All Time Top iPhone Paid Apps – April 2009

So the recent big hoopla has been the announcement of the impending 1 billionth download of an iPhone / iPod touch application.   That of course is a lot of downloads for a short time.  However in all this time Apple hasn’t been the most forthcoming with data regarding the popularity of these applications.  Sure you have the top ranked apps each month, but that list typically changes so often it’s hard to gauge what has been able to survive the test of time (and ultimately make money).  Well, luckily for us the benevolent company that is Apple recently released a list of the All Time Top 20 iPhone applications for  both the paid and free category.  Unfortunately, however, you’ll need iTunes to view this list as they weren’t willing to just create a webpage that listed these apps.  Thanks Apple.  I love using iTunes!

I decided to take it upon myself to list out the All Time Top 20 iPhone Paid Applications.  I wanted to capture not just the name, but any additional information that sheds some light on theses applications.  In addition I wanted to add some other metrics (like the number of comments or reviews) to see just how popular these applications are…and make random guesses as to how much money they actually made.   I actually accomplish this amazing feat of revenue calculation by assuming that only 5% of the people who buy a game actually go online and rate the application (via the 5 star rating system).  Where did I get 5%?  It just sounded nice.   So take my numbers with a grain of salt, but it’s better than the information that’s currently out there… which is NOTHING.  Away we go!!!!!!

Here is some summary information about the Top 20 Paid Applications of all time:

  • 14 Apps are Games, 4 Apps are Entertainment, and 2 Apps are Music…and that’s it (no education, no utilities, etc…)
  • 5 Apps were all launched in July 2008
  • 3 Apps were launched in 2009 (Pocket God, Fieldrunners, iFart)
  • 5 Apps are pre-existing brands (Crash Bandicoot, Bejeweled 2, Tetris, Super Monkey Ball, and MONOPOLY)
  • 4 Apps are Racing Games (Crash Bandicoot, Super Monkey Ball, Moto Racer, Cro-Mag Rally)
  • 3 Companies have 2 Apps in the Top 20:  Electronic Arts (Tetris & MONOPOLY), Pangea Software (Enigmo & Cro-Mag Rally), Freeverse (Moto Chaser & Flick Fishing)
  • Least Estimated Revenue: $135,848 (Flick Fishing)
  • Most Estimated Revenue: $1,184,223 (Super Monkey Ball)

crash bandicoot1.  Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D

Publisher: Vivendi Games Mobile

Category: Games

Released: July 9, 2008

Number of Ratings: 9305

Current Price: $5.99

Estimated Revenue: $1,114,739

Their App Summary: The richest 3D kart racing experience!  Speed your way through 12 thrilling tracks and multiple environments!  Race and battle against zany opponents and turn them to dust with devastating weapons.  Tilt and twist your iPhone for truly “Nitro” driving sensations.

My App Summary: It’s a race game with Crash Bandicoot

koi pond2.  Koi Pond

Publisher: The Blimp Pilots

Category: Entertainment

Released: July 25, 2008

Number of Ratings: 11022

Current Price: $0.99

Estimated Revenue: $218,236

Their App Summary: Clear your mind.  Imagine gazing into a pond of crystal clear water.  Picture bright, playful koi swimming through its shallow depths…

My App Summary: Play with virtual fish in a virtual pond

enigmo3.  Enigmo

Publisher: Pangea Software, Inc

Category: Games

Released: October 21, 2008

Number of Ratings: 13421

Current Price: $3.99

Estimated Revenue: $1,070,996

Their App Summary: Enigmo is a 3D puzzle game where you direct animated streams of flowing liquid so that the droplets get to their destination…

My App Summary: Play with water like you wish you could and not have to clean up any messes

bejeweled 2

4.  Bejeweled 2

Publisher: PopCap Games, Inc

Category: Games

Released: August 19, 2008

Number of Ratings: 4017

Current Price: $2.99

Estimated Revenue: $240,217

Their App Summary: Sit back, relax and marvel at the fun you’ll have when you swap adjacent gems to match three or more sparkling jewels…

My App Summary: Match jewels get points.

iBeer

5.  iBeer

Publisher: Hottrix

Category: Entertainment

Released: June 29, 2008

Number of Ratings: 11608

Current Price: $1.99

Estimated Revenue: $461,998

Their App Summary: Brew and drink beer on your iPhone and iPod touch.  This hilarious visual gag is fully interacive and behaves like a real glass of beer…

My App Summary: Virtually drink a virtual beer and still be thirsty.

moto chaser

6.  Moto Chaser

Publisher: Freeverse, Inc.

Category: Games

Released: July 4, 2008

Number of Ratings: 11142

Current Price: $0.99

Estimated Revenue: $220,612

Their App Summary: Moto Chaser is an all-out pedal to the metal motorcycle race in the palm of your hand!  With turns, jumps, and evil bikers lurking just around the bend

My App Summary: Motorcycle racing with “evil” bikers.

pocketguitar

7.  PocketGuitar

Publisher: Shinya Kasatani

Category: Music

Released: December 17, 2008

Number of Ratings: 11304

Current Price: $0.99

Estimated Revenue: $223,819

Their App Summary: PocketGuitar turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a virtual guitar.  You can press and strum strings, just like a real guitar.

My App Summary: Virtual iPhone Guitar

Flick Fishing

8.  Flick Fishing

Publisher: Freeverse, Inc.

Category: Games

Released: November 6, 2008

Number of Ratings: 6861

Current Price: $0.99

Estimated Revenue: $135,848

Their App Summary: Fully animated “living” environments combine with intuitive real-life controls to create the best fishing game available for any mobile device!

My App Summary: Fishing on the iPhone.

tetris

9.  Tetris

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Category: Games

Released: July 9, 2008

Number of Ratings: 3438

Current Price: $4.99

Estimated Revenue: $343,112

Their App Summary: See why millions of players have made Tetris the best selling mobile game in the US.  Take Tetris for a spin on your iPhone,…

My App Summary: It’s Tetris on iPhone.

Texas hold'em

10.  Texas Hold’em

Publisher: Apple Inc

Category: Games

Released: July 7, 2008

Number of Ratings: 5575

Current Price: $4.99

Estimated Revenue: $556,385

Their App Summary: Play like a pro against realistic opponents or with your friends over a wi-fi network.

My App Summary: Texas Hold’em on iPhone.

super monkey ball

11.  Super Monkey Ball

Publisher: SEGA

Category: Games

Released: November 22, 2008

Number of Ratings: 9885

Current Price: $5.99

Estimated Revenue: $1,184,223

Their App Summary: Let’s roll!  Guide a cute little monkey encased in a transparent ball to victory by tilting and rolling him through a variety of slopes and turns.

My App Summary: Guide a moving ball through a maze.

pocket god

12.  Pocket God

Publisher: Bolt Creative

Category: Entertainment

Released: March 23, 2009

Number of Ratings: 24421

Current Price: $0.99

Estimated Revenue: $483,536

Their App Summary: What kind of god would you be?  Benevolent or vengeful?  Play Pocket God and discover the answer within yourself…

My App Summary: Mess around with virtual characters on an island.

cro-mag rally

13.  Cro-Mag Rally

Publisher: Pangea Software, Inc

Category: Games

Released: August 24, 2008

Number of Ratings: 7556

Current Price: $1.99

Estimated Revenue: $300,729

Their App Summary: Cro-Mag Rally is the wildest racing 3D game since man invented the wheel!  You are a speed-hungry caveman named Brog who races through the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages in primitive vehicles and primitive weapons.

My App Summary: Flintstones racing game.

ocarina

14.  Ocarina

Publisher: Smule

Category: Music

Released: November 6, 2008

Number of Ratings: 8555

Current Price: $0.99

Estimated Revenue: $169,389

Their App Summary: Sensitive to your breath, touch and movements, Ocarina is more versatile than an actual flute…without any musical training you will be playing your favorites in no time…

My App Summary: Become an iPhone flutist.

Fieldrunners

15.  Fieldrunners

Publisher: Subatomic Studios, LLC

Category: Games

Released: March 13, 2009

Number of Ratings: 14633

Current Price: $2.99 (on sale normal $)4.99

Estimated Revenue: $875,053

Their App Summary: Defend and control the field using a diverse selection of upgradeable towers in a limitless adventure, using a wide array of tactics and strategies against countless waves of unique land and air combatants!

My App Summary: Tower Defense game with army guys.

iFart Mobile

16.  iFart Mobile

Publisher: InfoMedia, Inc.

Category: Entertainment

Released: January 6, 2009

Number of Ratings: 9104

Current Price: $0.99

Estimated Revenue: $180,259

Their App Summary: iFart Mobile is the ORIGINAL Digital Sound Machine and entertainment system which brings endless laughs and enjoyment to its users.  But iFart is much more than that.  iFart has more utility, usefulness, and functionality than many other iPhone apps out there…

My App Summary: Make farting noises with your iPhone.

Touchgrind

17.  Touchgrind

Publisher: Illusion Labs

Category: Games

Released: November 21, 2008

Number of Ratings: 10560

Current Price: $4.99

Estimated Revenue: $1,053,888

Their App Summary: Skate like a pro in this first real multi-touch skateboarding game ever.

My App Summary: Skateboard with your fingers.

iHunt

18.  iHunt

Publisher: JOHN MOFFETT

Category: Games

Released: November 17, 2008

Number of Ratings: 10520

Current Price: $0.99

Estimated Revenue: $208,296

Their App Summary: Get the deer in your sights… hold… steady… Fire!.

My App Summary: Slaughter animals with a gun.

iShoot

19.  iShoot

Publisher: Ethan Nicholas

Category: Games

Released: October 19, 2008

Number of Ratings: 7997

Current Price: $1.99

Estimated Revenue: $318,281

Their App Summary: Battle your friends or the computer as you compete to be the last take standing in this new take on the classic artillery game genre.

My App Summary: Scorched Earth on iPhone.

Monopoly

20.  MONOPOLY Here & Now: The World Edition

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Category: Games

Released: December 3, 2008

Number of Ratings: 5407

Current Price: $4.99

Estimated Revenue: $539,619

Their App Summary: Go Global with MONOPOLY Here & Now: The World Edition on your iPhone.  Why buy Baltic when you can own Istanbul.

My App Summary: It’s MONOPOLY.

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