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Apple Announces 2021 App Award Winners

Apple released its anticipated annual list of the best apps and games of the year across iPhone, iPad, Mac,  TV, and Watch. The children’s app maker Toca Boca won iPhone App of the Year for “Toca Life World,” and Riot Games’ “League of Legends: Wild Rift” was the iPhone Game of the Year.

Other winners included the iPad App of the Year “LumaFusion” from LumaTouch; iPad Game of the Year “MARVEL Future Revolution” from Netmarble; Mac App of the Year “Craft,” from Luki Labs Limited; Mac Game of the Year “Myst,” from Cyan; Apple TV App of the Year “DAZN,” from DAZN Group; Apple TV Game of the Year “Space Marshals 3,” from Pixelbite; Watch App of the Year “Carrot Weather,” from Grailr; and the Apple Arcade Game of the Year: “Fantasian,” from Mistwalker.

The award winners represent relative newcomers to the App Store, those who have taken advantage of Apple technologies in exciting ways, or those that gained special attention during the year. Last year’s award winners reflected how the pandemic played out in the world of apps when the home workout app “Walkout!” won the iPhone App of the Year and “Zoom” won for iPad.

This year’s iPhone App of the Year, “Toca Life World,” is an exciting pick for another reason. Toca Boca, this March, celebrated its tenth anniversary. Since the launch of its first app, the company has gone on to release over 40 other kids’ apps — or as Toca Boca likes to call them, digital toys. “Toca Life World” is the culmination of a lot of this work, as it connected the prior “Toca Life” apps into one connected experience.

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