App Store Top Ten: Week of July 11, 2011

As usual on the App Store, both top games lists are populated with the usual unstoppable titles like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, and Tap Zoo, along with a few games that have only recently been released or become popular. Will any of the more recent additions to the list– Cars 2, Tiny Tower, Tower Defense: Lost Earth– have staying power? 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: 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: 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: 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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#5: 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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#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: Cars 2

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Cars 2 is fun, but there’s not a lot to it.

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#8: 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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#9: 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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#10: 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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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: 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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#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: Zynga Poker

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

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#5: 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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#6: Tiny Tower

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: Tiny Tower represents the next great chapter in freemium games. Call it Farmville 2.0.

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#7: Texas Poker

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

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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: 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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#10: Tiny Zoo

Most useful iTunes review: “Why do the people move and not the animals. This is the most unrealistic game I’ve ever seen.”

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