Apple Releases Official Weekly Top Games Chart, Minecraft Predictably #1

applelogo-1Weekly charts are a weird thing. In the music world, they can be super interesting, especially as if you’re anything like me, you’re always discovering weird stuff you never would’ve listened to in the top charts on Spotify. In the app world, however, with charts that update constantly, things get a little strange.

Sure, you can load up iTunes any ol’ time and check out the top games list. The thing is, those top lists are live lists which through a series of algorithms represent a live snapshot of what’s going on in the App Store. Well, starting this week Apple is going to be doing something a little different. They’re releasing weekly top game charts which feature a ordered list of cumulative downloads over the previous week. It’s not a whole lot different from the live top charts, but with only one set of data to compare the differences, it seems premature to dismiss this as something that couldn’t potentially be interesting in the future.

Here’s the top games of the US App Store from March 17th through March 23rd:

iPhone Paid Games

  1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
  2. Heads Up!
  3. Bridge Constructor
  4. Plague Inc.
  5. Papa’s Freezeria To Go!
  6. Card Wars – Adventure Time
  7. Bloons TD 5
  8. Threes!
  10. TETRIS®

iPhone Free Games

  1. Smash Hit
  2. Don’t step the white tile
  3. The Impossible Flappy Game – T…
  4. 2048 – The Game
  5. Little Hand Doctor – kids games
  6. Bouncing Slime – Impossible Le…
  7. Crazy Taxi
  8. 3D Plane Flying Parking Simula…
  9. Farm Heroes Saga
  10. QuizUp™

iPad Paid Games

  1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
  2. Surgeon Simulator
  3. Skyblock – Survival Game Missi…
  4. Card Wars – Adventure Time
  5. Survivalcraft
  6. Hide N Seek : Mini Game With W…
  7. Calling All Mixels
  8. Pixel Gun 3D
  9. Plants vs. Zombies HD
  10. Angry Birds Star Wars II

iPad Free Games

  1. Smash Hit
  2. Farm Heroes Saga
  3. The Impossible Flappy Game – T…
  4. Ridge Racer Slipstream
  5. Midnight Castle – A Hidden Obj…
  6. Little Hand Doctor – kids games
  7. Bouncing Slime – Impossible Le…
  8. Frozen Free Fall
  9. Angry Birds Go!
  10. Baby Heroes: Professional Babi…

Sooo… Yeah, not a whole lot of surprises in there, but we’ll keep an eye on these official weekly charts in future weeks to see how things stack up.