Emerging Paid iOS Apps: Disney Cleans up, Secrets Sell Well, and Another World Comes to Another System

This week the top paid iOS charts showed a good mix between games and utilities, with entries from developers as diverse as EA Mobile, Miniclip, Bright AI and Lucky Clan all making strong debuts. On the iPad charts, older utilities from niche developers like Cocoa Box, Skyfire and Loytr all saw movement up the charts thanks to limited time sales, however the clear winner this week was Disney Interactive. Its new game Where’s My Water premiered to a flurry of press last Thursday and turned in into a fast success, claiming the top spot on the iPhone and iPad charts.

New Titles with the Top iPhone Paid Apps List:

Where’s My Water? – Swampy the Alligator is king of iOS this week; the #1 paid app on both is Where’s My Water, the new game from Disney Interactive.  A physics based puzzle game, players must direct jets of water through the sewers, carving paths through dirt and around obstacles like algae, traps and even toxic ooze, all so the hero of the game, cleanliness obsessed Swampy the Alligator, can take a bath. Where’s my water was released on September 22nd and costs $0.99.

My Secret Folder – The #10 app is a new utility, My Secret Folder. Launched last month and updated on September 14th, the app has a simple premise — if you have some photos and videos you don’t want prying eyes to see, you finally have a place to put them. The app works simply — when you set it up, you assign a 4 digit passcode, and then import any photos and videos you’d rather keep to yourself. Once photos are in the app, users can create folders and slideshows, export them from the phone and even email them. The app’s icon is a clever decoy — it looks like a generic folder and if anyone is curious and tries to open it, the app uses badge alerts to notify users how many unauthorized access attempts there have been. My Secret folder is $0.99 and was developed by UK developer Bright AI Ltd.

Monster Island – The newest game from prolific British developer Miniclip is Monster Island, the #12 game this week. In the game, players must save Monster Island from an invading gang of thugs by flinging an arsenal of mini-monster bombs at them. Players unlock five different bombs, each with their own unique abilities as they progress through 200 levels of puzzles. The app is $0.99, but it is also supported by in-app purchases like solutions and level skip packages.

The Sims Medieval – EA Mobile’s latest addition to their incredibly popular Sims franchise is the Sims Medieval. Released on September 22nd, The Sims Medieval is an iPhone only game that adds castles, jesters, knights, quests, sword fighting, lords and ladies, vampires to the addictive Sims formula.  The Sims Medieval costs $4.99 and is currently the #23 paid app for iPhone.

Top Truck – Moving down to #46 is Top Truck, monster truck racing game with an interesting twist — players don’t just race to the finish, they have to do it in style, finding hidden paths, crushing cars, houses, and terrain to keep the audience entertained and the crowdometer full. The game costs $0.99, but has extra vehicle packages to unlock for $0.99 and $1.99. Top Truck was released on September 15th by UK developer Ace Viral.

New Titles with the Top iPad Paid Apps List:

Penultimate – First up on the iPad paid charts this week is #6 ranked Penultimate, an older app which has seen a boost of popularity after going on sale for $1.99 and upgrading to version 3.1 on September 12th. A handwriting/productivity app, Penultimate allows users to write on their iPad the same way they would on paper. Users can doodle using a variety of different ink colors, import images, choose whether they’re left or right handed, export single pages or entire notebooks and share them via email or through iTunes File Sharing. Penultimate was developed by San Francisco based studio Cocoa Box Design.