App Store Top Ten: Week of March 21, 2011

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      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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