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    App Store Top Ten: Week of July 25, 2011

    The top selling games list has been invaded by Zombie Gunship this week, a game modeled after the gunship levels in the Call of Duty series. The top grossing list has done its usual shuffling around this week, but it’s still mostly populated with freemium games. Who’s doing all this in-app purchasing? Read on for buy links, our reviews, and more.

    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: Zombie Gunship

    Most helpful iTunes review: Pretty fun shooting zombies COD style.

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    #3: Stickman BMX

    Our Score: 3/4

    Our Bottom Line: Stickman BMX is a clean, streamlined platformer with a smooth difficulty curve and plenty of content. Oh, and it’s a ton of fun.

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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: 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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    #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: 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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    #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: Tower Defense: Lost Earth

    Our Score: 3/4

    Our Bottom Line: An excellent addition to the seemingly endless line of tower defense game, with some interesting gameplay variations and plenty of challenge.

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    Top-Grossing Apps

    #1: Zombie Gunship

    Most helpful iTunes review: Pretty fun shooting zombies COD style.

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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: 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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    #4: Top Girl

    Most helpful iTunes review: “I luv this game but is WAY to slow to refill energy! Plz change that!”

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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: Texas Poker

    Most helpful iTunes review: “Looks great and fun to play.”

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    #7: Zynga Poker

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

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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: Tiny Zoo

    Most helpful iTunes review: “Originally the game was good and reasonable. Now 30 real dollars for one fairy. The bulk of the new content added is real money content that is ridiculously expensive. I’m done with this app.”

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    #10: Tap Fish 2

    Most helpful iTunes review: “I like this game very much. The only thing I do find frustrating is that so many things are fish buck expensive.”

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