In most cases, people look for the best deals on Android apps and games. Free stuff is always intensely popular and Freemium titles have taken off because of their inherent ability to draw people in with their initially free price tag. However, there are some developers who have no compunction about charging a bucket of money for some apps and games. In this round up, we’ll check out the most expensive Android apps and games. It’s important to note that these kinds of apps get taken down frequently so there may be an app here that will be taken down over time. It’s also worth noting that the maximum price you can charge in the Google Play Store for an app is $200.
[Price: $200 each, total of $1200]
The developer Abu Moo has a series of applications that are named after precious gems. The app doesn’t really do anything other than allow rich people to prove that they are, in fact, rich. Each app has a one by one widget of a precious gem that rich people can adorn their home screens with to show how successful they are. If you want to get punched directly in the face, just buy these and show them to your poor friends.
Deduce is a game that touts itself as being faster than tic-tac-toe and more complicated than chess and can be enjoyed by people ages four to 104 years old. Of course you’d have to be one of those two ages to want to pay that much money for this game. It features very minimal graphics and a menu interface that came straight from the hottest UI trends of 1994. Each player can only make 8 moves per game and can win a match by winning six games by a margin of two. It’s essentially a chess game where every piece is a queen. There is also a non-Grandmaster Edition for $0.99.
Got Cash is the ultimate answer to the question, “How lazy can you be?” The app does absolutely nothing and doesn’t even contain a widget to show off your financial success. The icon is a gross, low-def dollar sign and the app does literally nothing. It does so little that there are no screenshots of it so instead, enjoy this kitten.
The app doesn’t lie although it may have been more apropos to say it’s tied for the most expensive app. Much like most of other apps so far on this list, Most Expensive App doesn’t do anything. When you launch the app, there’s a screen that explains that it is the most expensive app. We personally thought it could use a little Material Design but it is what it is. Thankfully, the app blatantly says that it does nothing and even somewhat encourages people not to buy it. The package name is even “com.wtf”. At least ten people have bought the app. They don’t listen well.
[Price: $200 ($1.94)]
Peek actually has an interesting story. It was originally released under Francisco Franco’s account but was actually developed by someone else. That someone (Jesús David Gulfo Agudelo) finally got a Google Play developer account and their country finally allowed for developers to publish paid apps. Thus, the project was moved to the real developer account and you can find it here for $1.94. However, there were still a sizable number of people who bought the app while it was under Francisco’s account. Thus, instead of taking it down, Francisco Franco made it ungodly expensive so that people who already bought it can continue to receive updates while encouraging newcomers to buy the app from the real dev. Awesome.
Super Color Runner is an endless runner game where you must fill up four paths with energy. You have to avoid Sentry Cyclopses(sic) and Surprising Munchers while charging yourself up using batteries. It looks and seemingly plays like an Atari game and while we admit that retro gaming is a huge thing on Android, we think this may be a little too retro. Or too expensive. Or both. Probably both.
This is the first application on this list that actually appears to have some use. This is study software meant to help lawyers pass the Bar Exam that allows them to become licensed attorneys. This is for the Multistate Bar Examination (hence the MBE) and comes with a simulated, 200-question test that you can take, a Practice Exam Mode, a flashcard-style Q&A Mode, and has over 1000 question in it. It also boasts being licensed by the NCBEX and has explanations for the answer of every question. Those who have been to college know that study materials (books, software, etc) can often be this expensive so this actually isn’t all that out of place. There is also a slightly less expensive version for $74.99.
White Diamond is among the first Android apps to challenge the upper limit on app prices and has been featured on plenty of expensive app lists. Much like Abu Moo’s collection above, White Diamond simply serves to show people how wealthy you are. Also like Abu Moo’s collection, there used to be a set of apps that cost various amounts so less rich people can still get one. Most of those are gone and all that’s left from the expensive collection is White Diamond. It doesn’t do anything but you can put a White Diamond widget on your home screen to show that you spend a lot of money.
5-Minute Sports Medicine is another app that may actually be useful. It’s essentially a reference guide to the most common sports-related medical issues. It includes 280 topics that arranged in a format that you can read through and learn them in five minutes. The interface is older than dirt and it’s not pretty to look at, but it was developed by The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and those kinds of organizations have a history of delivering useful apps with antiquated interfaces. Still, $100 is a lot and most of this information is available on the Internet.
This may be the first application on this list that someone may actually want to buy. It’s essentially a launcher that was designed for those who are blind. The interface talks to you as you move your finger around so you can hear the options and then simply double tap when you find the option you want. It’s true that voice command technology will likely render that app useless in the near future and there are other apps that do this for less money. However, this one is actually useful and that’s actually kind of surprising.
And say hello to the first application on this list that people actually buy. It may sound absurd to pay $75 for an application, but there is a different perspective here. Antivirus apps are expensive and can run you anywhere from $5 to $70 per year and nearly none of them offer lifetime licenses. Thus, for people who use Antivirus apps, this turns into a pretty decent deal in the long run. Dr. Web is a well-known and popular antivirus app. Despite its huge price, this app rocks a 4.6 rating in the Play Store after 3500 user reviews.
Pocket Atlas of ER Ultrasound is another reference guide but this time it’s for all the body systems that can be evaluated with ultrasound. It contains such things as pictures showing you where to place the probe on which parts of the body. There is tablet support and is based on other reputable reference guides that give you the same information. Like the other reference guides on here, you can find most of this stuff on the Internet for free (including videos on YouTube). It is useful but not as useful as the Internet.
To be perfectly honest, we’re not entirely sure what this application does. It appears to be a rally car simulation app that allows you to input various data to see how fast a race would be. You can enter up to 50 distances and save up to 99 sections but the app is entirely in Spanish so unless you’re bilingual (or Spanish), you can’t really use this app anyway. One thing it does have going for it is that there’s an instruction manual (really) on how to use this app.
[Price: $49.99 + $9.99]
This app allows you to create and edit maps by drawing, text notes, and other tools. A few people have actually used this and not many people like it. Here’s the kicker, though. The $49.99 version of the app is actually the pro version and the lite version of the app costs $9.99. There is offline access which is usually a good feature in a maps app. Still, it’s a total of nearly $60 and that’s just a boatload of money.
Have you seen any hilariously expensive apps or games that we missed? Let us know about them in the comments!