innovations and was last updated on November 18th.

Color Texting – Closing out the iPhone charts in the #39 position is Color Texting, an app that allows users to apply different fonts, colors and styles to their text messages. The app also allows users to insert a large variety of emoticons. Color Texting was released on November 19th and is credited to independent Russian developer Dumitru Duca, aka, Golden Future Apps.

New Titles on the Top Paid iPad Apps List

Mr. Oops!! – Japanese developer PONOS Corp starts off the iPad paid app charts this week with the #11 ranked Mr. Oops, a simple game that challenges players to guide a stick man away from danger by flicking him out of the way of hazards like lasers and boulders. The game supports both Twitter and Facebook and was released on December 1st. Mr. Oops costs $0.99.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies – Activision’s annual franchise Call of Duty always does big business. After its release last year, Call of Duty: Black Ops went on to sell 25 million copies on PC, Xbox, Wii and PS3 and now the game is back for iOS with an undead update. Currently the #12 paid app, Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies is $6.99 and supports solo or 4 person multiplayer with voice chat. The game was released on December 1st.

The Bard’s Tale – The classic PC roleplaying game The Bard’s Tale is back as an iOS app. Released on December 1st, the iOS version of the game keeps the wit, sarcasm and edge of the 1980s original, but updates it with brand new graphics, combat, and voice acting from well-known actors like Cary Elwes. The #14 ranked app The Bard’s Tale also features leaderboards, achievements, and, in keeping with the original, song and dance numbers. The Bard’s Tale is $5.99 and also monetizes via in-app purchases. The game was developed by California based developer inXile Entertainment.

iA Writer – A rare productivity app sneaks into our roundup this week in the #15 spot. Currently on sale for 60% off, iA Writer is a no-frills, bare bones app that allows a writer to focus and get their thoughts down without fussing with fonts, styles or unnecessary features. Created by Japanese developer Information Architects, iA Writer was last updated the app on December 29th.

McGyro – Chillingo’s newest game closes our our iPad paid charts this week. Developed by Yocto Technology Group, McGyro is a western style shooter that makes players use gyroscopic controls to shoot a variety of plywood cutout baddies, meaning enemies shed splinters rather than blood. The game features 5 levels, each with 3 different stages and was released on December 1st. McGyro is the #27 paid iPad app and costs $0.99.