As the end of the year draws nigh, just about everyone is putting together their wrap-up stories that are, let's be honest, pretty predictable if you've been following tech news for 2011. But at least one story caught our eye this morning: Mobilewalla's app scores. Mobilewalla is one of many app aggregation services, though unlike a lot of Android specific sites, it doesn't distribute its own apps. Instead it keeps a close eye on the various app platforms and offers up an updated database of apps that anyone can use. This year, the top ten list is dominated by games.
The top ten breakdown is as follows:
Pixlr-o-matic: 97.5 out of 100
Super Stickman Golf: 97.5 out of 100
Smurfs’ Village: 97 out of 100
Crime Story: 96.4 out of 100
Marvel Comics: 96.3 out of 100
MADDEN NFL 12 by EA SPORTS™: 93.6 out of 100
Dragon, Fly! Full: 92.3 out of 100
Earth And Legend: 92.4 out of 100
Great Little War Game: 92.2 out of 100
SHADOWGUN: 91.8 out of 100
Note that these scores aren't based on downloads, but a sliding scale of user reviews, position within the app category, and social media buzz. Interestingly, the top five rated apps are free, while the bottom five are all paid games. High-profile titles seem to be the order of the day, with the only real surprises being Smurfs Villiage. (Really? Smurfs?) There's only two non-games included on the list, though they're highly placed. Retro camera app Pixlr-o-matic dominates with a nearly perfect score of 97.5, and Marvel Comics gets a lot of attention, considerably more so than ComiXology.
If you're looking for some less obvious app recommendations, be sure to check out our picks for new Android smartphones and tablets. Naturally we feature new cool apps every day, but for the best of the best, our App of the Week is sure to bring up a useful, fun or just plain cool app every Friday.