App Store Top Ten: Week of July 19, 2010

In this week’s Top Ten Games on iTunes, Angry Birds maintains its angry lead, new releases like the brilliant Helsing’s Fire and cool Star Wars: Battle For Hoth join the top ten, and Cake Doodle falls six places after our review calls it out for not being a real game. Reviews, buy links, and more ahead!

#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: Wheel of Fortune Platinum

Most helpful iTunes user review: “Every other spin is bankrupt!!! Everytime I click solve to solve the toss up, magically another player beats me to it.”

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#3: Doodle Jump

Our Score: 3/4

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

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#4: Fruit Ninja

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Next time you’re waiting for a haircut, cut up some fruit while you wait. It probably did something to deserve it.

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#5: All-in-One Gamebox

Our Score: 2/4

Our Bottom Line: Though you can’t argue with so many games for such a cheap price, many are simply chaff, a few high points dragged down by a lot of lows

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#6: Skee-Ball

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Skee-Ball does just one thing really well, which makes it a good purchase for four quarters.

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#7: Star Wars: Battle For Hoth

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: This Star Wars tower defense game makes adequate use of a setting that had great potential.

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#8: Cake Doodle

Our Score: 1/4

Our Bottom Line: We have no problem with creative cooking apps, but Cake Doodle should not be considered a game.

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#9: Helsing’s Fire

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: Helsing’s Fire is one of those puzzle games that does something completely original and is unbelievably entertaining.

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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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