Announcing the App Store Award winners

The best apps and games in 2021.

For over a decade, we’ve taken a moment at the end of the year to celebrate the very best apps and games on the App Store. We’ve heralded the work of individual self-taught developers as well as huge international teams.

With so many wonderful apps on the App Store, selecting award winners has been no easy task. As always, we put a focus on technical innovation, user experience and design. Then we considered the impact these apps had on our lives.

Some helped us learn, others enhanced our work and one even let us save the world as our favourite superheroes. It’s our honour to celebrate this year’s winners.

iPhone App of the Year: Toca Life World

An interactive playground that continues to invent fun new ways for kids to explore. It teaches self-expression and emotional growth with a refreshingly inclusive world of characters that anyone can relate to.

    Toca Life World: Build stories

    Create your world & characters


iPhone Game of the Year: League of Legends: Wild Rift

A landmark multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) that transforms one of the world’s most popular and competitive PC games into a mobile experience for everyone.

    League of Legends: Wild Rift

    Strategy based 5v5 MOBA Action


iPad App of the Year: LumaFusion

This easy-to-use video editor for both professional and aspiring creators gives you precision storytelling tools to make your feature-length films and social media videos truly cinematic.


    Pro video editing and effects


iPad Game of the Year: Marvel Future Revolution

A superhero brawler that makes everyone the star of their own cutting-edge superhero story, set against a backdrop of stunning graphics and exciting battles.

    MARVEL Future Revolution



Mac App of the Year: Craft

A versatile note-taking app, word processor and personal documents organiser all in one that makes productivity intuitive, fun and stylish.

    Craft - Docs and Notes Editor

    Edit Documents, Notes & Ideas


Mac Game of the Year: Myst

A remake that’s the most stunning version yet of one of the most fascinating worlds in gaming history.




Apple Watch App of the Year: Carrot Weather

A best-in-class weather app with helpful customisations, built-in watch faces and, of course, that satirical robot named Carrot, who laughs at us all.

    CARROT Weather

    The crazy-powerful weather app


Apple TV App of the Year: DAZN

A streaming app that simplifies the often challenging process of watching sports live and on demand, while serving up the best local games and matches to fans around the world.

    DAZN: Stream Live Sports

    Watch Boxing and UWCL Live


Apple TV Game of the Year: Space Marshals 3

A space western with tense, tactical combat that’s even more gripping when played on the big screen.

    Space Marshals 3

    Sci-Fi Western Adventure


Arcade Game of the Year: Fantasian

An epic that brings us back to the golden age of role-playing with an incredible art style and a fantastic soundtrack.

    Apple Arcade


    A Diorama Adventure RPG


Trend of 2021: Apps that brought us together

Among Us

Connecting friends (and Impostors!) all over the world through a wildly popular social game of whodunnit.

    Among Us!




Connecting us to our entrepreneurial spirit with collaborative design tools and thousands of templates to make everything from your CV to your social media posts sparkle.

    Canva: Design, Photo & Video

    Edit photos, videos & logos



Connecting users to social hubs for making friends, professional networking and, of course, finding someone special – and it all grew from a women-powered shift in the dating dynamic.

    Bumble: Dating, Friends & Bizz

    Match. Chat. Meet new people