The top 10 best selling paid Windows 8 apps are worth checking out

Windows 8 launched two months ago today and with that started the introduction of the many paid Windows 8 apps in the Windows Store. With two months under its belt, which apps are currently selling the most? Microsoft only started listing the top 100 paid apps in the Windows Store a few weeks ago, and while we don't have any hard sales numbers yet, the list does tell us what is currently popular.

To the surprise of no one, the number one paid Windows 8 app is Angry Birds Star Wars. The mobile game hit from Rovio costs $4.99 from the Windows Store. The previous game in the series, Angry Birds Space, is the number four paid Windows 8 app and is also priced at $4.99.

In second place on the list is Draw a Stickman: EPIC. The $2.99 game from Hitcents.com lets players drawn the main "stickman" character and then have him solve puzzles by drawing into the game. For the holiday season, Draw a Stickman: Epic has added a new and free Winter level.

Third place on the list belongs to the recently launched Windows 8 version of Plex, the popular media streaming app that lets users stream video, audio and more from their home PC running Plex Media Server to a Windows 8 device.

In fifth place comes Pin Steam, the $1.49 app from one man developer Jacob Korsgaard that lets users of Valve's Steam PC game download service pin their games on the Windows 8 Start screen. You can check out an interview we recently posted with Korsgaard to find out more about the app.

Sixth place on the Windows 8 paid app list belongs to Touch File, which is priced at $1.99. It's designed to give Windows 8 touch screen owners a way to manage their PC file system via a touch interface.

Seventh place has the Windows 8 version of the highly popular mobile game Fruit Ninja from developer Halfbrick Studios for $4.99.

Currently in eighth place is Tweetro+, the Twitter client developed by Lazyworm Applications. The developer is currently selling the app for $4.99, which is half its normal $9.99 price tag. You can learn more about Tweetro+ via our recent interview with Lazyworm Applications co-founder Atta Elayyan.

Ninth place belongs to a third party YouTube app, YouTube+. The $2.99 app has quite a lot of features, including snap view support, the ability to pin YouTube feeds to the Windows 8 Start menu and more. The app does come in a free trial version that has all of the features of the paid version. However, paying the $2.99 fee will turn off adds that are seen in the video playing pages of the app.

Finally, the number 10 spot on the list is currently held by Shark Dash, a $1.99 physics puzzle game in the vein of Angry Birds from publisher GameLoft.

Of course, this top 10 list will change as more Windows 8 apps show up. We will keep an eye out on this list and offer updates in the weeks and months to come.

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So I've never heard of Plex. Will it serve other audio/video codecs besides the default ones that Server Essentials 2012 uses?

briangw said,
So I've never heard of Plex. Will it serve other audio/video codecs besides the default ones that Server Essentials 2012 uses?

http://www.plexapp.com/
You can run your own media center server with it and interconnect them with your devices and even your friends Plex servers.
It's not a codecs package, although it include those needed to playback most content.
Not to forget that you can install the server on home user NAS devices, which is much cooler than having some power hungry PC running a small windows crap edition.

Mineria said,

http://www.plexapp.com/
You can run your own media center server with it and interconnect them with your devices and even your friends Plex servers.
It's not a codecs package, although it include those needed to playback most content.
Not to forget that you can install the server on home user NAS devices, which is much cooler than having some power hungry PC running a small windows crap edition.

Thanks. I used to use a media server years ago running on my home server VM which did a great job streaming media. However, it did cost money. I'm trying to see what the catch is as to why the media server looks free but there's a paid pass version.

This is my list, In no particular order.
Food Network
Package Tracker
Plex
Twit
Rowi
CBC News
YouTube+
Music Info
ilomilo Plus
icookbook
Khan Academy
ebay

Also, it's nice to see a fighting game like Blazblue Calamity Trigger actually come to Windows, with Japanese language options intact, and gamepad fully functional. It's extremely well done for a console port, and the execution performance is significantly better than it was on Xbox.

If anyone gives it a try who has a touch screen, I'd be interested in knowing if they actually gave it touch support.

I wish Windows 8 apps were remote control friendly. It looks great on my TV but i hate using the Airmouse app on my iphone. Overall it stinks but all I use it for is Media Center anyway.

I was wondering if the modern interface was at all controller friendly. I'm going to be imaging my htpc soon to try out Win8 if I get the same functionality as I have in 7 I'll be happy but I'd love to use modern apps too.

Seems people still have not realized this but I will say it, In every (Just about, have ran across a few apps that are not searchable) Windows 8 metro app you can search by using the charm search functionality that is always on the right side of the screen (off screen), this includes the App Store.

Of course, that's the whole point of the charms bar. To provide a unified and consistent way to search, share, interact with devices (such as printers), and change settings. No matter where you are in the os, or in which app you are running.

siah1214 said,
Youtube+ is a fantastic app. I'd pick it over the website any day.

Some dumb people on this website would argue that it's not an app since there's a website that does the same thing

PmRd said,

Some dumb people on this website would argue that it's not an app since there's a website that does the same thing

Its another view/controller of the same core webapp. I'm sure.

nub said,

Its another view/controller of the same core webapp. I'm sure.

Do you even have a clue what you are talking about?

PmRd said,

Do you even have a clue what you are talking about?

Of course he finished the hello world tutorial in his votech class like a boss.

and your point is? Everything I said still stands. YouTube+ app is the view, the XML is the information the YouTube API is the model.

nub said,
and your point is? Everything I said still stands. YouTube+ app is the view, the XML is the information the YouTube API is the model.

So basically you were saying that YouTube+ is just another application that uses the youtube API to display videos. Great work sherlock.

PmRd said,

So basically you were saying that YouTube+ is just another application that uses the youtube API to display videos. Great work sherlock.

Yup. Why are you such a twit? Seriously. You go insulting people when you don't have a clue what you're talking about and then continue to argue for argument-sake.

nub said,

Yup. Why are you such a twit? Seriously. You go insulting people when you don't have a clue what you're talking about and then continue to argue for argument-sake.

I'm not the twit, you probably read about MVC somewhere and you think it applies to everything. If you did your research you'd know that simply using an API from a website has nothing to do with MVC

In fifth place comes Pin Steam, the $1.49 app from one man developer Jacob Korsgaard that lets users of Valve's Steam PC game download service pin their games on the Windows 8 Start screen.

GabeN must be freaking out...

BajiRav said,

GabeN must be freaking out...

From what I can tell, it just makes the icons fancier. You could always pin the executables to the start screen.

nub said,

Why would he even care?

The Win8 haters cannot stand that someone may like it. If you state that you like Win8, then you are a paid shill, only like it because you are making money from apps, too stupid to know better, brainwashed, etc (those and more were comments made o me within the past week). If there are people using it because they like it, people like Gabe will need to make sure they stop - after all, he said it was trash because the store will be a competitor to his offerings, and he needs to protect his business.

Captain555 said,
Can someone tell me where is the search button in the apps store. I'm serious, I can't find it.

Just type, works like the start screen.

Max Norris said,

Just type, works like the start screen.

Wow. Sorry but I don't think that is very intuitive. Would have been nice to put a little magnifier.

Captain555 said,

Wow. Sorry but I don't think that is very intuitive. Would have been nice to put a little magnifier.


There is one on the charms bar

Captain555 said,

Once you are in the apps store there is no charms bar, or at least I didn't see one.

The charms are always available, doesn't matter where you are.

The charms bar is available from everywhere in Windows 8. That's kinda the whole point of it...., wtf are you talking about?

The search charm on the right side of the screen is contextual. It will search in whatever you have opened when you use it.

ahinson said,
The search charm on the right side of the screen is contextual. It will search in whatever you have opened when you use it.

Got it. Figured out finally how the touchscreen is working.

Captain555 said,

Got it. Figured out finally how the touchscreen is working.

You are aware the tutorial you see when you log in for the first time shows you one thing... and one thing only... how to open the charms bar. Did you miss it?

nohone said,

The Win8 haters cannot stand that someone may like it. If you state that you like Win8, then you are a paid shill, only like it because you are making money from apps, too stupid to know better, brainwashed, etc (those and more were comments made o me within the past week). If there are people using it because they like it, people like Gabe will need to make sure they stop - after all, he said it was trash because the store will be a competitor to his offerings, and he needs to protect his business.

Holy ****... That's some thinking you got there.

TCLN Ryster said,

You are aware the tutorial you see when you log in for the first time shows you one thing... and one thing only... how to open the charms bar. Did you miss it?

You got me there. If I had a quarter for everytime I told a customer: Read The F****g Book.

But hey, I'm an engineer, I don't have the time to read all that stuff. LOL Now I have egg on my face.

But really, I'm not a hater, I don't hate stuff. So I don't hate Win 8 but I don't find anything compelling enough to adopt it on my desktops or my laptop. Works great on a tablet but my Android tablet works great too.