Every year, Apple honours particularly innovative and creative apps with the Design Award. This year, eight applications for the iPhone and iPad received the coveted award – including both games and functional apps.
Developers who receive the Apple Design Award for their app do not receive a prize, but the iPhone manufacturer highlights the award-winning application and prominently advertises it in the App Store. This gives the developers and the apps increased attention, which in turn benefits marketing. “Winning an Apple Design Award is a special and commendable achievement,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of worldwide developer relations. “Previous award winners have created some of the most remarkable apps and games ever. Through their vision, determination and high standards, the winning developers inspire not only their peers in the Apple developer community, but all of us at Apple.”
Eight apps receive the Apple Design Award in 2020
This year, the Apple Design Award 2020 was awarded online due to the corona crisis. At the WWDC developer conference, Apple selected a total of eight apps – four games and four applications – for their special design and innovative functions. Not surprisingly, some of the award-winning apps can also be used via Apple’s gaming subscription Arcade.
These games have convinced Apple
In mobile games, Apple has paid particular attention to the graphics, but also to the idea behind the games. The winning apps score less with action-packed stories, but rather with ingenious puzzles, picturesque landscapes and well thought-out stories.
Sayonara Wild Hearts
The app, developed by Simogo and publisher Annapurna Interactive, is a somewhat different arcade game in which players have to move through vivid and surreal landscapes on a motorcycle and skateboard. The soundtrack was composed especially for the game and gives it a very special atmosphere. “Sayonara Wild Hearts” is available for the iPhone and iPad as well as a game for Apple TV. Sayonara Wild Hearts” can also be played on the PS4, the Nintendo Switch or via Steam.
Sky: Children of the Light
Those who have already enjoyed the game “Gris” will also like “Sky: Children of the Light”. In the indie adventure game developed by Thatgamecompany, players travel alone or in multiplayer mode to a magical kingdom to help heavenly beings find their way back into heaven. Apple especially likes the imaginatively designed landscapes and the generally nice graphics. The game is released in July 2019 for iPhone and iPad. Since April 2020 “Sky: Children of the Light” is also available for Android. A switch version of the game is also planned for this year.
Song of Bloom
Since December 2019 there is “Song of Bloom” for iPhone and iPad. The game was developed by the German developer Philipp Stollenmayer. It tells a non-linear story, which is told in ever-changing art styles. The story behind the game can’t really be explained, but players repeatedly come across different art objects and have to find out how to integrate them into the game.
Where Cards Fall
A game full of puzzles that tells the story of growing up. Using maps, players must build houses and paths in this adventure game, developed by The Game Band and publisher Snowman, in order to create and process pictorial memories from life. Supported by an original soundtrack, a game has been created that stimulates the imagination. It can be played on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, but is also available via Apple Arcade.
The award-winning functional applications
Not only games, but also practical applications have been awarded by Apple. Not only a photo editing app and two applications for music composition received the Design Award, Apple also honoured a technical drawing app.
The download of the photo and video editor “Darkroom” published by Bergen Co. is free of charge, but Apple users need a Darkroom+ membership for full use. The app was awarded above all for its clear and easy-to-use interface and good performance with intuitive controls. Among other things, the app allows RAW editing, offers various color tools, an integrated video editor and allows users to create their own filters.
With the “Shapr 3D” app, on the other hand, users can create architectural and technical drawings, for example of models. The application is fully compatible with the Apple Pencil, which makes it even easier to use. The app is therefore intended exclusively for iPad owners. It uses the ARKit and Drag & Drop, among other things, and in the course of the year it should also be able to use Apple’s LiDAR scanner to automatically generate an accurate 2D floor plan and 3D model of a room.
“Looom” is one of the two Apple award-winning apps for composing music. The application offers a particularly creative interface for playing hand-drawn stop-motion animations in a loop, making the app interesting for beginners and professional users alike. Apple particularly liked the intuitive user interface, which is complemented by new types of user-defined controls. “Looom” was developed for iPadOS and makes full use of Apple technologies like Apple Pencil and Dark Mode.
The “StaffPad” is intended more for classical composers. The app allows you to convert handwritten music notation into digital scores. The app is designed for composers who are looking for a simple solution for writing and composing music digitally. It uses Apple technologies such as Apple Pencil, Drag & Drop and Core ML is easy to use thanks to the Pencil tools.