BEST OF 2018 SOME SURPRISES, AND SOME LESS SO
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.
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.