A lot of people don’t believe that apps are worth their price tags. That’s unfortunate because the majority of them definitely are. Developers work on that stuff, after all. Plus, there’s a level of context that never gets discussed when it comes to app prices. That context includes basically every app on this list. These apps and games are so expensive that we would never recommend them to anybody. However, they are fun to talk about. If you thought that $4.99 game was too much money, prepare yourselves. Here are the most expensive Android apps and most expensive Android games. All these apps are actually on the Play Store as well (at the time of this writing). Most other lists like this have a bunch of apps and games that were taken down years ago. Enjoy!
5-Minute Sports Medicine is an educational app that contains information on sports medicine. It boasts 280 topics, ICD-9 codes, SNOMED codes, and the ability to personalize your favorites. Apparently they go by ICD-10 codes now. That makes this both expensive and out of date! It has a lot of other info, though. However, the interface is old looking at best. Actual doctors did write it, though. That’s likely why it’s one of the most expensive Android apps. Its last update was in 2013. The last added feature? Support for the Nexus 7.
Developer Abu Moo took expensive to a whole different level. Instead of having just one really expensive app, he did six of the most expensive Android apps ever. Each one reaches the upper limit of Google Play’s price range. The name of each app is a gemstone of some kind. Collecting all six gems will cost you about as much as a Macbook Pro. Each app comes with a one by one sized widget that does nothing but show the gem on your home screen. There are at least a thousand better ways to spend your money. However, we do applaud Abu Moo for leaving these up for nearly a decade when most other super expensive apps and games eventually get taken down.
Bonney’s Gyn Surgery 11th Edition is another educational text book app. It covers gynaecological surgery methods that were originally created by Victor Bonney. Like the Sports Medicine app, real doctors wrote the info in this app. Additionally, it has info on various surgical procedures, images, and other information about the craft. It boasts that there is no subscription. We would certainly hope so. At $147.49, it’s definitely among the most expensive Android apps.
Dr. Web Security Space life is an antivirus app. Unlike most, it offers a ton of ways to pay for the app. One of them is the absurdly expensive $75 for a lifetime license. Or is it so absurd? Most antivirus apps have monthly or yearly subscriptions. They don’t seem like much at first. However, they can add up over time. Comparatively speaking, a flat $75 payment would actually save you money over a subscription service if you give it enough time. It’s delightfully ironic.
Freemium games hold a special place in all of our hearts. There’s a place in the heart for rage, right? Anyway, most freemium games have sets of gems, gold, or other in-game currency that you can buy to unlock parts of the game faster. The prices for these in-game goods range from $0.99 to $99.99. Sometimes they go even higher. The most expensive option buys you an absurd amount of the in-game currency. It lets you jet ahead in the game quite a bit, but it’s usually something players can get for free with time and a little patience. Still, the idea that you can not only buy digital stuff for a video game for $99.99 is absurd. The idea that you can do it as many times as you want easily puts any and all freemium games on this list.
There are tons of apps that dub themselves as the most expensive Android apps ever. They usually have the same pitch and premise. Buy it now and prove to everyone that you’re rich! It’ll show diamonds or gems of some kind. They try to amp you up to make it seem like every rich person owns one of these apps. They’re absurd, but funny. You can usually find them by searching for the most expensive Android apps on Google Play. We won’t recommend any one in particular. Mostly because none of them are actually worth buying.
There are a whole genre of apps that are just crazy simple, terrible apps that charge the maximum amount on Google Play. As it turns out, there is a segment of games that do the same thing. The vast majority of these games look like something first year college students whipped up in their first game development course over the course of a weekend with a massive hangover. Still, they exist on Google Play, so they count for this list. You can probably just search for the most expensive game these games will pop up. We didn’t test one because we’re not idiots, but they don’t seem like they are any fun anyway.
Have you noticed a pattern developing? Yes, we have another medical text app that is also one of the most expensive Android apps. This one is a textbook for pediatrics. It features a ton of information, is written by real doctors, and will murder your wallet. Those that do indulge will have a powerful search feature, bookmarks, and more to help them get through this massive tomb of text. It’s like a must-have for doctors. It’s probably not great for the rest of us.
The Color Atlas of Internal Medicine follows the patterns of prior medical texts. It’s written by doctors and published by McGraw-Hill. It features over a dozen topics, in-depth information about internal medicine, and more. On the plus side, it works on both tablets and phones. At this price, that seems like a given. Like most other apps in this category, there are those who will find books like this useful. College students and doctors especially. However, us normal people probably shouldn’t invest in a $129.99 book app.
Zollinger’s Atlas of Surgical Operations (10th edition) is exactly what the name implies. It’s a massive glossary of various types of surgery, how they are usually performed, and other reference materials. This is obviously not for your average person. In fact, if you’re not in medical school, stay away from this one. In any case, like most expensive medical apps, this one is actually somewhat useful because it does perform a function. However, for something like this, there are probably better, less expensive options (or actual physical books) to choose from. It is neat that this exists, though!
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