Emerging top grossing iOS apps: MLB.com At Bat, Mass Effect, QuickOffice

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By Pete Davison Comment

The arrival of MLB.com At Bat at the top of the top grossing charts for both iPhone and iPad makes it abundantly clear that baseball season is well and truly upon us. The remainder of the top grossing charts is otherwise dominated by games, with Electronic Arts’ latest mobile spin-off from the Mass Effect franchise (which has recently seen a third major instalment on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) making an extremely successful debut. A fresh update to productivity suite QuickOffice Pro HD on iPad is noteworthy too, as newly-added support for Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2010 files brings the $20 app a glut of new users.

This week’s top grossing iPhone apps

[Update] MLB.com At Bat — The official app of Major League Baseball MLB.com At Bat heads up the Top Grossing charts on both iPhone and iPad this week. The MLB.com-developed app is free to download but requires the user to pay either a monthly subscription fee of $2.99 or a one-off fee of $14.99 to access its content for the whole season. Users may also pay for MLB.TV Premium subscriptions through the app — though those who already subscribe to this service get access to the At Bat content for free along with a live video facility.

Card Ace: Casino – Social casino game Card Ace: Casino takes the No. 3 spot in the top grossing iPhone app charts this week as well as the No. 2 spot on iPad. The app, which monetizes through in-app currency purchases, was recently updated to add a new video poker game. Developer Self-Aware Games was just bought by Seattle-based Big Fish Games.

Mass Effect Infiltrator — Electronic Arts brings the popular Mass Effect sci-fi series to mobile for the second time with the release of Mass Effect Infiltrator, a story which runs concurrently to the recently-released Mass Effect 3 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Players’ progress in the mobile game can be uploaded to Mass Effect 3, making progress towards the computer and console game’s “best” ending easier to accomplish and conveniently serving as a potent form of cross-promotion. At $6.99, the mobile game is relatively expensive, and it also features a range of in-app purchases. It is currently the No. 10 top grossing iPhone app. Watch for a review here on IMA later today.

iMob 2 — Free-to-play text-based Mafia RPG iMob 2 from Addmired, Inc. remains popular and profitable, showing up at No. 13 in the top grossing iPhone app charts this week. The game, which monetizes through in-app purchases of hard currency and special features, was recently updated to improve performance. You can read our full review here.

[Update] Monopoly Hotels — Electronic Arts’ free-to-play Monopoly-themed hotel management game Monopoly Hotels closes out our look at the top grossing iPhone charts this week at No. 26. The game, which monetizes through in-app currency purchases, tasks players with gradually working their way around the Monopoly board, opening hotels in iconic locations and filling them with a variety of weird and wonderful guests. The game was recently updated, but EA’s patch notes say nothing other than it provides the “best game experience yet,” and App Store reviewers are complaining of crashing issues following the new version’s release. Check out our review here.

This week’s top grossing iPad apps

QuickOffice Pro HD — Mobile office suite QuickOffice Pro HD from QuickOffice leads our iPad roundup in the No. 3 spot this week. The app is a productivity suite that allows users to work both on and offline across a variety of services. The app supports a multitude of file types and includes several social sharing and cloud storage features. The $19.99 app also recently received an update allowing it to open, edit and save Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2010 files.

[Update] Bejeweled Blitz — EA PopCap’s standalone, Universal version of its popular social match-3 game Bejeweled Blitz shows up at No. 10 in the top grossing iPad app charts this week. The game, which monetizes through in-app currency purchases, received an update this week to add new stat-tracking facilities and push notifications for “Blitz Happy Hour” special events.

Smurfs’ Village — Capcom’s successful mobile game Smurfs’ Village, developed by the publisher’s mobile arm Beeline Interactive, takes the No. 14 spot on the top grossing iPad app charts this week. The game, which has enjoyed long-term profitability through the in-app sale of its hard currency, recently received an update offering new content for higher-level players including new quests, a new area in which to build and new characters to play with.

Battle Nations — Action/strategy combat game Battle Nations from Z2Live shows up at No. 20 in the top grossing iPad app charts this week, thanks in part to a new update that raises the level cap, adjusts some features and adds Game Center support.

Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North — Kabam’s first mobile adaptation of its signature “hardcore” social strategy gameplay shows up at No. 33 in the top grossing iPad app charts this week. Based on the company’s Facebook title Kingdoms of Camelot, Battle for the North, has direct connection to its Facebook cousin, and instead casts players in the role of a new lord seeking to defend the North of England against invasion from the Picts. The game monetizes through in-app currency purchases. Check out our review here.