May 11 AT 6:51 PM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

Top 10 Paid Games for Android – New Weekly Column

What are the best games for Android?  With the current version of the Market, it can often be difficult to find them.  The only option you have is to sort by popularity.  This is a problem because the games are ranked by downloads and not active installs.  The other issue with sorting by popularity is that the stats are compiled for all time.  This prevents newer titles from receiving the attention they deserve.

In an effort to further the advancement of games on the Android platform, we will begin to publish weekly Top 10 lists.  Instead of ranking games by number of downloads, we will list them in order of active installs.  This should provide a better picture of what’s hot and highlight new games each week as they hit the Market.

Since this is the first week, the format is likely to change.  Currently, we will be posting the title, ranking, price, previous ranking, developer, and reviews if we have one posted.  If there is additional information(dev Twitter links?) you guys would like to see, let me know.  Post any other suggestions or criticism in the comments below.

So without further delay, here is our first edition of the Top 10 Paid Android games for the week ending May 10, 2009.

Rank Previous Game Price Developer Review
1 (…) Jewellust $2.95 Smartpix Games Coming Soon
2 (…) Abduction! World Attack $2.00 Phil Symonds Coming Soon
3 (…) Retro Defense $4.99 Larva Labs Yes
4 (…) Baseball Superstars 2009 $5.95 GAMEVIL Inc. Coming Soon
5 (…) Air Hockey $1.00 JJCgames Coming Soon
6 (…) Midnight Pool 2 $1.99 Gameloft Coming Soon
7 (…) Kidd GBC $2.00 TeraGadgets Yes
8 (…) Guitar Hero World Tour $4.99 Hands-On Mobile Coming Soon
9 (…) Battle For Mars $4.99 Larva Labs Yes
10 (…) Buka $2.27 Hexage Coming Soon


Looking at the list, you will find a mix of developers.  Two games in the top five, Abduction and Air Hockey, were developed by a 1 man team.  This demonstrates how a great idea with the right execution can pay off.  It will be interesting as time goes on to see if the smaller devs can continue to break the Top 10.

It is also interesting to note the success of Air Hockey.  This dev worked really hard to get the community to review his game and he was rewarded.  Without all the reviews across the web and on YouTube, his game might have fallen to the bottom of the list and never got the attention it deserved.

In the coming weeks as we build a backlog of Top 10s, we will begin to see movement among the games.  Will a new title like Buka move up the chart?  How will Guitar Hero World Tour perform with the new lower $4.99 price?  Can Jewellust hold its top position?

All Market data is taken from aTrackDog.  Think of it as the Neilsen Ratings but for Android.  For more information on how aTrackDog works, see our previous article.  If you would like to participate, install aTrackDog and “vote” for your favorite game.

p.s. if you would like to contribute a review for any of the top 10 games, we would glady post it

Android games are starting to show progress.  Which are the best?

Android games are starting to show progress. Which are the best?

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  • j_norton

    I have Spira Defense Pro installed by Craig Hart and that is awesome, but so long. He has a speed button now though, so those that gave up before try it again, it goes so much faster now, and tons of new towers to choose from (tower defense done right) and I also play Friction Mobile pretty much every day on the train when I don’t have signal. When I do have signal I play Cestos or I maintain my Photics:Conquest account (Android/iPhone browser only)

    • Taylor Wimberly

      I’ll have to give Spira Defense another try. I played it back when it was free and the slow speed was a turn off. It took literally 1 hour to reach a point where the game started to becoming challenging.

  • Ben

    I LOVE abduction – it is so fun!!!! :DD:D::D:D:D:DD


  • AustinTech81

    Uploading my review of Abduction shortly.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      World Tour of the free version?

  • rtai

    retro d crashes every 5 seconds for me. they ignored my asking for money back. meh.

  • monsieurgrand02

    Retro Defense has never crashed for me although it slows down quite a bit when there is a lot going on. I still love it though!

    I’m surprised Aevum Obscurum isn’t on there! VERY FUN STRATEGY GAME and addicting! Hopefully more maps will be released soon.

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  • Steve

    hey Taylor, Cestos is very cool, check that out!

  • Steve

    Oh, and would be great to get a similar list for widgets too

  • mek boy

    I LOVE BUKA ! I have it for more than 2 weeks now and I’m still playing it over and over again :) so far I have seen just one review, hey people! make reviews of good games! :)

  • Keithamus

    I would be really interested in how profitable game development is, especially on a single-developer basis. It would be great to read an article about that – especially hearing from some developers.

    The market gives you an extremely rough guide of downloads, for example Air Hockey has had 1,000-5,000 downloads. At his price of £0.65 that would mean income of between £650 and £3250, which is a huge range of difference in revenue, £3250 is getting on to being part time annual salary in England, whereas £650 is less than a months bills. Obviously I am not counting returns, which could also change the figures greatly.

    I would really like to know, though, just how viable it is to make a profitable game? Is it worth if for the small time developers, for the large amount of time they’ve put in a game? Obviously applications require much less development & design time, so my main curiosity is with the gaming side.

  • anon

    I have a question. Why would you take stats from aTrackDog rather than

    aTrackDog was great for android 1.0, but in android 1.1 they included auto updating of applications into the market application and I never used aTrackDog again.

    So it would seem to me that these stats are taken from a very small sample set rather than the entire android market install base

  • AustinTech81

    I will be showing both free and worldtour.

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  • Ricky

    Just bought Abduction and Buka, and both are very fun.
    They suffer from some lag, but still, really great.
    Especially Abduction, that’s by far the best game on the Market.

  • joseph

    Id definitely say World Attack is my favorite game on the market, the first version of it was great as well, mad props to the dev, I was the FIRST download for World Attack >x]

  • Tjerk Wolterink

    There is a new coming from a 1-man developer: me.
    The game is called SpaceWars: Check my blog:

  • Joe

    You’ve completely overlooked Mystique: Ch 2 – The Child. It came out yesterday and is by far the best game I’ve downloaded. Best graphics on Android hands down!

  • Flight

    Users around the world play free game apps more as compare to paid apps. Guitar hero is one of my favorite other are not that best. There are couple of other big emerging name like if we talk about hunting games ‘Bird Hunting’ is there even if we talk about line drawing Air Flight Control is also there i am surprised you have not included them in to this best list.