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Humble Bundle Games Remain Top Ubuntu Downloads

Games from last months Humble Indie Bundle continued to dominate the Ubuntu app download chart in July

Braid, Super Meat Boy, Bastion, Lone Survivor, LIMBO, Psychonauts, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Super Brothers Sword and Sorcery take positions 1 through 8.

Fluendo DVD Player and Journey Down round out the chart, both dropping one spot apiece from June’s rankings.

July 2012′s Top 10 Commercial Apps in full: [App name (June position)]

  1. Braid (4)
  2. Super Meat boy (new)
  3. Bastion (2)
  4. Lone Survivor (new)
  5. LIMBO (1)
  6. Psychonauts (8)
  7. Amnesia: The Dark Descent (3)
  8. Super Brothers Sword & Sorcery (10)
  9. Fluendo DVD Player (6)
  10. The Journey Down: Chapter One (7)

‘Actually Selling?’

On the face of it these stats look great for the games developers and great for Ubuntu. But what the chart looks like and what is actually going on are likely to be different things.

Despite the perceived dominance of these games on the Paid Apps chart I would wager that few copies of these games are actually being sold through the Ubuntu Software Center – thus not making Canonical much in the way of profit.

Rather, I think that these download stats are more likely a hold-over from users redeeming their Bundle purchases through the Ubuntu Software Center.

And when you factor in the lack of expiration date on Humble Bundle ‘receipts’ (which is what authenticates these downloads) I would also wager that we’ll see them continue to dominate the chart for some time yet.

July 2012′s Top 10 Free Apps:

Over on the “free as in beer” chart we see that demand for one of Electronic Art’s freemium titles has all-but vanished! Lords of Ultima has gone from being the 2nd most downloaded free app last month to not even making the top 10 this time.

It’s better news for Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances which holds on to the top spot.

Ryzom remains a popular item clocking up its 8th consecutive month in the top 10.

There are new entries from ebooks “Ubuntu Manual” and “Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.04“, as well as the latest issue of the community magazine “Full Circle”.

Somewhat frustrating for the pedant in me, the number of ebooks, PDFs and magazines being submitted to the Ubuntu Software Center shows no sign of abating:

The top 10 ‘Free Apps’ in full: [Key: App name (June position)]

  1. Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances (1)
  2. Full Circle Magazine #61 (new)
  3. IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition (7)
  4. Plex Media Server (3)
  5. CrossOver Trial (5)
  6. Ryzom (4)
  7. Ubuntu Manual (new)
  8. Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.04 (new)
  9. Create Launcher (new)
  10. Screencloud (6)