Apple named the best games and applications of 2019
04.12.2019 0 Comments
As planned, late in the evening of December 2, Apple held a special event in New York, during which it summed up the outgoing 2019, naming the best, in its opinion, games and applications for iPhone, iPad, macOS and Apple TV. This year, Apple decided to change the format by organizing a special event for this. All previous years, Apple simply published a list of the best applications, games, music, movies, TV shows and books of the outgoing year. Well, let's begin.
IPhone app of the year – Specter Camera (priced at $ 2.99)
This is a camera application for iOS that uses proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to provide a long exposure effect.
The creators of the application are former Periscope engineer Ben Sandofsky and former Apple designer Sebastian de Vis. Previously, they released the Halide app to fine tune the iPhone camera.
IPad app of the year – Flow by Moleskine (after a 7-day trial period of $ 4.99 per month or $ 29.99 per year)
An application for creating notes and sketches on the iPad with Apple Pencil support, developed by the famous notebook maker Moleskine. In it, digital graphite pencils, chisel-shaped markers, and other tools were carefully tuned to mimic real counterparts. The software does not support working with layers, but it makes it possible to work with objects using the smart selection function and masks. In June 2019, Flow by Moleskine received the Apple Award for Best Interface Design.
Mac App of the Year – Affinity Publisher ($ 49.99)
Print software on macOS. With it, you can make up a book, photo album or advertising catalog. Developer – Serif Labs, a company specializing in professional graphics tools. Other well-known products of the company are Affinity Photos for photo processing and Affinity Designer for creating vector images.
Apple TV App of the Year – The Explorers (free)
The application provides access to a library of high-quality images and videos of nature, constantly updated by service staff, professional travelers, photographers, cameramen and users. The aim of the project is to collect the most complete library with 4K and 8K images and videos from various points of the Earth. To date, the project community has more than 200 thousand users around the world who daily upload more than a thousand images. At the same time, content is moderated before being added to the library.
Game of the Year for the iPhone – Sky: Children of the Light (shareware)
A multiplayer online adventure indie game from Journey and Flower. In Sky, players will play the role of children of the world to return the stars that have disappeared from the firmament. In the process, they have to fly between the heavenly islands, communicate with spirits and solve simple puzzles, interacting with other users.
Game of the Year for the iPad – Hyper Light Drifter (Price – $ 4.99)
An updated version of the classic 16-bit adventure game Hyper Light Drifter, originally conceived as a cross between The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo. As part of the crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, game developer Alex Preston raised $ 600 thousand with a goal of $ 27 thousand. Initially, the game was developed for Windows and macOS, the version for iPad was released in July 2019.
Game of the Year for Mac – GRIS (Price – $ 9.99)
An indie platformer in the style of watercolor painting from the Spanish studio Nomada, reminiscent of Journey. The plot tells of a girl "lost in her own world and trying to cope with the painful experience in her life."
Game of the Year for Apple TV – Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap ($ 7.99)
A remake of the original two-dimensional platformer of 1989 with updated graphics and sound effects.
Apple Arcade Game of the Year – Sayonara Wild Hearts
An unusual dance game from Simogo studio, in which the main character moves on a motorcycle and a skateboard, while fighting and competing in dances to the original music.
Separately, the administration of the App Store identified two trends in applications and games: simple cognitive applications for and rethinking blockbuster games. Regarding the former, Anchor (Anchor FM), Canva: Stories & Video Maker (Canva), Unfold (Unfold Creative), Steller (Expedition Travel Advisor), Spark Camera (Dayworks), Over (Over, Inc) and Wattpad have received special mention. (Wattpad Corp). Using these applications, as noted by Apple, “everyone can express themselves through new forms of podcasts, unique novels and realistic photo collages.” Among the most noteworthy ports of major iOS projects were Mario Kart Tour (Nintendo), Minecraft Earth (Mojang), Pokémon Masters (DeNA Co), Assassin’s Creed Rebellion (Ubisoft), Gears POP! (Microsoft), The Elder Scrolls: Blades (Bethesda) and Call of Duty: Mobile (Activision Publishing).