Why Do Bad Apps Make It To The Top Of The Charts? Temple Run vs. Temple Jump

Today, Temple Jump (not Temple Run) has made it to the number one paid app in the App Store, and it’s just another in a long line of bad apps that sell well for a seemingly unknown reason. Every now and then there seems to be some very bad app that are simply a lie reach the top charts, and it’s always mind boggling. Once these apps reach the top charts they’re filled with 1 star reviews, and it’s clear that they’re not what’s advertised. Yet, it’s amazing how users keep buying the app expecting different results or simply wanting to leave their own 1 star reviews. This is compounded again and again until the apps reach the top of the charts and these include those fingerprint scanners, free music downloads, mirror apps, and special unlock apps. It’s especially odd that new versions of these same apps keep rising the charts when they always are just wallpaper apps with no special function, or even worse.

Now these scam apps have extended to rip-offs of very popular legitimate games. There’s one in particular that has just risen on the charts, and it’s Temple Jump, not to be confused with Temple Run. It seems though, that a number of users are confusing the two, or thinking it some kind of sequel. Even with all the one star reviews, lack of screenshots, limited description, and different developer a number of people have downloaded Temple Jump. Temple Run’s popularity is definitely worth it for such an excellent game, and it now has over 450,000 lifetime 5 star ratings. Temple Jump on the other hand has 400 one star ratings, and it comes down to who is responsible for this. Is it Apple or the users?

Apple could definitely try to tighten the clamps since they do take time to approve each app. Especially with some developers offering up a whole catalog of similar titles that look like a rip-off just on the surface. For instance, the developer of Temple Jump, Anton Sinelnikov has made Angry Ninja Birds, Plants vs. Zombie, Tiny Birds!, Numbers with Friends, and Zombie Air Highway which all offer limited description, no screenshots, a similar icon, and of course a similar name to popular games. The proliferation of these types of apps has really plagued the Android Marketplace, especially for apps that haven’t been ported yet. Since, Apple already denies some apps they should definitely extend it further to test some of these developers.

Ultimately though, it seems users are the most responsible, because how can anyone be that oblivious before pressing the buy button? It’s amazing that even one person downloads these apps, and then for others to compound it time and again just defies logic. If you can’t tell the difference between these good and rip-off apps you really shouldn’t be allowed to function in society, as it’s no different than spotting knock-offs in any shopping experience. The fact that it keeps happening week after week shows just how inept some iOS owners are, and there’s nothing Apple can do about that. These apps should never get even one sale, never the less make it to the number one position in the App Store, and only users are to blame.

[Update]: Apple has responded to the outcry, and removed Temple Jump, and other apps by the same developer. Still though, they need to have some preemptive methods, and not just respond way after the fact. For those who did buy the app, they don’t deserve a refund because common sense is needed to deserve to get their money back.


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One Comment on "Why Do Bad Apps Make It To The Top Of The Charts? Temple Run vs. Temple Jump"

  1. Not February 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM -

    I didn’t even know what temple jump untill you graciously advertised what it is and almost got I to see how bad it is.

    That’s how people buy it T.T

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