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Apple: the best apps and games of 2019

Apple as every year announces best apps and the best games in the App Store. This year the Cupertino house held a real press event and there is no shortage of news rankings with the most downloaded games and apps. Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, commented:

We are excited to announce such a diverse group of winners of the App Store in 2019, demonstrating that exceptional design and creativity come from big developers as well as children, and from every corner of the world. We congratulate all the winners and thank them for making 2019 the best year to date for the App Store

The occasion, user side, is useful to try new apps and games worth mentioning that may have been overlooked or that you are not aware of.


  • IPhone app of the year: Specter Camera (Lux Optics)
    • It is a photographic app based on artificial intelligence that allows to capture long exposure photos and to produce scenographic effects such as those created by framing, for example, a watercourse – see. first image of the gallery to follow.
  • IPad app of the year: Flow by Moleskine (Moleskine)
    • A digital notebook that allows you to create sketches and sketches
  • Mac app of the year: Affinity Publisher (Serif Labs)
    • Apps for creating magazines, books, brochures, posters, reports, stationery and much more
  • Apple TV App of the Year: The Explorers (The Explorers Network)
    • The app supports the community of explorers, scientists and artists working to create a complete "visual inventory" of the natural world through photos and videos

From left to right: Specter Camera, Flow by Moleskine, Affinity Publisher, The Explorers and Anchor

Apple also mentions a series of apps that mark one of the main trends of 2019, namely the apps dedicated to those who want to tell and share something with the most disparate means, from a podcast to a photo collage. They fall into this category and have been considered worthy of mention: Anchor, Unfold, Steller, Over and Wattpad.


  • IPhone Game of the Year: Sky: Children of the Light (thatgamecompany):
    • Fly through changing landscapes to help heavenly beings find their way back to the sky in this innovative social adventure
  • IPad Game of the Year: Hyper Light Drifter (Abylight S.L.):
    • A reinterpretation of 16-bit adventures that fuses exploration and combat
  • Mac Game of the year: GRIS (Devolver / Nomada Studio)
    • A platform puzzle with a graphic style that does not go unnoticed
  • Apple TV Game of the Year: Wonder Boy: The Dragon?s Trap (DotEmu)
    • Remake of the game of the 80s developed with the collaboration of Ryuichi Nishizawa, creator of the Wonder Boy series. Noteworthy are the hand-drawn animations and the re-orchestrated soundtrack
  • Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo):
    • "Oneiric" arcade game with a very original graphic section and soundtrack

From left to right: Sky: Children of the Light, Hyper Light Drifter, GRIS, Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, Sayonara Wild Hearts

The 2019 trend relating to games coincides with the revival of mobile versions of titles much appreciated on PCs and consoles. For example: Mario Kart Tour, Minecraft Earth, Pokémon Masters, Assassin's Creed Rebellion, The Elder Scrolls: Blades and Call of Duty: Mobile


Mario Kart Tour is the most downloaded gamewhile it is YouTube the app with the most downloads – it remains clear that the social apps occupy the highest positions, with a growing TikTok that exceeds Messenger and ranks fourth.

The complete rankings can be consulted HERE (for games) and HERE (for apps). The first five games and the first five most downloaded apps are shown below:


  1. Mario Kart Tour
  2. Color Bump 3D
  4. Call of Duty: Mobile
  5. BitLife – # 1 Life Simulator


  1. YouTube
  2. Instagram
  3. Snapchat
  4. TikTok
  5. Messenger