Emerging Android Apps: Big Time Gangsta, Basketball Shot, Dead Space

With the end of most holiday sales, the Android charts have settled down and are back to showing less dramatic swings from week to week. As was standard, the top grossing Android charts hardly changed at all, but the free charts still showed some variance, with new games from Droidhen Casual and ITREEGAMER all showing up in our roundup for the first time.

This Week’s Top Grossing Android Apps

[Update] World of Goo – Independent developer 2D Boy’s hit game works its way back onto our top grossing Android charts this week in the No. 6 position. Hailed as a Game of the Year and picking up many awards when it was originally released, the Android port of the unique puzzle game has now racked up 1 million Android and iOS downloads. World of Goo costs $4.99.

[Update] Life is Crime – Red Robot Labs continues to sit comfortably in the No. 8 spot on the Android top grossing charts this week with its free-to-play, location-based MMO Life is Crime. The game just made its debut on iOS, but it remains to be seen if the game will be able to become a top grosser on both platforms.

Big Time Gangsta – Crime pays, at least this week on the Android charts with Glu Mobile’s gritty urban-themed Big Time Gangsta capturing the No. 24 spot. The game now has more than 1 million total installs and was last updated on Dec. 5 to add player-versus-player elements, new cribs, boss fights, weapons and equipment.

[Update] Great Little War Game – UK-based Rubicon Development also sees success this week with its 3D strategy hit Great Little War Game picking up the No. 26 spot. The $2.99 paid app was last updated on Jan. 12 to add support for Xperia Play phones, Vizio tablets and Marvell chipset devices.

[Update] Flick Golf! – Another UK studio, Full Fat Productions closes out our top grossing listings with its No. 27 top grossing game, Flick Golf. Still on holiday sale for $0.99, the game is a realistic-looking single-player golf game with courses from all over the world.

This Week’s Top Free Android Apps

[Update] Facebook for Android – A consistent chart fixture, Facebook’s free Android app leads our free Android app roundup again in the No. 1 spot. Well on its way to 500,000,000 lifetime Android installs, Facebook for Android received a major update on Dec. 15 to add games, apps and Timeline.

Basketball Shot – Droidhen Casual does it again this week, as its game Basketball Shot climbs to the No. 14 position on the free Android charts. In this simple game based on carnival-style basketball machines, players try to rack up the highest score possible. The game has now seen more than 10 million installs.

The Weather Channel – Moving down to the No. 24 spot we find another standard, popular Android app, The Weather Channel. A companion app from the TV network, The Weather Channel app allows users to find out conditions based on their current location through customizable, interactive maps.

Zombie Dash – Independent developer Italy Games scores a chart placement this week thanks to the steady popularity of its game Zombie Dash. A side-scrolling zombie killing game that takes its inspiration from the classic arcade games of the 80s, Zombie Dash features four different worlds filled with the undead. The game has already been downloaded more than 1 million times and is currently the No. 38-ranked free Android app.

Jewels Star – No. 41-ranked Jewels Star from ITREEGAMER is match-three title similar to PopCap’s Bejeweled. The game features more than 198 levels and already has more than 1 million downloads.

This Week’s Top Paid Android Apps

SlideIT Keyboard – The Android paid charts have a new champion this week with Dasur Ltd.’s SlideIT KeyBoard climbing into the No. 1 spot after going on sale for $0.99 — 85 percent off its regular price. The keyboard app supports more than 45 languages and layouts, has more than 30 skins and allows users to import their contacts for even faster and more convenient typing.