Apple is celebrating their best Games and Apps of 2019, and they’re doing so on their App Store. This marks the most popular trends, category diversity, and ingenuity in building apps that make out lives easier and fun. From education, art, fitness, and economy, to entertainment, social, and other cultural and industrial branches, apps cover them all today, and Apple takes a moment to celebrate and address the public.
“Developers around the world inspire us all with innovative apps that have the power to influence culture and change our lives, and this year that is as true as ever. The 2019 App Store Best Apps and Games winners reflect our global desire for connection, creativity and fun. We are excited to announce such a diverse group of 2019 App Store winners, showing that great design and creativity comes from developers large and small, and from every corner of the world. We congratulate all the winners and thank them for making 2019 the best year yet for the App Store.” – Phil Schiller, senior vice president of Apple’s Worldwide Marketing
Best Apps of 2019
iPhone App of the Year:
Spectre Camera (Lux Optics)
It is an Ai-powered app that leverages a technology on multiple deep levels to enable long-exposures and stunning results in photos.
iPad App of the Year:
Flow by Moleskine (Moleskine)
This draw and sketch digital notebook is an elegant app with a wide variety of possibilities, from graphite pencils, brushes, chisel-tipped markers, and many more options which are all meticulously tuned and easily accessible
Mac App of the Year:
Affinity Publisher (Serif Labs)
It is a pro-level design tool, easily accessible to anyone, for either simple touch-ups for everyday web projects or even advanced school projects. It comes with a reasonable price and offers a rewarding experience.
Apple TV App of the Year:
The Explorers (The Explorers Network)
This is considered the groundbreaker in the app world as far as explorers community support goes. It includes input from explorers, but also artists and scientists, all with the goal of creating a comprehensive “visual inventory” in a photo or a video of the natural world.
App Trend of 2019:
Apps that help people fill a blank page with their images, memories, dreams, and voices are aplenty. This category is shared with such apps like Canva: Stories & Video Maker (Canva), Anchor (Anchor FM), Unfold (Unfold Creative), Spark Camera (Dayworks), Steller (Expedition Travel Advisor), Wattpad (Wattpad Corp), and Over (Over, Inc). They all offer easily accessible podcasts, unique novels, lively photo collages, and everything so easy and fun.
Best Games of 2019
iPhone Game of the Year:
Sky: Children of the Light (thegamecompany)
Sweeping landscapes, breathtaking environment, unique and stylish visuals, and an engaging gameplay are all the hallmarks of this social quest
iPad Game of the Year:
Hyper Light Drifter (Abylight S.L.)
This action-packed, dazzling, 16-bit adventure revival packs a bigger punch than anyone could anticipate. It blends survival and dreamlike exploration in an engaging and rewarding gameplay.
Mac Game of the Year:
GRIS (Devolver / Nomada Studio)
As a puzzle-platformer, this title is extremely satisfying and in a visual sense – a work of art. We explore, piece our lives back together, and grief as the game is filled with real-life motifs and what is quite innovative concept.
App TV Game of the Year:
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (DotEmu)
This game marks the cooperation with the creator of the series, Ryuichi Nishizawa, and Lizardcube, the studio which developed this title. It is a revival of the old school game from the ‘80s, which is about a lone half-lizard who sets off on an adventure of a lifetime. It is rebooted with hand-drawn animation, a re-orchestrated soundtrack, and it is epic!
Game Trend of 2019:
iOS scene was bursting with renowned brands, cutting-edge tech, and innovative design in 2019. This is best seen in such hit games as Mario Kart Tour, Dr. Mario World, Minecraft earth, Pokémon Masters, Assassin’s Creed Rebellion, Gears POP, The Elder Scrolls: Blades, Alien: Blackout, Call of Duty: Mobile, and others. These releases are all considered to have expanded upon their respective series and upon their genres themselves, and are all sharing this place.
Apple Arcade Game of the Year:
Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo)
2019 has also seen an expansion of the iTunes App Store to include new Arcade Game tab, a new subscription service. It provides an in-app purchases-free and ad-free experience, and contains over 100 titles currently. Each of them is unique in their respective way and stood out in some way, which is why it was included in this selection. However, Sayonara Wild Hearts is the winner of this year’s Apple Arcade Game of the Year. It was developed by Simogo, with Annapurna Interactive being the publisher, and the adrenaline-pumping motorcycle racing, sword clashing, heartbreaking extravaganza has been receiving nothing but positive feedback.
Apple also dished out their Most Downloaded Apps and Most Downloaded Games charts, besides the usual App Store Editorial picks. The App Store also celebrates its contribution to the entire App economy, generating $120B in 2019 and enabling developers, big and small, to find their place under the Sun. iTunes App Store marks around half a billion visitors weekly, and features the best privacy, security, and quality measures to ensure the user quality experience. Since its founding in 2008, the App Store has grown to include iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, iMessage, and Apple TV.