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Candy Crush Saga tops the 2013 Apple iOS App Charts

Apple has released its lists of the top apps of the year, and to no surprise to anyone, Candy Crush Saga has hit the top of the lists. The jewel-swapping game has been at the fingertips of millions all throughout 2013, with Candy Crush fever hitting nearly everyone. The game, created by developer King, has been riding high in the charts all year thanks to its super addictive gameplay and social interactions that require users to get help via their Facebook accounts.

Candy Crush Saga has topped the overall top downloads list, beating out the likes of Snapchat, Instagram and even Facebook to be the most downloaded app of 2013. Candy Crush tops the list in both the iPhone and iPad categories which shows just how much people love the game.

The top 10 free iPhone apps list is pretty standard with a decent mix of social media apps and games filling out the chart;

Top 10 Free iPhone Apps

1. Candy Crush Saga (Games)
2. Snapchat (Photo & Video)
3. Temple Run 2 (Games)
4. 4 Pics 1 Word (Games)
5. YouTube (Photo & Video)
6. Google Maps (Navigation)
7. Facebook (Social Networking)
8. Instagram (Phot & Video)
9. Despicable Me: Minion Rush (Games)
10. Skype for iPhone (Social Networking)

The top 10 free iPad apps list shows the change in how people use an iPad compared to an iPhone, with the inclusion of many more entertainment apps (iPlayer, ITV Player) but still with a gaming flare.

Top 10 Free iPad Apps

1. Candy Crush Saga (Games)
2. YouTube (Photo & Video)
3. Skype for iPad (Social Networking)
4. Temple Run 2 (Games)
5. BBC iPlayer (Entertainment)
6. ITV Player (Entertainment)
7. eBay for iPad (Lifestyle)
8. Despicable Me: Minion Rush (Games)
9. 4 Pics 1 Word (Games)
10. Calculator for iPad Free (Utilities)

When it comes to paid-for apps, gaming is once again the key area with Minecraft taking 1st place and Angry Birds Star Wars coming in second. But it appears that health & fitness apps such as Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock and 7 Minute Workout Challenge are also both sought-after paid apps.

Top 10 Paid iPhone Apps

1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition (Games)
2. Angry Birds Star Wars (Games)
3. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock (Health & Fitness)
4. Temple Run: Oz (Games)
5. The Chase (Games)
6. Facetune (Photo & Video)
7. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Games)
8. Plague Inc. (Games)
9. Angry Birds Star Wars II (Games)
10. 7 Minute Workout Challenge (Health & Fitness)

Comparatively, the paid-for apps on the iPad is an all gaming affair with every paid for app in the top 10 being a game of some sort:

Top 10 Paid iPad Apps

1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition (Games)
2. Wreck-it Ralph (Games)
3. Angry Birds Star Wars HD (Games)
4. The Chase (Games)
5. Temple Run: Oz (Games)
6. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Games)
7. Angry Birds Star Wars II (Games)
8. Peppa Pig’s Holiday (Games)
9. Plants vs. Zombies HD (Games)
10. Scrabble for iPad (Games)

It’s been another blockbuster year for apps as App Store becomes more and more an everyday part of people’s lives. What is clear is that mobile gaming is a big business, and it’s a very competitive world for new games developers. What was your app of 2013?