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Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga dominate Apple’s iOS charts for 2013

Block-building indie phenomenon Minecraft.

Above: Block-building indie phenomenon Minecraft.

Image Credit: Mojang

The year is coming to a close, which means it’s time to look back and determine some winners. In 2013, it’s clear that two games — Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga — were a pair of champions on the iOS platform.

This reaffirms that while many use their smartphones and tablets for a variety of purposes, gaming is the No. 1 activity in the mobile world.

Apple revealed a few year-end charts for its iOS App Store, and Minecraft was the best-seller on both iPad and iPhone. For free-to-play games, Candy Crush Saga was the No. 1 download for iPhone and iPad.

The top-grossing apps for 2013 are Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans, reports Distimo.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition debuted on iOS in November 2011. Despite its age, the block-building game that puts players into an open world has continued to bring in new fans at a huge rate in 2013. Developer Mojang has sold more than 33 million copies of Minecraft across all platforms, with a huge chunk of that coming from mobile.

Here are the rest of the paid charts for iPhone and iPad:

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

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

Candy Crush Saga dominated the free-to-play download charts. Not only was it the most-downloaded title for all of iOS in 2013, the match-3 puzzler was also the highest-grossing game on Apple’s platform.

Here are the full free-to-play top-10 lists:

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

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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Apple designs and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers. The company's best-known hardware products include the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Apple software includes t... read more »

Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones ... read more »

Mojang AB is a Swedish independent video game developer founded in May 2009 under the name Mojang Specifications by Markus Persson, and most known for creating the popular independent game Minecraft, which is a free-to-build sandbox ga... read more »

King is a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, with people all around the world playing one or more King games. King has more than 190 fun titles in over 200 countries. Hits include Candy Crush Saga, Farm Her... read more »

Mojang is an indie game developer studio and the creators of Minecraft. Mojang currently has two projects in the pipeline: Minecraft and Scrolls.... read more »

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