original_apple_logoAs mentioned in our post last week, Apple has started a new thing where they release weekly lists of the top most downloaded games on the App Store. Now, keep in mind instead of a near-realtime display like the top charts in iTunes, these are cumulative downloads over the whole week.

There's not a whole lot of difference this time around aside from Papa's Freezeria To Go and Backflip Madness surging up the paid charts while Threes! clone 2048 and Boom Beach fly up the free charts. Anyway, here's the whole list for the week:

iPhone Paid Games

  1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
  2. Heads Up!
  3. Plague Inc.
  4. Papa's Freezeria To Go!
  5. Bridge Constructor
  6. Backflip Madness
  7. Threes!
  8. Bloons TD 5
  9. Cut the Rope 2

iPhone Free Games

  1. 2048 - The Game
  2. Don't step the white tile
  3. Smash Hit
  4. Boom Beach
  5. Chaos Fighters
  6. Clash of Clans
  7. Farm Heroes Saga
  8. Unroll Me - unblock the slots
  9. QuizUp™
  10. Little Hand Doctor - kids games

iPad Paid Games

  1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
  2. Block Iron 3D (original) - Min...
  3. Surgeon Simulator
  4. Skyblock - Survival Game Missi...
  5. Cut the Rope 2
  6. Survivalcraft
  7. Angry Birds Star Wars II
  8. Hide N Seek : Mini Game With W...
  9. Plants vs. Zombies HD
  10. Bridge Constructor

iPad Free Games

  1. Boom Beach
  2. 2048 - The Game
  3. Smash Hit
  4. Farm Heroes Saga
  5. Star Wars: Assault Team
  6. Frozen Free Fall
  7. Clash of Clans
  8. TinyFly - Flappy Racing - 2 Bi...
  9. Angry Birds Go!
  10. Tiny Fashion Resort - Cute Dre...
  • spokentruths772

    Minecraft has been #1 for a while now....im impressed!

  • Themostunclean

    I bought Threes to just to support the devs and help out against the gutless cloners (2048). Turned out to be a awesome and addictive game. If you haven't bought it already, please consider it to help these guys out.

    I despise game cloners just about as much as I do patent trolls, horrible people with no integrity, morals, or respect for others.

    • Stormourner

      if I work at Apple I will reject every clones. some (pathetic) developers are simply jealous over the original game's success

  • speedyph
    • the_rebel14

      I know! I can't figure it out either!


    I liked minecraft better when it was not mainstream, now all I see at stores and stuff is minecraft crap! Overpriced cheaply made toys! I don't even know anyone that still plays this game, let alone the pocket edition, how has this game managed to stay in the number one spot?! If you look at the reviews for the app most of them are just 5 stars and a name, no actual review! Seems like the devs are just trying to squeeze every last cent out of the game

    • Themostunclean

      To answer your popularity question in three words- ten year olds.

      • cplr

        It's true- my cousin is 11 and is freaking obsessed with the pocket edition

      • iammane

        Yeah it's definitely pre teens, not to say older folks can't / won't enjoy it either but everyone I know who is crazy over it is under 15

      • the_rebel14

        It's people who play it and find it enjoyable. Anyone can enjoy it and the concepts of Minecraft are simple enough for it to be for everyone.

  • Stormourner

    Threes! should be number 1 not the clone

  • anabolicMike

    Too bad. I don't like minecraft pe. The PC version is awesome! Staggeringly awesome! Worth making a word up for awesome. Pe is like nick cannon. People like nick cause Nick(minecraft pe) hangs out with the big shot Mariah (minecraft pc). That's why people get PE. Survivalcraft is much better. That's all

    • Holcman

      Minecraft PC is currently my favorite game, though I understand if people don't like it. It got me into PC gaming, and I overall like the building/blocky sandbox style games in general. However, I agree that PE is not great.

    • Wolfcoyote

      I agree, SurvivalCraft is way better in terms of survival, premise and the variety of foes. If people would honestly stop and realize that they're better off purchasing the PC/Mac version of Minecraft instead of the gimped mobile version then it would finally fall from first place and give SC a chance.

      It's good to see that SC is still in the top ten, except that it fell from fourth to sixth though.

  • LORE

    Yeah I also hate clones that's why I still have iphone 1 "not!!"
    In my opinion its not a clone if its better

    • JPhilipp

      I think the idea is that while it took the original Three's guys many months to tune the concept, it only takes days to then clone this concept and iterate on it, and by getting the clone you're not rewarding the original developer's creativity (thus in theory you may get less such creativity, including the clone iterations of those). But morals aside, the lesson for any small developer looking at the App Store is now probably to never release clon-able games as paid apps, but always have them Free + IAP/Ads right from the start. This would be a stronger protection against being replaced.

      I do wonder if there's a chance 2048 will increase interest in Threes over time, as whenever the former is mentioned, people have a chance to hear about the latter...

      • Jay G

        It only took them 10 days to make a better game out of it. 😉

        Seriously. I've played them both for a week now, I keep going back to 2048, and return less and less to Threes.

        The level of polish on Threes is considerable, but 2048 has that gameplay "spark" that makes it infinitely more addictive to me. I think most of these people calling it a clone are clueless, or haven't played both, because they may look very similar, but they are very different experiences gameplay-wise.

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  • godelescherbach

    My heart is bleeding. Threes developers should get all the money and glory.

    • try2bcool

      Yuck! What a drama queen.