Weekly international iPhone apps: Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift, Veggie Samurai, Viber

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The top free iPhone applications by country* for the week, by number of downloads, recorded on December 13.  


1. USA
Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift (games)

A special seasonal version of the popular Cut the Rope game. Players have to feed their candy craving pet Om Nom by "cutting the rope" at the opportune moment to release the swinging box of treats.

2. UK
Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift (games)
See "Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift" above.

3. France
Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift (games)

See "Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift."

4. Canada
Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift (games)

See "Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift."

5. Japan
Glowing App Icons (lifestyle)
Users of this app can create and customize glowing wallpapers for the icons displayed on their screen using a wide variety of colors, styles or even photos.

6. Australia
Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift (games)

See "Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift."

7. Germany
Heißer Draht (entertainment)
Roughly translated into English as "Hot Wire," this game involves players tilting their iPhone in order to guide a ring around a course without touching the hot wire running through the middle.  

8. China
Veggie Samurai (games)
Slice and dice vegetables with a samurai sword while avoiding flying vials of poison in this popular and humorous game from Quantum Squid.

9. Italy
Viber - Free Phone Calls (social networks)
The latest challenger to SKYPE, the Viber application allows users to make free phone calls to any other Viber users no matter where they are in the world. The service requires a wireless or 3G connection to operate.

10. Korea
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 Based upon the user's horoscope, this app offers advice and guidance for dealing with work, relationships and health issues. The app is pronounced "tojeongbigyeol" and refers to the name of New Year's fortune-telling practices in Korea.

*The countries listed are those markets in which the most iOS devices have been sold worldwide. The list of top ten countries is based on AdMob's April 2010 estimate of the worldwide iOS User Distribution.