Announcing the App Store Award Winners

The 15 best apps and games of 2021.

For over a decade, the App Store editorial team has 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 all the way to huge international teams.

With so many wonderful apps on the App Store all over the world, selecting just 15 award winners is no easy task. As always, we put a focus on technical innovation, user experience, and design. Then we consider the impact these apps have on our lives.

Some help us learn, others enhance our work, and one even lets us save the world as our favorite superheroes. It’s our honor 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, all while teaching self-expression and emotional growth with a refreshingly diverse and inclusive world of characters anyone can relate to.

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

A landmark MOBA that transforms one of the world’s most popular and competitive PC games into a mobile experience everyone can enjoy.

iPad App of the Year: LumaFusion

An easy-to-use video-editing app for both seasoned professionals and aspiring beginners, with creative tools to make your social media videos or your feature-length films truly cinematic.

iPad Game of the Year: Marvel Future Revolution

With endless character customizations and cutting-edge graphics, this superhero brawler makes everyone the star of their own Marvel universe.

Mac App of the Year: Craft

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

Mac Game of the Year: Myst

A stunning remake 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 customizations, built-in watch faces, and, of course, that satirical robot that gave us a laugh when we needed it most.

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.

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.

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.

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 whodunit.


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


Connecting women who are experiencing life milestones—from pregnancy to menopause and every moment in between.


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


Connecting restaurant-goers to Black-owned businesses across the U.S., creating community and cultural understanding through food.