We’ve reached the end of a very successful year for developers within the mobile app space. Many developers are bringing in a pretty decent passive income after launching their app. And, some mobile companies are being bought up by companies like EA for millions. Recently Chillingo, the publishers of Angry Birds (the most addictive mobile game ever) was acquired by EA (Electronic Arts) for 20 million. So there’s no doubt it’s a great time to be a coder.
Just so you know, the following apps aren’t ‘Steve Jobs favourites’, all of the data compiled is based off the downloading behaviors within the app store. Without further ado, here’s the breakdown of the top titles of 2010:
Top 10 paid apps (iPhone/iPod touch)
So what we can glean from this list is that iPhone users really dig gaming, that or the gaming platform is highly influential. When you bust out your iPhone to show friends, would you likely showcase a cool looking game? Or would you fire up your favourite productivity apps? I’m thinking iPhone gaming is the most social/talked about genre when it comes to recommends between friends. It was a tad surprising that uber-popular productivity apps such as Evernote failed to make the list.
1. Angry Birds
This app rightfully took the number one spot, most app nuts agree its addictive qualities are uncanny. The game is a mixture of physics, puzzles and cartoon and there are tons of levels, the replay value is outstanding. We’ve posted a full review of Angry Birds before, if you haven’t played it you’re seriously missing out.
2. Doodle Jump
This is a wildly fun game. It has received tons of buzz and awards like the “Apple 2010 Best Designed Game” Award. Players move/jump through exploding platforms, monsters, UFO’s and pick up useful tools on the way, such as jet packs and propeller hats. This game can be easily played for hours and hours and hours..
The popular arcade game Skee-Ball has been transported to the iPhone in a sweet mobile version. Using your finger to flick balls, points, prizes and rewards can be earned by achieving high scores. If you like Skee-Ball you’ll love this app.
4. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz
This puzzle game has been a popular title for the iPhone, it sort of reminds me of a desktop game called Bust a Move I played years ago. Players quickly match up gems using their fingers. It allows users to challenge friends and integrates with Facebook.
5. Fruit Ninja
This game is all about slashing fruit. Armed with nothing but your finger, iPhone-ninjas must take the fruit down! Players swipe their finger across the screen to squash the juicy fruit while carefully watching out for bombs. Online multiplayer, classic, zen and arcade play are included modes.
6. Cut the Rope
This is a Chillingo game (publishers of Angry Birds) so you can expect it to be awesome. Cut the Rope combines physics with puzzles. Players use their finger to swipe and collect the stars by touching them with the candy. It’s comical, cute and another time-sucker.
7. All-in-1 Gamebox
The all-in-1 app includes numerous games; Minesweeper, Mahjon Solitaire, Word Search, SameGame, Solitaire, Bubbles, Shisen-Sho and Bounce. This obviously has a lot of value for just one app.
8. The Moron Test
Identify which one of your friends/family members are morons by testing their skills. There are features containing over 400 steps, global leaderboards and achievements, dozens of question types and 7 levels; Moron to Genius. It’s fun with a group of people.
9. Plants vs. Zombies
Did someone say zombies? I’ve heard this game buzzed about all year along with Angry Birds, the numero uno app. We’re fans of this game at GeekBeat.TV, the gameplay is crazy fun and also brings quite a lot of replay value to gamers. We’ve covered this one in a top gaming app round-up.
10. Pocket God
It pains me this didn’t make the top 3. Like Angry Birds this game has a way of sucking gamers in for hours. And, it allows you to play God, wreak havoc on your minions and run a planet that continues to grow in your iPhone. It’s pretty great.
Top 10 free apps (iPhone/iPod touch)
We could have guessed the #1 social network, Facebook, and the top paid game, Angry Birds, would have made this list. Skype, The Weather Channel, Tap Tap Revenge and Paper Toss were all easily predicted picks as well. One would have thought there would be at least one RSS reader in the free list but again games heavily dominate the list.
The app provides an attractive user interface for the social network Facebook. Liking, commenting, chatting, browsing photos and status updates can all be accomplished from the mobile version. If you’re a Facebooker, it’s a must-have app.
2. Angry Birds Lite
(The smaller free version of Angry Birds)
3. Words With Friends
This game is a social crossword game that lets users invite friends from Facebook and Twitter to play up to 20 games at the same time or connect with millions of players in the community. If you like crosswords or Scrabble you’ll likely enjoy Words With Friends.
This is the companion app to the Skype service, it enables users to stay connected while on the go and uses the same features as the desktop Skype app. Users can use text chat or call people as they normally would through Skype.
5. Tap Tap Revenge 3
Tap Tap Revenge has had a popular run since the launch of iPhone apps. It’s similar to Guitar Hero but users hit the beats with their finger on the multi-touch screen instead of a guitar. The game is filled with popular hits by The Killers, Sum 41 and Korn to name a few. New songs are added weekly.
6. The Weather Channel
The official Weather Channel app keeps you in touch with mother nature by bringing real-time weather updates to the iPhone. Always a great app to check before leaving the house.
7. Paper Toss
It’s the same as the oldschool game paper toss. It’s played by flicking a paper ball with your finger into a bucket. It might sound simple/corny but it’s actually a lot of fun.. and free.
Bing offers an advanced way to search stuff on the web. The app offers up daily photography, location-based features to find nearby businesses’ deals and traffic info. It also uses voice activated searches should you feel too lazy to type.
9. Rock Band Free
The mobile version of Rock Band is similar to the console version but instead of instruments you tap the notes with your finger. Users can however change instruments to play; drums, bass, guitars. It also contains popular rock music.
10. Talking Tom Cat
This app made this list.. really? The Talking Tom app turns your voice into a cartoon. By recording an audio byte, an animated cartoon “talking Tom” will repeat back the recorded clip. It’s apparently something that the public finds very amusing.
Top 10 grossing apps (iPhone/iPod touch)
1. MLB.com At Bat 2010
2. Angry Birds
3. Call of Duty: Zombies
4. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz
5. FriendCaller 3 Pro
6. Zombie Farm
7. TomTom U.S.A.
9. Plants vs. Zombies
10. Doodle Jump
Top 10 paid iPad apps
2. GoodReader for iPad
4. Angry Birds HD
6. Glee Karaoke
8. Pinball HD
9. Friendly for Facebook
10. Star Walk for iPad
Top 10 free iPad apps
2. Pandora Radio
4. Google Mobile App
6. Movies by Flixster
7. IMDb Movies & TV
9. Google Earth 1
10. Virtuoso Piano Free 2 HD
Top 10 grossing iPad apps
4. LogMeIn Ignition
5. SCRABBLE for iPad
6. Documents To Go Premium
7. Angry Birds HD
8. Real Racing HD
9. Plants vs. Zombies HD