The number two paid app on iOS... is based on a $10 GameSalad template
As of this writing, a game called Red Bouncing Ball Spikes
is the number two paid app on the U.S. iPhone store.
Strangely, it appears to be based on a template for drag-and-drop game creation tool GameSalad called "Red Ball Template" -- which sells for $10
on tutorial and tools site GSHelper.com.
The template's creator promises that "You can very easily create many levels and turn this into a full game in no time!" -- advice that seems to have been taken extremely literally. Red Bouncing Ball Spikes
uses the same extremely simple artwork that the template ships with.
Things get weirder: users on the GameSalad forums
theorize that the game's developer Louis Leidenfrost may be a pseudonym for a developer called Mateen Pekan. Pekan is a controversial figure
on those forums and elsewhere. The evidence? App aggregator AppDecide lists the game
under Pekan's name.
As with Flappy Bird
, there are accusations that the game's meteoric rise in the charts has little to do with legitimate traffic -- but as yet no conclusive evidence has been produced. Red Bouncing Ball Spikes
was originally released in December, but rocketed to the top of the charts today.