App Store Top Ten: Week of February 21, 2011

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      In this week’s top-selling games list, dino-hunter Carnivores: Ice Age hops on the list at number 10, while most of the rest of the titles have undergone their normal minimal weekly shuffling. Read on for the full list of both top-selling and top-grossing games, with review and download links.

      Top-Selling Apps

      #1: 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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      #2: 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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      #3: JellyCar 3

      Our Score: 4/4

      Our Bottom Line: JellyCar 3 is a bouncy, wildly creative romp.

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      #4: 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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      #5: 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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      #6: Doodle Jump

      Our Score: 3/4

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

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      #7: NBA Elite 11

      Our Score: 3/4

      Our Bottom Line: NBA Elite 11 is not quite elite, but it’s getting there!

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      #8: Potty Racers

      Our Score: 3/4

      Our Bottom Line: Potty Racers will give you a new respect for portable toilets.

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      #9: Bejeweled 2 + Blitz

      Our Score: 3/4

      Our Bottom Line: Bejeweled 2 is a classic Match-3 game that has proved just as addictive as its original version, though it does not have enough creativity for our top recommendation.

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      #10: Carnivores: Ice Age

      Our Score: 3/4

      Our Bottom Line: Carnivores: Ice Age is a sequel that doesn’t stray far from its predecessor, sharing its strengths and weaknesses in an icy climate.

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      Top-Grossing Apps

      #1: 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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      #2: Tap Zoo

      Most useful iTunes review: “Good app. Great, but… I don’t have a facebook so I can’t get neighbors and certain things. Fix it”

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      #3: NBA Jam

      Our Score: 4/4

      Our Bottom Line: NBA Jam is an arcade classic that’s fully updated for the iPhone– except for the lack of multiplayer.

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      #4: Call of Duty: Zombies

      Our Score: 4/4

      Our Bottom Line: If you enjoyed the Zombie Nazi levels in Call of Duty: World at War, then you will be shocked at how well it translates into a mobile game.

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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: 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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      #7: 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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      #8: 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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      #9: 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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      #10: JellyCar 3

      Our Score: 4/4

      Our Bottom Line: JellyCar 3 is a bouncy, wildly creative romp.

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