Apple announces the best apps and games of 2021

Apple revealed the 2021 App Store Award winners selected by Apple editors based on factors such as high quality, creative design, usability, use of innovative technology and more. The announcement comes just after Google Play Store announced the best Android apps and games of 2021

“The developers who won App Store Awards in 2021 harnessed their own drive and vision to deliver the best apps and games of the year — sparking the creativity and passion of millions of users around the world,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “From self-taught indie coders to inspiring leaders building global businesses, these standout developers innovated with Apple technology, with many helping to foster the profound sense of togetherness we needed this year.”

While League of Legends: Wild Rift won Best Game award for its graphics and rich storyline, Toca Life World earned Best App of 2021 award. 

Best Apps of 2021

iPhone App of the Year: Toca Life World, from Toca Boca.

iPad App of the Year: LumaFusion, from LumaTouch.

Mac App of the Year: Craft, from Luki Labs Limited.

Apple TV App of the Year: DAZN, from DAZN Group.

Apple Watch App of the Year: Carrot Weather, from Grailr.

Best Games of 2021

iPhone Game of the Year: “League of Legends: Wild Rift,” from Riot Games.

iPad Game of the Year: “MARVEL Future Revolution,” from Netmarble Corporation.

Mac Game of the Year: “Myst,” from Cyan.

Apple TV Game of the Year: “Space Marshals 3,” from Pixelbite.

Apple Arcade Game of the Year: “Fantasian,” from Mistwalker.

App Trend of 2021

Apple said the top trend of 2021 is “Connection.” “This year’s trend winners brought people together in meaningful ways — while meeting social, personal, and professional needs for users around the world.” the company explained. 

Trend Winners of 2021

“Among Us!” From Innersloth

Bumble, from Bumble Inc.

Canva, from Canva

EatOkra, from Anthony Edwards Jr. and Janique Edwards

Peanut, from Peanut App Limited

Most Downloaded App Store Apps & Games of 2021

In addition to naming its editorial picks for 2021’s best apps and games, Apple also shared charts of the most downloaded free and paid apps and games in the United States throughout 2021.

Most Downloaded iPhone Apps

Top Free iPhone Apps

TikTok

YouTube

Instagram

Snapchat

Facebook

Messenger

Google Maps

Gmail 

ZOOM 

Amazon Shopping

Top Paid iPhone Apps

Procreate Pocket

HotSchedules

The Wonder Weeks

TouchRetouch

Facetune

Shadowrocket

75 Hard

Dark Sky Weather

Autosleep Track Sleep on Watch

SkyView®

Most Downloaded iPhone Games

Top Free iPhone Games

Among Us!

Roblox

Project Makeover

Call of Duty®: Mobile

Subway Surfers

High Heels!

Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game

Water Sort Puzzle

Shortcut Run

Bridge Race

Top Paid iPhone Games

Minecraft

Heads Up!

Bloons TD 6

Monopoly

Geometry Dash

My Child Lebensborn

Plague Inc.

True Skate

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Incredibox

Most Downloaded iPad Apps

Top Free iPad Apps

YouTube

ZOOM 

Disney+

Netflix

TikTok

Google Chrome

HBO Max

Hulu

Amazon Prime Video 

Gmail

Top Paid iPad Apps

Procreate

GoodNotes 5

Notability

Duet Display

Toca Kitchen 2

Toca Life: Hospital

LumaFusion

Shadowrocket

Affinity Designer

Toca Life: Vacation

Most Downloaded iPad Games

Top Free iPad Games

Among Us!

Roblox

Project Makeover

Phone Case DIY

Subway Surfers

Hair Challenge

Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game

Tiles Hop – EDM Rush

Blob Runner 3D

Bridge Race

Top Paid iPad Games

Minecraft

Bloons TD 6

Geometry Dash

Monopoly

Five Nights at Freddy’s

Stardew Valley

Plague Inc.

Human: Fall Flat

Ultimate Custom Night

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Top Apple Arcade Games

The Oregon Trail

NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition

Sneaky Sasquatch

Sonic Racing

SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit

Skate City

PAC-MAN Party Royale

Cut the Rope Remastered

Hot Lava

Angry Birds Reloaded

Written by Jordan Bevan

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