App Store Top Ten: Week of May 2, 2011

The top ten best-selling games is mostly back to normal this week, despite the release of several big-name (and premium-priced) games, like Zenonia 3 and Order & Chaos Online. The one new game to crack the top 10 is Gears, the gorgeous ball-rolling game from Crescent Moon. See the rest of the top-selling and top-grossing games, with our review and buy links, below.

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: Air Penguin

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Air Penguin isn’t quite at the level of the best casual games on the App Store, but it’s a fun, polished game with pick-up-and-play appeal.

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#6: The Game of Life Classic Edition

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Life moves quickly, and so does this satisfying game, as long as you aren’t expecting a revolutionary gaming experience.

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#7: Gears

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: Gears is a beautiful, challenging, and epic ball-rolling game. This iPhone genre will never be the same.

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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: 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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#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 Pet Hotel

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

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#2: 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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#3: 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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#4: Trade Nations

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Trade Nations improves on the addictive formula of We Rule, but not as much as we’d hoped.

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#5: 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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#6: Zynga Poker

Most helpful iTunes review: Fun way to pass time.

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#7: 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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#8: 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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#9: 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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#10: 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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