Emerging top paid iOS apps: Grand Theft Auto 3, Pizza Vs. Skeletons and “Pokémon”

The Presidents Day edition of the paid iOS charts finds big developers like Rockstar and EA taking advantage of the holiday as an excuse to hold a $0.99 sale, a practice that seems to be a regular occurrence for EA. Elsewhere on the iPhone charts, not one but two scam apps have cracked the top 10, demonstrating Apple still has more work to do to police the app store.

This week’s top paid iPhone apps

[Update] Grand Theft Auto — Rockstar’s already popular iOS adaption of its PS2 classic Grand Theft Auto 3 rockets back to the top of the charts thanks to a limited time sale that has discounted the game’s price to $0.99 in honor of Presidents Day. The game has otherwise not been updated since it was released on Dec. 15. Grand Theft Auto 3 was ported to iOS by War Drum Studios.

Pokémon Yellow — Although Apple has begun to crack down on fake apps, the problem is still very much in force with the rise of what appears to be Pokémon Yellow to the No. 2 spot on the paid iPhone charts. The app is not actually Pokémon Yellow — Nintendo has made it clear many times it won’t be bringing core Nintendo IP to non-Nintendo systems — the app is a fake developed by Daniel Burford, aka, House of Anime that sells for $0.99 and has already racked up more than 1,200 negative reviews.

[Update] Clear — Productivity app Clear continues to perform well on the paid charts this week, holding the No. 5 spot. Developed by Realmac Software, the app is a slick to-do list manager with a sleek and colorful interface. Clear is on Sale for $0.99 as part of an introductory sale and was released on Feb. 16.

Temple Guns — Yet another app designed to trick buyers makes the charts this week in the No. 8 spot. Using a familiar-looking icon and an a name designed to make unwitting users think they’re getting a sequel to Imangi Studios’ Temple Run, Temple Guns is actually a typing game that has nothing to do with Imangi or Temple Run. The game is $0.99 and is credited to Fred Mansoon and Mansoon Soft.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars — Rockstar makes our list for a second time in the No. 21 spot with its other GTA iOS game, a port of the Nintendo DS title Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. The game has also been discounted to $0.99 and was last updated on Mar. 28, 2010.

This week’s top paid iPad Apps

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12 for iPad –EA also gets into the Presidents Day sale action, discounting its golf game Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12 for iPad to $0.99, which has pushed the game up to the No. 7 position on the iPad charts. Last updated on Jan. 3, the game is a paid app, but also monetizes through in-app purchases of pro-shop cash and character upgrades. The game has four different modes and allows players to play against their friends in a Closest to the Pin Challenge mode.

[Update] Kingdom Rush — Armor Games also takes advantage of Presidents Day, discounting its strategy game Kingdom Rush to $0.99. A tower defense title, the game features 12 different types of towers and 30 enemies. Kingdom Rush is currently the No. 9 paid iPad app.

Pizza Vs. Skeletons — Riverman Media’s unique game Pizza Vs. Skeletons makes our list in the No. 14 spot. Currently on sale for $2.99, the game is a 2D platformer where the player controls a sentient, 25 foot tall pizza as it flattens hordes of undead skeletons in a variety of settings. The game features more than 100 levels and users can share their high scores via Facebook and Twitter.

[Update] Angry Birds Rio HD — Rovio’s Angry Birds Rio HD continues to ride high on the paid iPad charts, coming in this week in the No. 16 position. The game was last updated on Jan. 26 with 15 new levels featuring the new expandable Orange Bird.

[Update] Minecraft – Pocket Edition — The long awaited update for Mojang’s Minecraft – Pocket Edition finally arrived on Feb. 17, helping push the game back up the paid iPad charts into the No. 20 position. Updated to version 0.2.0, the game now features Survival and Creative modes, blocks for fences, doors and gates, flying in creative mode, sheep, zombies, day and night cycles in Survival mode, and different tools.  Minecraft – Pocket Edition costs $6.99.