Apple unveils 2022 App Store Awards starting with Apex Legends Mobile

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Apple has revealed the winners of the 2022 App Store Awards, with Respawn’s Apex Legends Mobile taking home iPhone Game of the Year.

The awards highlight 16 apps and games that have inspired users to engage more deeply with the world, expand their imaginations and stay connected with friends and loved ones, Apple said. Apple judged the games and awards on technological innovation, user experience and design.

This year’s winners represent a diverse community of developers, from solo developers to large enterprises around the world, whose apps and games have been selected by Apple’s global App Store editorial team to deliver exceptional experiences. and have a profound cultural impact.

“This year’s App Store Award winners have reinvented our experiences with apps that offer fresh, thoughtful, and authentic perspectives,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “From self-taught solo creators to international teams spanning the globe, these entrepreneurs are making a meaningful impact and representing how apps and games influence our communities and our lives.”

Apex Legends Mobile won Best iPhone Game for bringing the fast-hit Battle Royale game to the iPhone. Moncage, the best iPad game, forces users to see things from different angles to solve puzzles, and the immersive card battler Inscryption (best Mac game) entices players with experimental storytelling.

El Hijo, a Wild West Tale, is a cleverly crafted stealth game for Apple TV. Apple Arcade’s unique life simulation, Wylde Flowers, invites players into its charming world of diverse characters and magical spells, and League of Legends Esports Manager lets players manage the world’s most influential esports leagues.

As for non-gaming apps, Apple said the social app BeReal gives users authentic insight into the lives of family and friends, and the Gentler Streak fitness tracker helps users balance fitness. exercise and rest to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

GoodNotes 5 takes digital note taking to the next level with better Apple Pencil support. MacFamilyTree 10 sparks the exploration of genealogy through visual family trees and collaboration with loved ones around the world, while the creators behind ViX: Cine y TV en Español elevate Spanish-language stories to the forefront of entertainment.

App Store Award 2022 Game Winners

Apple App Store 2022 prices.

iPhone Game of the Year: Apex Legends Mobile, from Electronic Arts

“It’s heavily inspired by the hit console and PC game, but it’s a completely different product,” Myke Hoff, Senior Product Manager at Respawn Entertainment, said in an interview with GamesBeat. “Our goal with the game is to have something easy to pick up and play with a very high mastery curve to keep you coming back.”

The idea was to bring Apex Legends to a new group of players and add to the diverse character stories of the Apex Legends universe. The game always has 60 players in a match. But mobile gamers don’t play with console or PC gamers, given the differences in controls.

“Rather than porting the legends, we looked at each one and really focused on how to make them the most fun for gamers on their phones,” said Kevin Childress, creative director of Respawn Entertainment, in an interview with GamesBeat. “So players called some of the changes to their favorites like Crypto and Octane being welcome additions and changes to the franchise. And we have also made great efforts to develop mobile legends to expand the Apex list.

Respawn built the game with help from Tencent, and it tweaked things like progression for mobile players as needed. And since many players are playing the game without sound, the team changed the game to have more visual cues for players.

EA did not reveal the number of players for the game. And tomorrow, the company kicks off the seventh season of the mobile game.

iPad Game of the Year: Moncage, from the XD network

Moncage is the Apple iPad Game of the Year 2022.

“Our goal is to create games for our people, regardless of age, identity, aesthetic and language, and bring an unforgettable experience to your players,” said Dong Zhou, co-developer of Moncage, in an interview with GamesBeat. “We wanted to create a game that could really do it all and inspire people.”

Zhou co-developed the game with Yijia Chen. They started while attending school in New York and eventually moved to Irvine, California. Now they have a team of five and are working on a new game. Moncage was their first game, created with a mission to show that gameplay can be entirely based on the visuals of a game.

The game creates optical illusions and you can solve puzzles by looking at a different angle in a 3D cube. Art is artisanal. It’s the story of a veteran who has nightmares and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Moncage’s main theme is to break free and find true peace,” Chen said in an interview.

Mac Game of the Year: Registration, from Devolver.

Incryption is the Mac game of the year 2022.

For Inscryption, Mark Hickey, Vice President of Mobile Publishing at Devolver Digital, spoke on behalf of one-time creator, Daniel Mullins. Hickey said the Mac version is the same as the PC and console versions.

“The way the game starts is you wake up to find yourself in this creepy, creaky old cabin in the woods,” Hickey said. “And there is this strange table set in front of you. And there’s that weird deck of cards lying on the table and an even weirder and scarier opponent sitting across from you who may or may not be your captor.

He added: “So he starts by teaching you how to play, you know, and explaining the rules and you play a few hands, and then things seem simple at first, and you might think you’re figuring it out after you’ve won the first hand, then he hands you that rusty, bloody pair of pliers that hints nothing good is on the way.

Devolver is known for its weird games.

“When Daniel first approached us about posting an entry, I mean the whole thing made us terribly uncomfortable. It was an instant yes,” Hickey said. “The stakes are high because they are measured in blood and sometimes even teeth. Every choice you make can have disastrous consequences. So if you play wisely and carefully and learn the systems and cards, you will progress and become more powerful and you know that soon eventually you can get up from the table and explore your creepy cabin in the woods prison.”

Hickey said inspirations include games like Magic: The Gathering, Telling Lies and Her Story as well as movies like The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield. Hickey said it’s rare to see solo developer teams today, but he also thinks it’s easier than ever to make games because of the availability of tools.

Apple TV Game of the Year: El Hijo, from HandyGames.

Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Wylde Flowers, of Studio Drydock Pty Ltd.

Chinese Game of the Year: Esports Manager of League of Legends, from Tencent.

App Store Award 2022 App Winners

iPhone App of the Year: BeReal, from BeReal.

iPad app of the year: GoodNotes 5, from Time Base Technology Limited.

Mac App of the Year: MacFamilyTree 10, from Synium Software GmbH.

Apple TV App of the Year: ViX: Cine y TV en Español, from TelevisaUnivision Interactive, Inc.

Apple Watch App of the Year: Gentler Streak, from Gentler Stories

Cultural impact category

In addition to recognizing the best apps and games on Apple devices, Apple App Store editors have selected five cultural impact winners who have had a lasting impact on people’s lives and influenced culture. This year’s winners encourage users to engage more deeply with their emotions, connect authentically with others, and pay homage to their heritage and the generations that came before them while envisioning how to create a better world today. .

How we feel about the project How we feel — By inviting users to tap into their emotional well-being through the ease of daily check-ins, How We Feel helps users put difficult emotions into words and presents strategies for dealing with those emotions in the moment.

Dot’s Home from the Rise-Home Stories Project – Dot’s Home shines a light on systemic housing injustices and the resulting impact within communities of color through a compelling and thoughtful narrative about time travel.

Medallion Widget from Medallion Labs – Allowing users to send Live Photos directly to the home screen of family and friends, Locket Widget creates an intimate connection between loved ones, without the traditional pressures of social media.

Waterllama Water Tracker by Vitalii Mogylevets — With its colorful design and sweet guidance, Waterllama makes achieving hydration goals fun, using creative challenges, reminders and cuddly characters to keep users on track.

Inua – A Story in Ice and Time by Arte Experience — This story offers users an engaging and mystical adventure to explore historical events that incorporate elements of Inuit lore, folklore, and jaw-dropping storytelling.

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