Games top Apple's Design Awards for best apps of the year, given at WWDC

Games top Apple’s Design Awards for best apps of the year, given at WWDC


SAN JOSE, Calif. — If you look to Apple for guidance on the best in app making for 2019, it’s all about the games. 

Apple handed out its annual Design Awards here at the company’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference, selecting nine apps as the best of the best, with many of the titles focused on gaming. 

The top 9 design winners: 

Ordia ($3.99) is a one finger action game. 

Flow by Moleskine is a free sketch tool, from the makers of the popular notebook. 

The Gardens Between ($19.99) is described as an adventure puzzle game. 

Asphalt 9: Legends is a free (with in-app purchases) racing game that puts gamers behind the wheels of Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and W Motors cars. 

Pixelmator Photo ($4.99) is a photo editing app, in the style of Photoshop, for the iPad. 

ELOH ($4.99) is a puzzle game, set to music and rhythm. 

Butterfly IQ: is a free app for ultrasound imaging. 

Thumper: Pocket Edition ($4.99) is described as “rhythm violence,” in an action game concerning a beetle and a “maniacal” giant head.

Home Court (free) uses the iPhone camera to analyze basketball moves. 

The tried and true veterans of years past continue to dominate the list of top 10 free apps on the App Store charts, but in 2019, a new app joined the ranks of Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram, Gmail, Netflix, Facebook Messenger, Google Maps, Facebook and WhatsApp Messenger, which rank as No. 2 to No. 10, respectively. 

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YOLO: Anonymous Q&A, which “let your friends tell you what they think,” is the current No. 1. It’s made by the Popshow company, which also released the Popshow app, where you film your reaction to funny videos. 

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