Weekly international iPhone apps: Chop Chop Runner, Ninjas Live

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The top free application by country* for the week, by number of downloads, recorded on May 3.

1. US
Ninjas Live - 34 Honor Points (games)

Ninjas Live is a ninja-themed Massively Multiplayer online role-playing game. Users can choose from four different profiles - assassin, mercenary, thief or mystic - and earn different bonuses according to their character. Players compete against online opponents from a network of over 1.1 million players to gain new weapons, techniques and spells.

2. UK
Police Siren (FREE) (utilities)

Police Siren Free turns your mobile phone into a blue and red strobe light with accompanying police siren audio. The simple app lights up your screen with replica red and blue LEDs while playing a simulated police siren audio track.

3. France
Chop Chop Runner (games)

Chop Chop Runner is another action platform game from the makers of the popular series of Chop Chop Ninja games, Gamerizon. Chop Chop Runner is a one-touch control game that has you chasing after enemies, running from danger, jumping over obstacles and launching into combat with your opponents.

4. Canada
Finger Basketball (games)

Finger Basketball gets iPhone users shooting hoops with their index fingers. To play, users must flick the ball in the direction they wish it to head. Alternatively players can tap the edge of ball to get it bouncing around the screen and (hopefully) into the net.

5. Germany
Vier gewinnt (games)

Vier gewinnt ("4 in a row" in English) is an adaptation of the popular two-player game trademarked by Milton Bradley Connect Four. Players test their skills against the computer or friends as they attempt to place four same-colored tokens in a row before their opponent. To win the game, players must place four tokens in horizontal, vertical or diagonal rows.

6. Australia
Chop Chop Runner (games)

See "Chop Chop Runner."

7. Japan
iPhone?????????????????(???) (books)

iPhone?????????????????(???) ("How did iPhone and Twitter win in the world?" in English) This app is an e-book written by freelance journalist Nobuyki Hayashi. It tells the story of new wave IT businesses and how they came to make their mark in the 201X's by following five common sense rules.

8. Italy
Radio RAI (music)

Radio RAI is an application that provides you with access to a selection of Italy's RAI radio stations. Listeners can tune into live streams of Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Isoradio, GR Parlamento, FD Leggera, FD Auditorium and RAI Italia Radio. From within the application, users have access to the latest news in real time, podcasts of their favorite programs from Radio 1, 2 and 3 for anytime listening, a photo gallery of images from the studios that can be used as wallpaper, plus a schedule of all the radio programs taking place throughout the week.

9. China
Qzone (social networking)

The Qzone app is a mobile version of the Chinese-based social networking site of the same name. The app provides mobile access to some of the most popular features within theQzone social network. Users can keep a diary, write blogs, send photos and see what their friends are up to.

10. Netherlands
WK-2010 (reference)

In preparation for the World Cup in South Africa, people in the Netherlands are downloading WK-2010 to help them stay informed. The app provides an overview of the matches, fixtures and results of World Cup football games. The app also has basic information about some of the stadiums. Some of the future improvements the application developer has promised to provide include a game schedule for each country, final selections, and various player and team statistics.

(*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.)