Top Emerging Android Apps: Life is Crime, Clouds & Sheep and Suddenly Popular Zombies

This week’s Android listings were again dominated by games. The most interesting thing to note is the position of Zombie Farm. Last week the Mobage frontrunner had only just managed to crack the top 50 of the free app charts, and this week it is firmly in the middle of the top grossing charts, picking up hundreds of thousands of installs in the process.

New Titles on the Android Top Grossing Apps List

(Update) Life is Crime – When we last checked in with Red Robot Labs’ location based social game, it was the number #18 top grossing app. Three weeks later, Life is Crime is now in the #6 position.  While Booyah and CrowdMob were first to tackle the location-based RPG genre, Red Robot Labs looks like it may be able to hold onto its early success, overcoming the difficulty of creating a new social gaming ecosystem from the ground up with a pool of players artificially limited by their location. Life is Crime is free-to-play and monetizes through via in-app purchases.

iMobsters – The #17 top grossing app this week is Storm8’s iMobsters, a mobile MMO and the the next closest competitor to the quickly rising Life is Crime. Boasting 1.6 million players, iMobsters challenges players to start their own gangs and recruit other players into their ranks as they try to become the undisputed Mafia Don of a virtual city. Installs of iMobsters have been steadily rising for the past 30 days, and as with Life is Crime, the game is free-to-play and monetizes through in-app purchases.

(Update) Zombie Farm – What a difference a week makes. The day after Ngmoco went on the defensive about the Android version of Mobage, the proof seems to be in the pudding. Zombie Farm, one of the first titles on the new network has shot up to the #23 spot on the Android top grossing charts now showing almost a million total installs. The Farmville-meets-Plants Vs. Zombies game is a big hit for developer Playforge on iOS and it was popular enough that the San Mateo-based company is trying to extend the franchise with Zombie Life.

Tap Ranch – Moving all the way down to the #42 spot is Gameview’s Tap Ranch, a farming sim that challenges players to build a successful and profitable farm from the ground up, starting with just one cow and a small plot of land. Players can grow more than 22 varieties of crops, and collect over 70 buildings to decorate and improve their farms with. The game is free to play and monetizes through the purchase of Ranch Bucks, which are then traded for help around the farm, premium plants, livestock and greenhouses.

Virtual City Playground – Finally in the #47 spot we find the latest game in G5 Entertainment’s Virtual City series, Virtual City Playground, which made its Android debut on October 20th, and has seen solid growth and installs since then. A sandbox style city-builder, Virtual City Playground allows players to build the city of their dreams without worrying about pre-defined goals or missions, instead the quests are optional and there to help players level up and earn cash. The game is free-to-play an monetizes through in-app purchases.

New Titles on the Android Free Apps List

(Update) Guns’n’Glory WW2 – HandyGames’ Cartoony tower defense game Guns’n’Glory WW2 moves up the free charts to the #16 spot this week. Set on the Western Front in the winter of 1944, the game allows players to choose either the Allies or the Axis as they defend their positions against wave after wave of enemy soldiers. Players can upgrade their units using an RPG-like skill tree system and unlock items to give them a tactical advantage over their foes. Guns’n’Glory WW2 is ad-supported, but users can also purchase Glory coins to upgrade their units.