We began our weeklong look back at the first decade of the App Store with the apps that spent the most time at No. 1 on Apple's platform over the years. Now we conclude our special coverage with top apps of a different kind—those which have been highest rated by U.S. App Store users, out of the hundreds of millions of reviews that have been left globally since the store opened its virtual doors in July 2008.
It seems only fitting that, when looking at positivity in non-game app reviews, the highest rated among them would be Relax Melodies from Ipnos Software, which promotes a cheerier mood among its users. This sleep and meditation sounds generator, originally released in 2009, has 98 percent positive reviews (four or more stars out of five) among the nearly 130,000 that users have left on the U.S. App Store.
Other highlights of the non-games top 10 include the store's very first Bible app, launched day and date with the App Store on July 10, 2008, and two apps frequently cited as ones users "can't live without" in their daily lives: Waze and GasBuddy.
There are many familiar names among the highest rated iOS games of all time on the U.S. App Store, chiefly the challenging platformer Geometry Dash from RobTop games. Launched in August 2013, almost five years ago, the title has been reviewed nearly 130,000 times by players in the U.S. and 97.7 percent of those have been positive.
The rest of the top 10 read like a veritable who's who of classic iOS games, including Doodle Jump from Lima Sky, Pocket Frogs from NimbleBit, the original Temple Run from Imangi Studios, Plants vs. Zombies from PopCap (now Electronic Arts), and Tiny Wings from Andreas Illiger.
We'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who would argue with the vox populi when it comes to these games occupying the top of the list—or applaud the representation of indie developers among them. We've always known these are some of the very best iOS games; now the data confirms it.
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Written by: Randy Nelson, Head of Mobile Insights
Date: July 2018