Emerging popular Android apps: Rage of Bahamut, The Avengers Live Wallpaper and Zombie Smash

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By Kathleen De Vere Comment

Marvel Studio’s ultra-popular movie the Avengers appears to be everywhere, even our Android charts this week. Marvel apps appeared twice on our Android roundup this week, both on the top grossing and paid charts. However, even a record breaking $200 million opening weekend couldn’t dethrone DeNA’s Rage of Bahamut. Once again the card battle game is this week’s top grossing Android app.

This week’s top grossing Android apps

Rage of Bahamut —  DeNA’s popular card battle game shows no signs of slowing down, taking the No. 1 spot on our top grossing Android app chart yet again, a performance strong enough for DeNA to hightlight the performance of the app in its most recent earnings call. According to the Rage of Bahamut’s Google Play profile, the rate of downloads has increased constantly over the past month.

Smurfs’ Village — Capcom’s evergreen hit Smurfs’ Village comes in at No. 9 on our top grossing apps chart this week. Capcom’s mobile revenues increased 56.6 percent year-on-year to $79.2 million based on the strength of its Beeline Interactive branded games.

Deer Hunter Reloaded — Glu mobile snags the No. 10 spot on our top grossing apps chart with Deer Hunter Reloaded. Advertised as the most realistic and authentic hunting sim available on Google Play, the app has been downloaded more than 1 million times in the past 30 days. During its earnings call Glu revealed it paid Atari $5 million in cash for the Deer Hunter brand.

GSN Casino — Casino and gambling themed apps make up six of the top 25 top grossing Android apps this week. The latest developer to cash in on the trend is GSN.com, with its title GSN Casino. The No. 18 top grossing Android app, GSN Casino was last updated on April 23.

Marvel Comics — Marvel Comic’s eponymous comics app hits No. 23 on the top grossing Android app chart this week, no doubt helped along by the success of its blockbuster movie, the Avengers. The comic reader monetizes through in-app purchases of digital comics. The app was updated on April 30 to feature Issue No. 1 of Avengers vs. X-men.

This week’s top free Android apps

Fruit Ninja Free — The free version of Halfbrick’s Fruit Ninja snags the No. 27 spot on the free Android charts. The app has been downloaded more than 10 million times. By comparison the paid version of Fruit Ninja has garnered less than half of those downloads.

Mega Jump — Moving ahead to No. 28 we find Get Set Games’ title Mega Jump. Inspired by the simple, yet addictive gameplay of Doodle Jump, according the game’s official Google Play description more than 22 million players have tried Mega Jump. The app was last updated on April 30 to add a new character named Redfridge.

Coloring Book — Independent developer Playground takes the No. 32 spot with its child-friendly digital coloring book, Coloring Book. The app features more than 100 different images. Users can also purchase a paid version of the app called Coloring Book+.

The Avengers Live Wallpaper — Marvel’s incredibly popular Avengers franchise makes our Android roundup for a second time this week, this time as the No. 38 most popular free app, Avengers Live Wallpaper. Developed by Cellfish Studios, the free version of the wallpaper comes with Hulk and Thor, but Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye can only be unlocked via an optional $0.99 in-app purchase.

Shazam — The free version of Shazam closes out our free app chart in the No. 47 position. The app was just updated on May 9 to incorporate instant sharing with other Shazam users with Android devices via Android Beam.

This week’s top paid Android apps

Draw Something – Although the game may be losing some momentum on iOS, Zynga’s cultural phenomenon Draw Something is still firmly ensconced at the top of the paid Android charts in the No. 1 position. The $1.99 version of the game features more than 900 words and comes with five free bombs.

Grand Theft Auto 3 — Rockstar’s PS2 classic is proving to be equally as classic on Android. This week’s No. 25 paid app, the $4.99 pricetag hasn’t stopped GTA fans from downloading the game more than 100,000 times.

Smart Tools — Moving down to the No. 31 spot we find Smart Tool Co’s self-titled app, Smart Tools. The $2.50 bundle is a all-in-one set containing 15 simple digital tools. Users that purchase the app can use it to measure distance, slope, area, noise volume and more. The app was last updated on May 4 to update its compass tool.

Tasks — Yet another utility makes our list, this time in the No. 39 spot. Team Tasks’ $0.99 app Tasks is a simple, yet elegant checklist app that syncs with Google Tasks.

Zombie Smash — Zynga repeats on our paid Android app charts in the No. 47 spot with its game ZombieSmash. New to Android as of the end of April, the castle defense inspired game was originally developed by independent studio Game Doctors. The app was last updated on May 7 to improver performance on Samsung Galaxy phones. Our full review of the game can be found here.