Emerging Paid iOS Apps: Sales Give Old Titles a Boost With Big Fish Games Dominating The iPad Charts

The top paid apps within the App Store were fairly stagnant in terms of new emerging applications this week. However, the iPad showed many changes with many titles cropping up from Big Fish Games. Like Electronic Arts’ massive iOS sale last month, the casual developer has marked all of its titles 50% off, giving a boost to most of its adventure-style games. Since many of them have been highlighted by us on these lists before, such as Big City Adventure, we have focused on those that have not been seen.

Interestingly enough, virtually none of the apps this week, for either device, were decidedly new. Some held new updates, while others held sales. Either way, most were a few weeks old, and for the first time in a while, most of the rising paid iPhone apps — that have not been seen terribly high before — were outside the top 20.

New Titles Within Top iPhone Paid Apps List

Words With Friends — The paid version of Zynga’s Words With Friends is the new #1 paid iPhone app, thanks to Mother’s Day sale, marking it down to $0.99. The multiplayer, Scrabble-like game is developed by Zynga’s Newtoy, which the company acquired last December. Its rise is also helped by recent updates and improvements for Facebook-integrated social play on May 6th. The paid version of Words With Friends is also #1 on iPad.

Doodle God — Moving down to #5, we come to an older game by the name of Doodle God. The $0.99 app (updated March 24th) pits players into the role of a god as they mix and match various elements in order to create the world. Monetizing also through in-app purchases, the game is developed by JoyBits, a veteran Russian mobile developer out of St. Petersburg that was founded in 2002 and hosts a myriad of mobile games and J2ME products.

Stick Stunt Biker — The next interesting and emerging application is all the way down at #23, and it’s another old one. Stick Stunt Biker was updated April 20th with new levels and obstacles, but the currently $0.99 application is also 50% off. A sort of physics-based driving game, players attempt to navigate bizarre track layouts while staying upright. Its developer is Robert Szeleney of Djinnworks a young Austrian studio founded in 2009. Stick Stunt Biker also monetizes via in-app purchases.

Fast & Furious The Game — Fast & Furious The Game runs $0.99 and is rising, likely, due to the recent theatrical release of Fast Five. A racing game akin to the movie franchise, the game is published by  I-Play, the publishing arm of Oberon Media, a larger veteran (founded in 2003) casual and mobile games developer with offices across North America, Europe, and Asia. Fast & Furious was last updated April 30th, but only with minor bug fixes. It is currently #27 on the top paid iPhone apps chart.

Stitches — Stitches marks the only truly “new” application to the list this week, having been released April 29th. Running $0.99, the game is reminiscent of the old tabletop game, Operation, as players attempt to remove odd items from a sickly patient. Its developer is Applied Studios, a small digital media and web company based out of Georgia. Stitches is, in fact, their first iOS title and is currently #32 on the top paid iPhone apps list.

New Titles Within Top iPad Paid Apps List

Drawn: The Painted Tower —Big Fish Games is one of the larger casual and mobile game developers around with international offices in Seattle, Vancouver, and Cork, Ireland. With a larger repertoire of iOS games, the company is currently cutting all of its prices in half. As such, Drawn: The Painted Tower is the #2 app this week on the paid iPad apps list. A puzzle-adventure game players are tasked with the rescuing of a girl locked away in a tower who has the power to bring paintings to life. One of Big Fish Games’ older titles (last updated February 18th), the beautiful art style and more unique story has made this title the most popular of Big Fish’s collection. The game is currently $4.99.

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