Apple, rival to Google Play, surely knows how to show appreciation to developers and publishers of magnificent games and apps that have touched the lives of so many users. The 2022 App Store Awards not only shows the top apps downloaded during the year, but it also highlights the best in innovations and features. This year, 16 apps received awards for their engagement with users on the App Store.
Let’s take a look at the first category, which is mobile apps. There are five outstanding winners for this section, each delivering brilliant features this year. BeReal appeared as a competitor for TikTok now, presenting an authentic experience with users taking images right in the moment. GoodNotes 5 stepped up with Apple Pencil integrations and support. Gentler Streak found a new way to reach a balanced, healthy lifestyle, while MacFamilyTree 10 delivered stunning visuals for your genealogy. The final winner in apps was ViX, enhancing the Spanish language with stunning stories.
Now I’m heading into my favorite industry, which is gaming. Top of the list for game downloads on the app store was Apex Legends Mobile, bringing the shooter to smartphones and tablets. While Inscryption focuses on card battles, players loved the detailed stories. Moncage delivered fantastic puzzles with a new perspective, while El Hijo presents a Wild West stealth game with brilliant visuals. The last winners in this category were Wylde Flowers and League of Legends Esports Manager for exceptional gameplay.
The final category is Cultural Impact. These apps or games won for the cultural influence they had on players and users. Here’s the list of winners and their noted features:
- How We Feel: lets you perform a daily check-in to assess your emotional and mental well-being
- Dot’s Home: presents common injustices with housing in a storytelling manner
- Locket Widget: you can send wonderful images to your family’s mobile home screens in a widget
- Waterllama: challenges you to meet your daily water goals in a fun way
- Inua – A Story in Ice and Time: explore Inuit history and traditions in an entertaining way
As you can see, these are outstanding apps in the App store that deliver new ways to enjoy your mobile device. At least there are valid reasons why they won. I’m looking forward to seeing what next year’s awards will hold, and if Google Play will also have some kind of ceremony.