Weekly international iPhone apps: Finger Cutter, Balloon Animals, Sand Slides

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The top free iPhone applications by country* for the week, by number of downloads, recorded on February 7.

1. USA
Sky Burger (games)
Arrange burger ingredients in the right order by catching them as they fall from the sky. The game has over 50 different burger-building challenges to complete, each one taller than the last. Players earn virtual cash for completing each burger and can be promoted up the "Sky Burger corporate ladder."

2. UK
Finger Cutter (games)
This game of concentration and reflexes involves players touching the screen with their finger, then pulling it away at the last possible moment before the guillotine blade 'cuts' it.  

3. France
Balloon Animals 3D (games)
Using both text and images, this app gives step-by-step  instructions for how to make balloon animals. Instructions are available for ten animals and objects including a dog, motorcycle, flower and a giraffe.  

4. Canada
Sand Slides (games)
Players have to think quickly in order to direct different colored sand into the corresponding funnel. This updated version of the game includes a 'practice mode' and a leaderboard for players to compare their scores with others.

5. Japan
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Translated as "create an awesome lock screen," this app allows users to give their iPhone a unique appearance when 'locked,' thanks to around 30 different frames, calendars, symbols and over 100 different skins. Users can also select and modify personal photos to appear as their background when the screen is inactive.

6. Australia
Traffic Dodge (games)
In this game players adopt the character of Cheeko the Chicken who is stranded in the middle of a busy road. Players then have to avoid being hit by oncoming vehicles for as long as possible - the more vehicles Cheeko dodges the more points and powers he gains.

7. Germany
Sand Slides (games)
See 'Sand Slides'.

8. China
Volkswagen Touareg Challenge (games)
Travel at speed with this Volkswagen Touareg driving simulation app. Players can select from six different on- and off-road courses and customize their car with paint jobs and wheel rims.
The app also includes an integrated Volkswagen Touareg dealer search function.

9. Italy
Sand Slides (games)
See 'Sand Slides'.

10. Korea
Dr. X
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Loosely translated in English as "Blood type personality ,"  this app predicts aspects of the user's personality and recommends what type of person he or she is most compatible with based upon their blood type.

*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.