Emerging Top Paid iOS Apps: Tweetbot, Batman and Michael Jackson

New games were the chart leaders this weeks, with a variety of high profile new releases from PopCap, NetherRealm Studios, Ludia and Ubisoft all performing very well, and smaller studios like The Binary Mill and Vector Unit both seeing some success on the iPad charts. Unlike previous weeks, other types of apps weren’t crowded out by new game releases, thanks to strong placings from Nik Software’s Snapseed and TapbotsTweetbot.

New Titles on the Top Paid iPhone Apps List

Bejeweled – PopCap’s new standalone version of Bejeweled begins this week’s roundup. Currently the #4 paid iPhone app, the new version of the game removes the Bejeweled Blitz functionality from the app, but adds new modes and achievements in its place. PopCap also reduced the price of the app to $0.99 as part of its re-release on December 8th.

The Price is Right – Boosted by an 80% off sale, The Price is Right Decades makes a strong debut as the #5 paid app. Released on December 8th, Montreal based Ludia’s The Price is Right Decades is another game based on the classic game show that includes some all-new games and adds a new challenge mode that makes players guess the prices of classic items from the show’s history without being adjusted for inflation. The Price is Right Decades is $0.99 and was released on December 8th.

Live Wallpapers – One big distinction between Android and iOS is that Android phones can have live wallpapers: animated backgrounds that run behind app icons. Independent developer Alexandru Halmagean attempts to bring some of that functionality to iOS 5 with his new app Live Wallpapers. While the app technically gives users live lockscreens, not wallpapers, it has still risen up to the #19 spot on the paid charts. The app was released on December 2nd and is on sale for $0.99.

Tweetbot – Twitter released a new version of its official app last week, and while most reviews were good, some users were less than impressed. Resistance to change and a limited time sale has helped propel third party Twitter app Tweetbot to the #30 spot on the paid iOS charts. Developed by independent developer Tapbots, Tweetbot is a meticulously-crafted twitter client with a slick user interface. The app is currently $0.99.

Elmo Calls – Sesame Street’s Elmo Calls closes out the iPhone’s paid charts in the #31 spot. Released on December 8th, the $0.99 app allows children to send and receive video and audio calls from Elmo. Parents can pre-schedule calls and choose the message that will play, and users have the option of purchasing additional in-app call packs for $0.99 each.

New Titles on the Top Paid iPad Apps List

Batman Arkham City Lockdown – The mobile spin-off of the critically acclaimed Arkham City franchise, Batman Arkham City Lockdown is this week’s #5 iPad app. Released on December 8th, the game is a combat heavy take on the series that has players use swipe gestures (like Infinity Blade) to battle a variety of henchmen and classic Batman villains like Two Face and the Joker. Batman Arkham City Lockdown was developed by NetherRealm Studios and costs $5.99.

[Update] Snapseed – Last week Apple named Nik Software’s Snapseed as the iPad app of the year, a win for the San Diego based company that has pushed the photo editing app up to the #14 spot on the iPad charts. The app gives users the ability to correct their photos with one touch, add filters, save pictures as jpegs or tiffs and share them via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and email. Snapseed was last updated on November 7th and costs $4.99.

Mini Motor Racing HD – Moving down to the #20 spot on the iPad charts we have Australian developer The Binary Mill’s latest offering Mini Motor Racing HD. The game is a full featured racer that offers 20 tracks that change with time of day and weather, a long list of upgradable cars, Game Center support and 4 player multiplayer via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Mini Motor Racing HD is $3.99 and is also supported by in-app purchases. The game was released on December 8th.

Michael Jackson The Experience HD –  Ubisoft gets a bit more mileage out of its Michael Jackson license with the #40 ranked Michael Jackson The Experience HD. The app is a $4.99 rhythm game that requires players to draw shapes on screen that match Jackson’s choreography. The game comes with four songs, but extra songs must be purchased for $1.99 each and extra outfits are $0.99 each. Ubisoft released Michael Jackson The Experience HD on December 7th.

Shine Runner – Last but not least is California based independent developer Vector Unit’s newest game, Shine Runner. Released on December 2nd, Shine Runner is a boat racing game set in the swamps of the bayou where players must fill their boats with black-market bound contraband (moonshine, tobacco, etc) and race through destructible environments while avoiding the police. Shine Runner is currently the #50 paid iPad app.