Weekly international iPhone apps: Sunday Lawn, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

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Sunday Lawn and 2010Guide - Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games: The Official Mobile Spectator are the most popularly downloaded free iPhone applications for the week of February 15.

The top free application by country* for the week, by number of downloads, recorded on February 15:

1. US
Sunday Lawn (games)

Get ready to get up early and mow your virtual lawn with the Sunday Lawn arcade game. Direct your lawn mower-pushing friend around the garden making sure you avoid any nasty dog poops or sharp hedgehog-like obstacles. Mowing a large patch of lawn in one continuous push will earn you more points. The app also includes a second, bonus game called Sweet Dreams.

2. UK
Sunday Lawn (games)

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3. France
Falling Balls (games)

Falling Balls is a simple game where players have to tilt their phone left or right to avoid the torrent of falling balls. Players use the phone's accelerometer to move the rudimentary stick-figure across the screen and away from the balls trying to avoid a painful (and bloody) death by balls.

4. Canada
2010Guide - Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games: The Official Mobile Spectator (sport)

2010Guide - Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games is the official iPhone Olympic Winter Games application for spectators. The application provides spectators with location-based information for events taking place during the Winter Games. Visitors can use the app to plan their personalized itinerary and keep up to date with the latest Olympics news and information. Addition features include turn-by-turn directions to official locations, maps of more than 80 Olympic venues, and a comprehensive list of all sporting, cultural and free festivities taking place during the event.

5. Germany
DropBrick (games)

In the spirit of Tetris comes a new physics-based game called DropBrick. The game features 70 levels of object-balancing fun. Players drop different shaped bricks one on top of another, trying not to upset the existing balance or send other blocks over the edge of the platform. DropBrick invites players to test their design and construction skills as they compete to supersede building height and weight goals.

6. Australia
You Vs Wall (games)

You Vs Wall is a virtual version of the much-loved Japanese game show "Tunnels no Minasan no Okage Deshita" (more commonly known as Human Tetris). Players play against the clock to fit their character through a hole in the wall. As the wall moves closer the player must manipulate the legs, arms, head and body of their character into an exact replica of the hole in the wall to ensure they will fit through the gap. Think human Tangrams mixed with Tetris and crazy Japanese game shows.

7. Japan
Zibaku Button (entertainment)

Zibaku Button is an application designed for people with a low self esteem. The application designers recommend the app for users that want to opt out of the daily slog, those who are feeling lonely or those who are privy to top secret information. Users first destroy the safety cover over the "self-destruct" icon and then press the red button and wait for an explosion. Users can set up the app to post live self-destruction updates to their Twitter feed.

8. Italy
A iMSN Live Messenger Free (Windows live Messenger) (social network)

A iMSN Live Messenger Free is an all-in-one Instant Messenger (IM) application that lets you communicate with your Windows Live Messenger buddies from your iPhone. Users can add new friends, send and receive messages that include icons, chat in real time with their friends, send and receive texts and update their nicknames using the application.

9. China
iHandy Level Free (utilities)

iHandy Level Free is a virtual level that can be used to see if objects are perfectly horizontal or vertical. Users can calibrate the device to ensure they are correctly and accurately measuring horizontal and vertical lines. Once calibrated, the phone can be used to measure if your paintings -or any other object around the house - are hanging in a straight line.

10. Netherlands
2010Guide - Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games: The Official Mobile Spectator (sport)

See "2010Guide - Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games"

(*The countries listed are those markets in which the most iPhones and iPod Touches have been sold worldwide. The list of top ten countries is based on AdMob's November 2009 estimate of the worldwide iPhone and iPod touch User Distribution)

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