The top 10 most downloaded paid Windows 8 apps at the moment are ...

A month ago we listed the top 10 most downloaded paid Windows 8 apps in the Windows Store. Today we decided to go back and take a look at the current list to see how much the top 10 positions have changed. As it turns out, there's quite a few alterations on the list.

Currently the number one spot is held by the racing game Drift Mania Championship 2. The $2.99 game comes from Quebec-based developer RatRod Studio and is a port of a game that's already been released for the iOS and Android platforms.

Angry Birds Star Wars, which was in the number one slot a month ago in the Windows Store, is now down to number four on the current list, while its sister game Angry Birds Space went up from number four to the second position. Both games are priced at $4.99. In third place on the paid apps list is the media streaming app Plex, for $2.99.

The Disney game Where's My Perry is in the number five spot currently, and sells for $4.99. In sixth place comes IM+ Pro, an app designed to access a number of different online messaging services at once. It's priced at $4.99. The seventh position goes to Libraries File Explorer App, made to open desktop-based files and folders via touch, and it costs $1.49.

A trio of games takes over the final three spots on the top 10 paid apps list for Windows 8. In eighth place comes Doodle God at $2.99, while ninth place belongs to Rat on a Skateboard at $1.49. Last, but not least, number 10 on the list is the $2.99 game 4 Elements II Special Edition.

As far as some of the apps that were in the top 10 last month, the third party Twitter app Tweetro+ is still in the top 20, as is the game Draw a Stickman: EPIC. Oddly, the game Fruit Ninja, which was in seventh place a month ago, doesn't appear in the top 98 list of paid Windows 8 apps overall--and even if you focus only on games, it still does not make it into the list of top 98 games.

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Still waiting for a creative troll to post here. All I'm seeing is generic "This is what windows has come to" or "Ha windows sucks and its apps suck". I can go in the forums and copy / paste other peoples ideas too kids how about one of you try something creative or remotely funny. Think of it as a competition your gonna fail like life.

Colin McGregor said,
Still waiting for a creative troll to post here. All I'm seeing is generic "This is what windows has come to" or "Ha windows sucks and its apps suck". I can go in the forums and copy / paste other peoples ideas too kids how about one of you try something creative or remotely funny. Think of it as a competition your gonna fail like life.

It is amusing but also sad to see how human being are regressing: everything now must be oversimplified; either way is black or white, good or evil, right or wrong. A more elaborate approach seems to be too much; either way you love something or you hate it. Constructive criticism is a too challenging task.
Trying to label whoever disagree as a troll is trolling and to me this attitude clearly show a real failure in life.

Fritzly said,

It is amusing but also sad to see how human being are regressing: everything now must be oversimplified; either way is black or white, good or evil, right or wrong. A more elaborate approach seems to be too much; either way you love something or you hate it. Constructive criticism is a too challenging task.
Trying to label whoever disagree as a troll is trolling and to me this attitude clearly show a real failure in life.

Except theres no disagreement. Read the comments before trying to add your 2 cents to a post. Its just simple, this sucks and people using it suck. There's no conversation. As I said read before posting.

Look at your earlier post. " I use One Note a lot and I am a big fan of the radial menus but Metro/One Note does not offer all the functionalities of the,standard one; not to mention that the two apps sync to different files.". See that, reason why, room for discussion. The trolls im taking about "So the desktop computer has come to this huh? This is the damn future? GTF outta here Microsoft!" OR "sinis said,
LAME APPS. " OR "Just goes to show, people using windows 8 aren't doing anything productive with their device. " although that last one was dvb2000 and he never has anything good to say but still.

See the difference?

Colin McGregor said,

Except theres no disagreement. Read the comments before trying to add your 2 cents to a post. Its just simple, this sucks and people using it suck. There's no conversation. As I said read before posting.

Look at your earlier post. " I use One Note a lot and I am a big fan of the radial menus but Metro/One Note does not offer all the functionalities of the,standard one; not to mention that the two apps sync to different files.". See that, reason why, room for discussion. The trolls im taking about "So the desktop computer has come to this huh? This is the damn future? GTF outta here Microsoft!" OR "sinis said,
LAME APPS. " OR "Just goes to show, people using windows 8 aren't doing anything productive with their device. " although that last one was dvb2000 and he never has anything good to say but still.

See the difference?

I always read before commenting, how could I commenting without it? Reading is a propaedutic action to commenting.
And because I read ALL the comments I do not agree that are all, without exceptions, posts with no merits.
Cogito ergo sum....

Fritzly said,

It is amusing but also sad to see how human being are regressing: everything now must be oversimplified; either way is black or white, good or evil, right or wrong. A more elaborate approach seems to be too much; either way you love something or you hate it. Constructive criticism is a too challenging task.
Trying to label whoever disagree as a troll is trolling and to me this attitude clearly show a real failure in life.

Perfectly said!

Its terrible that a lot of people who post in the comments cannot accept criticism of their beloved corporations. If they disagree with your opinion you are automatically a troll or fanboy.

Must be a lot of new people to the internet here that have yet to learn what a real troll actually is...protip, a troll is not someone who simply has a different opinion

Apps have always been lame. On iOS or on Android. Apparently this is what people want. So Microsoft starts offering apps and wha? Microsoft gets all the bashing.

/logic

FalseAgent said,
Apps have always been lame. On iOS or on Android. Apparently this is what people want. So Microsoft starts offering apps and wha? Microsoft gets all the bashing.

Maybe one reason is because, unlike the others, this OS is called "Windows" but these apps only run full screen and can't be windowed?
And for that matter, fullscreen-only seems to take us back 25 years. I do like Retro, but to call it "Modern" is odd too.

TCLN Ryster said,
Last time I checked, PC games have always ran full screen.

The comment was re apps in general not just games.
Anyway, by way of example I just started up my "Wings of Prey" demo - in windowed mode.

gb8080 said,

The comment was re apps in general not just games.
Anyway, by way of example I just started up my "Wings of Prey" demo - in windowed mode.

You haters can't have it both ways. First of all its noted that most of the apps on this list are games, as if Windows 8 can't be productive or something. Then when somebody points out that games always have, and continue to run full screen no matter what environment they are for, it somehow goes back to "apps in general" and not games.

And the fact that you can run a small percentage of games in windowed mode is irrelevant. Its the exception rather than the rule, and you know it.

TCLN Ryster said,

You haters can't have it both ways.

Oh do grow up. It's so immature to label as "haters", whatever that means, anybody who offers reasoned criticism of your beloved OS. For my part, I'm not a "hater", I use Win8 on my laptop, but there are certainly aspects that I dislike.
And the comment to which I was replying was re apps in general, not just games, but my comment stands for games alone anyway,

TCLN Ryster said,

And the fact that you can run a small percentage of games in windowed mode is irrelevant. Its the exception rather than the rule, and you know it.

Nonsense! - the most widely available games of all, those installed in Win7 and previous versions, all ran windowed so you could watch other windows as well. Freecell, solitaire, minesweeper .... no longer in Win8.
Appstore versions now fullscreen only, absurd on a large monitor.

I just love all the Windows 8 hate. Please keep the irrational nonsense coming! It does nothing but create more disruptive discussions that push those that are considering Windows 8 to those that buy Windows 8.

Luckily we have several categories of haters. The Linux/XP group that thinks the Command Line rules. These are typically "so called" Sys Admins that consider themselves IT gurus. Loved you guys on Saturday Night Live. However, they are powerless and will eventually roll out Windows 8 when their CTO, IT Leaders and Directors point out the REAL improvements Windows 8 provides. It's not like these guys are allowed to influence TDMs anyway. To me, this is the saddest group because they consider themselves real IT Professionals.

The Apple vanity group. These are the shallow, albeit due to peer pressure, "I own Apple products because they are pretty" or "I own Apple products because Hermes doesn't make an overpriced Phone or PC" Hipsters that don't actually use the phone for more than phone calls or a tablet for more than playing Angry Birds. It's simple to find these people, they are still sporting Painters Caps or Hoodies and are looking for work.

Then, of course, you have the Androids. While I can understand the dogmatic behavior of the Apple sycophants, this group is so enraged and filled with irrational dislike of anything Windows, it's difficult to believe they made an informed decision to choose Android for something like a tablet. Forget that the Productivity Suites available aren't capable of handling the needs of an Elementary School student, that Malware is growing at such a rapid rate that exploits aren't getting patched, that fragmentation is not only ignored, it is simply accepted as the half life of an Android device or that Mobile Operators are openly seeking Partners not named Samsung.

Anyway, with Apple declining and Android still seeking an identity, I see Windows 8 hate doing nothing but making potential Windows 8 customers actual Windows 8 customers.

It's possible to DISLIKE (not "hate", too emotive) Win8 for perfectly rational reasons.

I run it on my favourite laptop, and with Start8 it's pretty decent and seems to be faster and more responsive/reliable. There's a lot of very good under-the-bonnet work been done. I am looking forward to Surface Pro and feel sure that it will be very good with touch. But even so, I am staying with Win7 on my two desktops; Win8 would on balance be a downgrade in my view.

Win8 is good technically, but I still very much dislike decisions that have been taken by the UI designers. I miss Aero glass (I don't need to save battery/CPU, so these boring rectangles do nothing for me). The Start Screen is a mess - too many noisy flashing tiles in-your-face, and once you install a few applications then the undifferentiated mess with no folder organisation is horrid. I could go on, but please note that these criticisms are neither born of "hate" nor are they irrational.

Edited by gb8080, Jan 27 2013, 4:47pm :

Games yeah, already suspect this as elements for Metro UI were taken from existing games

AOL Kids,
Nemulator,
XBOX dashboard.

Torolol said,
Games yeah, already suspect this as elements for Metro UI were taken from existing games

AOL Kids,
Nemulator,
XBOX dashboard.

lol and gta is the first sandbox and call of duty the first fps game right?

God forbid Microsoft try to take things in a different direction. They wanted to offer app functionality within windows much like all of the mobile platforms have. For everyday tasks for the average user, the apps work just fine and they find little need to use desktop programs. Microsoft also understood that businesses and power users needed to be able to run more powerful desktop programs which is why they dared not remove desktop capabilities. Even if you never use the start screen, there are several reasons why many haters may want to reconsider:

1: Windows 8 IS faster than earlier versions - That's right. I said it. It boots faster, file operations are faster (nifty new progress indicator w/graph too), programs run faster.

2: Windows 8 includes Hyper-V - Hyper-V is one of the most powerful VM suites out there, including paid offerings from their competitors, and... its free. Just head on over to Programs and Features under the Control Panel, click "Turn Windows Features on or off" and check the box next to Hyper-V. VoilĂ .

3: Simple setup of network printers - Ever since plug-and-play came about, attaching new devices to your computer has been relatively painless right? What about those pesky network printers? Windows 8 is the first mainstream OS to automatically detect and install network printers. No need to hunt down that driver disk you probably lost or fumble through a minefield of misleading driver sites.

4: Restore your computer without the disk - Got a virus infection? Accidentally erase half of the registry? No worries, you don't even have to break out your Windows 8 install disk because Microsoft baked it right in. You don't even have to make an emergency backup of your data first because the new Refresh option will leave your personal files intact. Although, if you haven't been doing regular backups I wouldn't loose any sleep over your lost data. Just sayin.

There are many more new goodies that you'll find but I doubt most of the haters here could give up being pretentious and introverted for long enough to see what they are missing.

Metro Apps are an optional extra. Don't use them if you don't want. Seems to me you haters spend more time than I can imagine complaining about an optional extra you don't have to use. Now this is separate from the start screen, which is just a *program launcher*, which I like as a desktop user since I can two-click open any app I use now, while keeping everything in the same place and not cluttering up my desktop with icons.

sinis said,
LAME APPS.

When you consider that most of them are on other platforms, then they must be lame on iOS and Android as well.

The diffrent is that there are other awesome apps for you to buy on iOS, while on Windows you stuck with these lame apps , these lames even on your top ten paid apps.! Tht is just sad.

No, the difference is that this is a new platform that has only been out for 3 months. Perhaps your memory is faulty, but the Apple and Android app stores were very comparable to this only 3 months after they launched.

But don't let logic get in the way of a good trolling.

TCLN Ryster said,
No, the difference is that this is a new platform that has only been out for 3 months. Perhaps your memory is faulty, but the Apple and Android app stores were very comparable to this only 3 months after they launched.

But don't let logic get in the way of a good trolling.


When,the iPhone came out people were, correctly IMO, complaining about the lack of copy and paste; when WP7 landed with the same limitations people here argued that copy n paste was, suddenly, no necessary which was just ridiculous.

TCLN Ryster said,

What the feck has that got to do with what I wrote?

That the old song of being a new platform, btw used by Apple fans when the iPhone was launched, is without merits now as it was then.

I paid for What't ip pro. It is usefull for quick troubleshooting internet connections at locations I visit. I like this app (has a free version too). It is the only paid app I have right now.

Well, that proves it. Windows 8 is a toy! Way to go Microsoft! Trying to replace industrial and enterprise operating systems with a toy! So I guess you've abandoned your heretofore bread and butter market for the toy market! Good luck with the margins on THAT business. Not to mention the competition.

Asok Smith said,
Well, that proves it. Windows 8 is a toy! Way to go Microsoft! Trying to replace industrial and enterprise operating systems with a toy! So I guess you've abandoned your heretofore bread and butter market for the toy market! Good luck with the margins on THAT business. Not to mention the competition.

They list the top 10 things and you jump to this? Go smoke another one, just be careful not to get any sludge from the bottom of your bridge on it.

Asok Smith said,
Well, that proves it. Windows 8 is a toy! Way to go Microsoft! Trying to replace industrial and enterprise operating systems with a toy! So I guess you've abandoned your heretofore bread and butter market for the toy market! Good luck with the margins on THAT business. Not to mention the competition.

I said it further up and I'll say it again, so everyone uses the same devices and software the same way do they, in this case for games!!!!

Asok Smith said,
Well, that proves it. Windows 8 is a toy! Way to go Microsoft! Trying to replace industrial and enterprise operating systems with a toy! So I guess you've abandoned your heretofore bread and butter market for the toy market! Good luck with the margins on THAT business. Not to mention the competition.

Nah, it only reaffirms the misinformed opinions of people who have their mind made up, sadly.

Asok Smith said,
Well, that proves it. Windows 8 is a toy! Way to go Microsoft! Trying to replace industrial and enterprise operating systems with a toy! So I guess you've abandoned your heretofore bread and butter market for the toy market! Good luck with the margins on THAT business. Not to mention the competition.

Asok Smith said,
Well, that proves it. Windows 8 is a toy! Way to go Microsoft! Trying to replace industrial and enterprise operating systems with a toy! So I guess you've abandoned your heretofore bread and butter market for the toy market! Good luck with the margins on THAT business. Not to mention the competition.

what are you talking about? Are you are real it pro, or somebody who thinks because they own a smart phone and downloaded some "apps" they must be one? Win8 on an appropriate endpoint, may have valid usage cases in the enterprise but may not be appropriate for all at this time. Windows 8 is only the start of this new roadmap. Things have moved on since xerox park and convergence has been going on since day dot.

theMike said,
people pay for this c_rap?

IM pro might be worth it actually. Since the default messaging hub in windows 8 is broken most of the time, its next to useless for most people. Adding to fact that Microsoft is dropping Windows Live messenger clients in a few months, the only other 'client' will be skype. The windows skype 8 app is .. little better then the Messaging app and can have messages delays of an hour or more and the desktop client.. well not sure what the point of the apps are in Windows 8 if the default ones don't work.. great message (no pun intended) Microsoft are sending.. and they wonder why sales haven't been as great as they expected.

So yeah, something like IM+ is going to take off and people will buy it, just so they have something to use.

I've not paid for any apps yet- if I had a tablet i might get the Plex app, but that's about it so far. The majority of it is simply c_rap as you say.

Games and full screen editions of what used to take up only 10% of the screen - now with button bigger than the life itself. Its depressing that MS want to make this the future for everything, I can understand tablets but whats the point of a large screen now days, it just means the on screen buttons for each screen wasting app will be as big as your hand.

mrp04 said,
That's why the desktop still exists.

Windows 8 haters refuse to listen to logic, not worth trying to explain simple things to them.

New Coke haters refused to listen to logic too. They knew what they liked and knew what they hated. And guess who caved? Still, I guess you weren't around then to explain the "simple" things to them. If only you had of been, who knows, maybe you could have saved New Coke with your "simple" explanations.

notchinese said,

Windows 8 haters refuse to listen to logic, not worth trying to explain simple things to them.


Well the " High priests" have all mingled among one another....

notchinese said,

Windows 8 haters refuse to listen to logic, not worth trying to explain simple things to them.

Since when is it wrong to say you don't agree? I like Windows and want it to become more powerful. The drive toward metro apps mean android and other operating systems suddenly have a lot less to catch up with. What do you get from calling people haters and acting like an authority on the subject?

Orange Battery said,

snip

And again the point needs to be made to you that the desktop still exists for a reason, and it's not hard, complicated, time consuming or confusing to get to, despite what many of your hating brethren would have the rest of us believe.

Also for the records on your original point... this thread consists mainly of games. Last time I checked, all games on PC ran full screen.

They might release a simple photoshop like the iOS version for Modern UI but unless Microsoft really changes Modern UI a lot the full version will remain on the desktop.

There's pretty much nothing stopping anyone from creating full-featured in-depth apps. Anything you can do on the desktop or with DirectX is portable to WinRT.

GreyWolf said,
There's pretty much nothing stopping anyone from creating full-featured in-depth apps. Anything you can do on the desktop or with DirectX is portable to WinRT.

Tell it to MS: even their apps available in Metro/ Modern are very sub-par. I use One Note a lot and I am a big fan of the radial menus but Metro/One Note does not offer all the functionalities of the,standard one; not to mention that the two apps sync to different files.

Fritzly said,

Tell it to MS: even their apps available in Metro/ Modern are very sub-par. I use One Note a lot and I am a big fan of the radial menus but Metro/One Note does not offer all the functionalities of the,standard one; not to mention that the two apps sync to different files.

You're comparing brand new Modern apps to desktop programs that have been around for many years and have gone through lots of versions. People cant just magically make super advanced apps in a short time.

Windows RunTime (what Modern/Metro uses) is easily as capable as the desktop, so you might start seeing advanced apps/games that are much better than iOS and Android later this year, but no sooner because this stuff takes time. Desktop games will likely first appear because they're easier to port.

1Pixel said,

You're comparing brand new Modern apps to desktop programs that have been around for many years and have gone through lots of versions. People cant just magically make super advanced apps in a short time.

Windows RunTime (what Modern/Metro uses) is easily as capable as the desktop, so you might start seeing advanced apps/games that are much better than iOS and Android later this year, but no sooner because this stuff takes time. Desktop games will likely first appear because they're easier to port.


Actually I specifically mentioned MS products and compared them to the same ones aimed to the desktop.
If a company decides to launch a new paradigm is vital for its success that the software aimed at it is at least at the same level of what you are trying to replace.
You need to motivate people to move to the new platform; saying that it is new, yes it is reasonable but does not help the transition.
Personally I do not mind the start screen but I also see that everything related to Metro is very basic and with very limited options and flexibility; I am always attracted by newer things but, and I use again the example of One Note, the actual limitations do not motivate me to use it.
To summarize: average users must be attracted by actual, evident advantages, glimpse of what, potentially, could come is not enough.

Just goes to show, people using windows 8 aren't doing anything productive with their device.

Just a matter of time before all those windows 8 tablets get kicked to the bottom of the drawer and forgotten..

dvb2000 said,
Just goes to show, people using windows 8 aren't doing anything productive with their device.

Just a matter of time before all those windows 8 tablets get kicked to the bottom of the drawer and forgotten..

actually theres no room in my drawer, my ipad and android tablet take up most of it.

dvb2000 said,
Just goes to show, people using windows 8 aren't doing anything productive with their device.

Just a matter of time before all those windows 8 tablets get kicked to the bottom of the drawer and forgotten..

So everyone uses the same device in exactly the same way do they?

Oh yeah, I forgot we're all just clones that's why. I am extremely productive on both my Windows 8 desktop and on my Surface, I just finished writing my Dissertation on Surface so saying that EVERYONE who uses Windows 8/RT is the same is just wrong.

dvb2000 said,
Just goes to show, people using windows 8 aren't doing anything productive with their device.

Just a matter of time before all those windows 8 tablets get kicked to the bottom of the drawer and forgotten..

not sure if serious, our just troll.... if you can't be productive on win 8, maybe you suffer from id10t syndrome... because for me, it works out great with multi tasking. Just my two cents. ;-)