Winners in this category provide a great experience for all by supporting people from a diversity of backgrounds, abilities, and languages.
Savage Interactive Pty Ltd
This year, the world-class tool for artists and designers brought its creative power to more people than ever. With new accessibility features—such as tremor and motion filtering, an in-app assistive touch menu, audio feedback, and color blindness settings—to augment its support of VoiceOver, Dynamic Type, and more, the app empowers more artists to create, interact, and express themselves.
Powered by a refreshingly diverse storyline and cast of LGBTQIA+ representative characters, Wylde Flowers is all about identity, accepting others, and supporting your community. As the game begins, your character—fresh off a breakup in the city—relocates to your grandma’s farm to reset, recalibrate, and maybe meet some new people. But as the narrative evolves to represent all ages, cultures, and sexualities, the game ultimately tells a much larger story.
Winners in this category provide memorable, engaging, and satisfying experiences that are enhanced by Apple technologies.
(Not Boring) Habits
Andy Works LLC
As its (grammatically inventive) name suggests, (Not Boring) Habits adds a little flair to the mild-mannered habit tracker. With its sensational designs, playful haptics, and elegant gamification—your life-hack adventure plays out as an inspiring journey through forests and mountains—it makes tracking your habits a truly artistic experience.
Overboard! is a whodunit with a twist: You done it. In this delightfully sly murder mystery game, you play not as the detective but the guilty party who, through quick-witted conversations with unsuspecting crewmates, tries to get away with your splashy crime. And with a engaging narrative design, funny hard-boiled dialogue, and multiple endings, it’s a case you can open again and again.
Winners in this category deliver intuitive interfaces and effortless controls that are perfectly tailored to their platform.
A Musical Story
A harmonious mix of song, story, and artistic creation, A Musical Story remixes the idea of what a mobile game can be. The game’s narrative unfolds with a richly animated minimalism, the gameplay puts a novel spin on the rhythm game, and the end result illustrates how seemingly disparate design elements can work in perfect concert. Oh, and the music is pretty great too.
Slopes proves how seamlessly an app can integrate with an activity. This remarkably intuitive skiing and snowboarding diary employs the GPS on your iPhone or Apple Watch to track how far you’ve gone and how fast you went, and its best-in-class social features gamify the experience by connecting with friends and family—all by tapping a single button. Packed with a mountain of data but as easy to navigate as a nice green run, it’s proves how a thoughtfully designed app can elevate an experience.
Winners in this category improve lives in a meaningful way and shine a light on crucial issues.
Gibbon: Beyond the Trees
Gibbon is an ecological adventure in which you swing, fling, and slide your way through gorgeous hand-drawn landscapes in search of your family. The game’s unique mechanic provides plenty of free-flying fun, but its environmentally conscious storyline—and the subtle empathy involved with playing as another living being—teaches a crucial lesson.
Rebel Girls shares the stories of history’s most influential women—Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Simone Biles, and Frida Kahlo, to name just a few—through rich audio and gorgeous original art. The subjects span careers, cultures, and decades, and the voices and accompanying illustrations—all perfectly tailored for the stories and interface—are furnished by female and non-binary artists from around the world.
Winners in this category feature stunning imagery, skillfully drawn interfaces, and high-quality animations that lend to a distinctive and cohesive theme.
Halide Mark II
The brilliant camera app Halide Mark II focuses on the essentials. This elegant tool packs tons of features into a remarkably easy-to-navigate interface; its uncluttered, smartly organized UI mimics a film camera, and its every gesture will feel familiar to longtime photographers while remaining clear to those finding their way around focus and exposure settings. It’s a beautiful camera for iPhone—and, with a new version designed specifically for the platform, iPad—that’ll help you create amazing visuals of your own.
With its cinematic feel, sizzling visual effects, and tactile gameplay (look at those blocks fly!), Castaways is a force to be reckoned with. Set on a long-abandoned planet, the game’s reverently rendered environments and smooth animations instantly immerse you in a galaxy of action, mystery, and the occasional dance party. And with endless customizations and characters to meet, the adventure just builds and builds.
Winners in this category provide a state-of-the-art experience through novel use of Apple technologies that set them apart in their genre.
MARVEL Future Revolution
Marvel Future Revolution is a technological feat worthy of Stark Industries. This open-world action RPG brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe to stunning life through a Metal-powered blend of fluid combat, lavish cutscenes, and a multiverse’s worth of magnificently detailed character models.
The audio app Odio delivers incredibly lifelike ambient sounds—waterfalls, rushing rivers, lush electronic washes—made even more realistic with Spatial Audio and head tracking. Soundscapes can be customized by manipulating their mixes through a captivating circular interface, and each one is accompanied by futuristic fluid animations that unfold in perfect synchronicity with the sound. It’s a truly amplified take on the audio-visual experience.