App Store Top 10: Week of January 24, 2011

    Since we started this weekly feature showing you the top ten best-selling iPhone games of the week, we’ve noticed there hasn’t been a lot of change at the top. So this week, we’re also including a list of the top-grossing apps as well. Read on for your new top 20– 10 in each category.

    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: 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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    #4: Flick Golf

    Most useful iTunes review: “ITS NOT REAL GOLF! there’s no strategy. It’s a one-shot chance at a hole in one. Who would find that addicting? Very unsatisfied.”

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    #5: Stick Stunt Biker

    Our Score: 2/4

    Our Bottom Line: Stick Stunt Biker doesn’t bring anything new to the table, and its poorly considered UI causes more frustration than necessary.

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    #6: Burn The Rope

    Our Score: 3/4

    Our Bottom Line: Burn the Rope has the inventiveness that makes the best puzzle games interesting.

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    #7: Doodle Jump

    Our Score: 3/4

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

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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: Ramps

    Our Score: 4/4

    Our Bottom Line: Ramps is a near-perfect mix of simplicity and originality that makes it a prime example of what an iPhone puzzle game should be.

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    #10: Family Feud

    Our Score: 3/4

    Our Bottom Line: Even though it doesn’t dispense real prize money, Family Feud is a great app if you’ve ever dreamed of being a contestant on the show.

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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: 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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    #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: Zombie Farm

    No iTunes reviews for the current version.

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    #6: Live Poker FREE by Zynga

    Most useful iTunes review: “Requires Facebook info. Not worth compromising your information. Spreads ads to your Facebook friends. NO STARS. Horrible.”

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    #7: 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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    #8: 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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    #9: 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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    #10: Texas Poker

    Most useful iTunes review: “Great game, play it all the time. thanks for fix the crash problem, 5’s all the way”

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