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Apple Design Awards – 12 amazing winners for 2022

Every WWDC, Apple hands out Design Awards to its favorite apps and games of the past year, to “honor excellence in innovation, ingenuity, and technical achievement.” Twelve developers picked up prizes this week for their exemplary design work.

Like last year, there were awards up for grabs for best app and best game across six new categories: Inclusivity, Delight and Fun, Interaction, Social Impact, Visuals and Graphics, and Innovation. Apple has also revealed the losing finalists for each category, meaning there’s an absolute wealth of incredible apps to check out.

Amongst the selection are plenty of apps we’ve reviewed highly this past year, and we’re really pleased to see them recognized formally by Apple’s judging panel.

Beyond those that we reviewed, there are plenty more great-looking we’re looking forward to checking out soon. Here’s the full list of winners:


Best game: Wylde Flowers

Best app: Procreate

Read our Procreate tutorials

Delight and Fun

Best game: Overboard

Read our Overboard review

Best app: (Not Boring) Habits

Read our (Not Boring) Habits review


Best game: A Musical Story

Best app: Slopes

Social Impact

Best game: Gibbon: Beyond the Trees

Best app: Rebel Girls

Visuals and Graphics

Best game: LEGO Star Wars: Castaways

Best app: Halide Mark II

Read our Halide Mark II review


Best game: MARVEL Future Revolution

Read our MARVEL Future Revolution review

Best app: Odio

The best way to see the full selection is at the Apple Design Awards microsite. Here you can read Apple’s reasoning behind every win, check out the other finalists, and even watch a compilation of video interviews with app developers for a behind-the-scenes look at the design process.

Oh, and if you’re hungry for even more great apps, take at last year’s winners or our 2016-2020 favorites!

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