It is very common for the iPhone platform to show far more activity in the upper echelons of its top paid application charts, but this time around the iPad has proven itself to be more dynamic, with many new apps within its top 10. Though not all are new, some have climbed the charts with the help of sales or, in certain cases, the premiere of the final Harry Potter film.
New Titles Within Top iPhone Paid Apps List
Harry Potter: Spells — Considering Friday’s release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2, it’s little surprise to see Harry Potter-oriented games rise up this week’s top paid iOS app charts. In at #9 for iPhone is Harry Potter: Spells. Currently on sale in celebration for the final film’s release, media giant Warner Bros. has offered the title up for $0.99. In the game, players use various hand gestures to cast different wizarding spells from the Harry Potter franchise, as they duel against other users. Moreover, players can purchase more spells, in-app, for $0.99. Harry Potter: Spells was last updated November 4th.
MapleStory Cygnus Knights — More fantasy appears this week as MapleStory Cygnus Knights Edition rises up to #26. Released June 30th, this new arcade-style, side scrolling RPG allows players to slash their way through the origin stories of the Dawn Warrior and Blaze Wizard. Developed by long running Korean free-to-play MMOG development company Nexon, the game is reminiscent of their PC version MapleStory and monetizes through both an initial price of $0.99 (currently on sale) and through in-app purchases for virtual currency.
Boob Job — Lakeport Design is a new app developer to appear on the top charts. Typically a design firm for creating PowerPoint templates and slides, their first credited application is Boob Job (last updated June 27th). The title is a simple iPhone toy that allows users to augment the cup size of both women and men and share them through social feeds. As it stands, the entertainment app currently costs $0.99 and is ranked at #28 on the top paid iPhone apps list.
Free Music Download — Coming down to #43, music shows growth with Zentertain’s July 13the-released title, Free Music Download. At $0.99 the application allows users to access and download hundreds of songs both free and legally. As for Zentertain itself, the small startup is currently focused on iOS development, and was only founded just last year.
ESPN Radio — Another older app appears today to round out the top paid iPhone app’s list. At #45 is the $2.99 title, ESPN Radio. Developed by long running sports network ESPN, the title allows users to listen to live Internet sports broadcasts and OnDemand SportsCenter access. As for its growth, a likely reason could be due to the World Cup Women’s Finals yesterday between the United States and Japan. The app also offers further radio coverage via an in-app purchase for $4.99.
New Titles Within Top iPad Paid Apps List
Trainz Simulator — Trainz Simulator is an iPad game that has risen on the top paid iPad app charts before, but now the title has shot all the way up to #1 due to a sale dropping the price to $0.99. Released December 4th, the game is a business sim, tasking players with building and managing their own train system. The game is credited to N3V Games, and independent Australian publisher which offers titles across virtually every major gaming platform.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 — More Harry Potter rises this week. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is another game credited to Warner Bros. and is rising due to the film’s release and a celebratory sale dropping its cost down to $2.99. In the app, players control LEGO versions of the franchise’s popular characters and work their way through over 40 levels that represent Harry’s first four years at Hogwarts. Currently, the game is holding the #3 spot on iPad and the #15 spot on iPhone. It was last updated January 18th.
Reckless Getaway — In at #9 (#36 on iPhone) is a newer game by the name of Reckless Getaway. Last updated July 15th, the $2.99 title is technically a racing game, where players must weave through traffic in order to escape the police in a high speed chase. Credited to its development is a group by the name of Polarbit, a mobile 3D games maker roughly six years old with several iOS titles under its belt.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard HD — Previously profiled and a top grossing iPhone app, the new HD version of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard is now #12 on iPad. As with the iPhone predecessor, the first-person shooter, from international casual and mobile games developer and publisher Gameloft, puts players in control of an elite counter-terrorism group as they give tactical commands to halt an ever growing terrorist threat. Also supporting cooperative multiplayer, the game (released July 14th) costs $6.99.
Pocket RPG — The last new highlight of the day goes to the #18 iPad app, Pocket RPG. The game is an isometric fantasy role playing title in which players work their way through various dungeons using dual-stick-style play and controlling one of three unique character classes. The game is developed by Avila Beach, California based iOS developer Crescent Moon Games. An earlier title from the company, Gears, has also risen up the iOS top charts in the past. Currently, Pocket RPG costs $2.99, but is marked down as part of a launch sale.