iTunes Best of 2013: The best iPhone apps of the year

As we near the end of the year, Apple has released its traditional retrospective round-up of the UK's best-selling applications and games on iTunes. Members of the App Store team have also picked their favourites, offering recommendations on what you could be looking to download to get you through the holiday season and beyond.

That's why we've decided to collate the details here, in one easy to scan place so you can ensure that you are bang up to date with the games and apps that other iPhone owners are loving right now.

iTunes Best of 2013: iPhone game of the year

Winner: Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of Redemption

£1.99 - Download

What iTunes says: "This wonderfully absurd fishing game features great controls, engrossing challenges and charming retro-style graphics."

What Pocket-lint says: "It is the app equivalent of juicy bait and we found ourselves repeatedly lured in. Great fun, and thoroughly recommended next time you're fishing around for a new time-killing app."

READ: Ridiculous Fishing review

Runner-up: Device 6

£2.49 - Download

What iTunes says: "A stylish blend of interactive novel and modernised text adventure, Device 6 hosts inventive puzzles and mind-bending discoveries."

What Pocket-lint says: "Surreal and inventive, Device 6 will have you hooked from the get-go. Along with The Room, this is an adventure game perfectly designed for the medium and the age in which we now live."

Runner-up: Plants vs Zombies 2

Free - Download

What iTunes says: "With sly power-ups, new friends and foes and a smart free-to-play design, this sequel adds fun twists to a tower-defence classic."

What Pocket-lint says: "Plants vs Zombies 2: It's About Time takes strategy-based fun to the next level with its smattering of comedy, good looks, great level design and addictive gameplay. It's the kind of game that will get any player of any age hooked, even if there are one or two question marks over the new payment model."

READ: Plants vs Zombies 2 review

iTunes Best of 2013: iPhone app of the year

Winner: Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free

Free - Download

What iTunes says: "Fantastically well-designed and easy to use, Duolingo helps you learn a new language on the go with dozens of clever mini-games."

What Pocket-lint says: "If only our language studies at school were this intuitive and fun. The fact that Duolingo is completely free is amazing. Long may it continue."

Runner-up: Citymapper - London and New York (bus, tube, cycle, rail)

Free - Download

What iTunes says: "Citymapper is an amazing journey planner for London complete with comprehensive real-time transportation information."

What Pocket-lint says: "If you download Citymapper for your iPhone you'll soon wonder how you managed to travel around the capital without it. The bus times alone are incredibly handy, let alone the journey planning elements."

Runner-up: Endless Alphabet

£3.99 - Download

What iTunes says: "Kids piece together words and see them acted out by funny monsters in Originator's delightful app for enriching vocabulary."

What Pocket-lint says: "Fun and highly stylised, like Duolingo it makes learning seem like a game rather than a chore. Young children will love trying to spell their favourite words."

iTunes Best of 2013: UK iPhone top sellers (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

11. Cut the Rope

12. Pou

13. Doodle Jump

14. Wreck-it Ralph

15. Free Music Download Pro - Downloader and Player

iTunes Best of 2013: UK iPhone top sellers (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

11. WhatsApp Messenger

12. eBay

13. Twitter

14. Facebook Messenger

15. BBM

The iTunes team have also listed the top grossing iPhone apps for the year. Unsurprisingly, Candy Crush Saga and its in-app purchasing structure is the king of the castle, while Clash of Clans and The Simpsons: Tapped Out follow closely behind. Hay Day is in fifth, but just ahead is Top Eleven - Be a football manager, the Jose Mourinho-sponsored management game.

To find out the others and much more besides, visit iTunes' dedicated page.