Year 2009 in retrospect by Apple – Best of Games and Apps

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Well, Apple’s grand 2009 is slowly coming to a close. The App Store hit the 100,000 app mark, and even big publishers have graced our favourite platform with some great titles. To mark the “Rewind 2009″ event, Apple have chosen 30 game and non-game apps they considered were the best of ’09, as well as listing the top sellers of the year. Before I publish the complete list I would like to note that I do not completely agree with them. And while it’s difficult to argue with sales numbers, the best apps and games rating is a bit baffling. That said, enjoy the “best of” after the break.

Best games

  • Spider:  The Secret of Bryce Manor Tiger Style, Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor – $2.99
  • Real Racing Firemint, Real Racing – $4.99
  • ZENONIA GAMEVIL Inc., ZENONIA – $2.99
  • Ravensword: The Fallen King Chillingo, Ravensword: The Fallen King – $6.99
  • Earth Vs Moon Ep.2-Enter The Perk Shop Low Five Games, Earth Vs Moon – $1.99
  • Sally's Spa Games Café Inc., Sally’s Spa – $2.99
  • Ragdoll Blaster - A Physics Puzzler Backflip Studios, Ragdoll Blaster – A Physics Puzzler – $1.99
  • Canabalt Semi Secret Software, Canabalt – $2.99
  • Blades of Fury Gameloft, Blades of Fury – $4.99
  • DOOM Classic id Software, DOOM Classic – $6.99
  • Sway Illusion Labs, Sway – $4.99
  • geoDefense Critical Thought Games, geoDefense – $1.99
  • Flight Control Firemint, Flight Control – $0.99
  • Alive 4-ever Meridian, Alive 4-ever – $2.99
  • Fantastic Contraption? inXile Entertainment, Fantastic Contraption™ – $4.99
  • Samurai: Way of the Warrior Mad Finger Games, Samurai: Way of the Warrior – $1.99
  • Backbreaker Football NaturalMotion, Backbreaker Football – $0.99
  • Meteor Blitz Alley Labs, Meteor Blitz – $1.99
  • ROLANDO 2: Quest for the Golden Orchid ngmoco, ROLANDO 2: Quest for the Golden Orchid – $4.99
  • Star Hogs: Online & Campaign Battles IUGO Entertainment, Star Hogs: Online & Campaign Battles – $4.99
  • Paper Toss Backflip Studios, Paper Toss – Free
  • Boost 3D Jonathan Lanis, Boost 3D – $1.99
  • Doodle Jump - BE WARNED: Insanely Addictive! Lima Sky, Doodle Jump – $0.99
  • Zen Bound? Chillingo, Zen Bound™ – $4.99
  • StickWars John E.Hartzog, StickWars – $0.99
  • Eliminate Pro ngmoco, Eliminate Pro – Free
  • Tap Tap Revenge 3 Tapulous, Tap Tap Revenge 3 – $0.99
  • Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies Activision, Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies – $9.99
  • iBomber Cobra Mobile, iBomber – $2.99
  • Jet Car Stunts True Axis, Jet Car Stunts – $1.99

Top Selling Games

  • The Sims 3 Electronic Arts, The Sims 3 – $6.99
  • The Oregon Trail Gameloft, The Oregon Trail – $4.99
  • Need For Speed? Undercover Electronic Arts, Need For Speed™ Undercover – $4.99
  • MADDEN NFL 10 by EA SPORTS Electronic Arts, MADDEN NFL 10 – $6.99
  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® BY EA SPORTS? Electronic Arts, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® – $4.99
  • Assassin's Creed? - Altaïr's Chronicles Gameloft, Assassin’s Creed™ – Altair’s Chronicles - $4.99
  • Flight Control Firemint, Flight Control – $0.99
  • Cooking Mama TAITO Corporation, Cooking Mama – $6.99
  • Civilization Revolution 2K Games, Civilization Revolution – $6.99
  • Wheel of Fortune Sony Pictures Television, Wheel of Fortune – $4.99
  • Peggle PopCap Games, Peggle – $4.99
  • Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA, Sonic the Hedgehog – $5.99
  • Let's Golf! Gameloft, Let’s Golf! – $1.99
  • Zombieville USA Mika Mobile, Zombieville USA – $1.99
  • ROCK BAND Electronic Arts, ROCK BAND – $6.99
  • Myst Cyan Worlds, Myst – $4.99
  • 2XL Supercross 2XL Games, 2XL Supercross – $4.99
  • Real Racing Firemint, Real Racing – $4.99
  • Sally's Spa Games Café Inc., Sally’s Spa – $2.99
  • StickWars John E. Hartzog, StickWars – $0.99
  • Ragdoll Blaster - A Physics Puzzler Backflip Studios, Ragdoll Blaster – A Physics Puzzler – $1.99
  • Deer Hunter 3D Glu, Deer Hunter 3D – $2.9
  • Fast & Furious The Game I-play, Fast & Furious The Games – $1.99
  • METAL GEAR SOLID TOUCH (US) Konami, Metal Gear Solid Touch (US) – $5.99
  • F.A.S.T. -- Fleet Air Superiority Training! SGN, F.A.S.T. – Fleet Attack Superiority Training! – $0.99
  • ZENONIA GAMEVIL Inc., ZENONIA – $2.99
  • 3D Brick Breaker Revolution Digital Chocolate, 3D Brick Breaker Revolution – $2.99
  • Bookworm Popcap Games, Bookworm – $2.9
  • Modern Combat: Sandstorm Gameloft, Modern Combat: Sandstorm – $4.99
  • DOOM Resurrection id Software, DOOM Resurrection – $6.99

If we take a look at the above lists we may notice that there is quite a big difference between the best and top selling lists. And what’s even more interesting is that despite the myth that a game must cost $0.99 to turn a good profit, next to none from the top seller list reflect this. Electronic Arts has dominated the top 10 and obviously quality games backed by a big name pays off big time in the store. I hope that aspiring developers will pay attention to this – to not be afraid of putting some extra work and thought into their products and even charge a bit more as a result.

Now to the app lists.

Best apps:

  • ReelDirector Nexvio Inc., ReelDirector – $4.99
  • Magellan RoadMate 2010 North America Magellan, Magellan RoadMate 2010 North America – $79.99
  • Jamie Oliver's 20 Minute Meals Zolmo, Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals – $7.99,
  • I Am T-Pain Smule, I Am T-Pain – $2.99,
  • CBS Sports: Live College Games CBS Interactive, CBS Sports: Live College Games – $4.99
  • SketchBook Mobile Autodesk Inc., SketchBook Mobile – $2.99
  • Star Walk - 5 stars astronomy guide Vito Technology Inc, Star Walk – 5 stars astronomy guide – $4.99
  • Convertbot Tapbots, Convertbot – $0.99
  • Leaf Trombone: World Stage Smule, Leaf Trombone: World Stage – $0.99
  • Pano Debacle Software, Pano – $2.99
  • ColorSplash Pocket Pixels Inc, Color Splash – $1.99
  • (Shazam)RED Shazam Entertainment, Shazam(RED) – $4.99,
  • SmackTalk! Marcus Satellite, Smacktalk! – $0.99,
  • Awesome Note (+Todo) BRID, Awesome Note (+ ToDo) – $3.99
  • Mathemagics - Mental Math Tricks Blue Lightning Labs, Mathemagics – Mental Math Tricks – $0.99
  • Tweetie 2 atebits, Tweetie 2 – $2.99
  • Musée du Louvre Musée du Louvre, Musée du Louvre – Free
  • Flight Update Pro - Live Status + TripIt Silverware Software, Flight Update Pro – Live Status + TripIt – $9.99
  • CNBC Real-Time NBC Universal, CNBC Real-Time – Free
  • ESPN ScoreCenter ESPN, ESPN ScoreCenter – Free
  • Vintage Video Maker MacPhun LLC, Vintage Video Maker – $2.99
  • Storyboard Composer Cinemek Inc, Storyboard Composer – $19.99
  • Fandango Movies ? Times & Tickets Fandango, Fandango Movies : Times & Tickets – Free
  • BeejiveIM with Push Beejive, BeejiveIM with Push – $9.99
  • Zipcar Zipcar, Zipcar – Free
  • Credit Card Terminal Inner Fence, Credit Card Terminal – $0.99
  • NBA League Pass Mobile MobiTV, NBA League Pass Mobile – $39.99
  • NearestWiki acrossair, NearestWiki – $1.99
  • Golfshot: Golf GPS Shotzoom Software, Golfshot: Golf GPS – $29.99
  • Mover+ Infinite Labs, Mover+ – $1.99

Top Selling apps:

  • MobileNavigator North America NAVIGON AG, MobileNavigator North America – $89.99
  • MLB.com At Bat MLB.com, MLB.com At Bat – Free
  • Textfree Unlimited - Send Text Messages (SMS) Free! Pinger, TextFree Unlimited – Send Text Messages Free – $5.99
  • TomTom U.S. & Canada TomTom International BV, TomTom U.S. & Canada – $99.99
  • Golfshot: Golf GPS Shotzoom Software, Golfshot: Golf GPS – $29.99
  • SlingPlayer Mobile Sling Media, SlingPlayer Mobile – $29.99
  • ColorSplash Pocket Pixels Inc, Color Splash – $1.99
  • Pocket God Bolt Creative, Pocket God – $0.99
  • Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite Quickoffive, Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite – $9.99
  • The Moron Test DistinctDev, The Moron Test – $0.99
  • I Am T-Pain Smule, I Am T-Pain – $2.99
  • RedLaser Occipital, RedLaser – $1.99
  • Camera Zoom 2 KendiTech, Camera Zoom 2 – $0.99
  • AppBox Pro ALLABOUTAPPS, AppBox Pro – $0.99
  • iBird Explorer PRO Mitch Waite Group, iBird Explorer PRO – $29.99
  • AIM AOL, AIM – $2.99
  • The Weather Channel® Max The Weather Channel, The Weather Channel® Max – $3.99
  • Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum id Software, Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum – $1.99
  • Picfree - Send Picture Messages (MMS) Free! Pinger, Picfree – Send Picture Messages (MMS) Free – $5.99
  • Proloquo2Go AssistiveWare, Proloquo2Go – $189.99
  • CNN Mobile CNN Interactive Group, CNN Mobile – $1.99
  • Camera Genius CodeGoo, Camera Genius – $1.99
  • MotionX GPS Drive MotionX™, MotionX GPS Drive – $2.99
  • FlightTrack Pro - Live TripIt Flight Status Tracker Ben Kazez, FlightTrack Pro – Live TripIt Flight Tracker – $9.99
  • Family Guy Fox Mobile Entertainment, Family Guy – $0.99
  • iSoda (iWater, iCola and more) Hottrix, iSoda (iWater, iCola and more) – $2.99
  • ESPN Radio ESPN, ESPN Radio – $2.99

These lists offer less surprises, although for the love of God, I can’t imagine how Pocket God and Wolfenstein 3D got into the apps lists – they should be in games? Another interesting observation – The Top Selling list of apps has both Free or $0.99 apps and extremely expensive ones (up to $189.99).

There you have it folks. Check out the lists and pick up ones that interest you if you haven’t already. Also keep an eye out for our Christmas Specials sticky to help you save some cash on those items you really crave.

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