Top Emerging Android Apps: Games Rule With Rock the Vegas, Muffin Knight and Zombie Farming

This week’s Android listings are a real mixed bag of games from almost every genre. Whether your interest lies with MMOs, tower defense, traditional platforming, city building or casual titles, this week’s charts probably have a game for you. However if you want utilities, sports apps, photography tools, you’re out of luck this week. While new releases proved to be scarce, Game Insight and HandyGames were able to place their new games on the charts, but weren’t able to crack the upper reaches of them.

New Titles on the Android Top Grossing Apps List

(Update) Fashion Story – TeamLava continues to dominate the Android top grossing chart, with their game Fashion Story holding the same #7 spot it had last week. As with all the ‘Story’ games, players must set up a store and attract customers, but this time it’s a boutique clothing shop. Fashion Story was last updated on August 19th, and despite its status on the top grossing chart, according to the Android Marketplace, installs of the game have fallen sharply in the past 30 days.

Rock the Vegas – Next on the top grossing chart is the #18 app, Rock the Vegas, the latest game from Russian mobile powerhouse Game Insight. Launched last week, the game blends elements from city building, gambling and tycoon style games to create a unique sim where players must create a gambling paradise, but also get to try the games they’ve created. Rock the Vegas is free and supported by microtransactions.

(Update) World War – Storm8’s mobile MMO World War continues to be popular, this week showing up in the #20 spot despite not being updated since April 22nd. The cross-platform game allows players to choose from one of five countries – the US, the UK, Germany, China and Russia as they battle other players to become the dominant military presence after a disastrous nuclear war. According to its Android Marketplace listing, World War currently has over 2.8 million players.

(Update) Sentinel 3: Homeworld – After performing well last week on the paid Android charts, it’s no surprise to see Origin8’s Sentinel 3: Homeworld crop up on this week’s top grossing charts. The $2.99 game is currently comfortably in the middle of the pack, sitting in the #26 spot. The tower defense game challenges players to wipe out a race of alien invaders on an inhospitable alien planet. While still performing well in the Marketplace, installs for Sentinel 3 have begun to drop off, so only time will tell if it will be able to knock off Robo Defense from its perennial position as the top Android tower defense game.

Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles – Closing out the top grossing rankings this week is #46 ranked Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles. A sci fi themed MMO from Texas based developer Spacetime Studios, the Xperia Play optimized game lets players choose from one of three classes (Commando, Operative, Engineer) and hop aboard a supercarrier spaceship called the USC Blackstar as it explores the furthest reaches of the galaxy. The game is free and monetizes through purchases of the in-game currency Platinum, which players can use to buy consumables, better equipment and and extra content.

New Titles on the Android Top Free Apps List

Google Books – Google’s own answer to e-readers, Google Books is this week’s #5 free app. The app allows readers to either download new books or search through a library of more than 3 million free books. The app was updated on October 5th to give users the ability to search in-books, use landscape mode for flowing text and add +1s to books while reading.