Apple highlights 2019’s best apps and games

December 3, 2019

Here are the top apps and games along with trends that defined app culture this year.

Apple yesterday has revealed that some of the best apps and games that helped make a difference in app culture this year. “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,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “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.”

Here’s a rundown of the best apps and games for 2019:

iPhone App of the Year: Spectre Camera (Lux Optics)

A camera app that uses the power of AI to take long exposure shots.

iPad App of the Year: Flow by Moleskine (Moleskine)

An elegant digital notebook app that uses graphite pencils and chisel-tipped markers that make it look like a real notebook.

Mac App of the Year: Affinity Publisher (Serif Labs)

Pro-level is now accessible to everyone thanks to this great Mac App. Everything from creating a photo-rich coffee table book or a flyer for your second grader’s play can be done with Affinity Publisher.

Apple TV App of the Year: The Explorers (The Explorers Network)

The aim of this app is to curate a visual inventory of the natural world through photos and videos – all done to support the community of explorers, scientists, and artists.


App Trend of 2019: Storytelling Simplified

In 2019, a groundswell of apps helped us fill the proverbial blank page with our memories, dreams, images, and voices—and did so with more power and personality than ever. With apps like Anchor (Anchor FM), Unfold (Unfold Creative), Steller (Expedition Travel Advisor), Over (Over, Inc) and Wattpad (Wattpad Corp), anyone can express themselves through moving podcasts, one-of-a-kind novels, and true-to-life photo collages in an easier way than ever before.


iPhone Game of the Year: “Sky: Children of the Light” (thatgamecompany)

Help various celestial beings find their way back to heave in this awesome game.


iPad Game of the Year: “Hyper Light Drifter” (Abylight S.L.) 

Enjoy this 16-bit throwback to classic games with this action-packed adventure.

Mac Game of the Year: “GRIS” (Devolver / Nomada Studio)

This spectacularly satisfying puzzle-platformer is a soul-stirring work of digital art — one that explores hope, grief and the triumph of piecing a life back together after a tragic loss.

Apple TV Game of the Year: “Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap” (DotEmu)

Developed by Lizardcube with the cooperation of series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa, “Wonder Boy” gets rebooted with new hand-drawn animation and a remastered soundtrack.

Game Trend of 2019: Blockbusters Reimagined 

This year, game developers worldwide burst onto iOS with a wave of world-renowned brands, all featuring leading-edge technology, bold design and innovative features that deliver a level of depth and quality never thought possible on mobile.

Hits like “Mario Kart Tour” (Nintendo), “Minecraft Earth” (Mojang), “Pokémon Masters” (DeNA Co), “Assassin’s Creed Rebellion” (Ubisoft), “Gears POP!” (Microsoft Corporation), “The Elder Scrolls: Blades” (Bethesda) and “Call of Duty: Mobile” (Activision Publishing) aren’t mere remakes or tributes — they are original releases that breathed new life into the most beloved franchises in gaming history. 

Apple Arcade Game of the Year: “Sayonara Wild Hearts” (Simogo)

In 2019, Apple expanded the App Store with the introduction of an all-new tab for Apple Arcade, a groundbreaking game subscription service without ads or in-app purchases. While every one of the 100+ games in Apple Arcade offers gamers something unique, there is one game that stands out even within this collection of outstanding titles, making it the Apple Arcade Game of the Year. “Sayonara Wild Hearts,” developed by Simogo and published by Annapurna Interactive, is a hopeful, gorgeous and unique game — the kind that gets your adrenaline pumping and makes your spirit soar. Prepare to race motorcycles, wield swords and break hearts at 200 mph.

Apple has also revealed the most downloaded apps and most downloaded games of the year (you can click the link to see the charts).

What’s your favorite app and game from the Apple App Store this year? Let us know in the comments!

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.