Apple App Store Award 2023 winners are announced

Who takes home the coveted rewards?

Apple has officially announced the App Store Award 2023 winners, recognizing 14 apps and games in multiple categories. These winners stand out for empowering creativity, providing meaningful experiences, and contributing to cultural change. While certain winners were anticipated in each category, others were in tight competition, making any of the nominees a commendable choice. So, let us look at who took home the coveted rewards in the mobile games section.

Apple App Store Award 2023: List of winners

The App Store Award winners were carefully chosen from a pool of nearly 40 finalists and nominees. The selection process considered exceptional technical innovation, user experience, and design. The final decisions were made by the App Store’s Editorial team and the games that won the rewards are as follows.

iPhone Game of the YearHonkai: Star RailAfterplace, Vampire Survivors
iPad Game of the YearLost in PlayEggy Party, Pocket City 2
Mac Game of the YearLies of PELEX II, Return to Monkey Island
Apple Arcade Game of the YearHello Kitty Island AdventureCityscapes: Sim Builder, stitch.
Cultural Impact WinnersFinding Hannah, Pok Pok, Proloquo, Too Good To Go, Unpackingbalance — Menopause Support, Copilot: Track & Budget Money, Endling, How to Say Goodbye, Rebel Girls

Honkai Star Rail deservingly won the iPhone Game of the Year award, and it won’t be a surprise if we also see it winning more awards this year. Lost in Play from Snapbreak Games emerged as the iPad Game of the Year, facing strong competition from other fantastic titles in Eggy Party and Pocket City 2.

Additionally, the popularity of Hello Kitty Island Adventure in the Apple Arcade category added another layer of tough competition for the two other nominees to beat. This year’s App Store Awards showcased not only outstanding games but also witnessed multiple winners in the Cultural Impact category.

Hello Kitty Island Adventure Review
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Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO expressed his thoughts on this year’s awards: “It’s inspiring to see the ways developers continue to build incredible apps and games that are redefining the world around us. This year’s winners represent the limitless potential of developers to bring their visions to life, creating apps and games with remarkable ingenuity, exceptional quality, and purpose-driven missions.”

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