Fruit Ninja currently the number one downloaded paid Windows 8 app

One of the most popular games for Windows 8 since it launched several months ago has been "Fruit Ninja," the touch-based arcade game from developer Halfbrick Studios. Until recently, the game cost $4.99 to download for the Windows 8 port. However, a recent decision to drop the price down to just $1.99 has resulted in "Fruit Ninja" going up to the number one position on Microsoft's most downloaded paid Windows 8 app list.

"Fruit Ninja," which was in the number two slot in March, took over the number one spot from Rovio's "Angry Birds Star Wars," which is now at number three on the list at the beginning of April. Another recently launched game, the kids game "Disney Fairies Hidden Treasures," is currently in the number two slot.

Seven of the top 10 most downloaded paid Windows 8 apps on Microsoft's list are games, while another is an kids educational-games title. The other two apps on the list, Plex and My Media Center, are both media streaming apps. Here is what the current list looks like:

1. Fruit Ninja ($1.99)
2. Disney Fairies Hidden Treasures ($4.99)
3. Angry Birds Star Wars ($4.99)
4. Rayman Jungle Run ($2.99)
5. Plex ($2.99)
6. Big Buck Hunter ($4.99)
7. Angry Birds Space ($4.99)
8. My Media Center  ($4.99)
9. Royal Envoy 2: Special Edition ($3.99)
10. Zoo Train ($1.99)

Image via Halfbrick Studios

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PC gaming is dying...

Nowadays, most ppl prefer playing tablet game like Fruit Ninja and Angry birds...

Well - if you could offer x86 x64 games in the store all that would look different. but how much time did developers for proper games had to develop a game so far?

I'm still waiting for an update for Fruit Ninja in Windows Phone. While iOS and Android has added gaming elements to keep the game fresh, Windows Phone version is stuck with what it came out since its inception.

Pretty sad when the most paid "apps" in the Windows Store are a bunch of games... Says a lot about the available apps on there...

n_K said,
Pretty sure the highest paid apps for mac and mobile devices are games too.

You could be right about iOS, but you're very wrong about the Mac (App Store). It's stuff like Mountain Lion, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Facetime, iPhoto, iMovie, Aperture, Final Cut Pro, Pixelmator, Garageband, Logic Pro etc.

Anything Valve, BioShock (yes, it's even getting Infinite soon), lots of great RPGs. OS X has a pretty decent selection nowadays, actually. And besides, all Macs can run Windows.

CSharp. said,

You could be right about iOS, but you're very wrong about the Mac (App Store). It's stuff like Mountain Lion, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Facetime, iPhoto, iMovie, Aperture, Final Cut Pro, Pixelmator, Garageband, Logic Pro etc.

Let's see; http://i.imgur.com/xcesj1E.png
OSX doesn't count, it's the OS. Facetime doesn't count, it comes with the OS. So, out of the top 8 paid apps, 5 are games, that's over half.

n_K said,

Let's see; http://i.imgur.com/xcesj1E.png
OSX doesn't count, it's the OS.

Uh, ok, I guess.... Mountain Lion is still an "app" in the Store that you can buy on Lion or Snow Leopard.

n_K said,

Facetime doesn't count, it comes with the OS.

Only with the latest version.

I was looking at the paid apps listing from the US, where you'll find only 2 games (BioShock & Rollercoaster Tycoon) in the top 10. Every one of the apps I named (plus 4 games and some other apps) are listed in the Top 20.

Edited by Deactivated., Apr 1 2013, 9:25pm :

"Only with the latest version."
Windows 8 is the latest version of windows so we're excluding W7 and previous just like lion and previous.

"Mountain Lion is still an "app""
No, it's NOT an app. You cannot use a mac without OS X, it is the OS, and OS is not an app. 'brb just gonna download that new app, linux'... No.

n_K said,
No, it's NOT an app. You cannot use a mac without OS X, it is the OS, and OS is not an app. 'brb just gonna download that new app, linux'... No.

Semantics...apps is just shorthand for application/software product. And you can easily use a Mac without OS X or Mountain Lion. Plus, a modern OS like ML consists of more than the system software. It actually comes with a collection of applications as well.

CSharp. said,

And you can easily use a Mac without OS X or Mountain Lion.

Actually you can't, the EFI requires the mach_kernel to boot which is an integral part of OSX, true you can boot linux or windows or whatever, but you NEED mach_kernel in order to even get it to boot.
OS's have always came with apps, windows 95 came with games, notepad, etc. and I'm pretty sure Mac OS (not X) came with the same too.

n_K said,

Actually you can't, the EFI requires the mach_kernel to boot which is an integral part of OSX

It certainly doesn't have to be present on the hard drive. There's no need for an EFI system partition or anything OS X related at all. Whatever is implemented in firmware I would consider to be quite different from OS X proper and doesn't necessarily correlate with the version of OS X that is sold on the App Store, either.

n_K said,

OS's have always came with apps, windows 95 came with games, notepad, etc. and I'm pretty sure Mac OS (not X) came with the same too.

Exactly.

But, again, this is all semantics. I don't think it's worth our time to discuss the meaning of the word "app". Again, I read "app" simply as "software product". Obviously Apple considers the operating system in this case to be enough of an "app" to sell it on the Mac APP Store.

I dont get how people can play games like this over and over again. To repetitive for me. Also seems like many of the same top games from other platforms as well.

THolman said,
It's simple and addictive. Like Atari.

Atari wasnt as repetitive tho. Some games were, but not like the mobile platofms.

Guess it depends on what it is. I mean, Space Invaders is pretty repetitive, but I can still enjoy it. Different strokes for different folks, I suppose