App Store Top Ten: Week of May 31, 2011

The (awesome) new puzzle game The Heist has made a huge splash on the best selling games list, planting itself at number one last week and staying there despite EA’s weekend Memorial Day sale. On the top grossing list, new games include We Rule Deluxe and, of course, The Heist. See the rest of both lists below, along with links to the App Store and our reviews.

Top-Selling Apps

#1: The Heist

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: The Heist will own you from start to finish.

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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: 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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#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: 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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#7: The Sims 3

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Sims 3 is a one-of-a-kind life simulation, but aimless goals and other limitations will make you grateful it’s not real life.

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#8: 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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#9: Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a good rendition of an excellent console game that should satisfy fans of military-themed shooters.

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#10: Line Surfer

Our Score: 2/4

Our Bottom Line: A graphically pleasing, simple, and repetitive surfing game without enough substance to keep you coming back.

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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: Zynga Poker

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

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#3: The Heist

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: The Heist will own you from start to finish.

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#4: 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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#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: 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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#7: We Rule Deluxe

Most helpful iTunes review: “[They] completely screwed the pooch on this [update].”

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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: 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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