Apple announces App Store Awards 2022 starting with Apex Legends Mobile

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Apple announced the winners of the 2022 App Store Awards, with Respawn’s Legend of Apex Mobile win iPhone Game of the Year.

Apple said the award honors 16 apps and games that inspire users to engage more deeply with the world, expand their imaginations, and stay connected with friends and loved ones. love. Apple evaluates games and awards for technological innovation, user experience, and design.

This year’s winners represent a diverse community of developers, from single developers to major global companies whose apps and games are curated by Apple’s global App Store editorial team. Choose to deliver exceptional experiences and create profound cultural impact.

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, said in a statement: “This year’s App Store Award winners have reimagined our experiences with apps that offer fresh, thoughtful perspectives. unique and true. “From self-taught independent creators to international groups around the globe, these entrepreneurs are making a meaningful impact and representing how apps and games impact communities and lives. we.”

Apex Legends Mobile has won the top iPhone game award for bringing the fast-paced battle royale game to the iPhone. Moncage, the flagship game on iPad, forces users to see things from different angles to solve puzzles, and the role-playing card game Inscryption (top Mac game) engages players with experimental storytelling .

El Hijo, a tale of the Wild West, is a cleverly designed stealth game for the Apple TV. Apple Arcade’s unique life simulation Wylde Flowers invites players into the captivating world of diverse characters and magic, and the League of Legends Esports Manager lets players manage sports leagues most influential electronics in the world.

As for non-gaming apps, Apple says the BeReal social app gives users a real-life glimpse into the lives of their family and friends, while the Gentler Streak fitness tracker helps people. Use a balance of exercise and rest to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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

App Store Awards Game Winner 2022

Apple’s 2022 App Store Awards.

iPhone Game of the Year: Legend of Apex Mobilefrom Electronic Arts

Myke Hoff, senior product manager at Respawn Entertainment, said in an interview with GamesBeat: “It’s very much inspired by the hit console and PC game, but it’s an entirely product. other. “Our goal with the game was to have something receptive and playable with a very high proficiency curve to keep you coming back.”

The idea was to bring Apex Legends to a new group of gamers and add to the diverse storylines of characters from the Apex Legends universe. The game still has 60 players in a match. But mobile players don’t play against console or PC players, due to the difference in controls.

Kevin Childress, creative director of Respawn Entertainment, said: “Rather than porting Legends, we looked at each and really focused on how to make them the most enjoyable for mobile players. their. So players pointed to some of the changes to their favorites like Crypto and Octane as welcome additions and changes to the franchise. And we also put a lot of effort into developing mobile-first Legends to expand the Apex roster.”

Respawn built the game with help from Tencent, and it tweaked things like progress for mobile players as needed. And since many players play the game without sound, the team changed the game so that it has more visual cues to the players.

EA didn’t reveal how many people played the game. And tomorrow, the company will start the seventh season for the mobile game.

iPad Game of the Year: Moncagefrom Network XD

Moncage is the Apple iPad Game of the Year for 2022.

Dong Zhou, co-developer of Moncage, said in an interview with GamesBeat: “We aim to make games for everyone, regardless of age, identity, aesthetic, and spoken language and bearing. Unforgettable experience for your players. “We wanted to make a game that really inspires people.”

Zhou co-developed the game with Yijia Chen. They started 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 is their first game, created with the mission to show that gameplay can be completely based on the image of the game.

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

“The main theme of Moncage is escaping freedom and finding real peace,” Chen said in an interview.

Mac Game of the Year: codefrom Devolver.

Coding is the Mac game of the year for 2022.

For Inscryption, Mark Hickey, vice president of mobile publishing at Devolver Digital, spoke on behalf of the sole 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 and find yourself in this old, creepy, creaky log cabin in the woods,” says Hickey. “And there is a strange table set in front of you. And there’s an odd-looking card game on the table and an even stranger and scarier-looking 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, explaining the rules and you play a few hands, then everything seems simple at first and you have I think I really understood it. after winning the first hand and then he gives you this bloody rusty pliers, implying that nothing good is going on.

Devolver is known for its bizarre games.

“When Daniel first approached us to publish a line, I mean the whole thing made us extremely uncomfortable. It was an immediate agreement,” Hickey said. “The stakes are high because they are measured in blood and sometimes even teeth. Every choice you make can have dire consequences. So, if you play wisely and carefully, and learn the systems and cards, you will progress and become stronger and you will soon know that you will eventually be able to get up from the game. table and explore his creepy chalet in the jungle prison.”

Hickey said inspiration includes 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 single development teams these days, but he also believes that making games is easier than ever thanks to the availability of tools.

Apple TV Game of the Year: El Hijofrom HandyGames.

Apple Video Game of the Year: wylde flowersfrom Studio Drydock Pty Ltd.

Chinese Game of the Year: League of Legends E-Sports Managerfrom Tencent.

App won the App Store Award 2022

iPhone App of the Year: Be realisticfrom BeReal.

iPad App of the Year: GoodNotes 5from Time Base Technology Ltd.

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

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

Apple Watch App of the Year: Lighterfrom Lighter Stories

Cultural Impact Category

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

How do we feel? from the project How We Feel — By prompting users to tap into their emotional states easily with a daily check-in, How We Feel helps users express emotions that are difficult to put into words and presents strategies for dealing with those feelings. this feeling at the moment.

dot house from Rise-Home Stories Project — Dot’s Home highlights the injustices in the housing system and its subsequent impact in communities of color through a compelling and contemplative time travel story.

Locket widget from Locket Labs — Allowing users to send photos directly to the Home screens of family and friends, Locket Widget fosters an intimate connection between loved ones, free from the pressures of traditional social networks.

Waterllama . Water Monitor from Vitalii Mogylevets — With a colorful design and gentle instructions, Waterllama makes meeting rehydration goals fun, using creative challenges, prompts, and lovable characters to keep users going right direction.

Inua – A Tale in Ice and Time from the Arte Experience — This story offers a fascinating, mystical adventure for users to explore historical events that interweave elements of tradition, folklore, and compelling Inuit stories.

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