App Store Top Ten: Week of August 22, 2011

Much shuffling occurs this week on the top selling and top grossing games lists, but no major shake-ups and few new releases make the lists. Cover Orange continues to make a killing, coming in this week at number three on the top selling list, while the top grossing list gets Tap Petshop at number four. Read on for the rest of both lists, plus 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: 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: Cover Orange

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: Cover Orange joins a proud family of high-quality App Store physics puzzlers.

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#4: Cut the Rope: Experiments

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: Cut the Rope: Experiments is sure to please anyone who likes the original (which is just about everybody).

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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: 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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#7: 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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#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: 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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#10: Zombie Gunship

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: It may become repetitive before long, but Zombie Gunship offers great zombie-shooting fun while it lasts.

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Top-Grossing Apps

#1: 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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#2: Texas Poker

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

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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: Tap Petshop

Most helpful iTunes review: I love this game! The pets are sooo cute & getting to customize your shop is awesome! Just wish there was a way to point all floor tiles… like a “flood” or “fill” option.

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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: 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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#7: 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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#8: 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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#9: Crime City

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Crime City is the R-rated version of Farmville, but it lacks that special something.

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#10: High Noon

Our Score: 2/4

Our Bottom Line: High Noon has a fun concept, but the controls and high-cost currency will have you running for the hills.

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