App Store Top Ten: Week of October 4, 2010

The effect of several weekend sales is apparent in this week’s top ten games: Super Monkey Ball 2 appears on the list for the first time in a long time, along with one of the best racers on the platform: Need for Speed Shift. Also, the release of the Peggle Nights DLC may have something to do with Peggle’s appearance at number six. Read on for the full list.

#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: Super Monkey Ball 2

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Super Monkey Ball 2 is more of the same, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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#3: Need for Speed Shift

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: There’s something highly compelling about sheer speed, and NFS Shift captures it.

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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: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a direct port of the Genesis classic and nothing more. Its controls, difficulty, and slight bugginess, however, will turn some people away.

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#6: 0.03 Seconds Pro

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: If you’re looking to test your reflexes, 0.03 Seconds Pro will do that exceptionally well. But as the title suggests, it doesn’t last long.

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#7: Peggle

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: When it comes to casual games, there’s Peggle, and then there’s everything else.

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#8: Osmos

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: Osmos is an elegant physics game perfectly suited for the iPhone’s touchscreen.

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#9: Tiger Woods PGA Tour

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: Tiger Woods PGA Tour, thanks to its incredible realism and excellent shot-making controls, is arguably the best golf title on the iPhone.

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#10: Doodle Jump

Our Score: 3/4

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

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