App Store Top Ten: Week of April 4, 2011

    Not much has changed on the top selling or top grossing lists this week, but Glu’s freemium sniping game Contract Killer has just now edged its way onto the top grossing list. Read our preview of it here. Also, SimplePhysics has made a big entrance this week, at number six on the top selling list (we’ll have our review up ASAP). Read on to see the full versions of both lists.

    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: 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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    #6: SimplePhysics

    Most helpful iTunes review: If you like physics and construction design and destroy maybe you’ll like this.

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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: Doodle Jump

    Our Score: 3/4

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

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    #10: Plants vs. Zombies

    Our Score: 4/4

    Our Bottom Line: This absorbing and unique take on tower defense, or ‘flower defense’, is brimming with personality.

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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: 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: 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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    #6: 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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    #7: 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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    #8: Final Fantasy III

    Our Score: 3/4

    Our Bottom Line: Final Fantasy III is an old-school RPG with a shiny coat of paint and a very large price tag.

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    #9: iMobsters

    Most helpful iTunes review: “Oh look, it’s the same five tabs with a different picture and name, same annoying people pushing their codes in your face. And did I mention that this game requires no skill and no brains?”

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    #10: Contract Killer

    Most helpful iTunes review: “The only contract killing going on here is your wallet, please make games where you charge up front and not sucker people into paying to complete a level or game or get a new gun. Shame on you!”

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