Emerging Top-Grossing iOS Apps: RPGs, Social Games, Physics Puzzles & More

Several top paid applications from yesterday are making a second appearance this week within the top grossing iOS app charts. Additionally, many top companies have made appearances with Electronic Arts, Gameloft, and PopCap Games being among them.

New Titles Within Top Grossing iPhone Apps List

SPY mouse — The new #1 top grossing iPhone application is the newly released — August 25th — game, SPY mouse. Its development is credited to international games company Electronic Arts, but is made by the EA-acquired Australian studio of Firemint. The game is a path drawing title in which players control a James Bond’esque mouse and its attempt to steal cheese. Players must get it to safety without being caught by patrolling felines. SPY mouse is a paid app, costing $0.99, but also monetizes through an in-app purchase. For $0.99, players can periodically hire a friendly cat named Kiska, that will remove all enemies from a level. SPY mouse was also yesterday’s #1 paid iPhone app.

Global War — Another older game, Global War, is rising and sits at #19. The game comes from Y Combinator and Baseline Ventures-funded social and mobile games studio Addmired. Simply put, Global War is a social game in which players build up an army and try to become the most powerful player online. Its rise, however, is due heavily to a significant August 25th content update that allows armies of up to 50, army bulletin boards for members, new army customization options, alliances, new items, and several game improvements. As a freemium game, Global War monetizes through several in-app virtual currency purchases.

NFL Fantasy Cheat Sheet 2011 — The #25 application falls into the sports category. Last updated August 25th, NFL Fantasy Cheat Sheet 2011 is centered around improving the online game of Fantasy Football. The app provides recommendations for picks and provides players with the latest player information, injury reports, player charts, and more. Currently, the app costs $2.99 and is created by 290 Design. 290 Design is a small, American iOS developer whose apps tend to center around fantasy sports.

Lockify – Customize Your Lock Screen! — Another fake iPhone lock program rises this week to reach #30. Credited to a fairly enigmatic developer, Zeeplox Software (who has also developed two other iOS titles) Lockify is yet another faux security app that creates the illusion of a complex security lock on one’s iPhone. That said, the $0.99 app provides nothing more than a lock-style wallpaper for one’s lockscreen. It was released August 22nd.

Contre Jour — One more of this week’s top paid apps appears today with Contre Jour at #39 (#7 on iPad). The highly stylized and artistic physics-puzzle game challenges players with moving a peculiar creature to a glowing ball of light by physically manipulating the terrain and making use of environmental objects such as bungees, ropes and sling shots. The game is developed by a small company named Mokus, but is published by Electronic Arts division, Chillingo. The game is a paid app, costing $0.99 and was released August 25th.

New Titles Within Top Grossing iPad Apps List

Order & Chaos Online — In at #26 (#38 on iPhone) is a game that has been highlighted before, Order & Chaos Online from Gameloft. That said, the game is doing quite well this week due to a content update on August 25th. A massively multiplayer online role-playing game of the fantasy variety, the new update has added in several new features (such as summoning friends to dungeons) and items, but its biggest addition is the inclusion of the Relic’s Key dungeon that comes with a normal and hard difficulty mode. Order & Chaos Online monetizes in several ways: Not only does it initially cost $6.99, but after three months, the game requires a subscription. Moreover, in-app purchases for virtual currency are also available.

Death at Fairing Point: A Dana Knightstone Novel Collector’s Edition HD — Seattle-based casual games developer Big Fish Games is one of the most regular visitors to the top grossing iPad app charts when it comes to new releases. Their latest release is Death at Fairing Point: A Dana Knightstone Novel Collector’s Edition HD, and it is another high ranking title. Currently sitting at #28 the adventure-based hidden object game puts users in the role of novelist Dana Knightstone who becomes haunted by the ghost of a mysteriously killed man. Players must solve a variety of puzzles to uncover the truth of his death and the love story of his past. Death at Fairing Point is free-to-download, but its collector’s edition costs $9.99 in-app.

Peggle HD — Peggle HD makes its second appearance this week, coming in at #29 on the iPad grossing chart. Developed by casual games maker PopCap Games — whom EA agreed to pay up to $1.3 billion for —  the game is an arcade puzzle game in which players must shoot a ball and hit every orange peg within the $2.99 title’s 55 colorful levels. Beyond the game’s primary Adventure Mode of sequential puzzles, users can also play single levels, unlock a Challenge Mode, and Duel against their friends. Peggle HD was last updated August 26th and has an in-app purchase ($0.99) for Peggle Nights.

Adobe CreatePDF — Moving down to #45 comes the first non-game of the day, the business app Adobe CreatePDF from software developer Adobe. The application was just released August 29th, and it allows users to create PDF files in virtually the same way as Adobe Acrobat. The PDF files meet accessibility standards, preserve links and notes, and supports several file formats such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Adobe CreatePDF costs $9.99.

Noteshelf — The last highlight of the day appears at #56 with Noteshelf. Last updated August 4th, the app is another note taking title that lets users write things down with handwritten digital ink. Notes can then be organized into notebooks and stored on a virtual shelf. Additionally, the app supports 20 different templates, password protection, and allows for additional notebook styles and themes through in-app purchases. The app is also a paid app, costing $4.99. Noteshelf is credited to Ramki, but links to a group called FluidTouch. Ramki appears to be the short hand version of the website’s copyright owner, Rama Krishna. The only other app credited to Ramki is is Daily Notes.