App Store Top Ten: Week of April 11, 2011

    Newcomers to the top selling and top grossing lists this week include the bizarre-looking Annoying Orange: Kitchen Carnage and the retro game collection Atari’s Greatest Hits. As usual, not much has changed since last week, although there seem to be slightly fewer freemium titles crowding the top grossing list than we’re used to. Read on to see both lists in full.

    Top-Selling Apps

    #1: Angry Birds Rio

    Our Score: 4/4

    Our Bottom Line: Angry Birds Rio doesn’t change the formula, but it doesn’t need to. Angry Birds Rio is a blast.

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    #2: Tiny Wings

    Our Score: 4/4

    Our Bottom Line: Tiny Wings is brilliant in its simplicity, originality, and ability to keep you coming back again and again.

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    #3: Angry Birds

    Our Score: 4/4

    Our Bottom Line: Destructive physics help make this a very charming puzzler, and the great level variety seals the deal.

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    #4: Fruit Ninja

    Our Score: 4/4

    Our Bottom Line: As far as simple pick-up-and-play games go, Fruit Ninja is among the best.

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    #5: Annoying Orange: Kitchen Carnage

    Most helpful iTunes review: Hey apple, this is a great and hilarious game!

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    #6: Cut the Rope

    Our Score: 4/4

    Our Bottom Line: Cut the Rope is a charming, challenging, and– most importantly– fun puzzle game that nearly anyone will enjoy.

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    #7: Words With Friends

    Our Score: 3/4

    Our Bottom Line: Words With Friends is a great experience that word game fans will enjoy.

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    #8: Angry Birds Seasons

    Our Score: 4/4

    Our Bottom Line: All the fun of Angry Birds, but more challenging, and with pumpkins and presents.

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    #9: Doodle Jump

    Our Score: 3/4

    Our Bottom Line: Doodle Jump is a great microgame for the right price.

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    #10: Gangstar: Miami Vindication

    Our Score: 4/4

    Our Bottom Line: It’s not as epic as GTA: Vice City, but we have to respect the ambition that brought Miami Vindication to the iPhone.

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    Top-Grossing Apps

    #1: Tap Zoo

    Our Score: 3/4

    Our Bottom Line: Lions, tigers, and bears! Also, teeny-tiny animals in a teeny-tiny land!

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    #2: Angry Birds Rio

    Our Score: 4/4

    Our Bottom Line: Angry Birds Rio doesn’t change the formula, but it doesn’t need to. Angry Birds Rio is a blast.

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    #3: Angry Birds

    Our Score: 4/4

    Our Bottom Line: Destructive physics help make this a very charming puzzler, and the great level variety seals the deal.

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    #4: Atari’s Greatest Hits

    Most helpful iTunes review: The effort that went into making these games actually playable is zero.

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    #5: Words With Friends

    Our Score: 3/4

    Our Bottom Line: Words With Friends is a great experience that word game fans will enjoy.

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    #6: Texas Poker

    Most helpful iTunes review: Really like playing against real people (not the comp) so this one is great for me!

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    #7: Smurfs’ Village

    Our Score: 2/4

    Our Bottom Line: The Smurfs’ Village doesn’t offer much gameplay beyond building a Smurf enclave and some middling minigames. But for a casual distraction, you could do worse.

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    #8: Tiny Wings

    Our Score: 4/4

    Our Bottom Line: Tiny Wings is brilliant in its simplicity, originality, and ability to keep you coming back again and again.

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    #9: Zombie Farm

    Most useful iTunes review: “Every time I finish invading the app crashes and I don’t receive any money, brains, loot, powers, or credit but I still have to wait 2 hours to invade again?”

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    #10: Zynga Poker

    Most helpful iTunes review: Fun way to pass time.

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