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    App Store Top Ten: Week of January 31, 2011

    In this week’s top-selling and top-grossing iOS games, we have a lot of the usual suspects: Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja, and Doodle Jump. But we also have some surprising new additions like Trenches, which just received online multiplayer via Game Center, and Madden NFL, which is probably rising due to Superbowl fever. Read on for the full list of both top-selling and top-grossing games, with review and download links.

    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: 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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    #3: Trenches

    Our Score: 4/4

    Our Bottom Line: Trenches is an addictive trench-filled WWI strategy game with a variety of units and game types, plus a multiplayer mode for modern-day WWI commanders.

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    #4: 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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    #5: Madden NFL 11

    Our Score: 3/4

    Our Bottom Line: Madden 11 is a few yards shy of absolute greatness, but it’s a good sequel to last year’s standout football game.

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    #6: 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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    #7: Doodle Jump

    Our Score: 3/4

    Our Bottom Line: Doodle Jump is a great microgame for the right price.

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    #8: Flick Golf

    Our Score: 2/4

    Our Bottom Line: Flick Golf is a fun minigame that gets old quickly due to lack of variety. .

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    #9: Stick Stunt Biker

    Our Score: 2/4

    Our Bottom Line: Stick Stunt Biker doesn’t bring anything new to the table, and its poorly considered UI causes more frustration than necessary.

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    #10: Bejeweled 2 + Blitz

    Our Score: 3/4

    Our Bottom Line: Bejeweled 2 is a classic Match-3 game that has proved just as addictive as its original version, though it does not have enough creativity for our top recommendation.

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    Top-Grossing 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: Dead Space

    Our Score: 4/4

    Our Bottom Line: Dead Space for iOS is just about everything we’d hoped it would be: action-packed, scary, challenging, and a total blast.

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    #3: 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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    #4: Call of Duty: Zombies

    Our Score: 4/4

    Our Bottom Line: If you enjoyed the Zombie Nazi levels in Call of Duty: World at War, then you will be shocked at how well it translates into a mobile game.

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    #5: Tiny Chef

    Most useful iTunes review: “If you don’t want your popularity score to go way down but don’t have any food ready, block your doorway. Put tables on each side & the front of the door and customers can’t get in. It will say door blocked but won’t take your score down.”

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    #6: 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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    #7: 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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    #8: Zombie Cafe

    Most useful iTunes review: “It all started with fighting zombies with guns then fighting them with plants now we r using zombies to run a restaurant who knew”

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    #9: We Rule Quests

    Most useful iTunes review: “Maybe you should fix glitches and problems before rushing out new versions/additions.”

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    #10: Live Poker FREE by Zynga

    Most useful iTunes review: “Requires Facebook info. Not worth compromising your information. Spreads ads to your Facebook friends. NO STARS. Horrible.”

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