App Store Top Ten: Week of May 16, 2011

    One game that came out last week, Army of Darkness Defense, seems to be selling well, landing at number 10 on the top-selling list. Meanwhile, on the top-grossing list, the air combat game MetalStorm: Online debuts at number nine. See the rest of both lists below, complete with links to the App Store and our reviews.

    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: 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: 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: 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: 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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    #6: Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey

    Our Score: 3/4

    Our Bottom Line: Fans of the books and seek-and-find games should locate this on the App Store. Those with time-crunch anxiety, however, might want to avoid it.

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    #7: Doodle God

    Our Score: 3/4

    Our Bottom Line: Doodle God is original and addictive. What else do you need?

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    #8: 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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    #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: Army of Darkness Defense

    Most helpful iTunes review: If you remotely like Evil Dead or tower defense, buy this game!

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    Top-Grossing Apps

    #1: Texas Poker

    Most helpful iTunes review: I don’t see how it’s scammed. I think u guys were losing and blamed it on the app. It’s a great free poker app that I recommend to anyone.

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    #2: Tap Pet Hotel

    Most helpful iTunes review: Fun and different from all those other games out there! I love my panda!

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    #3: 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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    #4: Zynga Poker

    Most helpful iTunes review: “Fun way to pass time.”

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    #5: 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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    #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: 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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    #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: MetalStorm: Online

    Most useful iTunes review: “I have tried lots of flying games and they are too hard to play this one is awesome it is easy to play and the graphics are sweet I cannot believe this game is free great job”

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    #10: Tiny Zoo

    Most useful iTunes review: “Why do the people move and not the animals. This is the most unrealistic game I’ve ever seen.”

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