Top 10 Apps – January 28th through February 3rd

Becky Doles

Over here at MobileDevHQ, we’ve decided to start tracking the top performing paid and free apps on a weekly basis. The plan is to publish these every Monday for your educational enjoyment, and while this post comes a day late we promise to do better in the future. So without further ado, here are the results for the week of January 28th through February 3rd.

Paid Apps

First off we present you with a look at the performance of the top ten paid apps over the week: /p>

And for those more-data-less-visually inclined of us

We thought we would go into a bit more detail about the top three paid apps:

#1 – WhatsApp Messenger

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WhatsApp, brought to us by WhatsApp Inc, is an app that allows for text messaging without having to pay for text messaging. Perfect for your teenage daughter receiving an average of 3,417 text messages each and every month. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and even Nokia. Users aren’t limited to exchanging texts only those with the same type of phone either. The app uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing. In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.

#2 – CraftedBattle

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CraftedBattle is created by the folks over at C-Apps, and is a fun little action game that is first-person-shooter meets Minecraft. CraftedBattle allows the users to build their own maps, then battle to the death with an assault rifle, machine gun or sniper rifle–and let’s not forget the backup knife you get to carry. There seem to be mixed reactions about the game, but for those of us who are Minecraft lovers, but don’t quite want to shell out $6.99 to play it on our phones, this is a great alternative.

Minecraft – Pocket Edition

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This Universal App is created by Mojang, and brings the ever-popular building block adventure to our handheld devices. It includes randomly generated worlds, multi-player options (so long as it’s over a WiFi network), and Survival and Creative modes. Honestly, there’s not much more we can say about this app–it’s Minecraft. On your phone. Check it out.

Free Apps

For those of us who don’t like spending money to download apps, here’s a look at the past week’s top performing free apps:

And a glance at the top ten each day:

And here’s a little more on the top three free apps for the week:

#1 – Temple Run 2

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The folks over at Imangi Studios are having phenomenal success with their Temple Run sequel! It was released less than a month ago, and it has soared to secure the position as the most downloaded free app. Their new sequel has a significantly sleeker and smoother look to it, with graphics that are much more aesthetically refined than the original. Hills and valleys have been added (the original game was a flat landscape), and the introduction of rail carts, rivers and zip-lines provide variety that the original couldn’t. And if that’s not enough to convince you, Temple Run 2 boasts a bigger monkey. Enough said.

#2 – What’s the Word?

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This entertaining little word game comes to us from RedSpell, and has done quite well for itself since November of 2012. The app shows you four pictures and it’s your job to find the one word that describes what they all have in common. I admit to spending a few hours playing it this weekend, and while some of the puzzles were pretty easy, there were some that were actually a little tricky! It’s a great app to pass the time, if you haven’t played it yet you should.

#3 – Ruzzle

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This word game from MAG Interactive is a fast-paced and fun game that is Boggle meets Scrabble meets Words With Friends. Both players are presented with a 4×4 grid of lettered tiles (some of which are marked with bonuses like triple letter, double word, etc.) and have two minutes to piece together as many words as they can from adjoining tiles. There are three total rounds to score as many points as possible, and the player with the highest number of points after said three rounds wins. For those of us who love statistics, the premium version allows you to see your statistics and practice offline.

Becky Doles

Becky is the Senior Content Marketing Manager at TUNE. Before TUNE, she handled content strategy and marketing communications at several tech startups in the Bay Area. Becky received her bachelor's degree in English from Wake Forest University. After a decade in San Francisco and Seattle, she has returned home to Charleston, SC, where you can find her strolling through Hampton Park with her pup and enjoying the simple things between adventures with friends and family.

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