Thursday, January 20, 2011

Best selling iPhone apps of all time
Part 1: Top 10 PAID apps

There are app lists and there are app lists. This one, however, is neither of those. This one is the app list. It's the app list because it represents not just what Pocket-lint thinks are good apps - although incidentally, it's well worth keeping you eye on those - but what the entire world makes of them. These are the most download apps for the iPhone ever.

Top 10 Paid

1) Angry Birds

More of a phenomenon than an app, Angry Birds was the stand out iPhone software story from 2010. It's spawned cuddly toys, comedy sketch videos, cakes, ginergbread houses, LEGO and iPhone accessories as well. If you haven't played it, it's all about a bunch of birds so incensed at having their eggs stolen by some pigs that they're willing to catapult themselves at their enemy to get them back. And please, don't ask us why the pigs green. We don't know. 59p

2) Doodle Jump

Doodle Jump, or Doodle Jump - BE WARNED: Insanely Addictive! to give it its full title, was the Angry Birds before Angry Birds turned up. It's still a great game as you guide Doodle the Doodler up and up and up the screen with the help of jet packs, propeller hats, rockets and all sorts and all by just using the accelerometer in your phone to steer him left and right. 59p

3) WhatsApp Messenger

If you haven't heard of WhatsApp Messenger, it's probably because you're on a contract with plenty of text messages. Its a service that turns all your chat, text, MMS and all that jazz into something that takes place over your data connection, be it 3G or Wi-Fi. As a result, there's not hidden costs, no international charges and no need to start adding buddies. It just uses your contacts book. 59p

4) Tap Tap Revenge 3

Guitar Hero/Rock Band but actually quite good on your phone. That's what Tap Tap Revenge 3 is all about. You don't have to try to cram your whole hand onto your mobile screen. It's just a case of tapping out some classics with three of your fingers. There's also a decent live chat system if you happen to have a connection. It's since been surpassed by Tap Tap Revenge 4 but not in terms of the stats. 59p

5) Pocket God

God games haven't been a particularly well catered for market on the iPhone. Whether it's because it's hard to fit the large scope of the concept onto a small screen or because Pocket God has already cleaned up is hard to tell. The game gets round the size issue by breaking the whole experience into mini episodes and by keeping enough humour to make the whole thing light. Well worth a play. 59p

6) Tunein Radion

Pretty much the best radio app out there, Tunein Radio allows you to access to all local AM and FM stations and with a seriously good interface as well. You can pause and rewind live transmissions up to 30 minutes back and use it to play MP3 and AAC files in the background while using other apps like Safari. It uses the RadioTime directory which offers around 40,000 shows and stations to choose from. 59p

7) Flight Control

Flight Control is a weirdly addictive game where you have to guide a constant stream of air traffic safely down onto the runway without crashing them into one another. All you need to do is swipe your finger around the phone screen to indicate the path you'd like each one to take. Naturally, the action gets faster and more furious as you get through the levels. Do real air traffic controllers play this? 59p

8) Bejeweled 2 + Blitz

Matching up different coloured shapes so that you clear them off the screen has never been so much fun. Well, apart from Tetris, of course, and all sorts of other similar games on the theme. All the same, Bejeweled 2 is the current puzzle app of choice and brings you all sorts of little boosts and bonuses as well as the Blitz version of the game which lets you play it over Facebook. 59p

9) Traffic Rush

Essentially the same theory as Flight Control but coming from the other direction is the success story that is Traffic Rush. Where the former is all about the path of movement, this one is all about the speed things happen. The idea is slow down and speed up cars at a crossroads junction to make sure they don't smash into each other and keep the traffic running smoothly. 59p

10) Tap Tap Revenge 2.6

Hmm, well, we reckon you've got a pretty good idea about this one given that we talked about its bigger brother just up there a few paragraphs. Naturally, there's no point in downloading this version especially as the most recent game in the series is actually free as well. All the same, if you really must it's 59p.

Read more: Best selling iPhone apps of all time - Pocket-lint

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