App Store Top Ten: Week of March 21, 2011

It looks like the iOS sales to help Japan in the face of the tsunami have been successful. Street Fighter IV and Sonic the Hedgehog both appear on the top-selling and top-grossing lists. Read on for the rest of both lists.

Top-Selling Apps

#1: 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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#2: 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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#3: Street Fighter IV

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: Street Fighter IV sets the golden standard for iPhone fighters.

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#4: 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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#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: 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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#7: 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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#8: Sonic the Hedgehog

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Sonic the Hedgehog is an icon, but this port suffers from uncharacteristic slowdown.

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#9: Tetris

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: This version of Tetris is a lot of fun, especially with the new Magic mode.

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#10: 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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Top-Grossing Apps

#1: 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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#2: 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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#3: 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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#4: 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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#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: 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: We Rule Quests

Most Helpful iTunes Review: I was on level 40 and really liked this game. Unfortunately the new update doesn’t work on my phone.

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#8: Infinity Blade

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: Infinity Blade is a stunner on many levels. It’s not a big game, but it’s a great one.

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#9: Sonic the Hedgehog

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Sonic the Hedgehog is an icon, but this port suffers from uncharacteristic slowdown.

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#10: Street Fighter IV

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: Street Fighter IV sets the golden standard for iPhone fighters.

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