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Minecraft is year's top-selling app

Minecraft, the building game which has become a phenomenon among children across the UK, has been named the top-selling app of the year.

The "pocket edition" of the game which grips youngsters for hours on end as they create their own world - adapted from the computer version - is the most popular paid-for app on iPhones and iPads, according to a best of the year round-up by iTunes.

The most downloaded free app for both devices was the game Candy Crush Saga which features an array of puzzles involving sweets.

The language-learning aid Duolingo was chosen as the iPhone app of the year, while Disney Animated, which allows users to learn the secrets of creating cartoons and bringing illustrations to life, has been named as the iPad app of the year.

Here are the year's top choices from iTunes:

:: iPhone App of the Year - Duolingo

:: iPad App of the Year - Disney Animated

:: iPhone Game of the Year - Ridiculous Fishing

:: iPad Game of the Year - Badland

:: 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 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 (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

:: 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

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