App Store Top Ten: Week of April 18, 2011

There’s a new bird at the top of the App Store roost today, and it’s not angry or tiny. Gamevil’s simple, timing-based platformer Air Penguin soared to #1, but the rest of the top 10 should be pretty familiar. The only other newcomer is World of Goo, which debuted last week on the iPhone. The 10 top-selling and top-grossing games, with our review and buy links, are straight ahead.

Top-Selling Apps

#1: Air Penguin

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Air Penguin isn’t quite at the level of the best casual games on the App Store, but it’s a fun, polished game with pick-up-and-play appeal.

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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: 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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#5: 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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#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: 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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#8: 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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#9: World of Goo

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: World of Goo is the quintessential, addictive iPad puzzler. Once you start flinging goo, you’ll never want to stop.

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#10: iStunt 2

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: iStunt 2 feels less like a snowboarding game and more like a face-melting interactive roller coaster. That’s not a bad thing.

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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: Air Penguin

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Air Penguin isn’t quite at the level of the best casual games on the App Store, but it’s a fun, polished game with pick-up-and-play appeal.

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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: 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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#5: 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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#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: 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: Zynga Poker

Most helpful iTunes review: Fun way to pass time.

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#9: World of Goo

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: World of Goo is the quintessential, addictive iPad puzzler. Once you start flinging goo, you’ll never want to stop.

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#10: 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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