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I Love Alberta Apps

Our province’s most popular iPhone applications

Oct 7, 2011

by Duncan Kinney

In Appy Days we explore the business of building mobile applications. The remarkable growth in mobile apps since the launch of the iPhone has spawned a mini-boom as coders attempt to cash in on the extremely popular platform. Alberta is no different, with hundreds of people trying their hand with several hitting it big.

We’ve compiled a list of some of Alberta’s most popular apps. If you’ve created an app that you feel should be mentioned in tell us about it in the comments with a link and the number of downloads.

* App pricing frequently varies over the life of the product
* Download numbers come from developers and can not be independently verified

Sigma

Developer: Big Stack Studios
250,000 downloads
Location: Calgary
Cost: $2.99
Sigma is a Match-3 type puzzle game (think Bejeweled) that uses the multi-touch interface to independently spin two columns of blocks. You then tap the screen to shoot blocks from one side to the other in order to make the blocks disappear and to get points.

Office Jerk

Developer: Fluik
9.5 million downloads
Location: Edmonton
Cost: Free but users can upgrade their weapons with cash
Office Jerk is a game that allows users to toss objects, such as pies at a virtual workplace nemesis. While the app is free users can pay to upgrade from throwing crumpled up pieces of paper to staplers or TNT.

Own This World

Developer: Big Nerds in Disguise
Location: Calgary
12,000 downloads
Cost: $0.99
Developed by Calgary based Big Nerds in Disguise, Own This World is a massively multiplayer location dependent game where a real world map has been split into millions of territories that you compete for with players that are also physically in the same area. Your rank in the world climbs as you claim territories. At the time this was researched, the current ruler of the world was Emperor Smhammerheads.

Tapforms

Developer: Brendan Duddridge
Location: Calgary
256,000 downloads
Cost: $6.99 for iPhone – $8.99 for iPad
For the obsessive information organizer in your life Calgary-based developer Brendan Duddridge created Tapforms. A mobile personal information management app, it keeps all of your data with you at all times, while keeping it safe and secure with encryption and password-protection.

iFish

Developer: The App Door
Location: Edmonton
25,000 downloads for all of the iFish iterations
Cost: $4.99
With iFish versions for BC, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta the Edmonton-based developer App Door has a hit. The various iterations of this app have the goods on thousands of fishing spots across Canada allowing users to search for lakes by name or by proximity, get detailed info on catch limits, boat launch locations and more. App Door is also preparing to release a US version of iFish.

World Explorer for Minecraft

Developer: Robots and Pencils
Location: Calgary
52,000 downloads
Cost: $2.99
World Explorer for Minecraft is an add-on for the popular web-based independent “sandbox” game Minecraft. In the game players build out their own world out of textured cubes in a 3D environment. World Explorer ports this experience over to an iPhone or iPad so that players can play on the go with a multi-touch interface.

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