The App Store’s best-sellers for 2013 unveiled

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[vc_column_text width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] is reporting that Apple has unveiled the top apps of 2013 by category, including its own picks for the best iPhone and iPad games.

Apple has chosen two indie games this year: Ridiculous Fishing (R24.99) gets the award for best iPhone game, and another indie game Badland (R32.99) is Apple’s pick for the iPad Game of the Year.

We were a bit disappointed to learn that 2K’s excellent but expensive (R159.99) XCOM: Enemy Unknown port narrowly missed out on being Apple’s choice for the top spot for best iPad game, as we’re huge XCOM nerds here at the offices.

As for the rest of the rankings, you can see them all below, arranged according to how well they’ve sold on iTunes.

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Top 10 iPhone Apps (Free)

  1. Candy Crush Saga
  2. Snapchat
  3. Temple Run 2
  4. 4 Pics 1 Word
  5. YouTube
  6. Google Maps
  7. Facebook
  8. Instagram
  9. Despicable Me: Minion Rush
  10. Skype for iPhone

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Top 10 iPhone Apps (Paid)

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

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Top 10 iPad Apps (Free)

  1. Candy Crush Saga
  2. YouTube
  3. Skype for iPad
  4. Temple Run 2
  5. BBC iPlayer
  6. ITV Player
  7. eBay for iPad
  8. Despicable Me: Minion Rush
  9. 4 Pics 1 Word
  10. Calculator for iPad Free

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Top 10 iPad Apps (Paid)

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


Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.