App Store Top Ten: Week of May 23, 2011

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      Thanks to its multiplayer update and price cut, Infinity Blade (a game we’ve described as “Punch-Out meets Shadow of the Colossus”) cracks both the top-selling and top-grossing lists this week. Also reappearing on the list are the always-popular titles The Game of Life and Where’s Waldo. See the rest of both lists below, along with links to the App Store and our reviews, 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: 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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      #3: 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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      #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: 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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      #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: 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: 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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      #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: 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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      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: 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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      #3: Zynga Poker

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

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      #4: 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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      #5: 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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      #6: 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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      #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: MetalStorm: Online

      Our Score: 3/4

      Our Bottom Line: MetalStorm offers a quality– if repetitive– air combat experience for free.

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      #9: 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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      #10: 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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