The annual Apple Design Awards celebrate 12 best-in-class apps and games on the App Store in 6 categories, from inclusion to engagement and innovation. Here are this year’s winners.
Universe is a simple and easy-to-use website builder that helps users create their own websites. There are many customization options with the ability to add an online storefront, community page or a personal website. The app supports dynamic type and voice over for disabled users.
Apple Arcade title Stitch. Winner for Best Game in the Inclusivity category. Brings the calm and meditative art of embroidery into a game format with progressively more difficult designs. The game supports multiple languages and accessibility options for users with color blindness, low vision and motion sensitivity.
Fun and entertainment
The established language learning app won this year’s Delight and Fun category, thanks to its advanced gamified approach to language learning that keeps users engaged.
Game: The place after
Afterplace is a role-playing indie game with intuitive one-hand controls, a vintage look, and a deep storyline. The title offers fun surprises and lots of hidden rewards for players to discover.
Flight offers passengers detailed flight tracking, airport navigation and delay forecast. It keeps a tab on your flight miles and brings beautiful widgets, Siri shortcuts, and real-time actions to help travelers stay on track on their next trip.
Railbound puts you in control of a wide array of train journeys, as you control the track layouts and their directions. The game offers little insight into how you’ll progress through levels that surround you for hours at a time.
Headspace is the winning app in the social impact category. It offers users easy-to-follow instructions on how to meditate, improve sleep, improve concentration and reduce the stresses of everyday life.
Endling is a side-scroller eco-conscious adventure where you control a mother fox and her cubs in an environment filled with pollution and human activity. The game shows the true nature of human action in nature through the eyes of a wild animal with a touching storyline and powerful message.
Visuals and graphics
App: Any distance
Any Distance is a workout tracking app that focuses more on designing and sharing your workout routes through dynamic graphics. It offers a competitive element with collectable medals.
Game: Resident Evil Village
Capcom’s legendary Resident Evil franchise has finally arrived on the Mac, offering the most realistic graphics to grace the Mac gaming scene to date.
SwingVision uses AI to serve as a tennis coach, helping you perfect every aspect of your game, from your serve to your backhand. It uses video tracking to evaluate your movements and offer tips on how to improve your game.
Game: Marvel Snap
Marvel Snap is a turn-based card game.