Apple's 2023 App Store Award finalists announced

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 — App developers in the Apple ecosystem have their own version of the Oscars — Apple’s prestigious App Store Awards.

Even making the shortlist is a big deal because leading up to the awards, the apps will get great publicity making them even more visible to potential buyers.

This year nearly 40 app and game developers will vie for the awards across 10 different categories.

Check out the list of finalists below, with a summarised (by Apple) reason for their shortlisting and add them to your download list if they appeal to you.

iPhone App of the Year

AllTrails, for helping the world find their way outside.

Duolingo, for bringing learning to the masses.

Flighty, for keeping travellers on time and stress-free at the airport.

iPhone Game of the Year

Afterplace, for creating a retro role-playing game with intuitive controls.

Honkai: Star Rail, for building a space fantasy adventure with cinematic animation.

Vampire Survivors, for inspiring a new roguelike action genre.

iPad App of the Year finalists

Concepts, for creating innovative drawing tools and dynamic colour palettes.

DaVinci Resolve, for creating a more portable video editing experience.

Prêt-à-Makeup, for bringing makeup designs to life for all beauty enthusiasts.

iPad Game of the Year

Eggy Party, for crafting whimsical and joyful experiences for users.

Lost in Play, for delivering charming visuals and gameplay for all ages.

Pocket City 2, for inviting players to build from their imagination.

Mac App of the Year

Linearity Curve, for crafting innovative design tools for pros and aspiring designers.

Photomator, for making the photo editing workflow faster and simpler.

Portal, for immersing users in beautiful landscapes and spatial audio.

Mac Game of the Year

ELEX II, for transporting players to a dynamic Science Fantasy world.

Lies of P, for delivering smooth gameplay with an alternative twist on a classic tale.

Return to Monkey Island, for building on its iconic point-and-click adventure.

Apple Watch App of the Year

Planny, for intelligently helping users stay on top of tasks.

SmartGym, for creating smart and targeted workouts at any skill level.

Tide Guide, for offering water enthusiasts real-time marine conditions.

Apple TV App of the Year

Bugsnax, for capturing mystery and charm through its gameplay.

FitOn, for offering a range of workout experiences with popular trainers and celebrities.

MUBI, for bringing quality cinema to users’ homes.

Apple Arcade Game of the Year

Cityscapes, for inspiring players with a sustainable and purposeful twist.

Hello Kitty Island Adventure, for taking players on a grand adventure with adorable creatures.

stitch., for bringing the meditative art of embroidery to more users.

Cultural Impact

balance, for making menopause support more inclusive and accessible to all.

Copilot, for simplifying personal finance.

Endling, for inspiring players to focus on environmental impact.

Finding Hannah, for connecting women across generations through gameplay.

How to Say Goodbye, for helping users process difficult emotions.

Pok Pok, for helping kids learn, explore, and experiment in a digital playroom.

Proloquo, for supporting communication without speech.

Rebel Girls, for turning bedtime stories into a discovery of heroic women throughout time.

Too Good To Go, for helping to reduce food waste at restaurants, bakeries, and supermarkets.

Unpacking, for crafting soul-soothing puzzles.