[In this weekly column, GameSetWatch's Danny Cowan rounds up the most popular paid and free iPad gaming applications on the App Store as of today, with Spider-Man: Total Mayhem, Gangstar and Army of Darkness Defense currently ranking among the platform's top downloads.]

This week's top paid titles are:

1. Spider-Man: Total Mayhem HD ($0.99)
2. Angry Birds HD ($4.99)
3. Angry Birds Rio HD ($2.99)
4. Gangstar: Miami Vindication HD ($0.99)
5. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 for iPad ($0.99)
6. Real Racing 2 HD ($6.99)
7. Cut the Rope HD ($1.99)
8. Order & Chaos Online HD ($0.99)
9. Fruit Ninja HD ($2.99)
10. Angry Birds Seasons HD ($1.99)

Gameloft dominates this week's iPad sales charts thanks to a recent round of temporary price drops. The company's beat-'em-up Spider-Man: Total Mayhem HD takes top honors, as the Grand Theft Auto clone Gangstar trails Angry Birds HD and Angry Birds Rio HD at fourth place.

Electronic Arts also finds chart success with an updated and price-dropped Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, as Firemint's Real Racing 2 HD returns to the top ten this week at sixth place.

Here are this week's top free iPad applications:

1. Army of Darkness Defense HD
2. World Cup Table Tennis HD
3. Angry Birds HD Free
4. Shape Shifter HD
5. Galaga 30th Collection
6. Strike Knight HD
7. Fishing Joy HD
8. Mr Giggle HD Lite
9. Breakout Mania HD
10. Angry Birds Rio HD Free

Backflip Studios' Army of Darkness Defense HD sees a surge of popularity during a limited-time free download promotion, overtaking Skyworks' World Cup Table Tennis HD for first place.

Namco's retro shooter compilation Galaga 30th Collection also ranks as a popular download this week, as former chart leaders Mr Giggle HD Lite and Strike Knight HD fall several spots in today's results.