It’s becoming a tradition for Apple’s App Store to announce its picks for the best apps of the year as the holidays roll around. Last year, photo and drawing apps took some of the top honors. Below are this year’s shout-outs across several categories and devices devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV.
iPhone App of the Year: Spectre Camera
Developer: Lux Optics
Description: “Spectre uses AI to help you make amazing long exposure photographs. Spectre can remove crowds, turn city streets into rivers of light, make waterfalls look like paintings, and much more. Until now, it was difficult to take long exposures: from keeping the camera steady to guessing the amount of light you need.”
iPad App of the Year: Flow by Moleskine
Description: “Flow is an all-new way to create simple drawings, complex works of art, and beautiful notes all on your iPad and iPhone. Flow has been built from the ground up with creators in mind, offering dozens of combinations for paper types, colors, and tools. And by pairing our custom drawing technology with Apple Pencil, Flow feels as responsive as drawing on real paper.”
Mac App of the Year: Affinity Publisher
Developer: Serif Labs
Description: “This incredibly smooth, intuitive app gives you the power to combine your images, graphics and text to make beautiful layouts ready for publication. From magazines, books, brochures, posters, reports and stationery to other creations, Affinity Publisher has everything you need to create the perfect layout.”
Apple TV App of the Year: The Explorers
Developer: The Explorers Network
Description: “The Explorers is the collaborative app to create the Earth Inventory of our heritage. Photographers or videographers, amateurs or professionals, scientists, associations, artists and citizens of the world: join The Explorers community!”
iPhone Game of the Year: Sky: Children of the Light
Description: “From the award-winning creators behind Journey (2013 Game of The Year) and the highly-acclaimed Flower, comes a ground-breaking social adventure that is set to warm your hearts. Welcome to the enchanting world of Sky, a beautifully-animated kingdom waiting to be explored by you and your loved ones. In Sky, we arrive as the Children of the Light, spreading hope through the desolate kingdom to return fallen Stars to their constellations.”
iPad Game of the Year: Hyper Light Drifter
Developer: Abylight S.L.
Description: “Hyper Light Drifter is an action adventure RPG in the vein of the best 16-bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale. Explore a beautiful, vast and ruined world riddled with dangers and lost technologies.”
Mac Game of the Year: GRIS
Developer: Devolver / Nomada Studio
Description: “GRIS is a serene and evocative experience, free of danger, frustration or death. Players will explore a meticulously designed world brought to life with delicate art, detailed animation, and an elegant original score. Through the game light puzzles, platforming sequences, and optional skill-based challenges will reveal themselves as more of Gris’s world becomes accessible.”
Apple TV Game of the Year: Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
Description: “Boasting beautiful, hand-drawn animations and a re-orchestrated soundtrack, the cult classic returns with a unique blend of exploration, action, and adventure! Cursed into a half-human, half-lizard monstrosity by the Meka-Dragon, you are in search for a cure! The only way you can return to human form is to find the Salamander Cross, a magical item with the power to remove curses. With each dragon slain, the curse intensifies, transforming you into different animals! Explore large, interconnected locations populated with grumpy monsters and exotic dragons!”
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