Emerging Top-Grossing iOS Apps: The Heist, Talking Tom Cat 2, & Weber’s On the Grill Rise

Though yesterday showed a great number of new rising apps on the top paid iPhone chart and a rise of many Electronic Arts titles on the iPad, today’s top grossing list is far more tame than one might expect. Even so, many of the apps from yesterday’s lists have made their way up the top grossing charts as well, though beyond these it took expanding out to the top 40 to find a full gamete of new and interesting apps.

Even the top paid EA games that gave rise due to a Memorial Day sale have begun dropping quickly. Though they are not highlighted today, some, like yesterday’s #1 iPad title Tetris for iPad (#27 on top grossing) still meander around the top 30.

New Titles Within Top Grossing iPhone Apps List

The Heist — As one might expect, the #1 paid ($0.99) iPhone game is also rather high on the top grossing iPhone apps list as well, holding strong at #3. The Heist is a new game (released May 24th) from U.S. developer tap tap tap that is actually a meta-game made up of four different types of puzzle mini-games. The idea is that players must solve these very different types of puzzles (e.g. slide and Sudoku-style puzzles) to strip away the defenses of a vault. Regarding the developer themselves, tap tap tap is an iOS app maker that isn’t unfamiliar with success. In fact, their Camera+ app surpassed the 2 million download mark back in April, and has earned over $1.9 million in revenue.

Touchgrind BMX — Another top paid app rises this week on the top grossing list in the form of Touchgrind BMX. A sort of toy app, similar to predecessor Touchgrind, it has players navigate a course with a BMX bike, steering and performing tricks and stunts with it using their fingers. The game currently holds the #13 spot on the top grossing iPhone apps list and is made by Swedish Android and iOS developer Illusion Labs. Touchgrind BMX was released May 26th and costs $4.99.

WordFoto — WordFoto marks the last top paid iPhone app from yesterday to appear today, coming in at #31 and costing $1.99. An artistic application, the title allows users to take any photograph or image and turn it into a collage of typographic artwork. Released May 19th, the app is made by six-year-old Swedish art and entertainment tools developer bitCycle AB.

Talking Tom Cat 2  — Outfit7 is a Slovenian developer whose credo has been making “toys for kids” on the iOS platform. Talking Tom Cat 2 is the latest release in the company’s growing lineup of virtual character apps (which has earned the company over 100 million downloads and about 15 million a month). In this new app, which was released May 27th, users can interact with Tom via talking, petting, poking, pulling his tail, and so on. The big gimmick, however, is that Tom now interacts with his neighbor, Ben the dog (from Talking Ben the Dog) whom users can coax into picking on Tom in ways such as smacking him with a pillow. Like the previous Outfit7 apps, Talking Tom Cat 2 monetizes through in-app purchases, but is free to download. The new game is ranked at #35 on the top grossing iPhone apps list and #25 on iPad.

Gun Club 2 — In at #37 is Gun Club 2. Another free-to-play application, the title is a gun simulator with a rather extensive collection of armaments. Players can give any number of weapons a test drive, ranging from those of World War II to today’s modern military to the mafia. As such, the game monetizes by selling different packs of themed weaponry, and was last updated May 25th to include guns from the U.S. Coast Guard. Gun Club 2’s developer is The Binary Mill, a young Australian independent games developer who hosts around 30 different iOS titles; many of which revolve around guns.

New Titles Within Top Grossing iPad Apps List

Weber’s On the Grill for iPad — Memorial Day is a day for grilling in the backyard, and as such yesterday’s #12 paid app is now #11 on the top grossing iPad apps list. Weber’s On the Grill runs $4.99 and is essentially a digital cookbook, complete with videos, shopping lists, and sharing, that has 250 Weber grilling recipes and 40 for rubs, marinades, and sauces. A quality companion for barbecues, it is developed by Weber-Stephen Products Co., and international company out of Illinois whose products are grills and grilling accessories. Weber’s On the Grill was last updated May 20th, adding new recipes.