Apple has posted its Best Games of 2019 list, detailing its top picks for its Games of the Year across all of Apple’s devices and platforms.
Sky: Children of the Light took home the award for iPhone Game of the Year. The game is free-to-play and revolves around spreading light, love, and friendship throughout various worlds. You can pick it up on the App Store here.
Welcome to the enchanting world of Sky, a beautifully-animated kingdom waiting to be explored by you and your loved ones.
In Sky, we arrive as the Children of the Light, spreading hope through the desolate kingdom to return fallen Stars to their constellations.
Action-adventure RPG Hyper Light Drifter won iPad Game of the Year. Hyper Light Drifter is heavily inspired by 16-bit classics with modernised mechanics and far grander designs. You can pick up the game on the App Store here.
Echoes of a dark and violent past resonate throughout a savage land, steeped in treasure and blood. Drifters of this world are the collectors of forgotten knowledge, lost technologies and broken histories. Our Drifter is haunted by an insatiable illness, travelling further into the lands of Buried Time, hoping to discover a way to quiet the vicious disease.
The beautifully melancholic GRIS won Mac Game of the Year. GRIS is a game that’s all about emotion, with players solving puzzles, beating platforming sequences, and taking on optional skill-based challenges in order to progress. You can download it here.
Gris is a hopeful young girl lost in her own world, dealing with a painful experience in her life. Her journey through sorrow is manifested in her dress, which grants new abilities to better navigate her faded reality. As the story unfolds, Gris will grow emotionally and see her world in a different way, revealing new paths to explore using her new abilities.
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap won the prize for Apple TV Game of the Year. The game is a reboot of the 80s classic Wonder Boy, with fresh new animation and a brand new soundtrack. You can find it on the App Store here.
Cursed into a half-human, half-lizard monstrosity by the Meka-Dragon, you are in search for a cure! The only way you can return to human form is to find the Salamander Cross, a magical item with the power to remove curses…
With each dragon slain, the curse intensifies, transforming you into different animals! Explore large, interconnected locations populated with grumpy monsters and exotic dragons!
Sayonara Wild Hearts won first place in the brand new category of Apple Arcade Game of the Year. It’s a dreamy arcade game about riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200mph. You can check it out on the App Store here.
As the heart of a young woman breaks, the balance of the universe is disturbed. A diamond butterfly appears in her dreams and leads her through a highway in the sky, where she finds her other self: the masked biker called The Fool.
Journey through a custom-written pop soundtrack, chase scores, and set out to find the harmony of the universe, hidden away in the hearts of Little Death and her star-crossed allies: Dancing Devils, Howling Moons, Stereo Lovers and Hermit 64.
Apple also introduced a Game Trend of 2019 category, with the winning category being Blockbusters Reimagined. The category names hit games such as Minecraft Earth, Gears POP!, and Call of Duty: Mobile as being highlights of this new genre.
This year, game developers worldwide burst onto iOS with a wave of world-renowned brands, all featuring leading-edge technology, bold design and innovative features that delivered a level of depth and quality never thought possible on mobile. Hits like “Mario Kart Tour” and “Dr. Mario World” (Nintendo), “Minecraft Earth” (Mojang), “Pokémon Masters” (DeNA Co), “Assassin’s Creed Rebellion” (Ubisoft), “Gears POP!” (Microsoft Corporation), “The Elder Scrolls: Blades” (Bethesda), Alien: Blackout (D3PA) and “Call of Duty: Mobile” (Activision Publishing) aren’t mere remakes or tributes — they are original releases that breathed new life into the most beloved franchises in gaming history.
In related Best Of Gaming news, Google Play also posted its yearly roundup of the Best Games of 2019, with Call of Duty: Mobile taking home the top spot as being the best game overall.