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Candy Crush Saga tops 2013 iOS download list

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Mobile gamers were on a sugar rush in 2013.

Apple has released its lists of the top apps of the year, and no surprise here: Candy Crush Saga was the hands-down winner. King's addictive social/mobile was downloaded more than any other free app in the company's iTunes app store, topping both the iPhone and iPad lists.

Among paid apps, Minecraft was the most popular, beating out competitors that included Angry Birds Star Wars and the Temple Run spinoffs from Disney.

Despite being incredibly popular with users, however, neither Candy Crush Saga nor Minecraft topped Apple's own Best of 2013 awards.

The company awarded iPhone Game of the Year honors to Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of Redemption, which Apple called a "wonderfully absurd fishing game [with] great controls, hugely rewarding challenges and vibrant retro-style graphics." Text adventure Device 6 and Plants vs. Zombies 2 were the runners up.

Side-scroller Badland captured the nod for iPad Game of the Year, with Apple citing its "haunting visuals and great controls." XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a full port of the PC game, and Impossible Road got the silver and bronze medals.

Games, not surprisingly, were among the most popular apps -- both paid and unpaid -- this year. Four of the top 10 free iPhone and iPad apps were games. While their rankings varied, Temple Run 2, 4 Pics 1 Word and Despicable Me: Minion Rush all joined Candy Crush Saga on the lists.

In paid apps, 7 of the 10 most popular iPad apps were games, while all 10 of the iPad's top paid apps fell into the category.

Here's a look at the full lists for both devices:

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)

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)

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)

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)

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