This Week's iPhone Charts: The Minecraft Connection

Welcome to the all-new, all-improved, all much simpler formatted as to not kill myself every morning weekly app rankings. The ponderous and sloppy image-heavy format has been exchanged for a tasteful table, which makes it much easier to notice things like Minecraft proper and a 2D Minecraft "homage" holding both number two spots in the charts this week.

Minecraft Pocket Edition has been hovering around the second entry in the paid charts forever, so that's not really a surprise. What is a surprise is how quickly The Blockheads, essentially free Minecraft on a 2D plane, rose to meet its inspiration over on the free charts. Debuting just last week to equal parts praise and derision on iTunes, the free price tag and the startling similarities between this building game and the one that made Mojang millions have skyrocketed The Blockheads nearly to the top.

Join me next week, when I relaunch the magic of week-to-week rank tracking, replacing those N/As with numbers that promise to be quite telling indeed.


Top Paid iPhone Games — 1/15/2013

RankGameLast WeekChange
1.Angry Birds Star WarsN/AN/A
2.Minecraft Pocket EditionN/AN/A
3.Scribblenauts RemixN/AN/A
4.Plague, Inc.N/AN/A
5.Arms Cartel GlobalN/AN/A
6.WipeoutN/AN/A
7.Flow Free: BridgesN/AN/A
8.Joe Danger TouchN/AN/A
9.Bad PiggiesN/AN/A
10.Bloons TD 5N/AN/A

Top Free iPhone Games — 1/15/2013

RankGameLast WeekChange
1.RuzzleN/AN/A
2.The BlockheadsN/AN/A
3.Fun Run - Multiplayer RaceN/AN/A
4.Subway SurfersN/AN/A
5.Candy Crush SagaN/AN/A
6.A Little WarN/AN/A
7.Bingo VegasN/AN/A
8.Flow FreeN/AN/A
9.Hill Climb RacingN/AN/A
10.Icon Pop QuizN/AN/A