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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.


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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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