Weekly Top iOS Games List Shines Light On A Dark Room

(Source: Arcade Sushi)

(Credit: Arcade Sushi)

Apple has been releasing its weekly top games charts as of late, and they make interesting reading.

The latest list — published Tuesday afternoon — shows the cumulative iOS game downloads for the week running April 7 to April 13.

Although the list doesn’t show too much in terms of shakeups, it does feature at least one fascinating ascension: the rise of A Dark Room to the top of the Paid iPhone Games list.

While most people could have guessed that the in-built fanbase of a show like Family Guy, combined with the marketing heft of FOX, would score the new Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff a place on the list, the rapid climb of the indie A Dark Room is another timely reminder of how the top levels of the App Store aren’t simply about marketing muscle and Flappy Bird clones.

“I never in my wildest dreams thought that A Dark Room would make it to the top spot in the App Store,” developer Amir Rajan tells Cult of Mac. “It boggles my mind. I must admit [that] I’ve lost a bit of sleep over it. I read every review that comes in. It makes me smile every time I see kind words spoken about the game — even the critical reviews.”

We’ll have more about A Dark Room on Cult of Mac soon, but for now check out Apple’s full list of iOS games below:

Top Paid iPhone Games

  1. A Dark Room
  2. Monument Valley
  3. R.B.I. Baseball 14
  4. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
  5. Heads Up!
  6. Plague Inc.
  7. Goat Rampage
  8. Bloons TD 5
  9. Papa’s Freezeria To Go!
  10. Cut the Rope 2

Top Free iPhone Games

  1. 2048 – The Game
  2. Flappy Smash – The End of a Tiny Bird
  3. Don’t step the white tile
  4. What’s the Difference?
  5. Trials Frontier
  6. Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff
  7. Clash of Clans
  8. Hairy Face Salon – Messy Shave Makeover
  9. Boom Beach
  10. Smash Hit

Top Paid iPad Games

  1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
  2. Monument Valley
  3. R.B.I. Baseball 14
  4. FTL: Faster Than Light
  5. The Walls – Mini Survival Game
  6. Cut the Rope 2
  7. Survivalcraft
  8. Scribblenauts Remix
  9. Surgeon Simulator
  10. Plants vs. Zombies HD

Top Free iPad Games

  1. Trials Frontier
  2. 2048 – The Game
  3. Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff
  4. Flappy Smash – The End of a Tiny Bird
  5. Piano Tiles
  6. Boom Beach
  7. Farm Heroes Saga
  8. Pixel Gun 3D
  9. Clash of Clans
  10. Skyline Skaters

About the author

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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