BEST OF 2018 SOME SUR­PRISES, AND SOME LESS SO

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Ap­ple has just an­nounced its an­nual ‘best of’ se­lec­tion of the apps that have con­quered its cat­e­gories over the last 12 months. As al­ways, it is a mix­ture of the renowned and the newly launched – the ex­pected and the unan­tic­i­pated – and some of them have the po­ten­tial to be gen­uine game-chang­ers for or­di­nary users.

With so many in­cred­i­ble apps com­pet­ing for the top spots this year, we thought it would be best to ac­knowl­edge their achieve­ments as com­pre­hen­sively as pos­si­ble.

Here is the first of our two-part writ­ten ap­plause, com­mend­ing the ac­com­plish­ments of 2018’s most pop­u­lar apps – and those that could par­tic­u­larly im­prove your life over the next 12 months.

A ‘HOLE’ LOTTA FUN

How­ever, the iPhone game of the year award doesn’t go to any of the above. This year, Ap­ple has awarded the ti­tle to a story-based physics puz­zle game in which, rather than play as a one­man army, you are ac­tu­ally a hole in the game it­self. Donut County, by An­na­purna In­ter­ac­tive, treats ‘trash as trea­sure’, in an in­no­va­tive game that of­fers a unique, ab­sorb­ing and in­creas­ingly more-ish ex­pe­ri­ence in­volv­ing play­ers at­tempt­ing to throw as much of a small town into the ground as they can.

Donut County is the cre­ation of leg­endary game de­signer Ben Es­pos­ito (What Re­mains of Edith Finch and The Un­fin­ished Swan), and for only $4.99, iPhone users can down­load this in­cred­i­ble, vis­ually en­gag­ing ti­tle and see what all of the fuss – as well as the award – is about.

Donut County

Re­quires iOS 10.0 or later. Com­pat­i­ble with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cel­lu­lar, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cel­lu­lar, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cel­lu­lar, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cel­lu­lar, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cel­lu­lar, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cel­lu­lar, 9.7inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cel­lu­lar, iPad (5th gen­er­a­tion), iPad Wi-Fi + Cel­lu­lar (5th gen­er­a­tion), 12.9inch iPad Pro (2nd gen­er­a­tion), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cel­lu­lar (2nd gen­er­a­tion), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cel­lu­lar, iPad (6th gen­er­a­tion), iPad Wi-Fi + Cel­lu­lar (6th gen­er­a­tion), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd gen­er­a­tion), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd gen­er­a­tion), and iPod touch.

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