Emerging Top-Grossing iOS Apps: Top Paid Apps Fill the Top Grossing List

There has certainly been a lull, as of late, when it comes to new mobile titles breaching the top grossing iOS lists. While long time titles stir slightly due to new updates — Smurfs’ Village hit #8 due to new movie theater items that promote the upcoming Smurfs movie — most of the top list, all the way up to #50, have been seen before.

Between the two iOS devices, the iPhone continues to add fewer new titles to the top charts compared to the iPad, at least in terms of the higher rankings. For the former, it took all the top 50 to find five new and interesting apps for the list, while iPad was full by the top 30. Nevertheless, of these new top grossing apps, many should be familiar as they also did well on yesterday’s top paid apps list, rising up the charts due to being new and high quality or being older, but hosting significant content updates.

New Titles Within Top Grossing iPhone Apps List

Infinity Blade — It topped yesterday’s top paid iPad apps list and hit #5 on the iPhone, so it isn’t terribly surprising to see ChAIR Entertainment’s fantasy action-adventure title, Infinity Blade, hit #2 on both the iPhone and iPad platforms. Built with the Unreal Engine, this graphically superior title puts players into a realm where they must defeat a tyrannical “God King.” However, its rise isn’t due to this, as the game is quite dated, but due to a May 19th update adding in the third content pack for the game, Infinity Blade: Arena, with multiplayer features. It also helps that the game, on both platforms, is marked down 50% at the price of $2.99. ChAIR is a games developer who has been around for about six years but was acquired by core games developer, Epic Games, back in 2008.

High Noon — The #10 top grossing iPhone game this week is another older one by the name of High Noon. Free to play, the game puts players into a player versus player environment as they utilize their iPhone as an actual gun, using accelerometer controls, to duel other users and attempt to become the top outlaw of the wild west. Its creator is Beijing-based mobile and social games developer Happylatte. Still a relatively young and smaller company in and of itself, Happylatte is a division of Chinese software developer, Exoweb. Last updated May 10th, the game monetizes via the in-app purchases of virtual currency.

We Rule Deluxe — We Rule is a dated ngmoco game going under the guise of We Rule Deluxe and it comes in at #27 for iPhone and #20 for iPad. The title is a mobile-social app that tasks users with the creation and management of their own medieval kingdom, and like most social games, it is free and monetizes through the purchase of virtual items and currency. Its recent rise is due to a May 19th update that has included new “Goals” for veteran players to accomplish as well as a new feature that lets players visit other users’ kingdoms that are not on one’s friends list. Ngmoco is a social and mobile games developer who was acquired by Japanese social games publisher, DeNA, last year. Putting its new games development on hold to concentrate on integrating its Plus+ platform with that of DeNA’s Mobage platform, the company is still very active, having recently acquired game development partner, Rough Cookie, for itself.

Garmin StreetPilot — The next highlighted grossing app for iPhone this week is Garmin StreetPilot at #38. Costing $34.99, this GPS navigator application has been in the top 50 before, but was often overshadowed by higher-ranking titles. The app turns one’s iPhone into virtually the same thing as a dedicated navigation device, working on 3G and EDGE networks and giving drivers turn-by-turn, voiced directions. The app is created by Garmin Ltd a massive corporation focused on the development of better navigation and communication devices spanning everything from cars to wireless applications.